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Friday, May 11, 2012

Contemporary Novella Review: Crazy On You by Rachel Gibson (Lovett, Texas #2)

Book cover of Crazy on You by Rachel Gibson (Lovett, Texas #2)
I love all of Rachel Gibson's books...all her books but Daisy's Back in Town, I should say.  That 2004 book was a departure from Gibson's hockey-themed Seattle Chinook series, and I was bothered by everything from the secret baby plot to the rather annoying heroine. Gibson recently published an e-novella, Crazy on You, which picks up the story of Daisy's younger sister Lily, and is a better read at 80-ish pages than Daisy's Back in Town was as a full-length book.

Synopsis:  Lily Darlington's been called crazy in her day-and, yeah, driving her car into her ex-husband's living room probably wasn't the smartest move ever made-but the louse deserved it. Now Lily is happily single, and she's turned it all around. She knows she's a good mom, a homeowner, and a businesswoman, all wrapped up in one good-looking package.

A package that police officer Tucker Matthews is dying to unwrap. This ex-military man sure doesn't need another woman in his life. His last girlfriend left him with nothing but memories and a cat named Pinky! But living next door to Lily has been driving him nuts. He dreams about her long blonde hair and even longer legs. And maybe it's time to go a little crazy . . . and fall in love. Goodreads

My thoughts: Crazy on You is a cute May-December love story with some pretty steamy scenes.  The story is short it's a novella packaged between Daisy's Back in Town and the upcoming Rescue Me but despite the length, Gibson's characters are fairly well developed.  Lily is a 38-year-old single mom, worried that her son Pippen doesn't have a good male role model.  When 30-year-old ex-Army sergeant Tucker moves in next door, Pippen is thrilled to have a man around who can show him how to shoot hoops.  Lily, on the other hand, tries to resist the temptation of the sexy younger man next door.

Gibson packed a lot of bedroom (and kitchen!) action into this novella, but she also did a good job showing how Lily and Tucker connect and fall in love.  In an era where the word "cougar" has become an easy punchline, Lily understandably resists Tucker and his desire for a relationship with her.  How she overcomes her hesitation is the focus of the novella, but Gibson resolves everything without too much drama.  In the end, Crazy on You is light enough to satisfy a craving for brain candy, but not so short that the reader is left wanting.

Rating: B
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Length: 80 pages (ebook)
Sensuality: Hot
Other books by Rachel Gibson: See Jane Score, Any Man of Mine

Other reviews of Crazy on You:
The Book Pushers 
Mostly YA Book Obsessed 
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