Hi there! Today I’m sharing a review for a New Adult contemporary romance from Camden Leigh. LOVE ME CRAZY unites two people who found the strength to rebel against their parents’ plans.
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About the book:
“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.
Cassidy is a girl who wants to live her own life. She’s a math whiz, but really wants to focus on her true passion: art, which is why she refuses her college tuition and Boston Blue Blood role, instead going to art school. To help pay for expenses, she takes a paid internship in event management, and her first client is her prim boss’ daughter’s wedding. In Lucas Hill, South Carolina. While staying in Covington Manor, Cassidy is swept off her feet by Quinn Covington–prodigal son who only returned to retrieve his late father’s vintage truck.
Quinn feels as if he’s responsible for his father’s death. If daddy hadn’t been overwrought because Quinn wanted to study photography, he never would’ve died, right? Plus this provincial Lucas Hill life is not what he wants. He likes to be out and about, catching the latest image on his camera, not tied to a home or the family he let down five years ago. Cassie’s the only glitch. She’s a girl with a spine, and the only woman he’s ever seen stand up to his formidable mother. The way Cassie takes care of his younger sisters–makes Ellie’s wishy-washy dreams a reality and calms Kat’s fiery temper. It’s what he should have done, and he’s drawn back into the home he fled, if only to stay near Cassie.
This is a New Adult romance that gets hot before it gets sweet. Cassidy’s got issues, because her life has often been dictated to her. She’s standing on her own feet, now, and trying to make a success of herself on her own terms. That’s admirable. A deep betrayal from a former fiance has left her little interest in love, though she does enjoy sex, and Quinn is a sexy-sexy beast. He’s willing to let her call the shots, to a point. If he can’t tie that girl down, her desire to please his sisters is a strong lasso. Even though it upsets Mrs. Covington greatly.
I liked the story, though I felt the situation was a little “old” for the character’s ages. They are in their early twenties, and Quinn is mighty settled in a career it seems. That felt off; at 23 most people are barely getting started–like Cassie. Also, I couldn’t understand why the Covingtons live in the fab plantation house, but their mother is never, ever, there. The youngest child, Kat, is only 17. So, why is she left to her own devices so much? There were hints to a housestaff, but I never saw them on the page… I’m sure there’s another book coming with Kat and Wes, two college freshmen, and I’m wondering how that will all work–the friends-to-lovers angle. That said, the pacing of this book seemed slow to me, and I wasn’t really grabbed until the second half. That’s when all the manipulations and hinted truths began to be presented and unraveled. Before then it seems a lot of youthful angst and moaning about goals and dreams not coming true.
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About the Author:
Camden Leigh is a sucker for first kisses, first hook-ups and anything that adds the unforgettable first sparks of love–humor, seduction, hot-n-sexy bods, angsty determination…what have you!
Her stories expose the real dirt, grime and grit that befalls a seemingly perfect relationship, the heartache as a result, and the growth, perseverance and strength it takes to make flaws work for her characters. She wants her characters to experience love that wraps around their hearts, turns them into sizzling flames and results in a grand finale of fireworks.
When Camden isn’t writing, she’s either crafting, flicking through images of gorgeous paper, saturated palettes or…um, lip-lickin’ washboard abs. When feeling guilty, she attempts to keep up with her energetic kiddos by beach combing, kayaking, golfing (can it really be called golfing if a seven-year-old beats you?) or being that crazy person at a concert. Her addictions: chocolate covered raspberries, real southern sweet tea (not the fake stuff with the sugar crystals hanging out in the bottom of the cup), her pups and pretty paper she’ll never use.