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Monday, November 10, 2008

What Looks Like Crazy

What Looks Like Crazy by Charlotte Hughes
Publisher: Jove Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 5 Books
Review by Camellia

Psychologist Kate Holly's own life has become the stuff of intensive therapy. She's divorcing her gorgeous firefighter husband, she has an eccentric secretary, her mother and aunt have erected a vaguely sexual sculpture in her front yard, and her psychiatrist ex-boyfriend won't stop calling to find out what color panties she's wearing. Now, Kate's being bombarded with mysterious threats, and the only person who can help her is the one man who always makes her lose her mind-and heart.

What Looks Like Crazy is a beguiling comic romance that reminds me of a quote attributed to a Quaker, speaking to his wife, “All the world is queer save me and thee; and sometimes I think thee is a little queer”. This book is fun to read. It is full of human eccentricities that make one smile and even laugh aloud at times.

It seems as if the blind is leading the blind as Dr. Kate Holly, a psychologist, strives with all her might to help her patients overcome their problems while dealing with her own wild, opinionated family, neighbors, and friends.

Charlotte Hughes creates such a vibrant picture of Kate trying to build a new practice while working through a minefield of professional and personal difficulties that the reader feels as if she is right there in all the confusion.

The humor ranges from broad to subtle and is not always politically correct or reverent. Ms. Hughes’ delightful way of writing adds a dimension to the story that deals with serious psychological problems in a way that does not negate the seriousness but presents the problems through characters that have very original and hilarious ways of dealing with them.

The secondary characters enhance the story with their outrageous behavior. Of course, everyone should have a friend like Mona and a “yummy” true love like Jay.

What Looks Like Crazy made me laugh, cry, and forget about my own troubles for a while. It is a breath of fresh air. I’m looking forward to Nutcase, a sequel.