Series: Crooked Creek Ranch

Review: Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O’Keefe

Posted January 24, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 5 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O’KeefeCrazy Thing Called Love by Molly O'Keefe
Series: Crooked Creek Ranch #3
Published by Bantam Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

Dallas TV morning show host Madelyn Cornish is poised, perfect, and unflappable, from her glossy smile to her sleek professionalism. No one knows that her iron will guards a shattered heart and memories of a man she’s determined to lock out. Until that man shows up at a morning meeting like a bad dream: Billy Wilkins, sexy hockey superstar in a tailspin—still skating, still fighting, and still her ex-husband.

Now the producers want this poster child for bad behavior to undergo an on-air makeover, and Billy, who has nothing to lose, agrees to the project. It’s his only chance to get near Maddy again, and to fight for the right things this time around. He believes in the fire in Maddy’s whisky eyes and the passion that ignites the air between them. This bad-boy heartbreaker wants a last shot to be redeemed by the only thing that matters: Maddy’s love.

Billy Wilkins was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, an NHL hockey team and he’s miserable. The coach doesn’t believe in his rough playing style and Billy is resisting change. Madelyn Cornish wants nothing to do with him following her surprise confrontation with him at Victoria’s party but she’s being forced to because her producers have put Billy on her show as part of a short term makeover project. No one knows of their history and that he’s her ex-husband.

I wasn’t excited about reading this story as Billy seemed to be a bit of a wreck in the earlier books. Well, this turned out to be my most favorite of the series.

Billy IS a wreck but not for the reasons I thought. Instead of being just a wild man on hockey skates, brutal for the sake of the fight, Billy was expressing his anguish in the only way he knew how. When he and Madelyn ended their marriage, it seemed it was a choice he was ready to make. We learn so much more about this man, what led him to ultimately destroy his marriage and his relationship with Madelyn and the toll it ultimately took on his life.

Madelyn expressed her pain caused by the demise of their relationship so completely differently. She reinvented herself, becoming a glossy on air professional who was the picture of perfection, never losing her cool or displaying any extreme emotion. She was a brittle woman with no meaningful relationships in her life but on the surface appearing to be a model of success in her business.

This is a heart wrenching story as both Billy and Madelyn have to give up their protective shells in order to find their own hearts and the way back to each other. At times it is excruciatingly painful to experience but the payoff is huge. Billy’s family unwittingly plays a significant role in their reunion as well. It all plays out in the midst of both of their careers, forcing them to reassess what is really important in their lives. I ached for both of them individually and for their fractured relationship. I really admired Billy for the risks he ultimately took to get this woman back and how vulnerable he was willing to be, publicly and privately.

I’m so glad I didn’t put off reading this book. It was tough, funny, steamy, sad and romantic with an ending that was so very satisfying. I don’t often read a story that has me be quite so emotionally strung out and it pushed me to my limits. It was a perfect ending to an extraordinary series and this story will always be one of my favorites.

(NetGalley ARC)

About Molly O’Keefe

Molly O’Keefe has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.

She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn’t looked back. She loves exploring every character’s road towards happily ever after.

Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she went to university in St. Louis where she met and fell in love with the editor of her school newspaper. They followed each other around the world for several years and finally got married and settled down in Toronto, Ontario. They welcomed their son into their family in 2006, and their daughter in 2008. When she’s not at the park or cleaning up the toy room, Molly is working hard on her next novel, trying to exercise, stalking Tina Fey on the internet and dreaming of the day she can finish a cup of coffee without interruption.

Dishing It Out, her last Harlequin Flipside won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for best Flipside in 2005.

Her Superromance Baby Makes Three won the RT Reviewer’s Choice for best Superromance in 2006 and her novella, “The Christmas Eve Promise” in The Night Before Christmas was nominated for a RITA in 2009. Her book Crazy Thing Called Love won the RITA in 2014.

Review: Naughty and Nice by Knox, O’Keefe, Sloane

Review: Naughty and Nice by Knox, O’Keefe, Sloane

Posted December 8, 2012 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

ROOM AT THE INN by Ruthie Knox After falling in love with Ruthie Knox’s other books, I knew I had to read Room at the Inn for a little holiday hotness and cheer. I’m slowly getting into Contemporary Romance and Knox is one of the authors that is on my audio buy list for the genre. She knows how to write a story with heart. Her couples not only have hot sex but their is a real romance between them and a great plot in each of her books. Room at the Inn is a great holiday romance where a couple that have been on and off over the last few years get a second chance to make it work. I love that Carson and […]

Can’t Hurry Love by Molly O’Keefe

Can’t Hurry Love by Molly O’Keefe

Posted September 19, 2012 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

Victoria Schulman, half sister of Luc Baker, returned to Crooked Creek Ranch in Texas just before the death of her father, hoping that she would receive a healthy part of his legacy so she can pick up the pieces of her life. Her late husband left her destitute and shamed following the discovery of his illegal Ponzi scheme and subsequent suicide. Now she’s been left the ranch and is ready to learn how to manage it so that she and her seven-year old son, Jacob, can move on with their lives. However, Eli Turnbull, the ranch foreman who has been waiting to recover the property taken from his family many years ago, has a different plan. I must admit I dragged my feet a little […]

Can’t Buy Me Love by Molly O’Keefe

Can’t Buy Me Love by Molly O’Keefe

Posted September 18, 2012 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

Tara Jean Sweet made a deal with 90-year old Lyle Baker to help lure his estranged son Luc and daughter Victoria back to his ranch in Texas. Lyle is dying and wants to see his children before his demise as he hasn’t had contact with them for years. Luc is facing the possibility of the end of his professional hockey career because of a head injury and Victoria has been living a nightmare the past year because of her husband’s Ponzi scheme that left many financially shattered. The ruse worked as they bought the act, believing Tara Jean to be a gold digger ready to marry their father and abscond with their inheritance. I was pleased to discover that this was not the light fare […]