Claire Daniels is good at a lot of things, but dating isn’t one of them. Although she enjoys men of all different shapes, colors, and sizes, she has one requirement: they must have a job on her approved-occupation list. It has to be safe, so they can come home every night, which means no cops, pilots, doctors, ranchers, and absolutely no firefighters.
She’s kept to her rules thus far—as long as you ignore the tiny crush she has on Trevor Allen, a crush that cannot move toward anything physical because Trevor is a firefighter and a rancher. Not to mention, he’s four years younger than she is and the brother of her two best friends.
Still, it sure would be nice to have him put out her fire.
Trevor Allen also has a few rules when it comes to Claire Daniels: no staring, flirting, smokin’ hot fantasies, or touching of any kind. He’s been lusting after Claire his whole life, but with a steady stream of willing women and two demanding jobs to hold his attention, he’s somehow managed to keep his hands off her.
Until they end up in a bathroom together—a small bathroom with very little room to move, leaving him pressed against Claire’s lush curves. What’s he supposed to do when she looks up at him with those big, green doe eyes and licks her lips? The only thing he can do: kiss the hell out of her, then convince her it can’t happen again.
Too bad he can’t convince himself.
I fell in love with the idea of Claire Trevor in Crazy Sexy Love, so I was ecstatic to get their story next. They had both seemed so enamored with each other, despite Claire’s reservations, it felt like a relief to get to explore what was going on in both of their heads, without trying to understand their interactions through another person’s observations.
I love a good friends-to-lovers story, and Crazy Hot Love delivered that storyline in spades. Trevor’s recollection of past events from his and Claire’s childhood and adolescence gave their story that little something extra that propelled it to another level. I loved how Ms. Grayson used that storytelling device to deepen Trevor and Claire’s relationship and demonstrate they’d always had a special connection. The ease of their affection was lovely and made believing in them effortless.
Trevor’s affection for Claire was sublime. He was such a fantastic partner to her, especially through her insecurities. Of course, he had his moments of being less than perfect, but he quickly realized his mistakes and took appropriate steps to correct his wrongs. I loved how boldly he loved Claire, he never tried to hide how deeply he cared for her, and there was something fantastically endearing about it.
I loved Claire, but sometimes she was frustrating. I understood her reservations and rules, living through the type of loss she had would forever color every second of her life, but it was hard to watch her try to settle for less and push away the good in her life. Watching her slowly peel back the layers of her pain and grief to finally understand that holding onto love was more important than letting her fear dictate the rest of her life. Her ‘a-ha’ moment was wonderful and made me fall more in love with her and Trevor’s love story.
Crazy Hot Love is the second book in KL Grayson’s Dirty Dicks series. These books are a series of interconnected standalones; you can read this book without first having read Crazy Sexy Love. Of course, if you have the inclination, reading all the books in order leads to the best reading experience, and you get to see a little of Trevor and Claire in the first book, which enhances their dynamic in this book. Crazy Hot Love is written in dual first-person perspective, narrated by Claire and Trevor.
KL Grayson is one of the authors whose work I have devoured every piece of. Her stories are consistently emotionally charged and feel like you’re catching up with old friends. I always feel personally invested in her stories, as if her characters’ happiness is my own. Every time I think her next book can’t possibly be as good as the last one, she proves me wrong and writes another compelling story for me to get lost in.
Three-time world champion bull rider Rhett Allen has never been afraid to get his hands dirty. Hard work, sweat, and determination have gotten him where he is today—and that’s holed up in a hospital room, wondering how he let that damn bull buck him off. He’s also wondering why he thought it was a good idea to let his twin brother talk him into returning home to heal.
Rhett has a million reasons to come home to Heaven, Texas, and only one reason to stay away. That reason comes in the form of a sweet and feisty girl who stole his heart long before he ever thought to give it away. The only problem…that girl has turned into a stunning woman.
Monroe Gallagher is downright sexy with more curves than he has notches in his bed post. It’s been six years since he’s seen her, six years since he’s felt any form of peace, and six years since she gripped his heart in her delicate little hands and squeezed the life out of it. The longer he’s in Heaven, the more he starts to realize that the heart she took from him—the one she crushed into a million pieces—she also never gave back.
K.L. Grayson resides in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO. She is entertained daily by her extraordinary husband, who will forever inspire every good quality she writes in a man. Her entire life rests in the palms of six dirty little hands, and when the day is over and those pint-sized cherubs have been washed and tucked into bed, you can find her typing away furiously on her computer. She has a love for alpha-males, brownies, reading, tattoos, sunglasses, and happy endings…and not particularly in that order.