What Looks Like Crazy (Crazy, #1)
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What Looks Like Crazy (Crazy #1)

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Psychologist Kate Holly's own life has become the stuff of intensive therapy. She's divorcing her gorgeous firefighter husband, she has an eccentric secretary, her mother and aunt have erected a vaguely sexual sculpture in her front yard, and her psychiatrist ex-boyfriend won't stop calling to find out what color panties she's wearing. Now, Kate's being bombarded with myst...more
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Published February 26th 2008 by Jove
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Tammy
Jul 14, 2008 Tammy rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of Stephanie Plum and/or screwball comedy
Psychologist Kate Holly's life is anything but normal. Besides dealing with the craziest of certifiable clients, she is divorcing her gorgeous firefighter husband, Jay, and his bone-melting blue eyes. Her eccentric secretary, Mona, is offering free manicures to new clients and planning all sorts of odd promotions as Kate's self-proclaimed publicist. Her mother and aunt erect a "vaguely sexual sculpture" in her front yard as a house-warming gift that nearly creates a riot with a local church. Kat...more
Laura
Oct 17, 2009 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
3 1/2 stars

What Looks Like Crazy is the first in a series about Dr. Kate Holly. She's a bit like Stephanie Plum--she attracts trouble. She's nearing the finality of her divorce to the love of her life, Jay. She can't stay married to him because his job is too dangerous and she worries too much. After months of no word from him, he's made an appearance in her life and she's more confused than ever.
On top of her divorce, her patients seem to be crazier than ever, her mother and aunt have given he...more
Jennifer
Mar 17, 2009 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Evanovich Fans
Recommended to Jennifer by: Tammy
Katie Holly is a shrink who could use a little time on a couch herself. She is going through a divorce from her sexy firefighter husband. She has clients who are straight up NUTS. Her mother and her aunt (twin sisters) planted a statue in her front yard as a housewarming gift that has the whole neighborhood in an uproar. (It's an Adam and Eve statue - and that ain't no fig leaf!) And did I mention her horndog ex-boyfriend (also a shrink) is still in the picture? No wonder Katie is falling apart!...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Kate Holly is a Psychologist whose own life needs intensive therapy. She;s divorcing her gorgeous firefighter husband Jay who is perfect. Her secretary is eccentric and lures clients wih promises of free manicures. Her mother and aunt are junk collectors who turn the junk into art and have erected a vaguely sexual sculpture in her front yard. Her ex boyfriend is a psychiatrist who refers patients to her in return for her telling him the color of the panities she is wearing that day. Kate is stru...more
Sheri
What Looks Like Crazy (Charlotte Hughes)
I liked this but did not love it. I was a bit disappointed. To me, the synopsis was not true to the story. It was more a comedy/drama than a murder mystery. I did find the characters likable, although not believable.

Kate Holly is a psychologist and she is in the midst of a divorce from her firefighter husband. She has an ex boyfriend who is in the mental health profession as well.n She is being threatened and her life is in danger. Could be anyone. A bit t...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This was a funny book about Kate, a therapist who probably needs counseling herself! She has wacky patients, a soon-to-be ex-husband that she still loves and an ex-lover that drives her batty. not to mention her mother and aunt who are junque dealers and Mona, her rich friend and receptionist that believes everything can be cured with shopping therapy.

This is the first in a series and the second is called Nutcase
Ladiibbug
Jul 05, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Everyone!
#1 Kate Holly, psychologist (Romantic Comedy series)

Oooh, this is **so much fun!**. Lively, sparkly, highly entertaining ... Kate and her friends and clients are loveable, funny, endearing, outrageous ...

I laughed and giggled all the way through this book. What Looks Like Crazy is #1 in the Kate Holly series; #2 is Nutcase.

I tell ya, this book is just like eating ice cream ;-)

Kate
Despite occasionally being tiresome and redundant, I have to confess that I am a fan of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books. They are just plain fun. I recently caught myself up in that series and found myself wanting more. After some time looking through recommendation on good ol' Google, I decided to see if Charlotte Hughes' Kate Holly books could fill the void left by Stephanie Plum. This first book was okay. I like the main character and the story wasn't bad. But, it didn't have that page...more
Heather
A very fun and clever read. It was funny, sad, warm and outrageous. I'm happy to have read it. I look forward to reading more of Hughes' work.
Sara
A few pieces were a bit slow but Charlotte's humor makes up for it.
Wendy
Kate is a psychologist trained with deal with everyone's problems - it's when her own start getting out of hand that she's the one needing therapy. She's divorcing her gorgeous firefighter husband Jay even though she still loves him but she can't live with the fear that one day he won't come home.

Her eccentric secretary Mona Epps, who is also super rich, keeps coming up with all these wacky schemes to get more clients and thinks the solution to Kate's problems is sex - with her yummy husband, o...more
Mailis Viiand
I'd like to think that all psychiatrists out there don't pretend they are normal like Kate does, and then go on to give advice to patients who are just as nuts as they are themselves, but who are not as good at pretending otherwise.
I think this series is the drama version of Evanovich Plum series. Stephanie has both of her parents and although she worries about Joe, she usually doesn't cling to anyone or give unreasonable ultimatums and when something happens she usually picks herself up without...more
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
This was a lot better than I expected it to be! It was super cute. I really liked Kate Holly's character and all the wacky patients she sees. Even though she's going through the divorce with her (soon to be ex) husband Jay Rush, I'm totally for them getting back together! Kate's worried about his constant run-in with burning buildings (well, he IS a firefighter) and I think Charlotte Hughes wants everyone to root for them - She portrayed Jay as a great husband, someone with a serious connection...more
Shameera
I loved the book, and it may be because it reminds me a little of the stephanie plum novels. I say this because jut like in those books Katie Holly seems to get in one ridiculous situation after another between dealing with a impending divorce, crazy relatives, noisy religious zealot as a neighbor,a stray dog, a best friend whose weathly and seems to be man hungry, a ex boyfriend who doesnt understand no means no and a whole host of patients with issues that cause one crazy situation after the n...more
Loreta
This is first book in the Kate Holly series. Kate is a Psychologist and has the wackies patients there could ever be. It is a stressful job and downright dangerous. Her stress level is caused not only by her patients but by 1)her firefighter husband she loves but is divorcing because of her fear that he could be injured or killed on his job and 2)her mother and aunt, the Junk Sisters who have become somewhat famous for their designer "junque" of wall art and sculptures in demand by decorators.
Ch...more
Lori
Everyone could use a little therapy, even psychologist Kate Holly. She is madly in love with her perfect husband and is dead set on divorcing him. (If that’s not a sign of mental illness, I don’t know what is!) Having failed Tact 101 and Political Correctness 100, Kate’s receptionist keeps things light with her comments regarding the “nutso” patients, and her unusual marketing strategies (a free manicure for new clients). We get to sit in on Kate’s sessions and there is a genuine feeling of cari...more
Jane
I've really enjoyed Charlotte Hughes books in the past. But I think what I liked best were her very earliest which were a nice combination of mystery and romance. This one is trying too hard to include chick lit elements (wacky relatives, heroine ending up in embarrassing situations time after time, heroine avoiding dealing with her emotional issues). All of the forced elements aside, what bothered me most was the lightness of tone in dealing with her soon to be ended marriage. And when I realiz...more
Karen
Jul 17, 2008 Karen rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: gina, Crystal
Shelves: chicklit
I found this to be a light and enjoyable read. Being a part of the mental health field and some one with anxiety issues I could appreciate the story. Charlotte tries to poke fun at the profession of counselling but at the same time keeping it respectful in terms of things that weren't acceptable like telling the receptionist not to refer the waiting room in the office as the asylum holding room. Also names like nutso, wingnut and other derogatory terms for persons with Mental health issues were...more
Jenny
very entertaining! it didnt really wrap up at the end entirely... but then there are more of them so that would be why
Larry Hostetler
Quick and easy read. Just what I needed after finishing Romola and still wending my way through Traffic. Not my "cup of tea" but an interesting and enjoyable book. Again, as with other books, I'd give it a 3.5 if I had that option. (Ya hear me, Goodreads?)Very light-hearted, with a little more sex than Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books, but very similar in style. Not a mystery, however, so the plot has some lack of drive to it if you're a big Stephanie Plum fan.

Otherwise, I recommend it, a...more
Elaine
I have been trying to find this book for at least a year. I had read it and really liked it, and couldn't remember the author or the name of the book. Any mystery takes second place to psychologist Kate Holly's 'crazy' patients (and I mean that literally), and her family and friend relationships. It's very well done. Kate is a very sympathetic character you'll relate to (at least I did) and cheer for. It's got comedy, some scary parts, some romance, some trauma, everything you could want. It's n...more
lia
somebody please help me to find the sequel.. haiisshh.
Lisa
When I read most books I'm left wanting more. This book has me wanting less. Less characters, less confusion. There is too much going on for a single story which detracts from the main plot of the book. There are so many characters introduced in this first book that seem entirely unnecessary. I would have been happier with less people and more information about the main people. Through the book I kept wondering "Why"? Why is this person this way, why is this relationship the way it is, and inste...more
Melissa Bee
Light and funny read
A.v. Scott
I really had to force myself to stop reading in order to get some of my own writing done. (Okay, and housework as well.) The book is about a psychologist who tries to help quirky and suicidal clients all the while having a crazy life of her own. She decided to divorce her sexy husband because of his job. He’s a firefighter and she was too worried about him dying at work.Awww!

It was a fast read. Easy dialogue and funny. I really recommend reading it.

I gave it four stars because some of the scen...more
Chetta
I wasn't thrilled with this book. The author has some imaginative moments and the writing is fine but it didn't make up for the fact that it was unbelievable. I'm not sure the main character had a personality. It seemed she was made up of more a pile of reactions to things that happen to her that didn't make sense. It was tough to distinguish her as the doctor or not just one of the patients. I didn't buy it. There wasn't enough believability in the main character for me to give a hoot about her...more
Jenn
I had a hard time putting this book down. Charlotte Hughes partnered with Janet Evanovich for a few books and you can tell by reading this book. It is funny, quirky and silly while still being fun to read. Kate Holly, who is a psychologist, has a crazy mother and aunt who make junk into art, she has a soon to be ex-husband who she still cares for, a best friend who helps her at her office while creating crazy situations, and many crazy patients. Overall enjoyable to relax and read without much t...more
Caitlyn
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Deena
Not sure how I missed entering this book when I read it...

This is why I don't consider myself a reader of "chic lit." I tried this one because Charlotte hughes has co-written some books with Janet Evanovich that I really like. Apparently it's the Evanovich parts of those that I like. This was a very pale immitation. I didn't dislike the characters, I just didn't care. As the plot got less plausible, finishing it got to be more of s strain. Probably won't bother to follow the series.
Julia
This was an easy, enjoyable read, but it lacked plot and climax.

I think it was meant to be a mystery or crime story, but it came across more as chick-lit or women's fiction. The mystery was transparent from the beginning of the novel, and the climax equally as foreseeable (and therefore, not dramatic at all). The redeeming quality is the fact that the main character is likeable, and her non-mystery-related life is, although not earth-shattering, a pleasant enough easy read.
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