An island vacation at a 5-star resort for her brother's wedding should have been relaxing. But for single mom Lena Oserkowski, it's stress-inducing. As long as she stays away from the water, her biggest fear, it'll be okay, right? Except when her son gets into trouble at the pool, Lena ends up needing her own rescue. To her surprise—and mortification—a gorgeous stranger comes to her aid. Suddenly her trip just got a whole lot more interesting.
Elliot Debusshere is disillusioned with his wealthy playboy lifestyle and wants nothing more than to bring some meaning and purpose to the charity he runs. When he saves a quirky, beautiful woman from a case of heat exhaustion and meets her son, Tyler, he has no idea the answer to his problems might have just fallen in his lap. Literally. But pleasure has a sneaky way of mixing with their business, leaving both dazed and confused. Elliot isn't father material—except the longer he spends with Lena and Tyler, the more he wants to be. Now he just needs to prove it.
Each book in the Crazy Love series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Driving Her Crazy
Book #2 Kissing Her Crazy
Book #3 Loving Her Crazy
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Kissing Her Crazy
A Crazy Love Story
By Kira Archer, Erin Molta, Heather Howland
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Elliot aimed his most enticing smile at the bikini-clad brunette who was making her third circuit past his chaise lounge. He was glad his sunglasses covered his eyes so he didn't have to put forth the effort to make the smile genuine. It wasn't that she wasn't completely hot. She was. And usually he'd be more than interested. But lately, he'd gotten a little tired of the bevy of girls only too willing to be seen on the arm of Elliot Debusshere.
That realization surprised him a bit. He'd always enjoyed the perks that came with being the only son of two very successful parents. His sisters had been much more sheltered. Controlled. One had taken to it better than the other. Lilah was, and continued to be, their mother's perfect little angel. Only his twin Cherice had had the courage and drive to get out on her own. Do what she wanted. Be happy. He envied her.
And now, he was sitting poolside at the island resort hotel where Cher would soon marry the blue collar man of her dreams, much to their parents' dismay. Elliot wanted to stand up and cheer every time he thought about it. He'd always admired Cher's independent streak. He'd just never had much desire to emulate it. Until recently.
His life bored him, plain and simple. It was shallow. Empty. Filled with friends who weren't really his friends and women who only wanted him for what he could buy them. His "job" running the family charity was mostly something his parents let him do so he'd have something on his resume. And so far, he'd hardly done anything with it. To be honest, he'd barely done enough with the charity to qualify as work. But for months now, he'd been trying to rectify that situation. His parents, however, were used to how things were run and weren't too enthused about changing things.
He could charm the cash out of the cold-hearted clutches of their friends at the annual fundraiser without breaking a sweat, and they were more than happy for him to keep doing that. But it wasn't enough for him anymore. The money was ferried out to so many different charities he doubted it really made a difference to any of them. And it should. He wanted to up the game. But they'd shot down every idea he'd come up with for redirecting or expanding the charity, dismissing him without even listening.
He took a sip of ice water and frowned. Refreshing, but not nearly strong enough to dull the raw mass of depression that had been eating at his gut since he and his parents had had their last little talk. It had surprised the hell out of him that he actually cared about running the charity. Sure, it had always been a great way to get chicks. Everyone loved a philanthropist, right? But ever since the last charity event, where he'd actually met some of the kids that they donated to, there had been a niggling feeling in the back of his mind that he wanted to do more. He suddenly wanted to make a difference. Perhaps it would make his parents happy if he promised them he'd raise double the money they brought in last year. He needed to prove to them that he was more than just a spoiled playboy, or he'd be stuck in this rut forever and an even worse waste of space than he currently was.
"God, you're a morbid son of a bitch," he muttered to himself, taking another swig of water.
"Hey, there, mind if I sit down?" The brunette from earlier sat down on the chaise next to him, apparently having worked up the nerve to approach.
Elliot plastered his charmer smile on his face, shoving down all the unpleasant emotions roiling through his system. He couldn't run from it forever, but for a few minutes at least, flirting with a beautiful woman might make him forget about his parents, his so-called job, and his boring life.
"Not at all." He sat up and held out his hand. "I'm Elliot Debusshere."
"Stacy Connors," she said, slowly sliding her hand into his so her fingertips lingered along every inch of his hand and palm before coming to a rest.
Nice move. He wondered how long she'd practiced it and then gave himself a mental kick. He didn't even know her. She might be a perfectly genuine person.
"Would you like a drink?" he asked, waving a waiter over.
"That would be great, thanks. It's hot out today." She flipped her thick, chocolate-hued hair over her shoulder, giving him a better view of her body beneath her skimpy lace cover-up.
He didn't miss the quick glance she raked over him, taking in not only the body he made sure looked impressive, but also the expensive watch on his wrist, his designer sunglasses, and the number to the penthouse suite he told the waiter to bill her drink to.
He knew her type. And usually he'd be very interested. But for some reason, he couldn't keep his mind on her or the nonsense coming out of her mouth.
Elliot's gaze wandered over the other guests enjoying the deluxe pool grounds. Water slides flowed from fake mountains, and an aquarium was set into one side of the pool, which gave the guests the illusion of literally swimming with the fishes — and a few sharks, if he wasn't mistaken. There were a lot more kids around than he was used to.
The hotel had other pools he could have chosen. But this one, with its waterfall and palm trees sprinkled liberally around, had felt more tropical, like he was relaxing in some jungle oasis rather than at a five star resort.
The woman beside him asked him something, and he turned to ask her to repeat the question when he caught sight of a total knockout standing ankle deep in the opposite side of the pool. But what had caught his attention wasn't the fact that her modest, one-piece swimsuit clung to her like plum-colored perfection, accenting her blond coloring and showcasing her beauty in a way that the skimpiest bikini never could have. Or even the fanny pack she wore around her waist — Who wore those anymore? It was the look of sheer terror on her face.
Her eyes were wide, staring at a little boy standing in the shallow water near the aquarium.
"Tyler!" she shouted. "Get out of the pool right now!"
Stacy tsked. "Some people. If you can't control your kids, you shouldn't bring them out in public."
Any interest Elliot might have had in her evaporated.
"I'm sorry, but I've got to go. If you'll excuse me," he said. He stood and gave her a sharp nod before heading toward the pool.
The woman had waded a little farther in. Her face was completely bloodless, so pale even her lips had lost their color. Her gaze darted from the child to the surrounding water like they were standing in a river of molten lava instead of a pool not more than three feet deep.
Elliot wasn't sure what he could do to help, but he was going to find out.
Lena paced back and forth near the edge of the hotel pool, her heart pounding in her throat. The pool sported a large ramp that sloped gently into deeper water instead of the typical cement lip and the water lapped gently at her toes. That was as far as she'd go. Under normal circumstances. She and any body of water, no matter how large or small, did not mix. Ever. And if Tyler wouldn't get out, she wasn't sure what she was going to do.
"Tyler Nathaniel, you get out of the pool right now!" she called again.
Tyler, nearly drunk with joy over his first foray into a massive, watery wonderland, pretended not to hear her.
She couldn't really blame him. The pool had been designed as a child's fantasyland come to life. Waterfalls, water spouts, and jets sprouted out in every direction. One wall of the pool even butted up to an aquarium. The wall was thick Plexiglass, enabling the kids to "swim" with the exotic fish.
While Lena knew there was no logical chance of the fish and her child actually touching one another, she'd done her best to steer Tyler clear of that wall. No need to make the whole swimming thing even more dangerous than it already was. Especially for an inexperienced kid like Tyler. Heck, he'd never done more than run through the sprinklers in their backyard before. Even those little plastic baby pools had been too much for her to handle.
But when he'd seen the amazing pool at the hotel where they were staying for her brother Oz's wedding, Tyler had begged her and she'd finally given in. After all, swimming was a totally normal part of life. For most people. And she didn't want to inflict all her fears on her child. But still ... What if she couldn't get him out?
Panic clawed at her throat, and she choked back tears. He was having a good time and theoretically, she knew he was safe. With a life vest and arm floaties, he wasn't likely to drown in the waist-deep water he stood in. Especially with a lifeguard on duty. But it was time to go, he wasn't interested in leaving, and she couldn't go in to get him.
"Tyler!" she called again, trying to keep the fear from her voice. She didn't want to freak anyone out. He ducked under another waterfall, his laughter echoing from behind the water.
"Come on, Tyler, we need to go. You can come back later."
"Ten more minutes!"
"No, Tyler, now!"
He giggled and ran farther off, water spraying around him as he splashed away.
She hated resorting to bribes and usually didn't need to. Tyler was a pretty good kid. But enough was enough. At that moment, she'd promise him anything as long as he got out of the damn pool.
"Tyler, it's time to go get some ice cream! Don't you want to go get a nice, big hot fudge sundae? You can get extra sprinkles."
"No, I wanna swim!" he said, splashing around.
That surprised her. Tyler loved ice cream more than any other food in the world. Okay. Bigger ammo.
"I'll let you stay up past your bedtime tonight."
No response at all.
"You can play the Xbox that's in our room!"
That one made him pause. She didn't usually allow him to play video games. Finding an Xbox in their hotel room had been the highlight of the trip for him until he realized he wouldn't get to play it here, either. She was sure that bribe would work. And it looked like it might until one of the other kids excitedly shrieked. A shark had come up to the glass for a visit, and all the kids were getting as close as they dared. A huge grin broke out on Tyler's face, and he headed straight for the wall.
Terror flooded through Lena. The water was now up to Tyler's waist. And there was a freaking shark ten feet away from him! She didn't care if there was glass between them. She wanted her baby out of that pool, now!
"Tyler!" She knew her panic was showing. She was drawing stares from other parents. One of the lifeguards had taken notice and was assessing the situation, unsure what to do, since no one was actually in danger. Well, maybe she was, from hyperventilating. She couldn't seem to draw a deep breath.
"Tyler, get out right now! I'll take you shopping. You can pick out any toy you want."
Nothing. He didn't even look at her.
"How about we get you your very own Xbox? Do you want to go get an Xbox? You can play it every day!"
His little hand pressed against the glass, and Lena's heart jumped into her throat. Her stomach roiled. She slid a foot farther into the water, her whole body trembling. It was up to her ankle. She hadn't had any part of her body completely submerged since she was two years old and had almost drowned in her grandparents' hot tub. She'd taken off her arm floaties when her mom wasn't watching and had stepped right in. And had immediately sunk. She didn't even remember the exact incident. But every time she got near any body of water, she could feel the pressure of all that liquid weight crushing her, pushing her down to the bottom, just like it had that day. Why did she let her own child traipse right into a watery death trap from which she couldn't extract him? What kind of mother was she? And how the hell was she going to get her son when she could barely force herself to put more than her foot in the water?
There were enough people in the pool ... Maybe she could convince a few to line up so she could walk across their heads. Or have them pass her around like in some concert mosh pit. She'd even ask a nice, strong guy to give her a piggy back ride if it would get her to Tyler without having to go in the water any deeper.
The boy laughed and pounded on the glass. The shark jerked and swished its tail.
"Tyler! Get out right now," she shouted, no longer caring who was watching.
The lifeguard climbed a few steps down from his tower, still confused but obviously wanting to get her and her kid away from the pool before she had a full-on panic attack. He'd better hurry.
Before he could get all the way off his tower, a leanly muscled man with artfully tousled hair and a smile on his face that would charm a used car salesman, came up to him. He clapped the lifeguard on the back and said something to him that made the guard nod and climb back up his tower.
No, no, no! He needs to rescue Tyler! Lena slid her other foot into the pool, closing her eyes briefly against the wave of terror that strangled her. She waded in up to her shins, biting her lip to keep back the whimpering scream that crawled up her throat. Black spots flickered at her vision, and the world tilted slightly, but she fought it back, sucking in one breath after another until the world righted itself. She needed to get to her son.
The man who'd spoken to the lifeguard yanked his shirt over his head and kicked off his flip-flops. He waded into the pool, aimed a megawatt smile at her, and held up a hand in a slight wave. Her stomach unclenched a fraction. He looked a bit familiar. Actually, he reminded her of Cher, her soon-to-be sister-in-law. They had the same hair color, similar features. But she hadn't met him before. Still, something about him calmed her a bit. He waded across the pool toward Tyler, and Lena almost collapsed, her head swimming with unreleased adrenaline and overwhelming relief.
She backed out of the water, her body relaxing a few more degrees now that it was no longer imminently in danger from drowning. And yes, she knew that was an exaggeration, but at that moment she didn't care.
The man made it to Tyler. He leaned down to talk to him. Tyler immediately grabbed his hand and dragged him closer to the glass. Lena closed her eyes and groaned. She'd given Tyler the stranger-danger talk a million times and still he was way too friendly with strangers. Especially men. And no, he probably wasn't in any danger from the kind, charismatic man who was crouched in the water pointing at fish with him, but still. You never knew. He should have at least looked back to her for permission to speak to him.
They talked a little more, and then Tyler jumped up and down, a huge grin on his face. He held his arms up to the man who swung Tyler up on his shoulders and started walking toward her. Tyler looked so natural sitting up on the man's shoulders, giggling and chatting away. She'd have to take the man out to dinner or something to thank him for rescuing her baby.
The world spun around her again, and she wasn't sure if it was from sheer and utter relief that Tyler was safely out of the water, the insanely hot sun she'd been standing in for the better part of the afternoon, the fact that she'd been up to her shins in water for the first time in twenty-four years, or the realization that the tempting man with the amazing smile had an incredible body to match. Her panic had eclipsed anything else, including the toned muscles and broad shoulders of her new hero. But with her son safely out of harm's way, it was hard not to notice. The man had the body of a freaking god, all tanned and hard, streams of water running down his chest and glistening in the sun.
The stranger took Tyler down from his shoulders, and his smile warmed the residual ice from her blood that Tyler's stunt and her own little foray into the pool had put there. Her son's hand slipped into hers. She looked up at the man to say thank you.
The last thing she saw was the smile dropping off his face before everything went black.CHAPTER 2
Elliot carried the woozy woman into his room, her little boy following anxiously behind.
"Is Mommy going to be okay?"
Elliot glanced down, feeling like he had in grade school whenever the teacher had called on him to answer a question he couldn't answer — squirming with anxiety and no clue what to say. He sure as hell hoped the woman was okay because he had no idea what to do with the kid.
"No worries, little man. She'll be fine. I promise."
He laid her down on the bed, making sure her head was cradled comfortably on the pillows. She looked up at him, squinting like she couldn't quite make him out. Then she sighed and closed her eyes. Within seconds, a faint snore emanated from her perfect heart-shaped mouth. His eyebrows rose, and he glanced back at the boy who giggled.
Elliot bit back a laugh, held his finger up to his lips, and mock whispered, "Let's be quiet so she can sleep."
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What a great story this is from Kira. I loved it the first time I read it, I loved it even more this time. This is Elliot and Lena's story. Lena is Oz's sister and he's marrying Elliot's sister. They've gone off to an island in the Caribbean and the book opens with Lena standing ankle deep in a pool while her 6 year old son refuses to get out of the pool. Lena has a horrific fear of water. When Elliot first hears her yelling at Tyler to come out of the water, he gets up to go help. What starts as begging, yelling and pleading turns into a panic attack, Elliot gets in the pool with Tyler and makes a friend for life and as they get out, Lena blacks out. Elliot being the good man he is and has everything under control, carries Lena to his over sizes bungalow, lets Lena sleep after calling for the resort Dr just to have her checked and realizes he has no idea what to do with a 6 year old. Feed them sugar, snacks and let them play x-box he decides. He and Tyler enjoy the afternoon while Lena sleeps and when she wakes up, she's back to all business. She and Tyler live with Oz and his soon to be wife Cher, there's nothing more than Lena wants to get her own place and have some sort of business or success. Cher and Elliot are the black sheep twins of the family. Their parents are nasty snobs and Cher broke free first, with the help of Oz, moving away and starting a clothing store that helps women who are getting back on their feet dress for work etc. She's done a great job and done so well. Oz is a mechanic. Lena has a binder she takes with her everywhere, filled with ideas for businesses and ventures. She's got great ideas, none of them ever panned out. This is a real tender spot for her. Elliot has a rep as a serial dater and do nothing but run the family charity but he's so much more. He's so much more, but his parents don't let him do anything else. They really suck. In such a bad way. Elliot is taken with Lena and Lena with him. Lena is always mindful of Tyler and he comes first. When the two of them get involved not just romantically but work a few little business ideas on the side, life is looking great. Lena instills a confidence in him that he didn't have. Meanwhile, Tyler is getting pretty attached to Elliot, and Elliot to him as well. Elliot seems to understand Tyler in a way that maybe be Lena doesn't and has a way of wiggling his way around him, to get things done. Lena is pretty stiff. She's damn stiff. As soon as she lets her guard down, it goes right back up. And where does that leave Lena? Can she keep using Tyler as a reason to keep people away? And Elliot? Can he regain all the trust he built with Lena? Lots of questions that remain to be answered and time is short. I loved this story as I said. I loved Lena and Elliot and of course Tyler. The writing is perfect, great plot, but what makes this book special really is Lena and Elliot and the depth of their emotions that really come through in the writing. It couldn't be more perfect. **advanced copy from NetGalley and Entangled for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**
3.5 Stars This was a quick, enjoyable read. I liked Ethan and Lena but I didn't really feel their connection to each other. I think if I had read the first book in this series, I would have enjoyed the book more *This is my voluntary review of a second look copy*
My Thoughts: After finding out who this book was going to be about, I got all grabby hands. When I met both Lena and Elliot, I really wanted to see what was next for them. And that's in general, I wasn't anticipating the possibility of it being with each other! The two of them are together thanks to the wedding of Lena's brother and Elliot's twin sister. Lena and Elliot have a few run-ins and soon their sexual tension reaches a breaking point. Of course, perfect match that they are, complications ensue with family. Lena isn't sure if Elliot will be good when it comes to raising children, and Elliot's family doesn't trust his intentions. Are they willing to make their relationship happen despite the obstacles? Kissing Her Crazy was completely insanely adorable. I absolutely loved the romance between Lena and Elliot--it was like they were made for each other. And the way that Elliot interacts with her son, Tyler... oh my god it was the cutest freaking thing ever. Kira Archer will definitely get more reads from me, and I'm especially excited to hear there's going to be another book in the Crazy Love series! My Rating: Very Good
3.5 Stars Elliot Debusshere is so over his current lifestyle as a playboy and wants to take the family charity, which he runs, to the next level but he can't come up with any ideas to do so. He's also hampered by his parents' lack of faith in him and their low expectations of him and he really needs something big to impress them. Little does he know that the woman he rescues from the pool would be the solution to his problem. And create a whole new set of problems for him. Lena Oserkowski has heard a lot about Elliot and his love 'em and leave 'em ways but when he rides to her rescue, she gets to know a different side of him - the ambitious dreamer and they strike up a bargain. For Lena's help in coming up with a winning idea to focus the charity's efforts on, Elliot would fund her business venture. But the attraction between them is hard to resist and they find themselves mixing business with pleasure with mixed reactions from everyone around them. They have to figure out what's growing between them and Lena has the added task of protecting her son from getting too close to Elliot to avoid being hurt. I really liked both Elliot and Lena. They are quite alike, in the sense that they have dreams which they haven't been able to turn into reality. For Elliot, it's because he hasn't shown any consistent interest in the family holdings before now, but to his credit he's changing that. Lena has had a lot of big and potentially successful ideas that tank when it comes to implementing them due to a lack of funding so she feels like a failure. With the disparity in their backgrounds, reservations from their siblings about their relationship and with Elliot's parents disparaging Lena at every turn, will Lena and Elliot be able to make their relationship work? KISSING HER CRAZY is sweet story about how finding the right person can be the inspiration to reach for your dreams; about both personal and family dreams, expectations and attitudes and how they affected the growing relationship between Lena and Elliot. I really disliked his parents, the lack of support they gave him and his ideas and the behavior towards Lena. I loved how encouraging their siblings were of their relationship but what I love most is the bond between Tyler and Elliot. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Light Vacation Romance Kissing Her Crazy by Kira Archer is the second novella in the Crazy Love series. It can be read as a stand-alone story. The main characters, Lena and Elliot, are fully developed and interesting. Single-mom, Lena, is struggling and only getting by with the help of her brother, Oz. Lena’s overprotectiveness hinges on neurotic when it comes to her son, Tyler. Elliot is the stereotypical man-child; he’s an irresponsible, trust-fund brat. Elliot is 26 going on 15 years old—at least socially. Secondary characters Oz and Cher were developed in a prior book, however, the author gives new readers plenty of insight into these two key secondary characters. I imagine that Elliot’s (and Cher’s) parents were developed a bit in the previous book because in Kissing Her Crazy they are rather one-dimensional caricatures. I couldn’t help but think that the author was trying to make a social statement with her depiction of Elliot’s and Cher’s parents. The premise of the vacation tryst turning to love isn’t new, but Ms. Archer has put a nice twist on it. This is not just a tropical vacation; the characters are spending the week in paradise for a very special wedding. Elliot and Lena meet in the resort pool, and Elliot is instantly taken with Lena. When they find out that they are each the siblings of the happy couple, they try to fight their attraction. Lena and Elliot both have to work through their individual insecurities and the mistakes of their past in order for people to see them as something other than what they’ve been labeled. With the encouragement of their siblings, Lena and Elliot make the brave decision to try something new and take some risks in order to find their bliss. I enjoyed Kissing Her Crazy; it is a light, fun romance. The novella is well paced, and it is easy to read. It would be great for a plane ride or an afternoon by the pool. A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley for an honest review
Kissing her Crazy is a sweet, contemporary romance story. While not unique, it is a good story all the same. Elliot’s twin sister is getting married and everyone is at a resort for the festivities. He sees an attractive young woman, clearly afraid of the water, trying to coax her young son out of the pool. He gets the boy for her and the mother ends up fainting at his feet. He entertains her son while she gets some rest and then finds out that she is the sister of his soon to be brother-in-law. Lena is leery about Elliott. He is attractive, a little immature, and way out of her league. But, things heat up when they join forces to help brainstorm ideas for Elliot’s family’s charitable foundation. She is full of ideas and he is good at the marketing and execution of ideas, so together they try to come up with something to WOW his family with. However, all work isn’t fun and they find some play time, together. While the story is cute, it didn’t wow me in any way. The writing is good, the characters are good, and so is the setting of the tropical paradise. However, my favorite pair was the Hero, Elliott, and Lena’s son. I wanted more of them and less of Elliott and Lena. The rest of the story didn’t hold my attention while reading it and I found myself putting it down more than expected. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with this story, I didn’t love it as much as I could have. That is not to say it isn’t good! It just wasn’t for me. *A copy of this book was provided for review.
A super feel good romance with a destination wedding, a precocious little boy, harried single mother and a man-child playboy. "Kissing Her Crazy" is the follow up novel to "Driving Her Crazy" and it does not disappoint. It is an excellent stand alone novel loaded with sexual tension, character growth, and spice. But it brings something unexpected to the table - the sexiness of a handsome man having fun and taking care of a rambunctious child. Now that's HOT! Kira Archer did not drop the ball on the sequel in her Crazy Love series - it is just as good as its predecessor. Once again, Kira Archer has two characters struggling with class difference but this time it rides with a side car of the welfare of a child. Does a single playboy automatically and easily slip into a role of "Dad" shucking the mantle of "Man Child". Yes there is the heartbreak of the heroine when it comes time to go their separate ways but what of the attachment of the boy who has grown fond of the man who takes him swimming and plays video games with him, even reassuring him that dancing with girls isn't always yucky. "Kissing Her Crazy" is touching, funny, thoughtful and hot, Hot, HOT! Ms Archer knows how to craft Heroes in my opinion, and Elliot was lovable in "Driving Her Crazy" and he is a definite and absolute treat in this novel. To read the entire review please visit: http://bit.ly/1NQC8tS This novel was provided by the Publisher for a honest review.
This is a lite-hearted, fun romance. The characters had amazing and down-to-earth personalities. Well, except for Elliot's parents. They were very wealthy and if you didn't run in there circles, then you just weren't good enough. Elliot seemed extremely immature for most of the story. It was hard to imagine that he was 26 years old. I did appreciate the fact that they didn't immediately fall in love and get married and I did notice how much Elliot had matured by the end of the book. I would love to be able to look into the future of this couple and see where they end up. Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
a wicked crazy good followup Oh WOW. I loved this story which is a follow up to DRIVING HER CRAZY. I enjoyed the romance between the MC and the little boy in the story is GOLD!—but I am sure you are wondering why I liked it… This is book about two people who have made mistakes and aren’t perfect. Yet they try to be and still aren’t picture perfect –They come to a beautiful location to see their respective siblings get married and find that they have a lot things in common with each other and that’s when the sparks happen and the chemistry is off the charts—Lena( who is the groom’s sister) and her son are so sweet and full of life come there to support her brother and run into Elliot ( the bride’s brother). He is at a crossroads in his life. His parents aren’t super supportive and he is trying to be mister perfect but cant. He is miserable and wants to do his own thing. Enter Lena who is exactly what he needs— Here is the whirlwind, exciting and passionate beach romance that I love. There is some twists to this story and at times emotional turns but the HEA is worth it. I loved this story and cannot wait for book 3 to come out. I really disliked Elliot’s parents but Elliot’s sister (who we met in book1) is awesome and Lena’s brother( the groom- who , too, we met in book 1- is just as great. I loved this story for its message that we do not have to be perfect, just strive to find happiness in what makes US happy. Great message. My rating: 4.4 stars **** ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review****
3 overall-romantically-satisfied Stars Kissing her Crazy takes place in a tropical resort where Lena’s big brother is getting married to Elliot’s twin sister. Coming from an influential family, Elliot is used to a bachelor, carefree existence, only lately he’s started to feel restless and unfulfilled by his lifestyle. Working for his parents’ charity, he is the top fundraiser and the handsome public face of it, but nothing more. Lena’s background couldn’t be more different, she is a single mom living at her brother’s house working part time and with lots of business ventures ideas – some great, some not some much… unfortunately not all of them have panned out. Taking into account her lack of funds to back them, well, she doesn’t have a lot of confidence left for her ideas. As soon as they set eyes on each other, Elliot and Lena feel an attraction like nothing else they’ve felt before. But he’s never been into relationships and he wouldn’t know what to do with a kid, and Lena is not sure she has time to take on another kid besides her own… even if he is the hottest man-child on Earth. Well, their chemistry won’t be denied, and they each bring out in the other the best of themselves. But things are never just that easy. With a great opposition from Elliot’s family and their own insecurities, it’s not certain they’ll be able to make it work. They’ll have to fight for a chance at true love. Well, this was a sweet and entertaining enough book. The characters were likable (except for the parents, those two were snobbishly rude and I’d love to slap the snootiness out of them). Their time together was pretty steamy and at times downright hot. I didn’t completely connect to either of them, but I liked Elliot more than Lena, as she was a bit prejudiced and quick to make judgments on Elliot whom she didn’t really know at the time. Still, it was a good read and it left me with a smile on my face, so I’m glad I gave it a chance. *I received a complimentary copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review*
3.5 Stars Elliot and Lena meet at a wedding, when Elliot rescues Lena's son. They are instantly attracted to each and realize that they like each other. Upon further conversation, Elliot inspires Lena to find a better life for her and her son, and she in turn inspires him to break free of his family. Will Elliot be able to convince his family to accept Ella? This is a cute story, but it wasn't very memorable. I like the characters, but didn't think their connection was real. The story felt rushed. I was given a free copy for an honest review by netgalley.com
4 stars Kissing Her Crazy was a sweet, heartwarming read. I enjoyed watching Elliot and Lena fall in love, they were both fun and likable characters. Lena's little boy Tyler was a hoot, loved watching Elliot connect with him. They made me laugh and swoon with some of their interactions. This was a well written story with relatable and lovable characters that grab your interest from the start and leave you with a huge smile on your face. Loved the epilogue =)
I loved Lena and Elliot's story. The way they met was such a heart touching scene. I loved how he instinctively knew what she needed. So beautiful and as a mom myself, the scene just moved me. That was when I knew I would love Elliot's character. I enjoyed their story from beginning to end, the way they interacted with each other and their siblings. His parents I did not like, at all. But I did love the way they were drawn to each other. Lena a little hesitant and Elliot definitely in but not quite sure how to handle his feelings. For me, this was a touching story of believing in yourself, look to help others, not to judge based on backgrounds, and encourage others to br the best they can be. I simply adored the epilogue. I will not say too much so I don't give anything away. However, it was a very proud moment and realistic. I loved the way it ended. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
A quick romantic read. I didn't really connect with this book. Elliot was great and his interaction with Tyler was fun to read. Unfortunately, I could never really get myself to like Lena. She was just too something. It wasn't all bad, though. The story developed well and the ending was satisfying.
If you are looking for something light, sweet, and good this may be the book for you. If you are looking for something more complicated with a bigger plot twist look somewhere else. I wanted a sweet, funny, sexy and with a little bit of emotion story and this is what I got from Kissing Her Crazy. I enjoyed this book a lot even though it was predictable. I loved the characters and my favorite of them all was definitely Tyler. That kid was awesome. Elliot was sexy, funny, charming and rich and in the other hand we have Lena who is an strong, young and smart single mother not soo rich. When I wrote before that the book was predictable it was in this aspect,we have the love story about the rich guy and the not rich girl. They don't go and immediately fall in love which I loved. There was attraction from the start and little by little both of them realize they actually cared for each other. Like I said before it was a light read that enjoyed even though I haven't read Driving Her Crazy that is book #1 about both Elliot and Lena sister and brother. So I think it is save to say you could read this as an stand-alone, but if you can read Driving Her Crazy first.. do it. **ARC received via Netgalley.com, thanks Netgalley and the author Kira Archer for the e-copy.**
Bringing back Oz and Cher's siblings, Ms. Archer takes us in a tale of Lena and Elliot. Elliot helps Lena overcome her fears and losen up as Lena helps Elliot grow up and get organized. this was a fun whirlwind romance where over the course of a week a strong bond is developed. I love Lena and Elliot each having their own quirks. I'd still like to take a hit out on Elliot and Cher's parents as I think they are horrible, but they keep the story moving. easy short read for a nice afternoon!
My advice is simple, don’t bother reading my review - just go and get yourself a copy of this delightful romance to escape into! I really enjoyed the first book in this series - Driving her Crazy - and this one was even better! The setting is idyllic - a luscious island with warm seas, beautiful beaches, superb scenery, in fact the ideal location for a wedding! The two stars of the previous book are there to marry and, amongst the wedding guests, are the stars of this story - their siblings - the bride’s twin brother (Elliot Debusshere) and the groom’s sister (Lena Oserkowski)….. Elliot is a unhappy with his current playboy lifestyle and wants to make a difference in the world. He’s working to promote the family charity but is feeling hampered by his parents’ attitudes and expectations. He has ideas but his parents always ridicule them and block his efforts. Lena is a single Mum and has her delightful young son, Tyler, with her. She’s looking forward to relaxing in the luxurious resort but there’s water everywhere and, after a childhood accident, she has a real phobia about large areas of water - like the pools or sea. She first meet Elliot whilst having a panic attack and suffering so badly from heat exhaustion that she passes out! He’s never dealt with children himself but finds himself inexplicably attracted to both Lena and her son. Lena is wary but the attraction between them is mutual. With his parents denigrating Lena and the wedding taking place in a few days, will love find a way or will family and time split them up before they have a chance to explore the possibility of having a HEA together? This is a well told tale where attitudes, expectations, family and hopes for the future all play significant roles and are amended as the characters get to know each other. It is a story of striving to be ‘better’, daring to try to achieve and finding the person to motivate you to be more. As I said originally, don’t read this review, go read the book! Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too for provided an ARC for me to read in exchange for this, my honest review. Also many thanks to the author who, without knowing how I would review this book, agreed to do a guest post with a giveaway which also was posted today at https://splashesintobooks.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/gp-fun-in-the-sun-by-kira-archer/
I thought that this was a cute romance that ended well for all the characters. I thought that it had a good lesson along with it too, never worry about what others want from you, do what makes you happy. Elliot had to make some choices that not everyone liked but he did what made him happy! Lena is a single mom that is on a trip to see her brother get married. Lena has a huge fear of water, as in pools and oceans and such. When Lena is trying to be a good mom and let her son Tyler go for a swim in the hotel pool, she suffers from heat exhaustion and passes out. I think a little of it was from her anxiety with water as well. Lena had seen Elliot come into the pool area earlier but did not pay much attention to him. Little did Lena know that Elliot would be the one saving her from her heat exhaustion and fainting spell. Elliot takes Lena to his room and calls the hotel doctor to check her out. All while Elliot is taking care of Lena, he also has to take care of her son Tyler, and he has no idea what to do with kids. Elliot manages with Tyler but not in the way that Lena would have preferred. Lena is pretty strict with what Tyler eats and what he does in his past time. Elliot lets Tyler do the things that his mom usually doesn't and Tyler falls in love with Elliot because of it. Tyler continues to check in Lena and take care of her and Tyler even after her fainting spell. When Lena and Tyler become closer and closer, they begin to talk about their work situations with each other and find that they have a lot in common and some of the ideas that Lena has can actually help Elliot out with his fundraising abilities with his charity that he runs for his dad and mom. When Tyler pitches the idea to his parents and is shot down, he decides then that he has to make some changes in his life and not always do what his parents want him to do. They have always treated Elliot like dirt and an outsider his whole life. The whole time Elliot and Lena are together at the hotel they talk about their plan to make the fundraiser for the charity for a good cause and help out foster kids that get adopted. Will Elliot's parents finally see the good that he wants to do or will they shoot him down again? You need to read this story to find out. I thought that Kira Archer did a very good job with this one and it flowed really well. Thanks for a great read Kira!
Lena Oserkowski is a busy single mom, with lots of great money making ideas, her only problem is that she hasn't been able turn one of her ideas into a successful business yet. She's hoping to start a full fledged business and start earning enough money to help purchase a home of her own and provide for her son. Her brother has been more than generous by providing her and her son a place to stay, and supporting them financially, and while she appreciates his help, she's ready to gain a little more independence. While staying at a luxury resort for her brothers wedding she meets a handsome stranger who might just be able to help her break into the business world, but the question is can they keep things strictly business... Elliot DeBusshere is thoroughly enjoying his stay at a luxurious resort for his sisters wedding, especially since there isn't a shortage of beautiful ladies vying for his attention. What is completely surprising to him though is that none of them seem to be catching his eye, and the one woman that is drawing him in is a single mom that is not even aware of his presence because she is trying to coax her son out of the pool. Elliot decides to cease his opportunity to help this beautiful woman out even though it goes against every one of his playboy ideals... This book was my introduction to this authors work and I have to admit that it left me with a very good first impression, so much so, I plan to revisit the series and aquaint myself with the other characters in the series. The story line drew me in and held my interest until the last page was turned. I highly recommend you add this one to your reading list, it's sure to warm your heart and leave you with a smile on your face! ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Kissing Her Crazy Kira Archer did an amazing job of giving us a sweet romance with a little sexy thrown in! Who doesn’t want to cheer for the single Mom doing her best to raise her son? That cheering is even easier when you throw in the hot and single Elliott that is trying so hard to prove himself as a responsible adult for once in his life. Lena Oserkowski is a single Mom trying to raise her son, Tyler, with the help of her brother Oz. The only problem is that Oz is getting married this weekend and Lena needs to find a way to make ends meet on her own soon. Lena has always been known for her great ideas and creativity, but unfortunately has never been able to see any of those ideas to success. Elliott Debusshere is a single playboy that “runs” his wealthy family’s charity. He is known for his charm to get the donors to write big checks, but has never taken on much other responsibility in the day to day operations. Lately, his focus has changed and he wants to bring more meaning to his life and the charity. His twin sister, Cher, is getting married this weekend, and Elliott knows that if he wants this chance, then this weekend is the last chance to make the pitch to his parents on his proposal. A chance encounter at the pool leads Elliott to Lena’s rescue as panic and heat exhaustion overtake her while her and her son Tyler spend the afternoon playing. While Lena recovers, Elliott and Tyler bond over junk food and video games. Of course, Lena, in her over protectiveness, only sees the irresponsible choices that Elliott makes with Tyler. The one thing she can’t overlook is her attraction for him though. Elliott can’t believe his luck in rescuing Lena that leads to him being responsible for her son while she is recovering. What is he supposed to do with a kid? After spending the day hanging out the Tyler, Elliott starts to realize that being so grown up isn’t that bad after all. And he really can’t believe his attraction for Lena, as she is nothing like his usual type. He can’t wait to see her again, and even Tyler. Lena has other plans; she has no interest in a playboy and doesn’t need that type of complication in her life or her son’s life. Her plan is to stay as far away from Elliott as possible. When Elliott learns of Lena’s business ideas, he finds the perfect reason to spend more time with her. Lena is wary, but business is business, until that perfect kiss drives them crazy…for more…
I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. In Kissing Her Crazy, Elliot and Lena are the two main characters with their siblings being Cher & Oz from the first book Driving Her Crazy. Lena is a single mom with a crazy 6 year old Tyler while Elliot is a single bachelor looking for love in all the wrong places. At Cher & Oz's wedding week, Lena & Elliot meet and sparks fly but the parents have no use for Lena or Tyler, will that be enough to keep them apart or will love win all, y'all just have to read it to find out!!! I'm loving this series so far and I truly hope it continues with another book just to see what happens with everyone involved! I never read Kira Archer's books before but now she is one of my favorite authors to read!! Thank You to Kira Archer for writing a such a great series that I hope never ends!!
Adored this book! The chemistry between Lena and Elliott was great and add in Lena's son Tyler and his and Elliott's interactions and you can't help but smile. Elliott's a bit disenchanted with his life right now but the growing relationship with Lena has everything coming into focus for him. Lena is convinced Elliott isn't great father material and the fact that his parents seem to dislike her...a lot, has her ready to flee. This is a fantastic story and really shows that with love in your life, anything is possible. I highly recommend this one.
Oh, Kira Archer. There are so many things to love about this book, but one standout is how amazing Elliot is with Tyler. (Not that Elliot doesn't connect quite hotly with Lena as well. Ahem.) Their relationship is so heartwarming and real that it actually made me emotional. But isn't that the book in a nutshell? It's utterly genuine and REAL. This is a warm, funny, unforgettable story featuring characters from opposite sides of the track, and who can't relate to Lena's ambition to provide for her son, or Elliot's drive to get out of the box his parents have put him in and do something meaningful with his life? I love how their goals, while outwardly different, mesh to form something truly amazing (and kudos to the author for the real-life shout-out to a charity that definitely deserves recognition). This story beautifully captures the characters, their relationships, and the kind of growth that leads to a heartfelt HEA that left me a sniffling mess. This one earns a definite five stars, and I cannot WAIT to get my hands on book three of this series!
Kissing her Crazy is the sequel to Driving her Crazy. Kira Archer's Crazy Love series is a great escape from the pressure's of every day life. The series is about characters who have to step out of the normal routine they follow in order to find acceptance, meaning and satisfaction in their lives. Eliot and Lena are seeking to make a change in their daily lives. Lena wants a chance to make her family proud and build a secure life for her and her son. Eliot wants to prove he is more than what he has and how he looks. Kissing her Crazy is about being proud of any accomplishment no matter how big or small and believing in the things that make a person unique. The ability to make a difference centers around faith and hope. I received an ARC of this novel for an honest review. Marvelous.