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Series: Life and Love on the Lam #2
Publisher: Loveswept on December 9, 2013
Genre(s): Romantic Comedy (Adult)
Once you escape from prison and ride off into the sunset with the gorgeous guy who helped you nail a killer, you live happily ever after, right? Well, not exactly—not if you’re Mazie Maguire, and the flow chart of your life looks like a pinball machine.
Mazie has broken up with her guy, Ben Labeck, she can’t pay her rent, her car is infested with mice, and she’s working at a coffee shop where the dress code is teddies, thongs, and toe-cleavage heels. Now Ben is the chief suspect in a murder investigation, and Mazie’s tapping into her fugitive wiles to keep him out of jail. Strictly as friends, she vows. No kissing, no touching, no romance.
But how is Mazie supposed to keep her thoughts platonic when her “buddy” is giving her erotic back rubs, and a make-believe-we’re-newlyweds charade puts her in the mood for a wedding night?
Mazie Maguire, recently out of prison now that her conviction has been overturned, may have her freedom, but she doesn’t have much else. Her happily ever after with the handsome Ben lasted all of five days, and she is left with little more than a tiny apartment, a crappy job, and a car she calls Pig. But of course, this is Mazie we’re talking about, which means that no matter how bad things get, they’ll never be boring!
Before she knows it, she’s traded in her mystery-shopper job for slinging lattes while parading around in scanty lingerie, and when her mean old cougar of an ex-boss turns up dead, it’s Mazie’s ex Ben who’s the prime suspect. Our favorite characters from the first book, including the fabulous Magenta, are on hand as Mazie sets out to prove Ben’s innocence and survive lots of mayhem in the process.
In my reading experience, when a book ends with a love match, it’s not that easy to create a great sequel — unless maybe the focus is a different pair than the first book featured. Too often, the sequel only serves to mess up the happily ever after by throwing a bunch of contrived drama at the couple, Crazy for You manages to avoid that mistake in the best way. It begins not long after the end of The Escape Diaries, with Mazie and Ben already separated, though neither really understands where they went wrong. The situation is so utterly believable that it’s a perfect start to the story, turning Crazy for You into an adventure-filled journey to reconnect these crazy lovebirds without ruining what we loved about them in the first place.
I fell madly in love with the first book in the series, and while it remains my favorite, this one came in a very close second. From the bumbling cops to the loyal patrons at Hottie Latte to Mazie’s MacGyver-esque use of Stayfree maxi pads, Crazy for You is a ridiculously fun read. Rosetti’s delivery of adventure and comedy — with just a dash of romance — is once again brilliant. I was actually supposed to review this book as part of a blog tour, but technology conspired against me, so I wasn’t able to get the ebook on schedule. I guess it just goes to show how much I love this series that I broke down and bought it myself!