Rachel Lacey returns with the second full-length novel in her Risking It All series. Set in the small town of Haven, Georgia, Lacey brings two friends (with a long-standing promise) together. Please read on for my review and excerpt, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway from @ForeverRomance where you could win one of ten (10) Mass-Market Paperback copies of the title. But first
Crazy for You
Big brothers cause more problems than you could ever imagine, even now, when you’re all grown up and that crush you have on your brother’s best friend kicks into overdrive. And that’s just where Emma is stuck. For years, she’s known Ryan: she even chased behind him and her brother Derek, and knows that there’s more to Ryan than the bad boy he shows the town. The up for anything boy has morphed into a tattooed, motorcycle riding man, breaking hearts and receiving ‘those’ looks from the town. But, when Derek doesn’t return from his tour in Afghanistan, the friendship that he and Emma have built starts to put Ryan in an awkward position. See, he promised Derek to look out for, and protect Emma, even from herself.
But Emma is tired of her life being one day following the next, with no excitement, chances or even change. And, Ryan is looking really, no, scratch that, deliciously good. But something is holding them both back: might taking that chance actually ruin the friendship, the BEST friendship that they have? Oh Emma is willing to take that chance, but can she convince Ryan that he actually deserves and wants it too?
From one strength to another, Lacey has built this series to give us realistic portrayals of situations (and people) that could be our friends, ourselves or even in the house down the street. And these two are no exception: while nohing dramatically new and different happens, they are just so well-suited, and super cute with a chemistry that is palpable and that balance that comes from knowing one another for years, that only hiccups occasionally when they start to think of one another in another way, a more adult and sexy way. And even as they both think they know what’s best, and what they really want in the beginning, the transformation as they grow to adjust those expectations and desires is adorable, and feels quite natural. With Ryan clinging to his “bad boy” image, not sure he should, can or would deserve the “good girl’ that is Emma, we see that he’s not realy so bad, and she’s quite the adventuress when she puts her mind to it. Those little frustrations that came from thinking too much were few, and fortunately they had plenty of “go with it times’ that seriously heated up the pages. Completely adorable, these two were easy to understand and cheer for, and fit perfectly into the series.
Title: Crazy for You
Author: Rachel Lacey
Series: Risking It All #2
Also in this series: Run to You
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Forever
Published on: 28 March, 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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 . . .
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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