I received this book for free from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Beautiful Crazy by Kasey Lane
Series: Rock n Ink #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on November 1, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca
"Vibrant and sexy! The chemistry between Kevan and Mason is explosive and I was cheering for their happy ever after from page one." -Stefanie London, USA Today bestselling author of the Dangerous Bachelors Club series
"You confound me. You're all these maddening contradictions that don't make any sense... And I can't get enough of your special brand of beautiful crazy."
She's a rocker with attitude and ink...He's a sexy suit who gets what he wants
Kevan Landry is trying to keep her life on track and her brother in rehab. If her fledgling marketing firm can sign the hot new band, Manix Curse, it will make a world of difference. Mason Dillon heads the most successful music PR firm in Portland. He's desperate to breathe new life into the company by signing Manix Curse.
The last thing either one needs is a one-night stand with a smoldering stranger...
The stakes are high when a battle for the band-in the bedroom and the boardroom-becomes a battle of the heart. But if these two can set aside their differences, they may find they're the right mix of sexy savvy to conquer both their worlds.
"Get ready for your new auto-buy author! Kasey Lane's debut hits all the high notes in this rock-infused love story! I loved it!" -Megan Crane, USA Today bestselling author of Edge of Control and Devil's Honor
"Beautiful Crazy is like driving a vintage convertible in August-hot to the touch and sexy as hell!" -Kaylie Newell, author of the Wolfe Creek series
Beautiful Crazy is a book that is one of the few (and I promise I am almost finished with these, there are only two left to do) of my backlogged NetGalley books to review. Now, this is one of those books I didn’t even download and I am feeling like an idiot for putting this one off and never doing so because dang this book was so beautiful and just perfect for what I was in the mood for. I loved just about everything about it. There was only one aspect that really kept this book from being a five-star read for me (which will be explained below) I will say that this book was so unexpected in seeing how much I truly enjoyed it and I can’t wait for more of this author and series.
Beautiful Crazy is packed with these wonderous characters:
Kevan Landry-Colorful, Bright, Vivacious, Tattooed, Music Guru, and Creative
Mason Dillon-CEO of Music Company, Alpha, Armani Suits, Playboy
Beautiful Crazy begins with our heroine, Kevan, who is building her own business in marketing for music labels and bands, and the like. She offers a more creative approach to her brand and has the appeal for the smaller bans of punk, rock, and etc. She is reaching out to a local band, one that her brother is a part of, and is hoping that they will be her client and that they will take her on. But on a wild night of their band singing, she meets a man that she is drawn to that has dominant vibes, but there is the chemistry that sizzles so strongly between them.
As she surveyed the crowd, her gaze snapped back to a familiar stranger leaning against the wall. He hadn’t left. Everyone watched the band, but he was watching her. So intense. She was his prey, and he was ready to pounce.
They have a passionate night of a fling, but she never expected that the next day, her sensual lover from the previous night, would be her competition for the chance to take this band on. Mason, is CEO and has worked for a decade to build the company into what it has become. But the board of directors is demanding he finds some creative juices or they will terminate him and he refuses to let that happen but never thought this sexy woman would be his enemy, a woman he cares much more than he is willing to fully admit to. But their competition will only end with one of them hurt in the end….so who will be the winner or the loser? Or will these two passionate hearts find a way to their HEA?
“I won’t touch you. I won’t do anything to you.” He paused and lowered his voice. “Until you beg me to.”
Beautiful Crazy is a story that I honestly wasn’t expecting to enjoy that much. I am not sure why I had that impression on this one, since I have really enjoyed the majority of what this publisher has put out, and the cover is just my cup of tea, maybe it was the blurb that kept me from reading it, at the time of requesting this one I wasn’t a big fan of contemporary at the time so I think that is what the issue was for me at the time. I was very particular about reading contemporary and I don’t think I was ever in the right mood to read it before it went inactive. So…..I was super pleased to see that my library had a copy of it and I just started reading it this morning even and read it in one sitting. It was just a quick fast-paced read that I couldn’t get enough of. There were so many factors that had me fighting for this couple and man their entanglements were so enthralling. From the very beginning, it was a story that captivates the reader from the get-go. I honestly couldn’t put this one down and I just had to know how these two would find a way to work things out because it gets intense from beginning to end. You see how much they care for each other, and how that one fling of a night was so much more than sex, but there is also practicality to put into practice and they need to find a way to work around both. It was quite fun to see how these two would battle things out and boy do things get heated between them. I actually had so much fun seeing them work around their chemistry and yet be so torn over business vs. pleasure.
He’d shared himself like that only with her. Only her. Her heart soared, just a little. Maybe more than a little. He didn’t need to know though.
Now both of them have something to fight for with this deal. The heroine especially my heart broke for her because she has a brother in rehab, a business that will cave if she can’t make this deal work, and a past that shows she has zero success where relationships are concerned. They are two worlds apart yet she can’t deny that there is something more between her and Mason. Now I want to point out one major issue I had with this book and honestly every time I see this I want to DNF a book because of it. Now I didn’t with this one, because I was so hooked on the story but it came close and why this one isn’t going to be a five-star or even a 4.5 rating. It’s because there is a scene where the heroine slaps the hero (on the face) and honestly yeah they were verbally sparring but there was nothing he was doing that she wasn’t doing as well verbally, and he so didn’t deserve that at all. She has a temper, yes, but I really can’t condone violence like that, and it affects my review and it’s really the only element that keeps this from being a perfect book for me. I mean, its a contemporary setting, so it might be different if it was like a historical or something, but that isn’t the case with this one. So while I enjoyed the book as a whole, this act by the heroine, kept me from enjoying it like I fully wanted to.
You’re all these maddening contradictions that don’t make any sense, yet make perfect sense.” He sighed again. “And I can’t get enough of your special fucking brand of beautiful crazy.”
Overall I found this one to be a story of playful bantering, intense sensuality, a heart-stopping romance that delivers on all the feels, and a story worth picking up. A SEXY ENTHRALLING READ!