A sexy and soulful love story that’ll leave you hanging on every word…
I love a good contemporary adult romance, the darker the better… There’s something about a brooding, taboo romance that grips me like superglue on fingertips! That’s possibly why I wasn’t sure about Jessica Serra Huizenga’s Crazy Beautiful, firstly the cover is all sorts of colourful (which I LOVED), considering all my dark romances have darker covers… well, let’s just say that the cover gave the feel of the story away. So, yes, I was a little apprehensive. Anywho, I opened my copy and something happened – from the very first sentence I was hooked.
‘…it must be nice to have someone look at you like that… like you’re the reason he’s so happy…’
Crazy Beautiful tells the love story of Lucas Graham and Kinsley Moore – but it’s not all mush and flowers… although there’s plenty of those too. What Huizenga has done within this story is spectacular because she achieves this happiness and sunshine atmosphere that has you smiling and feeling all excitable, like EEEEEEEK! However, there’s a dark undercurrent that is weaved into the storyline through Lucas’ and Kinsley’s pasts. In a way it’s got that Gossip Girl feel to it where you get so caught up in the romance that you almost forget that not everything is castles and unicorns. Make sense?
‘Forget the wall – this girl has built up a goddamn fortress – moat, dragon, and all.’
The characters themselves are complex, sexy and approachable. Unlike most billionaire protagonists, Lucas is cheeky and lighthearted … but intense, not just in a drop your knickers (panties) sort of way. Where most male leads in the genre are cocksure, bossy, broody, ‘damaged’ and runaway with themselves – Lucas is transparent, constant and above all he anchors his female lead. Don’t get me wrong, Kinsley isn’t some batshit crazy loony. No. Kinsley is intelligent, successful, beautiful and guarded in a happy-go-lucky kind of way. It somewhat feels that Huizenga swapped the conventional characteristics of male and female protagonists and spun them on themselves, which to her credit gives the premises of the billionaire romance a fresh edge.
‘Sopping jeans? Check. Destroyed kitchen? Check… Fucking YouTube…’
The sex isn’t uber graphic, which keeps it really intimate. It almost gives the reader a voyeuristic vantage point to the really hot and sensual sex. In my opinion that’s what keeps the intrigue, because even though the sex is ‘no strings attached’, you can definitely see those strings tying Kinsley and Lucas to one another slowly and surely. Quite frankly this is really cunning on Huizenga’s part because keeping the sex ‘wholesome’ is what keeps the reader on the will they, won’t they tenterhooks.
‘So. Fucking. Intense’
Crazy Beautiful is truly a testament to Jassica Serra Huizenga’s talent. Her writing is confident and buoyant and in part it is what makes you get into the story. Obviously, her characters are beautiful and empathise-able and their history and flaws allow the reader to associate with their pain and their love. Huizenga’s writing is sharp and the way in which she masks her characters’ pain is guileful and BEAUTIFUL!
“I guess it’s been a while.” She then looks me square int he eye before asking what turns out to be the game-ending question: “Want to help fix that for me, friend?”
This really is a delightful read, one that will put a smile on your lips and butterflies in your tummy. I will definitely be reading Lucas’ and Kinsley’s story again. Should you wish to read it too, Crazy Beautiful is OUT NOW!!!
‘…fuck it, I know I love her…’
About Crazy Beautiful
Kinsley Moore and Lucas Graham make great friends.
They make even better friends with benefits…
Kinsley Moore doesn’t believe in love. As an independent, self-determined entrepreneur, she has other things to worry about. Besides, she knows guys are incapable of commitment, so there’s no use getting close.
But when she meets Lucas Graham, her new landlord’s flirty, sexy son, she’s more than up for some casual fun.
Lucas is in no way looking for a relationship either, so when he’s offered a no-strings, strictly friends-with-benefits hookup with a beautiful girl, the opportunity is too good to pass up. He’s not able to give his heart away, so it’s perfect Kinsley prefers to keep emotions out of their arrangement.
Except when Lucas and Kinsley start to feel something more, their complicated pasts threaten to overshadow any chance they might have at a future together.
Can Lucas prove he’s capable of love?
Can Kinsley believe she is enough?
About the Author
When she’s not making confetti as head honcho over at The Confetti Bar (theconfettibar.com), co-dreaming with creative women through Monarch Workshop (monarchworkshop.com), and blogging about her health & wellness journey going sugar-free at Simple Unsweet (simpleunsweet.com), Jessica loves to spend her nights getting caught up in imaginary worlds. She lives in central CT with her husband, Clifford, and the cutest cat EVER, named Curious.
She loves colorful things, making people smile, things that smell good, and is obsessed with lemon water. And glitter. Lots of glitter.
She also loves, well…love. (She’s a sucker for a sweet story.)