- Title: Crazy Little Thing Called Love
- Classification: Adult Fiction
- Genre: Contemporary Romance
- Format: Mass Market Paperback; 368 pages
- Publisher: Forever (June 25, 2013)
- ISBN-10: 1455515760
- ISBN-13: 978-1455515769
Notes: I received a ARC of the book from the publisher and will need to check quotes against those of the finished copy.
She thought he had taken advantage of her grandmother.
He thought she was prickly as a cactus.
"Let's get one thing straight, you're a glorified pool boy. I don't like you, and I certainly don't trust you. And 'Etta's Place'? If it's an attempt to butter me up, it won't work."
"Hey, it wasn't my idea," He held up both hands like he was innocent of all charges.
"I think you somehow bamboozled my grandmother into agreeing to this crazy scheme of yours, and now you think you can bamboozle me too. You come in her flashing that ridiculous smile of yours and pouring on the boyish charm. Well, let's get one thing straight, mister. I'm not my grandmother, and I can't be bamboozled."
He stepped back and gently set the folder on the coffee table. His voice was soft and oddly wistful. "At least we can agree on one thing. You're not your grandmother."
Donny Joe Ledbetter had been a typical unruly teen who had gotten into some trouble. He'd grown up poor with no one to really look out for him and Miz Hazel, Etta's grandmother, had been the first person to give him a break at a time when he most needed it. Had she not done what she had for him, there's no doubt his life would have taken a turn for the worse. He'd never forgotten what she'd done and he and Miz Hazel, as she was known to all in town, had grown close over the years. She'd dole out advice and looked out for him and when she'd grown older, he'd returned the favor. Over the years he'd managed to do quite well for himself becoming the owner of a pool business. When Miz Hazel asked for his help in converting the family estate into a B&B he didn't hesitate to help and finance the venture. He'd have done just about anything for her, but putting up with her rude and abrasives granddaughter may be more than he can bear.
I loved how this couple started out disliking each other. It made the story all that much more fun. Donny Joe was a self decreed lifetime bachelor and had a well established reputation in Everson, Texas as being a scoundrel where woman were concerned. Etta thought she had him pegged, but as they start to get to know each other, they realize their initial thoughts of one another may have been made in haste. As they come to mutually respect and rely on each other they realize they get along very well.
Overall, I gave this one 3 1/2 out of 5 roses. A very sweet, lighthearted read that will put you in a good mood and make you feel all is right with the world. It was fun watching these two go from despising each other to loving each other. I enjoyed how one individual got what they deserved and the idea that Etta's grandmother indirectly was the cause for these two coming together. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one received a FAN rating--the temperature in the room seems to have suddenly gone up a couple of degrees and a fan would be nice.