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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Crazy For Love by Victoria Dahl

Crazy For Love by Victoria Dahl
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (376 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Chloe Turner thought she was going to marry the perfect man-until her fiancé's plane crashed. And then she got the really bad news: he'd tried to fake his own death to avoid marrying her. Now America's most famous bridezilla (a tag she most definitely does not deserve), Chloe escapes to a remote island to avoid the paparazzi. And right next door is a man who just might be the cure for Chloe's heartache....

A magnet for wild, complicated women, Max Sullivan is relieved to have finally found someone "normal." Chloe is his girl-next-door fantasy come to life, and best of all, she gets him. With her, he can be himself, a treasure-hunting millionaire who desperately wants out of his sexy but reckless job. But when Chloe's notoriety catches up with them, will their torrid romance make it to the mainland?
On a small island off the coast of Virginia, four troubled souls arrive seeking a refuge to lick their wounds and heal enough to face their challenges in their real world.

Victoria Dahl, with finesse and charming style, weaves the lives of two accountants, a dive supervisor on a treasure hunting ship, and a workaholic scientist together creating love stories that are breathtaking and beautiful at times and full of angst at other times. Exquisite imagery, subtle humor, and remarkable character development make Crazy For Lovesparkle with life and energy.

Max Sullivan, with his image of a fun-loving, carefree treasure hunter, has hidden his true personality for years. When Chloe sees through this guise, he finds himself struggling with his control issues that rule his actions.

To him the pretty, curvy Chloe pulsates with warmth, peace, calm and normalcy—things so far from his life. However, the paparazzi depict her as the crazy, worst bridezilla on earth. They have made her life a torment for weeks. She has declared they will not control her thoughts and action while she is on her island respite. But, the ugliness invades setting her trust issues and Max’s control issues on full alert.

Chloe’s protective friend Jenn lives her life being afraid of becoming like her mother who believes all men cheat. The good ones are just more discrete about it. Consequently, Jenn is shy and off-putting around men while longing to be loved. When Max’s brother Elliott makes awkward overtures, Jenn is smitten but flounders in connecting with him.

Back in Richmond where the bizarre situation created by Chloe’s ex-fiancĂ©’s antics started a media feeding frenzy, emotions, manipulations, and secret dealings create an atmosphere of intrigues.

However, the transporting love scenes make Crazy For Love a sizzling, satisfying story while giving the reader a glimpse of the deep emotional needs being met by soul mates that chance to meet on the beach of a little island.