Friday, June 25, 2010

Review: Crazy for Love by Victoria Dahl

I should state up front I am a Victoria Dahl fangirl. I loved Lead Me On and Start Me Up. When I saw she had a new book, Crazy for Love, I knew I had to read it. I was not disappointed!

Chloe Turner is was a typical bride-to-be... until her fiancee faked his death to avoid marrying her. When the story opens, it's getting close to his court date to face charges involved in his crashing a plane to fake his death. Chloe's best friend Jess has taken her to White Rock Island to get away from the paparazzi, who have dubbed her "Bridezilla". Her fame-whore niece has been feeding all kinds of fake stories to the press about what an awful bride Chloe was.

Meet Max and Elliot Sullivan: Max is a treasure hunter/diving supervisor and his brother Elliot is a doctor who works for the CDC. Elliot has just gone through a divorce and bought a boat to try to relax. Max is using his off time from work to teach Elliot how to sail. They are staying in the cabin next door to Chloe and Jess.

Max has successfully sworn off women for the last nine months, and Chloe is trying to get over the devistation and humiliation thrust upon her by her ex-fiancee's actions. Max doesn't know that Chloe is the infamous Bridezilla - he's been treasure hunting the last several weeks. Their flirting together is engaging and sweet; I really like them as a couple. Max has a secret that he ends up sharing with Chloe early on, and she "gets" him. She sees through his facade to the great guy underneath.

She shifted and tried to cross her arms, but the fishing rod and life vest interfered, so she just edged away from him. "'re sending mixed signals here. Flirting with me and then telling me you're celibate."

"But I'm going to have sex with you," he insisted, just before the roar in his ears warned him that this was getting very bad, very fast. His pulse pounded, pushing a headache to life behind his eyes.

"Really?" Chloe drawled

"Oh, Jesus."

"Am I going to like it?"

He ran a hand through his hair, aware of the drop of sweat snaking down his neck. "I meant that I really wanted to, even though I told myself it was a bad idea, and I couldn't stop thinking about you and that red bikini. And your eyes!" he added belatedly. "And you're such a normal girl. You're not glamorous or....Um."

"I'm starting to believe you really aren't a player, because this is the worst seduction ever."

Max is constantly putting his foot in his mouth around Chloe and it's very sweet. He did have one very big personality issue that was part of the storyline, and I must admit I found myself wondering several times why he didn't just seek out help for it, as it was affecting his life. Once Max did find out who Chloe was, the story got a bit darker. The attraction was still there but now each of their issues are getting in the way and muddying the waters, so to speak.

And guess what, folks - this book is a 2-fer!!! Not only do we get Chloe and Max's story, we also get Jess and Elliot's story: *cha-ching!*. Jess and Elliot are attracted to each other, but between Elliot's divorce and the dysfunctional example set by Jess' parents, their story is much more delicate and tentative and is left a bit open-ended. Maybe a second book in the series?

The "runaway groom" storyline kept me me saying "No!...Yes?...No way!...Maybe?" I found I kept this part of the story running through the back of my mind while I was reading and I was constantly flipping back and forth between possible scenarios.

Ms. Dahl writes characters that are endearing and easy to root for. I really enjoyed this book and gobbled it up in a day. I give Crazy for Love 4 stars!

Crazy for Love is available for purchase July 1, 2010.

This book was provided to me by NetGalley free of charge in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I agree completely with your review =) I was so happy that we got 2 romance in 1 book! It was very cute.I laughed a lot too. Victoria Dahl is just too funny.
    The only thing I didn't like so much was the ending, it was a bit too cheesy for me. Great review =)

  2. I'm really looking forward to this one. I also loved her Tumble Creek trilogy. It will be hard to top sexy sweetheart Chase or 'sex ninja' Quinn as best Dahl hero but we shall see. ;-)

  3. I just started this one last night...cute so far :)

  4. I love two for ones!! Great review, Patti!

  5. Um, I've never read Victoria Dahl!

  6. I am curious about this book because I really enjoyed Victoria Dahl's other contemporary books. In fact, Lead Me On was my first ever contemp read!

  7. Oh yaaaay, so glad you reviewed this one Patti. I saw it on Netgalley and was waiting for someone in my sphere to post about it.

    I'm the only person on this planet that did not enjoy Start Me Up. I think I had problems connecting with the heroine - came off acidic instead of sarcastic to me. But, maybe I was having a weird reading day and need to give this one a go. I really enjoyed Dahl's short story Wicked West, hands down one of my favorite BDSM books I've read.

  8. What a wonderful review Patti, this book sounds like great fun and it's always cool when you get a "two-fer" out of the deal. lol

    I've not read this author before but your review has me really interested.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Have a great weekend..

  9. Your blog looks awesome!! I am a novice. Can you plz go through my blog and give me some tips??

  10. Sounds great, I have to read a Dahl book one day! I hear only good things

  11. pattepoilue: It was a very cute book and agree the ending was a bit cheesy :)

    Scorpio: This one's a bit different from her Tumble Creek books but her sense of humor comes through.

    Mandi: Hope you like it!

    VFG: I love 2-for-1s too! Thanks :)

    Chris: Her writing is sexy and funny.

    Julie: I enjoyed this book,it was a quick fun read.

    Smokinhotbooks: I loved Start Me Up and Talk Me Down but I think I'm the only person who didn't like Lead Me On. I liked Wicked West too.

    Lea: Thanks! If you like Contemps you'll probably like Victoria Dahl - her Tumble Creed Trilogy was cute.

    Paalok: Thanks!

    Blodeuedd: I definitely recommend Victoria Dahl, I enjoy her stuff :)

  12. I finished this one and really liked it. That scene on the fishing boat - had me cracking up!!!!

  13. This one does sound good..

    Isn't it nice when a sure thing author keeps on giving you the good stuff.


  14. Mandi - it was very good, wasn't it? I love her sense of humor!

    EH: You are so right!