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.

Emma 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. 

Ryan 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 is love.

Rachel 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.

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. 

For 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 out! 

Jennifer Jones
4 1/2 


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