19 Feb '14

A Nix Contemp Review : Crazy, Stupid Sex by Maisey Yates (5 Stars)

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Crazy, Stupid Sex by Maisey Yates
Published by Harlequin Enterpises AU on 2014-02-01
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Pages: 88
Format: eBook
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How to Land the Hot Guy 1.0

A multimillionaire by the age of 27, app developer Evie James is clueless when it comes to hooking up. So she does what any self-respecting geek-girl looking to get laid would do: she programs her own app for landing a hot guy. After a few failed attempts at making contact, beta testing leads her to Caleb Anderson.

Caleb is used to female attention, but finds himself attracted to Evie because of her unique brand of awkward. A master of one-night stands, he's more than happy to show her what she's been missing in the bedroom. But he quickly discovers that one night with a woman like Evie will never be enough for him...

FTC : I requested this book after a Maisey Yates glom .. I was not disappointed in it. The only time I have really spoken to this author is to fan-girl all over her on twitter so I have no reason to be biased.

I’ll admit that I haven’t read every Maisey Yates book but the tone of this one is very much different to everything else I have read. It is so snarky and funny … honestly, this sounds much more like the authors twitter timeline and I adored it. It’s been a while since I laughed so hard at a book but with weaponised unicorns horns and Doctor Who references how was I supposed to resist??

This plot actually reminds me of the film Crazy, Stupid Love. Well, it reminds me of what I wanted Crazy, Stupid Love to be as I just wanted more of the Ryan Gosling/Emma Stone story and less of the other crap (To all of you not familiar with the amazing Gosling, I give you this link to his GQ cover LINK). Anyway, all gratuitous Gosling pictures aside, this the story I wanted, the story of the playboy who meets the woman that he wants to settle down with. What I really loved about that the author didn’t judge her characters for their lifestyle choices and didn’t tell me how I should feel either.

Evie is a geek girl extraordinaire beta testing her new app to help people with relationships. From flirting to sex tips, this app should have it all but the problems lie with the fact that Evie isn’t particularly comfortable with meeting the opposite sex. When she tries it out at  a bar the only man she ends up pulling is the woman-pulling expert Caleb who finds her awkward attempt at flirting amusing and cringe-worthy.  What I loved about Evie was that she owned her geek-dom. She was a geek who wanted to get laid, did so and then her one-night stand turned up in her office having made himself her boss. The situation was hilarious, the characters even more so but the funniest thing throughout was the interactions between the character (more on that later).

Caleb is a rich boy with nothing to do with his time. His hobby is sleeping with women and he is very, very good at it. He is refreshingly unapologetic about it and, with the authors complete lack of judgmental prose, I could enjoy him as he was. It drives me mental that as a reading community there is often uproar about “slut-shaming” of female characters yet we feel the need to reform all our heroes and make them sorry for their past behaviour. Why? It’s in the past and he’s single; I couldn’t give a shit where he sews his oats as long as when he makes a commitment he sticks with it. He isn’t sorry, he doesn’t have some deep-seated trauma that makes him treat women badly… he just likes sex. Then he meets Evie and he realizes that he wants to have a lot more sex with her which is a completely novel experience for him. I loved the interactions between them, the flummoxed charmer and the flummoxed geek … it was the most fun I’ve had with a book in ages.

The snarky prose and underlying chemistry kept me reading and I finished it in one sitting which is another thing that was a bit unusual for me at the moment. There is a hell of a lot of sex (I think the title may give this away) and I adored it all the more for it.

This novella is a sexy, snarky, funny look into the wooing of a geek girl by a man who has a lot of experience with the wooing …. Caleb can pick me up anytime. This WILL be a reread. And now I give you a quote from the hilarious Caleb….

“Well, and I was thinking it was time I had a job again. There’s only so much sedentary luxury a guy can take before the luxury starts to go to his head. I honestly found myself concerned by my lack of female servant to feed me grapes and fan me the other day. That’s not normal.”

five-stars

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