This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
We’re broken in the most screwed-up perfect way. It was inevitable we’d end up together.
Cassidy Beck is focused on one thing, and one thing only: planning the Southern wedding of the century in Lucas Hill, South Carolina. Fresh from a tragic breakup, Cassidy’s not in the mood for any distractions. But when antebellum hottie Quinn Covington arrives in all his sexy, tattooed glory, he might prove to be the biggest distraction of them all.
MIA ever since his father’s death, Quinn doesn’t plan to stay any longer than it takes to start his dad’s vintage truck. But the sight of Cassidy trying to fend off his family’s pet turkey sends him for a loop. Red-haired and fierce, she’s just as broken as he is. But even though Cassidy’s past makes her the only one able to understand Quinn’s own scars, they also make her wary. After all, how can she trust him with her heart when everyone else she’s ever given it to has thrown it away?
Sexy, heart-wrenching, and full of Southern charm, this new contemporary romance from Camden Leigh shows just what happens when two people who are perfectly broken end up piecing each other back together.
♥ Quick Thoughts and Rating: Actual rating of 3.5 stars! Perhaps if I would’ve been in a different mood and looking for a little more hotness and a little less on character development and plot, this one would’ve hit a higher mark for me. As it stands, though, I was missing the depth and connection with the characters and that ultimately pulled the rating down for me.
Told in alternating dual narratives, Love Me Crazy was a love story like any other and yet different, too. Boy meets girl, but in this tale, she’s ass-up on a kitchen counter waving a meat cleaver around and threatening his family’s house pet, a turkey. From that point on, there’s undeniable chemistry and cat-and-mouse games until neither can combat just how deep their feelings run.
♥ Review: As soon as my eyes latched on to the word “Southern” and glossed over the description of “antebellum hottie Quinn Covington arrives in all his sexy, tattooed glory,” it was pretty much a done deal, I needed this book. I don’t think I really even slowed down long enough to truly read the synopsis before I requested this baby on NetGalley, and perhaps I should have because this was definitely heavier on the angst than the fluff I had anticipated from the cover and the title. That said, the angst was warranted given each character’s history and I never felt like it was too over-the-top, though at times it definitely weighed heavier on the more dramatic side. As characters, I liked both of our MC’s, Cassidy and Quinn, on surface value. I enjoyed Cassidy’s ambitious, spit-fire nature and Quinn’s easy charm, steady presence, and effortless sex appeal. But as the story continued, I found myself struggling a little to connect with them on a deeper level. It became more about them getting it on than about the reader being able to see who they were and why they were acting the way that they were after a while. At times, it even felt like a regurgitation of previous scenes, just in a different setting, and that began to affect my ability to stay focused on the book. In short, while I appreciated the sex scenes (because, hey now, they were hot!), I wanted more intimacy in those moments, too. But more than that, I think some of those could have been edited out and dedicated that word count to focusing more on the character development. Of course, this is only my review and my thoughts and the reading space I was in that day I read this, and perhaps other readers would be perfectly happy just to read this for the deliciousness that was the chemistry and red-hot-sex shared between this duo. As far as other characters, I really loved Quinn’s sisters and Cassidy’s friend (who we only really get to see a few times through phone conversations). I thought they were all an excellent addition to the book.
I will note that being a Southern girl myself, I probably judge those books set in the South more critically than ones that aren’t, and, for the most part, LMC represented us well. The setting was the most vivid character on the page for me. I could have easily walked out in my backyard and envisioned a lot of what the author detailed in this book. I wanted to visit the Covington’s plantation and farm, to walk the roads lined with huge oaks and pecan casings, to see the fireflies dancing on the swampy waters, and to see the fields vibrant with various hues of flowers. It was a testament to the author’s writing ability to make a place feel so familiar, and I loved that.
Overall, was I looking for more? Sure. Does that mean that I didn’t enjoy this for what it was? False. Honestly, it was really good, but I just reserve the right to give it more stars because I saw where it had a little wiggle room to be even better.
♥ Teaser Quote: Quinn was delightfully charming and I highlighted a lot of his dialogue, but I’ll save that for you to read yourself. Instead, I’m going to share a rare moment where our heroine allows herself to be vulnerable.
“I’m scared to need you,” I finally admit. I lift my chin and peer into his eyes.
Our faces are inches apart. His breath and my breath mingle like fog and smoke.
His lips brush against mine, ever so gently, as soft as a whisper. “And I’m scared you won’t.”
– quote taken from the eARC of Love Me Crazy at 60%
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♥ Rec It? Maybe…probably? More likely than not, it would probably depend on whether you’re in the mood for depth or smut; one (le sexytimes) was definitely given more priority, in my opinion. So, if you’re looking for something a little angsty, a little sweet, and a lot dirty, this one is a sure bet.
♥ A very special thanks to Bloomsbury Spark and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this title.
*Disclaimer: An e-copy of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.
Full of giggles, flails, snark and Southern endearments. Avid Reader. Lover of swoony boys, kickass heroines, yummy kissing scenes, and pretty prose.
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