Drive Me Crazy
Series: Shaken Dirty #2
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen
Release date: February 24th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...
His rival’s in his bed, and this rocker is ready to play.
Former rivals Quinn Bradford and Elise McKinney are not friends, at least not anymore. As teens, all they cared about was psyching each other out before concerts. But when Quinn—now the keyboardist for Shaken Dirty, the hottest rock band on the scene—returns to his hometown and hears about the car accident that shattered Elise’s career, he’s determined to make things right.
Elise wants nothing to do with an arrogant rock star, despite how bad she so clearly wants him, so Quinn kidnaps the stubborn little piano player and whisks her back to his mansion. A little seduction might be just the thing to keep Elise under his care…and in his bed. But amid pranks both childish and very adult, their past comes rearing back to haunt them. And it might be more than either of them can forget.
The Faerie Queen’s review
Drive Me Crazy started out a bit strange for me, but it quickly picked up after a few chapters. Before I get started, a few trigger warnings to mention: there is past child abuse, physical fighting and cheating in this one.
At first, the interactions between Quinn and Elise felt awkward and forced, with the words claiming an intimacy and sizzle that didn’t come off the page. The author jumped right in and said that there should be something there, but we hadn’t had enough time to first get to know the characters. BUT THEN. It quickly escalated.
The whole book takes place over several days, really, so it did seem a bit like insta-love, though this was tempered by the knowledge that, even though the two hadn’t seen each other for a decade, back in their teens, they had years of messing with each other – and then messing around with each other – before they dramatically split.
So the fact that it doesn’t take at all long for things to get heated wasn’t that shocking. Only a little bit. Especially once Quinn and Elise started up with the pranks, trying to one-up each other each day. And they were hilarious. The Twinkies! Genius! But then they got a bit saucier…and saucier… and then the two of them were lost. Goners. They had it bad.
Or should I say good? I could definitely feel the chemistry with this one. Wowza. It was hot hot hot. I would warn potential readers, though, that it is pretty graphic, with talk of fingers going places, and it has the cliches of endless Os and instant erections that a small part of me can’t help but roll my eyes at. Plus, apparently women’s nipples instantly get hard with just the smallest amount of excitement. Whodathunkit??? So while I did enjoy the steam rising off my Kindle, I had to raise my eyebrow a few times.
One other thing that made me hmmmm while reading was that Elise lost everything at the beginning of the book. In the space of a year, her father had died (though their relationship was rocky), her fiancé had broken things off, and now suddenly she’d lost her best and only friend and damaged her hand so badly her career as a classical concert pianist was ruined. And she didn’t fall apart nearly enough for me. Because who cares when you have a hot rock star bent on making you never want to leave bed again, right? So a point was lost there, soz.
All in all, though, I did read this all in a morning, so it was clearly a fun ride for me! 😉
I would recommend this book to…
…anyone (over 16) who fantasises about brooding, tatted up, biker rock stars who are actually sweethearts!