A Crazy Kind of LoveAuthor: Mary Ann Marlowe
Series: Flirting with Fame #2
Also in this series: Some Kind of Magic
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Release date: November 28th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Celebrities hold zero interest for photographer Jo Wilder. That's a problem, since snapping pics of the stars is how the pretty paparazza pays the rent. So when Jo attempts to catch a money shot atop the broad shoulders of a helpful bystander, the only thing she notices about the stranger she straddles is that he's seriously hot. Only later does Jo learn that he's also Micah Sinclair--one of rock's notorious bad boys...
Soon Jo is on the verge of getting fired for missing a Micah Sinclair exclusive. Until she's suddenly being pursued by the heartthrob himself. But how can she be sure the musician's mind-blowing kisses are the real deal? Her colleagues claim he's a media whore, gambling on some free PR. But something has Jo hoping Micah's feeling the same powerful pull that she does. A pull so strong, she can't resist becoming his latest love, even if it means she might become the media's latest victim . . .
The Faerie Queen’s review
Waaay at the start of this year, I reviewed Some Kind of Magic, starring scientist Eden and down-to-earth rockstar Adam. I was pretty excited when the author reached out and asked if I wanted to read the next book in the series. This time, the focus was on Eden’s musician brother and a photographer looking to make a name for herself. One of the minor niggles I had with the first book was that, despite showing a great relationship, it didn’t have quite enough sizzle for my tastes. I went into book two hoping that, given how much of a flirt Micah is, this book would hit the spot.
Our two leads are Jo, a photographer working to make it as a paparazza, and Micah, Eden’s brother and rockstar with a string of casual relationships. Micah showed how he was the less cynical of the two by not hesitating to try and get Jo’s attention. I liked that about him, but as someone who’s a lot more like Eden, I thought he was pretty naive. Yeah, sure, Jo turned out to be ok, but what if she was just out to get him? Anyway, I liked their chemistry, and there was some fun thrown in that I loved. That being said, I did find it all a little bit insta-lovey. And yeah, they acknowledge that it’s quick, but that didn’t stop me from getting a bit ehhhhhh about it.
Josephine, you have to figure out if you want to work in this profession or have a soul.
I never thought I’d enjoy a story about a celebrity photographer, especially one who makes a living harassing people. But Jo won me over. Seeing her battle her sense of ethics allowed me to question where my boundaries are, and what I would be willing to do to reach my career goals. Add to that parental expectations, and she had a lot on her shoulders. Also, she’s half-Indian, which was a nice little bonus thrown in (though causing some problems for her). I’m not Indian so can’t speak for the rep, but I was pleased to see that an American Indian person was consulted for authenticity. On the other hand, I was a little disappointed with the cover design, as Jo was described as having darker skin and curly hair, and yet the cover features a white brunette with straight hair. Ohhhh and bonus points for her being diabetic!
Overall, I think I like this more than the first book in the series! And given that I enjoyed that, too, I would say this is a fairly safe bet if you’re looking for an adult contemporary romance without the stereotypical broken/brooding alpha male. (Neither Adam nor Micah is like that.) Plus, career-driven women for the win!
I have a weird thing for “discussion questions” at the ends of books, and it tickled me that I found some at the end of A Crazy Kind of Love. So here are my answers to some of those questions. They’re slightly spoilery, so read with caution!
What do you think of Jo’s job as a tabloid photographer? Do you understand why she took this job, even though she is such a talented artist?
I think it’s pretty crap, to be honest, but I understand why she went for it. It was a way for her to get some experience in a busy city.
Why does Jo try to keep her father a secret? Do you understand why he behaves the way that he does? How has this affected Jo?
Having a parent who has already succeeded in your chosen field can be a double-edged sword; on the one hand, they could provide endless support and insight, while on the other, you would always be compared to them. For Jo, she may have received support as a child, but it sounds like, since her trip to India, her father has simply passed along the judgement from his own parents to her.
But Jo’s father wasn’t just a famous photographer; he was also an Indian man who fell for a white American woman, only to capitulate to his own parent’s expectations and return to India, leaving his half-Indian daughter behind. That came with its own emotional struggles for Jo, including abandonment and identity issues.
I can understand both characters. I don’t agree with Jo’s dad, but I do get it. Families can have such a big say in your life, especially in certain cultures. It’s a bit like that on my dad’s side, but I try to ignore their expectations.
Can you imagine photographing celebrities for a living? Would you be any good at it? What would be fun about it and what would be the drawbacks?
I would honestly be terrible at it because I’m one of those people that hates confrontation or imposing upon other people. I’ve seen celebrities in public and could not imagine approaching them. I will try to take photos on my cellphone from a distance, don’t get me wrong, but I wouldn’t be able to get all up in their face. I haven’t got that kind of confidence, and I want people to like me, ok?!
Do you sometimes read the tabloid papers and celebrity magazines, or at least sneak a peek while standing in the grocery store line? Which one is your favourite? What makes this kind of media so irresistible to so many people?
I actually don’t! But I used to read Perez Hilton’s blog when I was a teenager, before he lost weight and became a whole brand in his own right. And I apologise for that now. I was living all the way in Japan and probably felt like I needed some way to keep connected with the western world as well as trying to be cool and relevant amongst my classmates. Honestly, I don’t really know. I’m really not interested now, except when something big happens (e.g. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement, announced today).
What do you think of Zion as Jo’s roommate? Is there anyone in your life who plays a similar role?
Zion was such a dear. I wish I had someone like him in my life. I mean, my boyfriend’s pretty great, having just spent the weekend taking care of me while I’ve been ill, but I sort of wish I had a friend I was super close to that took care of me like that.
Can you imagine dating someone really famous? How would this change your life–or would it?
I wouldn’t be able to handle it because I’m a pretty private person. I’m also hellishly boring. I typically don’t wear makeup, and I mostly wear jeans and t-shirts. I’d be constantly harassed for not looking like a proper celebrity girlfriend. Also, I’d probably get in trouble for telling off the paparazzi for being douchebags.