Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed Craze. I tried to find something that I didn't like about it, but couldn't really nail any one thing down. I liked the characters, I liked the sexual tension, I liked the plot and I liked the ending. Can't really deduct any stars when you like all of that, now can you?
I appreciated that there was a bit of history between our characters Krista and Ryan before the real fun begins. They'd been flirting in the park for quite a while before things got real and they ended up shacked up together in Ryan's little cabin in the woods. If there was a spark before, it flamed into a blaze at this point. Like I said the sexual tension between the two of them could have been sliced up and served as cake. Loved that and how Ryan had to fight to keep things professional even as the slow burn threatened to incinerate him. Krista didn't give a damn and was like, "Let's do this shit!" and I laughed how she reacted when she couldn't get what she wanted. So funny.
Krista was a strong female lead who exhibited all the right feelings at all the right times. When she was pissed she went off, when she was scared she screamed, and when she was happy her smile could be seen for miles. Ryan was the typical alpha male but I wouldn't call him overbearing or overprotective. He did what he thought he had to do and nothing more. Some of these alphas can be so smothering, but I didn't feel he was like that. As for the other characters, Zach was a pleasure to read about. There's a part when he is kicking some garden gnomes that was just hilarious. You have to read it to understand why I think so. As for the other guys in the security firm...we're not told a lot about them because I'm guessing the author wanted to keep the focus on Ryan and Krista, but we are graced with a few glances into what may unfold in future books. Definitely interested in Zach and the journey he's about to take. Read the book to find out what's so special about Zach, at least to me.
The plot was exactly what it should be: horrible. Not horrible as in it sucked, but horrible as in the crime was pretty terrible. Sometimes these romantic suspense novels suck as far as the suspense goes, but Craze was good. With so much romance, for a book like this to work there has to be a pretty gruesome crime. Check and check. And the way the plot was wrapped up was not rushed at all or anticlimactic which was great. I hate when books build you up only to rush through the ending. I don't know how many times I have to say this, but you can't rush the ending of a book. You just can't. Not any book, but especially suspense novels. It's gotta roll out at the perfect pace and Conley did that here. And just when you thought it might actually be over, it really wasn't. That was great.
So this book is a HELL YES on the recommendation meter. It's sexy with a good plot and characters that'll make you laugh as much as they'll make you roll your eyes. Gotta love books like that. This is a winner, so definitely check it out.