Review: Crazy for Love by Victoria Dahl

Posted September 9, 2012 by Francesca in Reviews / 1 Comment

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Review: Crazy for Love by Victoria Dahl
Crazy for Love
by Victoria Dahl

3 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: June 1, 2010
Published by HQN Books
Pages: 376
 

 

 

 

Victoria Dahl is usually one of my go-to authors for a light and sweet with a touch of hot contemporary romance.  I’ve had this book on my TBR for a while now so I put my foot down and loaded it on my ipod so I could finally read it.  And then it took me forever to get through it.

Runaway groom, crazy bridezilla, paparazzis galore, and a hero with a sense of responsibility for everyone he meets?  There were just too many crazies in this story for my taste.  In a nutshell, Chloe Turner’s fiance fakes his own death to supposedly avoid marrying her.  He is then caught and now faces charges while the media is portraying Chloe Turner as the biggest bridezilla there ever was, which is the reason they say he would’ve rather fake his own death then marrying her.  So Chloe is trying to run away from the media attention and paparazzis and goes away with her friend Jen to a little island getaway.  Where she meets Max.  Sexy diver, I think things are going great until his issues start surfacing.  This man has a problem I had never even heard of.  He feels the need to protect everyone he meets as if they are all his responsibility.  His need for people to “be safe” can get on people’s nerves, even though at the same time is cute.

Even though I felt bad for Chloe and what she was going through, I just couldn’t connect with her at all.  The part about her I like the best was her actual interactions with Max and how they did manage to be perfect for each other.  Each with their own set of crazy problems

Then there’s Max, whom I actually liked well enough, even with his annoying issues.  Until we get close to the end and he does something that really ticked me off.  Won’t tell you what so you read it yourself, but I just thought that Chloe managed to forgive that pretty easily.

The side romance of Max’s brother, Elliott, and Chloe’s best friend, Jen, didn’t really get to flourish much.  I was happy to see that at the end things are left with a “they’re dating and happy” instead of a “let’s plan a double wedding” scenario.  That was very believable considering they didn’t really get to know each other well.

So crazy? Yes.  A bit out there?  Absolutely!  A must read?  I wouldn’t say so.  If you want to try Victoria Dahl I’d recommend her Tumble Creek series or her Donovan Brothers series.

PS: Old cover….way better for the story than the new cover!

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About Victoria Dahl

I have my mother to thank for my passion for writing. My mom is an avid reader of popular fiction, and I began reading highly inappropriate books around the age of eleven, I think. (Thanks, Mom, for always leaving those delicious books strewn about!)

To Tempt a Scotsman, a Golden Heart winning historical, was my first published book. Here I am signing the cover! A Rake's Guide to Pleasure (which was excerpted at the back of Scotsman) is my second.

Due to my all-around goofiness, my agent suggested I also try my hand at a contemporary romantic comedy. Boy, is my agent smart! I had a great time writing Talk Me Down, the story of a young woman who goes back to her small hometown in Colorado and causes a huge stir with her secretive career and her burgeoning relationship with the chief of police. Not only did I have a great time writing it, but Tara Parsons at HQN liked it too! So if you like cold weather, hot sex and dirty jokes, be sure to check out Talk Me Down (out in January 2009).

Speaking of cold weather, my family and I live in a beautiful ski town in
Utah. No, I don't ski. I prefer to sit inside with a hot toddy and a good
book while the snow falls. It's especially beautiful to watch when from the inside!

I have a wonderful husband and children, and the house is kind of crowded, what with the dukes, Scotsmen, police chiefs, and naughty ladies running around, but my family is very understanding about my imaginary friends. Good thing, since they refuse to leave!

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

I’m a part time graphic designer (yes, everything you see on UTC has been done by me), run my husband's business from home and on a good day I’m a self appointed superwoman (she who can do it all).I love blogging with my girls and I couldn’t do it any other way!My first love is everything paranormal, but in the past few years I’ve re-learned to love contemporary romance.Every once in a while I like to mix things up with a historical romance, a steampunk or an LGBT book.Because I need variety to avoid book slumps.I don’t always need an HEA although I prefer one, and I love authors that can rip my heart out and make me ugly cry.
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Thanks Francesca!