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Sunday, March 5, 2017
Crazy for You by Rachel Lacey
Setting: Haven, North Carolina
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Hatchette Book Group
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Set in the small mountain town
of Haven, North Carolina, Crazy for You features Ryan Blake, a part-time bartender and
aspiring entrepreneur with his outdoor sporting business with his two
best friends. The other best friend, Derek Rush, had been killed
several years ago while fighting in the military. So when he sees
Derek's little sister, Emma, walk into the bar looking anything but
little and a lot grown up, he knows he's in for some trouble.
has always had a crush on Derek's best friend, Ryan. The problem is
that Ryan has always seen her as a pesky little sister. Now that's
she's grown up and working as a landscape designer, she wants to finally
show Ryan how grown up she is. He is one of those sexy bad boys,
with good looks, tattoos and a motorcycle, and she wants to be bad for
once in her life. She has her work cut out for her, though, as Ryan is
bent on staying far away from Emma in that way. He promised Derek he'd
look after her and protect her, even from himself.
knows nothing good will come of it, but he can't seem to stop himself
where Emma is concerned. Being with her is the best thing that's every
happened to him. So when he finally decides to take a chance and see
where it might lead, Emma is ready. The only problem that might show up
Lacey knows how to captivate the reader from page one! Her writing
style is easy, colorful and her characters are complex without being
overdrawn. I loved the overall feel of this book, being from a small
town, having close friends you share your goals, dreams and love life
with, and this one has a great premise to it. I've always loved friends
to lovers type romances, and Ryan and Emma are perfect in their roles.
Emma has big dreams and that includes getting her degree in landscape
design, so when she sets out to go to Georgia to achieve that, it's hard
for her to say goodbye to her friends and to Ryan.
is a good guy who has had a hard life growing up. The unexpected
arrival of his younger half brother is a welcome surprise, but it comes
with a responsibility of getting Trent to see the bigger picture. He
values Emma's input, but even then old feelings surface and he has a
hard time getting past the insecurities of his younger days.
those who love these types of stories, friends, romances and small town
life, this is a perfect book to sit and curl up with on the beach, a
rainy day or anything in between. You can't help rooting for Ryan after
all he's been through, nor can you help wanting Emma to get everything
she's wanted either. Can the two meet together in the middle and both
get what they want and each other? Definitely a good read in finding