Crazy for You
Risking It All #2
By: Rachel Lacey
Releasing: March 28, 2017
“Rachel Lacey is a sure-fire star.” — Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author
SHE’S TAKING A WALK ON HIS WILD SIDE
Emma Rush can’t remember a time when she didn’t have a thing for Ryan Blake. Haven’s resident bad boy is just so freakin’ hot-with tattoos, a motorcycle, and enough rough-around-the-edges sexiness to melt all her self-control. Now that Emma’s over being a “good girl,” she needs a little help being naughty . . . and she knows just where to start.
Before Emma’s brother enlisted in the military, he made Ryan promise that he would protect her from everything–including himself. When her brother doesn’t come home, Ryan needs to turn his screwed-up life around to honor his pledge. But he knows he’s still not the right kind of guy for someone as sweet as Emma. Only he can’t stop wanting to be with her. Wanting her. Falling in love with a good girl may be the craziest risk this bad boy can take . . .
SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW
Last year I was fortunate enough to read and review both of the first entries in the Risking It All series Rock with You and Run to You by Rachel Lacey. For this reader, Lacey really hit all of the right notes, combining involved love stories in a small town with lots of interesting and fun background characters.
Crazy for You started out great with the main character Emma Rush deciding that when she’s dumped by a boring man for being too boring that she needs to make some changes and she takes up the dare suggested by the other girls on girl’s night. As happens, the dare goes a little south and Emma is thrust into the company of Ryan Blake, the guy who was her brother’s best friend and whom she has been crushing on forever.
Unlike Rock with You and Run to You, Crazy for You felt like a very standard romance. Many of the background characters that made the previous two entries so much fun, namely the rollicking group of old ladies, were no where to be seen. There was a strangely deja vu experience of having disapproving parents appear, much as what happened in Run to You, and then there was this parallel college decision in which Ryan’s younger brother, Trent, is told how impoortant college is for his future and, yet, Emma, given the opportunity to go, doesn’t see how equally important it is for her. It was like at 27, her character was already written off as being too old and needed to get on with the “more important things in life”. That left me feeling a little dissatisfied.
Don’t get me wrong, Crazy for You is still well-written and has its own charm, it just doesn’t have that small town quirkiness of the previous two or the depth of Run to You that makes it above average. The romance between Ryan and Emma isn’t as memorable as either of the previous stories as well maybe because so many romance writers are writing about the “bad boys and the good girls who love them” that it’s more difficult to make it fresh.
I am looking forward to the next book as there is more than a hint of mystery surrounding the past of Mark and Jessica and here’s hoping that there’s a return to small town quirk.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
rating: (3 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies)
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Rachel Lacey is a contemporary romance author and semi-reformed travel junkie. She’s been climbed by a monkey on a mountain in Japan, gone scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and camped out overnight in New York City for a chance to be an extra in a movie. These days, the majority of her adventures take place on the pages of the books she writes. She lives in warm and sunny North Carolina with her husband, son, and a variety of rescue pets.
Whoa. Emma closed her eyes and let out a shriek as Ryan guided the motorcycle onto Main Street and picked up speed. The cold wind whipped her face, taking her breath away. Beneath her, the engine rumbled and roared like a wild thing. Holy sh*t. She was on the back of Ryan Blake’s bike, and it was amazing.
The wind bit through her thin, knit gloves, hitting her fingers with an icy blast. Actually, every part of her was freezing, but she didn’t care. She wrapped her arms more firmly around Ryan’s waist, anchoring herself to him so she didn’t tumble off the back of the bike, and somehow her hands slipped beneath his jacket. Ahh. That was better. Toasty warm, and also…her hands were on his T-shirt. Even through her gloves, she felt the hard contour of his abs, and nope, she wasn’t cold now.
And this was absolutely freaking amazing.
She hung on tight as he guided them over Haven’s twisting mountain roads, deserted at this hour. Overhead the moon shone like a beacon, illuminating the night in its soft, silvery glow. The roar of the engine and the slap of the wind against her face shocked her senses. It was thrilling, invigorating, so completely different from riding inside a car.
She’d never have done this if Mandy hadn’t dared her, and now she felt like her eyes were open for the first time in years. This was what she needed. Somewhere along the way, as she sat at the bar talking to Ryan, she’d realized she was having fun, really having fun. And she wanted more. She wanted it all, every last wild and crazy fantasy.
All too soon, her building came into view. Ryan cut the engine and guided them quietly into the driveway, coming to a stop behind her silver Toyota RAV4. He turned his head to look at her, so sexy in his helmet and riding glasses. “So how was it?”
“Even better than I thought it would be.” She gulped for air. His lips were way too close to hers, and she was still a little bit drunk on beer and a whole lot drunk on her first motorcycle ride. Mandy’s words echoed in her ears. Bonus points if you kiss him. Just stand up a bit, lean over his shoulder, and…
Emma leaned forward, her chest sliding up his back as she tipped her face to his. Holy hell, she had completely lost her mind, but she was going for it. Every nerve in her body went haywire.
Clunk. Her helmet smacked into his, drawing her up an inch short of his lips.
Q&A with Rachel Lacey
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I loved writing all the fun, adventurous things Ryan and Emma did together in CRAZY FOR YOU – rock climbing, cliff jumping, motorcycle rides, etc. They were so much fun to write, and it was the perfect balance to some of the heavier themes in the book. These two characters really bring out the best in each other, constantly pushing each other out of their comfort zones.
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
Dream On by Aerosmith – “Dream until your dreams come true!”
Name one thing you won’t leave home without.
Chapstick! I have a weird obsession with it.
A la Twitter style, please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
Contemporary Romance Author. Wife. Mother. Animal Lover & Rescue Advocate. Hufflepuff. Powered by wine, chocolate, and books!
If you could have dinner with any three authors (alive or dead), who would you choose and why?
First, JK Rowling because she is a literary genius and a fierce feminist, and I’d love to chat with her about anything and everything. Next, Mary Higgins Clark because she was my very first “favorite author,” and I’d love to thank her for that. And of course Nora Roberts because she is my hero and gives great advice. All three of these ladies have inspired me so much, and I would love to just soak up all the knowledge they could impart.
What are your favorite types of stories to read?
My favorite books make me laugh *and* cry. I want ALL THE FEELS while I’m reading!