Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Crazy Little Thing Called Love 
About the book: 
Crazy Little Thing Called Love: A Destination Wedding Novel
(Howard, June 2015)

Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple's journey down the aisle to "I do."

Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father's military career. She's overcome what her mother called "the biggest mistake of her life" and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancé. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.

Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?

My thoughts:  CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE wasn't my favorite Beth Vogt book. I did like the idea of a destination wedding t heme, a hurricane, and rekindled romance and friendships. The characters fell very flat to me. I get that Vanessa is by nature a very reserved character, not friendly, very clinical, disengaged. She lost me at the beginning of the book and I didn't grow to like her at all.  Her relationship with Ted was the same way - flat, not passionate, clinical and reserved. 

Logan, I did like his career as a storm chaser. But even he wasn't a three dimensional character. The redeveloping romance between them was still just as meh. Vanessa never says "I love you." It seems like she just doesn't care. At times Logan seemed controlling, too. I wonder if this relationship will survive a second attempt. 

CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE has a romance and characters that fell flat, but the plot was well done and the writing stellar. Overall, the flashbacks were cute. It kind of reminds me of a movie that was out years ago about someone getting married, going home for the wedding and marrying an old lover instead of the new...

If the back of the book appeals to you, pick up this book. You might love it. 

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About the author:
Beth K. Vogt believes God's best often waits behind the doors marked "Never." A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2014 Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher's Weekly's Best Books of 2014. In 2015 she introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, Can't Buy Me Love, (May) and a novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love(June).

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