Susan May Warren, Michelle Sass AlecksonSunrise Publishing / 2021 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$13.494.5 out of 5 stars for Crazy for You: Deep Haven Collection #3. View reviews of this product. 15 Reviews
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Sherry5 Stars Out Of 5I truly loved this storyJune 13, 2021SherryQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I truly loved Crazy for You, the third book in the Deep Haven Collection. This one really made me feel like I was in Deep Haven.
I adored the characters, Ronnie was far from your typical female character. She was tough, as she had been in the Army and was often brusque, rude and had a wide streak of protectiveness for her brother, Tiago.
Peter had the heart of a servant and was a peacemaker. I could not help but love him.
They both brought out qualities in the other that made them a better person.
I loved the diversity in this book. The fact that some of the characters were Hispanic and the prejudices and things they had to overcome made the story more true to life.
I also enjoyed the interactions with the couples from the two previous books.
I recommend this book highly.
I received a complimentary ARC of this book from the author but the opinions are entirely my own.
jdp5 Stars Out Of 5Loved it!June 8, 2021jdpQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I read it and it is so good!! 5 stars. I love Peter and Ronnie! I couldn't put it down and finished it so quick. Another great book in the Deep Haven Collection!
Thank you to the PublisherSunrise Publishing and JustReadTours for the copy.
Gnomie5 Stars Out Of 5strength through courageMay 28, 2021GnomieThis story is my favorite so far in the Deep Haven series. The message of the story is "it's okay to ask for help even if you're the strong one." Ronnie Morales moves to Deep Haven to keep her brother Tiago out of trouble. She is a former military and is a paramedic. Peter Dahlquist is the fire chief, who is related to pretty much everyone in the town so he's still single. Sparks fly when Ronnie and Peter meet but they soon learn to work together as a team. Ronnie learns that it takes courage to ask for help and that she doesn't have to carry the burdens of life on her own. Peter learns that it takes courage to stand up to his family and fight for what is right. This story is full of humor, romance, faith and some fun Princess Bride moments. I loved it.
WishfulEndings3 Stars Out Of 5An overall cute story of faith, love and found familyMay 26, 2021WishfulEndingsQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3CRAZY FOR YOU is a story about a gal who formerly worked as a medic in the military who is now the guardian for her brother and moves to a small town to fill a medic position there. It's a story of forgiveness, trust, faith, family and romance. Fans of the genre, clean romance and the series may enjoy this one.
I really liked these characters. Ronnie is a tough shell with some rough edges, but who is very protective. She tries to not open her heart after growing up as she did. She finds that Peter seems to get past her barriers no matter what she tries to do. She is also a bit at loose ends with her brother and hopes that the small town will be a good place for him to grow up. However, she feels like an outsider and has a lot going against her, particularly some of the townspeople's opinions and prejudices. Peter is just an all around good guy. He does have some issues with making decisions, stating what he thinks and wants, and standing up to his family. He really wants everyone to be happy and feels bad when they don't. He's a gentleman, a great fireman, and ends up being a soft place for Ronnie to land. Tiago is a bit of a loose canon, but I expected as much with where he's coming from. I liked the parts where Peter and Tiago spend time together and would have loved more of that in this story. I loved all the cameos from characters in prior stories. I wanted a bit more of a small-town feel, but it is still present, especially when the town comes together.
The romance takes center stage in this story. It's sweet, fun and light, but with some great chemistry. There is also a faith element, which is weaved through the second half of the story. Parts of it didn't feel genuine, but other parts did. I also liked the overall message of God loving unconditionally and wanting His children to come to Him regardless of how their earthly family has treated them. There is additionally messages of fighting for what is right when it is is right and found family.
There were some things that unfortunately rubbed me wrong or didn't work for me in this story. One was the theme of Ronnie needing to "fit in" and even Seb who I knew from a prior book being a strong force for that in this story. Seb also came across as a bit of a pushover, which felt off from what I knew of him. I also didn't like that not only was that theme of Ronnie fitting in coming from these characters who were also Christian, but it also was a requirement for a job instead of her keeping it based on her skills or how she did. It felt like for her to keep her job, they were also assessing her personal life in how she acclimated to the small town over a 90-day period. It just was a huge red flag for me professionally and for Christian fiction. I also had an issue with how abrupt Ronnie was and how rude she was. To me, I felt she knew she was being rude but didn't care, but then later she acts totally clueless. I felt like from her history she would have a better handle on dealing with people or at least be more aware of how her actions or behavior could be portrayed, and regardless didn't feel consistent with her character. I then had an issue with Megan and her outright stating twice that Ronni's brother was a bad influence. It was never really addressed or worked through in the story and I felt it should have been. Ronnie's brother seemed more like a 12-year-old than a 10-year-old, especially with how he freely roamed (I currently have a 10-year-old and a 12-year-old so a lot of the situations felt a bit off). The drama was a bit much and felt a it blanketed instead of more developed/complex. Finally, I felt like this story read like a light, generic romance. Not that those types of stories are bad, but I just expect more depth, character development and not so much instant attraction and constant romance from this series.
In the end, was it what I wished for? Overall, this is a fun read. I felt it needed more development, more consistency in some areas and deeper writing, but still enjoyed reading it. I'm looking forward to the next three installments in this collection.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through JustRead Tours, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.
LisaC5 Stars Out Of 5Finding HomeMay 26, 2021LisaCQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Peter is the Fire Chief in Deep Haven and is also on the city council. He is one of the most eligible bachelors in town, however, he is related to most of the town. Another problem for the Chief is that both sides of his family are in constant competition. It makes life stressful for this peacemaker alpha male. Ronnie is a former soldier and paramedic. She is raising her pre-teen brother and must get out of the city before her brother gets in too much trouble and is taken from her and put into the foster system. Ronnie moves to Deep Haven to take a position offered by her former Sargent to be on and run the Crisis Response Team. Ronnie is a no-nonsense kid of girl and doesn't take her job lightly. She is determined to have the best team to support the town. However, her brash no nonsense ways ruffle some feathers in this small town community. Her new partner happens to be the fire chief.
Wow, just wow! I got lost in the town of Deep Haven being pulled into the life's difficulties, town drama, relationships, and teen trouble and love in this tight knit community. Laughed, cried and was on the edge of my seat while reading this book. Ronnie was raised in the church but between the Army and living in the inner city, she has experienced and seen so much that has caused her to turn away from her faith. Living in Deep Haven, she is reminded of that faith of her childhood and the fact that God is there for us especially in the difficult times. Peter, although a peacekeeper, is reminded that he is also a fierce warrior. He just has to learn when its time to let that warrior out. These two characters with completely different personalities and upbringings find some common ground and learn to work together. This book has amazing supporting characters as well. Pastor Dan is always the voice of reasoning and strength.
I received a review copy of this book from the author. I was not required to leave a positive review.