Saturday, March 31, 2012

Toni's Review for Kiss Me Crazy by E.B. Walters ***5 Stars***


She's used to putting everyone first—her sister, her friends, her boss. It’s now her turn... 

Art conservator, Kara Michaels has decided it’s time to chase her dream—start her own business restoring and framing works of art. She has the skills, the nose for business, and the pent-up frustration from being invisible to the man she wants but can’t have—her boss.

He’s a meticulous planner whose rule book is about to be tossed out the window... 

Baron Fitzgerald, a successful art dealer and Kara’s boss, believes in having a strategy and following it without deviation. So when Kara tenders her resignation, he sets out to convince her to stay.Baron soon realizes that falling in love cannot be planned, but the insight comes a little too late for him and Kara.

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There is something special about this family. The Fitzgerald’s are vibrant, fun loving and loyal. I would be more than happy to call any one of them my friend, well maybe not Aunt Viv. Kiss Me Crazy is book three in The Fitzgerald Family series and it is a winner!! 

Kara’s friend Renee does a great job explaining the appeal of Baron: “Sweetie, that man with his sculptured body, brooding blue eyes, and sinfully silky voice is every woman’s type.” He just seems to ooze sex appeal right from the start. In fact, I was feeling it from the very first moment when he was introduced in prior books. And all that appeal has been a problem for Kara. She has been attracted to Baron from the beginning and this attraction is getting in the way of her future plan and dreams. It’s time to head out on her own and she resigns from Baron’s company to start her own business.

Baron is shell shocked! His plans of wooing Kara have just been derailed. She is leaving him. Fine, see if he cares. Problem is he does care, a lot. He needs to come up with a plan to win her heart and to keep her by his side. They have something real together and he is not going to let that go to waste. With only one month to change her mind, he needs to work fast, very fast.

Baron’s plan works perfectly. He has Kara right where he wants her, then tragedy strikes. They are pulled into two different directions and it will take a little Fitzgerald family interference to get these two fools back on track.

For me, Kiss Me Crazy was a nice change of pace. The last two books have been high suspense and action. This book was all heart and heartbreak. Some readers may have a problem with Ms. Walters’ changing from her normal suspenseful storytelling to this calmer format, but I loved it! She is keeping it fresh and new. I enjoyed Baron and Kara’s journey to find each other; their ups and downs, their tragic loss and then their eventual happiness. The pacing was great, plot was refreshing, and their passion burned up the pages. I also fell more in love with this family. Which trust me is not hard to do.

Kiss Me Crazy is a fantastic story. It can be read alone or as part of the series, but I highly recommend reading the whole series. I loved this story from the first paragraph; “I quit! Now kiss me and beg me to stay.” to the last; “Your intentions are duly noted. Now, come to me.” Grinning, he joined her. I hope you will too.

Thanks for reading!! - Toni

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