Hey crew check out my review for Michelle Pace’s solo debut as an author. CRAZY LOVE is her first written without a co-author. I thought I loved her stories before but Crazy Love heightened it.
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After dropping out of law school, Sam Beaumont fears coming home will either be like sucking poison out of snakebite or drowning in a bathtub of gin. He dreads the whirlwind of being a blue-blood in Savannah, and between his mother and his brother a peaceful existence is out of the question.
Miles away from her ugly past, Annie Clarke is thriving in pharmacy school. Uncomfortable with her own success, she begins to fall back to her self-sabotaging ways.
Then along comes Trip Beaumont, a hot, edgy artist. Every instinct in her says run, which only makes him that much more tempting. The day she finally agrees to go out with him, his younger brother, Sam, shows up. Sam’s first words about Trip chill her: “Don’t be fooled by the act. Prince Charming is a toxic monster.”
Annie soon sees that Sam’s callous exterior is a direct result of coping with a family as dysfunctional as her own. Could love shield them both from spiraling into madness, or will their crazy worlds collide like renegade storm fronts leaving devastation and destruction in their wake?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I am crazy in love with Michelle Pace’s solo debut. I have absolutely loved her previous books that she co-authored on. But reading Crazy Love, proved that Pace can do it on her own and has mad skills for capturing a life and putting it to paper.
Similarly to her joint ventures, Crazy Love is packed full of characters. However, the eclectic array of personalities is neither diluted because character development is lacking nor muddled because you can’t keep up with who’s who or what they are doing. Although each of the characters’ stories is interwoven and could not occur without the others, the independent sub-stories from each pull you deep into the chapters.
Sam and Trip Beaumont. Their southern charm and gentlemanly ways to have you swooning for the lure of the south. They had me craving sweet tea with a whole lot of manliness, Beaumont boys style.
Annabelle. I loved her tenacity and gift of inner strength and courage. Her perseverance to do better and not let her past be her blight was so good to see in a female m/c.
Violet. This born and bred southern belle has a vivacity to her that goes against what all good southern girls should do. I love that she is her own woman.
Jayse. His flamboyancy and smart mouth took some of the pressure of the angst and some of the heaviness throughout the story. His character would make for a great spin off to Crazy Love.
What I absolutely love about Michelle Pace’s stories is how diverse she makes her characters. She is not reluctant or shy to casually (in that it is not forced or awkward) have characters and story lines that are sometimes socially averted (not necessarily and maybe entirely) by authors. Whether it be race, color, or sexuality, Pace writes these characters’ stories, not to make a point that they are present but that they just are.
Michelle Pace, gave me a story that I easily fell in crazy love for and was sad when I came to the last page. I can’t wait to see what she brings us next.
Michelle Pace lives in north Texas with her husband, Les, who is also a novelist. She is the mother of two lovely daughters, Holly and Bridgette, and one uber-charismatic son, Kai. A former singer and actress, Michelle has always enjoyed entertaining people and is excited to continue to do so as a writer.
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