I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Kissing Her Crazy by Kira Archer
Series: Crazy Love #2
Published by Entangled: Lovestruck on October 12th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Entangled Publishing, Netgalley
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Sometimes a kiss is so much more...
Single mom Lena Oserkowski just wants to relax at the 5-star resort where her brother is getting married. Oh, and figure out how to make one of her businesses successful enough to support her son. Her focus is thrown out of whack when Elliot Debusshere, twin brother of her new sister-in-law, swims to her rescue at the hotel pool.
Elliot 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 rescues Lena 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.
With Lena's ideas and Elliot's know-how, they might just be able to make their ventures a success. Except pleasure has a sneaky way of mixing with their business, leaving both dazed and confused. Charming as he is, Elliot isn't father material. And there's no room for a single mom and her child in his life. While the attraction between them isn't easily squashed, there's no telling the lengths his family will go to prevent a relationship.
This was a quick read; easily done in one sitting. Lena and Elliot, who we met in the first book in the series, Driving Her Crazy, are our main characters here. They meet at a resort, where they are spending a week for the wedding of his sister and her brother. I loved the setting; I could almost taste the umbrella drinks. I love a good vacation fling story.
However I had a little trouble connecting with Lena and Elliot. Physical attraction is fine at the beginning, all you really need for a vacation fling, really, and I completely bought that these two were attracted to each other. They spent a lot of time together, developing business plans and just talking, and I really liked their interactions, but there weren’t enough to really end up where they were by the end. Deciding to date, see where things went, sure. Proclaiming their love (without actually saying the words) in front of Lena’s son, Tyler, Elliot’s parents, the bride, the groom, and all of the wedding guests? Maybe not. Lena was very concerned for the entire book about Tyler getting too attached to Elliot, so it seemed like a quick turn-around for her. And Elliot is initially worried about Tyler, having never really spent a lot of time around kids, so his sudden desire for an insta-family was a little hard to buy. While his parents are complete pieces of shit, which we learned in the first book, they weren’t completely wrong to be concerned in this case. Obviously, Lena wasn’t a gold-digger out to steal Elliot’s fortune, but he did decide she and her son were his everything after about a day and a half.
This was a good companion to the earlier book, though, and set up the next couple in the series. I’ll probably read that one, too, when it comes out next year, because this series is fun, if a little predictable. I don’t love the way both couples so far have fallen in love in the span of 24 hours (Oz and Cher) to 6 days (Elliot and Lena), but the stories have been fun to read.