Another new adult book!
Author: J. S. Cooper
Title: Crazy Beautiful Love
Series: The Martelli Brothers #1
Release date: 25th of August 2013
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, New Adult
Pages: 276 pages in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle
Logan Martelli is a bad boy. He's handsome, sexy, and knows what he wants. He steals cars. He doesn't do relationships. And he has the hottest green eyes in River Valley.
Maddie Wright is a good girl with a wild streak. She's confident, strong, and goes after whatever or whoever she wants. And Maddie wants Logan Martelli with a passion.
One fateful night brings Logan and Maddie together and electricity sparks between them. Maddie and Logan make a real connection, but when Logan finds out who she is, he wants nothing to do with her. However, he soon realizes he can get the ultimate revenge for his family if he continues to date Maddie. The problem is he's starting to fall for Maddie, and he knows that a relationship will mess up everything.
Logan has to decide if revenge is worth losing his one shot at real love. What price will he pay if he betrays the one woman who may finally see behind his bad boy image?
This book was a 50/50 to me with 0.01 percent more leverage on the good side.
The plot was definitely engaging and with some light twists it was interesting to read about how everything was resolved. The characters as well were distinct and each with their own recognizable personality.
The steamy scenes were notably hot and quite different and daring (no BDSM thankfully –it already found its way to too many books lately). There was distinct chemistry between Logan and Maddie and despite them fighting most of the time, they had a clear spark between them. Also, the Romeo-Juliet type of love worked well in this book.
I couldn’t help but root for Logan, he was an underdog in the truest sense and I only wished to see him succeed in anything most of the time, not necessarily with love. He was in such a mess that I was curious how he would get himself and his family through all the issues and hardship. Having some of the chapters also from his point of view helped to sympathize with him. It was a harsh world for the family and the way they were treated and the path they were forced to take, which in turn was hard to steer away from, came across realistic and plain sad.
Well, the plot was somewhat unrealistic and it didn’t seem the characters were acting their age most of the time. I thought they were teenagers, but were actually already in their 20s.
A small rant:
I didn’t understand what it was about Maddie, well, actually I do somewhat – a beautiful, fearless and unconventional girl – but the only thing I was thinking about whenever she made another decision or said something that I could never ever agree with or even come close comprehend was if she needed some counseling and that something wasn’t entirely right with her. Come on, the whole reasoning why and how she met Logan and her hot then cold attitude (ok, there was some fault there from Logan as well) and trust issues, etc etc – it all just left me with my eyebrows raised and shrugging my shoulders.
Maddie – Despite my serious issues with her and my character totally clashing with hers, I respected her for going after what she wanted and not being ashamed or sorry for it. And I guess, we could all be more free-spirited and outgoing like her. Otherwise, she and I didn’t click at all, I just couldn’t understand her one bit.
Logan, despite his less than legal and moral activities, was a lovable character. He made some disastrous mistakes, but his heart was in the right place and he tried to do the right thing regarding his family and Maddie, even though his hands were tied in most cases. The saying “don’t judge a book by its covers” goes perfectly with what he’s about. I also liked his relationship with his brother, but couldn’t understand him not standing up to their father. They were three strong young men, can’t they handle one old drunk? And I don’t mean physically, just generally DO something about him? Maybe I’m being naïve.
I’m still quite in the middle with my opinion of this book. It had good aspects that I enjoyed and were original and it also had some that annoyed me quite a bit. With such stories I can only say if the summary interests you then give it a shot and find out for yourself if it’s something you will like or not.