Charlotte Hughes is a fairly new author to me since I’ve only just found out about her and her romance novels a couple of months ago. I was contacted through an e-mail from Charlotte Hughes online PR who wanted to do a link exchange. That then led to me receiving her tow recent releases of her new Kate Holly Case series, which the first novel is called What Looks Like Crazy and the second novel is called Nutcase and it will be released on Tuesday, February 24th. I went to Charlotte’s website when I received this e-mail to find out more about her novel What Looks Like Crazy. I read the book blurb and it really intrigued me so I went on to read the excerpt of the first chapter of the novel. By the time I got to the end of the excerpt I knew that I would really like this novel when I finally got it to read.
I wasn’t wrong either because I finished the novel in only 8 hours and I couldn’t get any sleep until I finished the novel. Psychologist Kate Holly’s own life has become the stuff of intensive therapy and what a novel her life makes. Kate is a very likeable character and she makes a very good heroine in this novel because she is strong and independent and she puts up with her sometimes unstable patients along with her unusual family members. But she’s divorcing Jay, her gorgeous firefighter husband, who is perfect except for his tendency to put his life on the line. Now Kate and Jay’s relationship is complex in this novel because I can see that even though they are getting a divorce they still love one another very much. Kate has very strong issues with Jay’s firefighting job because of a trama that she suffered when she was 10 and her firefighter father died. But Kate knew about Jay’s job as firefighter when she went into this marriage but it really didn’t hit her until Jay was seriously hurt on the job. Jay tries to but doesn’t really seem to understand Kate and her fear with his job so she left him and they’ve been separated for 6 months with a divorce proceeding that will be final soon.
Her eccentric secretary, Mona, lures in clients with promises of free manicures and those are some pretty funny scenes that I really enjoyed reading. Now Mona is one interesting character that really made me like her and it showed me that Kate is fortunate to have her to steady her after meeting and treating all her patients. Her junk-art-collecting mother and aunt, who are twins that still dress alike, have erected a vaguely sexual sculpture in her front yard as a gift to spice up her home. They are a hilarious pair that are really close to one another and are pretty weird and have made me wonder how normal Kate is after being raised by her mother Dixie and her twin Tixie helping her out throughout her life. And then there is her psychiatrist ex-boyfriend, Thad, who refers patients to her in return for information on the color of her panties. Now Thad is a really sleazy, self-centered jerk but for some reason he is a likeable character for me and he really compliments Kate in this novel.
I think Kate and Thad’s relationship is funny because they say such outrageous things to each other and the patients that they seem to help out together are such unusual people. So Kate is now struggling to keep her sanity and it’s just gets harder every day. Especially when Kate starts getting bombarded with mysterious threats that could be from just about any lunatic in Atlanta and Kate has treated them all. This novels was filled with one crazy patient after another that Kate was treating, which kept me on my toes with curiousity. And the only person who can help Kate is the one man who always makes her lose her mind—and her heart. Finishing this novel only left me wanting more about Kate Holly and her sexy fireman hubby Jay as well as Mona, Thad, Trixie and Dixie. I’m glad that I have Nutcase to devour now that I’ve finished What Looks Like Crazy. This is a book that I will highly recommend to everyone who loves to read romantic comedy novels because this was definitely a funny and charming novel. I give this book 4 Open Books:
Here is the description of the book from the back cover and picture:
WHAT LOOKS LIKE CRAZY $ 7.99 (Book 1)(279 Pages)
Kate is trained to deal with everyone’s problems—except her own…
Psychologist Kate Holly’s own life has become the stuff of intensive therapy. She’s divorcing Jay, her gorgeous firefighter husband, who is perfect except for his tendency to put his life on the line. Her eccentric secretary lures in clients with promises of free manicures. Her junk-art-collecting mother and aunt have erected a vaguely sexual sculpture in her front yard. And her psychiatrist ex-boyfriend who refers patients to her in return for information on the color of her panties.
Struggling to keep her sanity gets harder every day, especially when Kate starts getting bombarded with mysterious threats that could be from just about any lunatic in Atlanta. She’s treated them all. And the only person who can help Kate is the one man who always makes her lose her mind—and her heart…