Review: Craze by Andi Jaxon
This book, y'all. This book will forever be embedded in my soul. It is absolutely everything I have ever wanted to read. I adored every single character. I devoured the story line. And I hung on every single syllable until the very end. Craze is probably the most appropriately titled book on the planet. The characters were in a craze. And I sure as hell was too.
Story Line: The story is centered around beautiful Annabelle (AB), her bestie Elliot, her affectionately nicknamed stalker - Psycho and AB's ex boyfriend. From a very early age, AB learned what it was like to feel discarded. She jumped from orphanage to orphanage until she basically aged out of the system. Along that treacherous path, she met Elliot. He became her rock and helped her through the tough times. Now, if you're thinking sweet, she's got this awesome guy to pull her out of the darkness and it's all going to be rainbows and kittens from here on out, you're sadly mistaken. Because for this girl's entire life, she has been thrown away. She has been a doormat with a never expiring return policy. That deep darkness is embedded in her soul and it's going to take a whole heck of a lot more than Elliot to start chasing that feeling of unwantedness away. Her dating record practically matches her upbringing. She finds a guy, thinks it's going great, then walks in on him banging some floozy on the kitchen counter. This girl. She may be a fiery red head with a witty personality and a strong backbone, but there's only so much one person can take.
Insert Psycho. Yes, he has an actual name. No, I'm not going to tell you. He's the guy she can feel watching her throughout the day. Yet, this mystery man will not make his appearance known. Once AB is single again, this guy's resolve cracks. He starts making his advances know. He interacts with her, yet never showing his face. And when I say they interact, oh mama. Do they ever. And through the physical pain and connection these two form on impact, the inner healing also begins. And as intense and kinky as it is, it is pure literary magic.
Interaction: AB is one of the most realistic character's I've ever read. She is so broken internally, yet tries so hard to be strong to the outside world. She has break downs, because she is only human. I'm sorry, but if I were her and had her upbringing? I would be in therapy sessions on the daily. No joke. This girl is my hero. And thank you baby Jesus that she has Elliot. This guy - not gonna lie, totally thought he was gay at first - is incredible. He knows what she needs before she even does. I mean, he runs out and gets her two tubs of ice cream after her most recent break up from douchy mc doucher pants. See what I mean? I'm pretty sure only my gay BF from high school would have done that for me. Definitely not any of my straight friends. But anyways. So there's AB and Elliot. And then there's AB and Psycho. I seriously do not think intense is a strong enough word to describe these two when then are together in the same room. Deep, passionate, extreme. Yes, yes and yes. They push boundary after boundary with one another and the heat is off the flipping charts.
Laundry: Ah, speaking of heat. You better grab a glass of wine or at least be sitting down for this. Psycho is totally dominant. He prefers things his way or no way at all. He likes it rough, he likes leaving marks, and it is H.O.T. I don't want to give away anything because I want y'all to be as blown away as I was with their chemistry. But, there are scenes in this book that I never saw coming and don't think I could have lived another day without reading them. I mean, the bathroom scene? The bathtub? Her bed? The list is endless. And it's all so deliciously naughty.
Depth: If you're wondering where the depth is coming from, you clearly have not been reading this review. He's a secret stalker. His identity is revealed. And when it is? Just be prepared to lift your jaw off the ground. AB has her guesses as to who it is, and none of them are right. So, before you go guessing and trying to figure out who it is before even reading the book - just stop. Don't do that to yourself. Pick up the book and find out for yourself. The story is perfect. The way it unfolds and twists and heals these characters. I kid you not, Craze is a book lovers dream come true novel. If I could give this book 10 stars I would. It's that good. But don't take my word for it, find out for yourselves. You'll agree with me. It's totally top 10 material.