She’s taking a walk on HIS wild side!
star.” — Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author
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.
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 . . .
Crazy For You is the the second book in the Risking It All series and takes place in the small town of Haven, North Carolina. In it, Rachel Lacey shares the story of Emma and Ryan, who have known each other since childhood. Ryan was best friends with Emma’s brother, who tragically died in Afghanistan, and because of a promise that Ryan made to him about his little sister- Emma is “hands off”. Everything changes between them though after Emma is challenged by her friends to go for a ride with her arms wrapped around Ryan on his motorcycle. We soon see that as the chemistry and attraction builds between them, the friend-zone approach gets more difficult to maintain. So much so, that they come to an agreement… a friends with benefits type of arrangement.
Emma and Ryan are extremely likable characters and in their story, their relationship is fun and flirty and the romance is sexy. There’s just enough steam to keep this novel in the contemporary romance category without crossing over into the erotic genre. Not only is their relationship enjoyable to watch, as it transforms from friendship into them becoming lovers, but their entire group of friends are entertaining. Since this is the second book in the series, it will be fun to learn the other character’s stories in their upcoming novels.
If you are looking for a fun and easy summer read, then you’ll enjoy Crazy For You! It’s a lighthearted book, but doesn’t really have a lot of the drama or excitement that I generally look for in my novels. The characters are enjoyable and funny, but this isn’t really that different than many of the other friends-to-lovers stories that I’ve read. I would’ve liked a little more depth to the story and the characters, maybe more conflict- but that’s just me.
I give Crazy For You 3.5 silver buckles!
The wind bit through her thin, knit gloves, hitting her fingers with an icy blast. Actually, every part of her was freezing, but she didn’t care. She wrapped her arms more firmly around Ryan’s waist, anchoring herself to him so she didn’t tumble off the back of the bike, and somehow her hands slipped beneath his jacket. Ahh. That was better. Toasty warm, and also…her hands were on his T-shirt. Even through her gloves, she felt the hard contour of his abs, and nope, she wasn’t cold now.
And this was absolutely freaking amazing.
She hung on tight as he guided them over Haven’s twisting mountain roads, deserted at this hour. Overhead the moon shone like a beacon, illuminating the night in its soft, silvery glow. The roar of the engine and the slap of the wind against her face shocked her senses. It was thrilling, invigorating, so completely different from riding inside a car.
She’d never have done this if Mandy hadn’t dared her, and now she felt like her eyes were open for the first time in years. This was what she needed. Somewhere along the way, as she sat at the bar talking to Ryan, she’d realized she was having fun, really having fun. And she wanted more. She wanted it all, every last wild and crazy fantasy.
All too soon, her building came into view. Ryan cut the engine and guided them quietly into the driveway, coming to a stop behind her silver Toyota RAV4. He turned his head to look at her, so sexy in his helmet and riding glasses. “So how was it?”
“Even better than I thought it would be.” She gulped for air. His lips were way too close to hers, and she was still a little bit drunk on beer and a whole lot drunk on her first motorcycle ride. Mandy’s words echoed in her ears. Bonus points if you kiss him. Just stand up a bit, lean over his shoulder, and…
Emma leaned forward, her chest sliding up his back as she tipped her face to his. Holy hell, she had completely lost her mind, but she was going for it. Every nerve in her body went haywire.
Clunk. Her helmet smacked into his, drawing her up an inch short of his lips.
contemporary romance author and semi-reformed travel junkie. She’s been climbed
by a monkey on a mountain in Japan, gone scuba diving on the Great Barrier
Reef, and camped out overnight in New York City for a chance to be an extra in
a movie. These days, the majority of her adventures take place on the pages of
the books she writes. She lives in warm and sunny North Carolina with her
husband, son, and a variety of rescue pets.