Published April 2014
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Before there were bikers, or fighters, or even good old-fashioned jerks, there were Navy SEALs. They put the bad in badass because, well…it’s their job.
Navy SEAL Maverick Hart has everything. Women want him. Grown men idolize him. Little boys want to grow up and be like him. The job, the glory—it’s all his. Not because it’s handed to him…because he works hard for it. The second his sights lock on something, he owns it—or destroys it. Unfortunately he does both at the same time.
Windsor Forbes only takes calculated risks in her profession and in her personal life. After being left at the altar by the only person she’s ever loved, the very last thing she’s looking for is a relationship—especially the insane brand an arrogant Navy SEAL is offering. Hesitant, yet trusting to a fault, she gives in.
She knew she shouldn’t take the chance, especially a second time, but love is irrational and their love is perfect, infallible. Or so she thought…
The downfall to having everything is you have that much more to lose. A man like Maverick can’t have it all without something slipping out of grasp.
Crazy people perish for love.
Good people live for it.
Love doesn’t die. No matter how many bullets you put in it.
After finding out her ex-fiancé was cheating on her, Windsor Forbes has written men off her list for good. The rational and organized accountant deals with enough risks in her job that she can’t take risking her feelings for a useless piece of man once again. But it’s been two years now, and her friends insist on taking her out, back into the real life.
Thomas “Maverick” Hart is a playbook Navy SEAL: he’s great on the eyes, and great with the ladies. But his MO is sweet and short: bag ’em and leave ’em. When Windsor spots him in the club, her first thoughts are “trouble”, and she can already tell what his standard operating procedure is. Needless to say she’s not down to collaborate.
“Once I fixate on something, I don’t stop until I get it perfected. I want to perfect fucking Blue Eyes. Then, once I reach that goal, I’ll find a new one. Something or someone more complicated.”
But Maverick isn’t used to rejection, and that just made Windsor a challenge for him… so he’s going all out to get her into his bed. Windsor puts up a good fight, but in the end, the attraction is too heavy and she can’t help but give in to Maverick’s wooing. And as Mav spends more and more time with Windsor, his self-imposed challenge changes entirely to something else.
What I loved about this book:
- The character evolution (even though Mav does a bit of a huge 180!)
- The story-twist towards the end
- The suspense-filled last 30% of the book
What I felt needed improvement:
- The pace was dragging a bit around the middle of the book
Crazy Good was recommended to me by Nasreen from Goodreads because I was in a Navy/Army/SEAL reading phase and this book definitely didn’t disappoint!
I really loved the characters and the unusual way their story develops. Indeed, Windsor was definitely a great heroine: she was rational, level-headed, tired of being peoples’ doormats, yet she was extremely kind, and I loved the way she interacted with Mav and turned him into a completely different man.
“I don’t do dates. I don’t give out numbers. I work with them. Let’s not pretend this is going anywhere.”
And I loved watching how Maverick turned from a completely arrogant manwhore into a caring boyfriend. While his first intentions were solely based on getting Windsor into his bed, this goal was later pushed to the very back of his mind. He was bent on showing Windsor that he could control himself (even if only barely!) and that sex wasn’t what this was all about. And from there, Maverick just became a perfect badass/navy/devoted book boyfriend. The things he did for Windsor were just swoonworthy!
Sure, Crazy Good is a kind of “she’s-the-one-so-I’ll-change-all-that-I-am-for-her” story, but that doesn’t mean that it was an average insta-love story. I actually liked the fact that you could witness the evolution in Maverick’s mind, and notice how little by little, Windsor actually becomes his forever girl rather than just a challenging hookup he can’t wait to bag.
The writing was very good: the 1st person dual-POV kept me on my toes and I also loved that it was quite daring from the beginning on. Indeed Crazy Good starts with a very interesting prologue (set in the future) that’s only a taste of what’s to come. The book also included stylistic variants such as the use of e-mail, text and even Skype exchanges. I’d also like to applaud the author for a wonderful epilogue that rounds up the story nicely. So all in all, it was very well done.
While the book dragged on a bit towards the middle, I found the last 30% to be absolutely earth-shattering, angsty and heatbreaking: something terrible and unexpected happens, and throws Maverick and Windsor into a loop, leading Maverick to act like a total jerk towards her. And a disappointed Windsor finds that she put all her trust into the wrong person, again.
View Spoiler »While Maverick and his best friend Stone are deployed, Mav can’t help but think of Windsor – she’s on his mind every step of the way. So while their team is on a mission, Mav misses a critical aspect of his job, leading Stone to getting killed by a grenade while trying to save Mav’s life. Subsequently, Maverick overreacts and attributes all the guilt to Windsor – if he hadn’t met her in the first place, Stone never would have lost his life… So when he’s back in Virginia, he treats Windsor with such a disdain it’s heartbreaking. And to make it even worse, Mav falls into a deep pit of self-pity and alcohol. « Hide Spoiler
“Neutral Windsor, meet positively charged Windsor. The latter also communicates with Stupid Windsor…”
But the moment Mav realizes what he’s done to Windsor, the damage is already done and he will have to fight hard to win her back… And that’s when the story really becomes interesting, and yes – I kid you not – you may shed a tear or two!
Last but not least, I also really liked the side characters in this story and you can read about Morganna and Steve’s story in the standalone sequel Set in Stone.
|All the feels|