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Crazy Thing Called Love (Crooked Creek Ranch #3)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  933 ratings  ·  162 reviews
Dallas TV morning show host Madelyn Cornish is poised, perfect, and unflappable, from her glossy smile to her sleek professionalism. No one knows that her iron will guards a shattered heart and memories of a man she’s determined to lock out. Until that man shows up at a morning meeting like a bad dream: Billy Wilkins, sexy hockey superstar in a tailspin—still skating, stil ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2013)
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This review was originally posted on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.

My reviews of Molly O'Keefe's Crooked Creek Ranch series are probably starting to get a bit dull.

Here's a quick synopsis of the crux of each of my reviews,
Wow! These characters are fully fleshed-out, complex people. I completely believed in their romance because their path toward happiness was hard and took work, but the payoff was completely worth it! This pushes the boundaries of what we talk about when we talk about characters and
3.5 stars

Madelyn Cornish is a successful morning show host. She spent the last fifteen years or so trying to erase her past. As we all know, that is hardly ever possible. What she never ever imagined is her past showing up in such a way - the newest idea for her show - a makeover for a rough around the edges hockey player, one Billy Wilkins who just happens to be her ex-husband and a large part of her unfortunate history.

When Billy first heard the idea of a makeover, he was violently against it,
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Nov 03, 2012 Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone, especially if you like Rachel Gibson
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10/30/2012 Hope's Full Review now posted on:

Tomorrow we have an interview with the author. Do you feel the author love?? The book is being

This wasn't a romance story at all; it was in fact a story about delving into the psyche of a very immature, utterly selfish and a total bitch of a person; Madelyn. I HATED HER! She had NO REDEEMING QUALITIES and i failed to see WHY Billy wanted to be with her so badly. He loved who she WAS, i do not understand how he could love who she had BECOME! I felt slightly sorry for Billy, but that was about it. Other then
Cover & Title - 3 out of 5
Favorite line - "Love was the least of their strengths"
Favorite Character - Billy

I expected a lot from this book, i liked the blurb & was interested to read it. I was a bit disappointed with what this book turn out to be.
It was described as "perfect for readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson", i wouldn't disagree entirely but i think that both of those authors books have more.. je ne sais quoi, something was missing from this book to really ma
3.5 stars

I really love this author and the newest installment in her Crooked Creek Ranch series continues with the same "feel" of the previous books. On the cover these books may look like light and fluffy romances, but don't be fooled. These books are all filled with characters who have deep hurts and pasts filled with pain. Billy Wilkins is one of those characters.

Billy Wilkins by himself would've made this book a 5 star read for me. He is a professional hockey player who is a "fighter" and "e
Rachel Hollis
I'm unsure how I'd never heard of Molly O'Keefe before this book and even more baffled as to why this isn't 87 times more successful than it is! This book is SO fantastic... funny, and heart wrenching, smart and sassy and with a fantastic plot line and character development that is often lacking in a book with a shirtless man on the cover. (No offense to the shirtless man, if I had those abs I'd walk around naked sir, so good for you!)

The book starts in the past, in the midst of the end of Maddy
This was the first book that I've read from Miz O'Keefe and it definitely won't be my last. It was very good and brimming with heat and romance. Not only was I a fan of the romance between Billy and Maddy, but these two were hot together and I loved watching them both work through the problems of their past and get their long deserved HEA.

For as long as Maddy can remember she's loved Billy but love doesn't always work the way you want it to. Fourteen years ago Billy and her were married for two
I'm not really big into romance novels with major league sports guys as heroes, but O'Keefe's first book in the Crooked Ranch series, CAN'T BUY ME LOVE, was one of my favorite reads this past summer, and so I was pleased to receive an advanced copy from Netgalley. CRAZY THING started off strongly, with a second-chance storyline (my favorite romance trope!) and a potentially interesting take on contemporary masculinity, with a hero known for his aggressive hockey skills and persona suddenly confr ...more
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There’s really only two things you need to know about Crazy Thing Called Love: Pick this up if you love a good contemporary romance. And grab a box of tissues before you sit down. You’ll need it. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

Once upon a time, a boy barely holding his life together met a girl stronger than she looks. They became best friends, grew up, fell in love, and got married. Then dreams (his) got in the way of a good thing, and they broke up.

Fourteen years later, the man the boy’d grown into sho
Brie C.
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Lovely. I am not a fan of the grand gesture in romances as I am a private person but I have to say, the ending and declaration of love from Maddy to Billy was beautiful. This is my favorite of the series, hands down. And oh yeah, if you want heartbreaking sadness but then spunky and vulnerable hope, just wait until you meet Becky.
Oct 26, 2013 Keertana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Keertana by: Sarah
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I really enjoyed this one, though I think I'm not suitably into the "sports" sphere enough to appreciate the entirety of this novel. Still, a solid romance and I think I've found a new author I can count on! :)
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Hockey is the only thing Billy Wilkins knows. As a child it literally saved him from a life of poverty and abuse, and now he is on the verge of losing a career he has worked a lifetime to build.

Recreating her life, Maddy Baumgarten became Madelyn Cornish, host of the hit morning show AM Dallas. She refuses to even remember the time she spent losing her identity to a man whose entire life revolved around hockey.

The harder Maddy tries to crush any feelings she has for Billy, the tougher it gets. H
Billy Wilkins was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, an NHL hockey team and he's miserable. The coach doesn't believe in his rough playing style and Billy is resisting change. Madelyn Cornish wants nothing to do with him following her surprise confrontation with him at Victoria's party but she's being forced to because her producers have put Billy on her show as part of a short term makeover project. No one knows of their history and that he's her ex-husband.

I wasn't excited about reading this stor
Perhaps it was the common themed plot of second chance love or the awesome moobies on the cover (seriously, publishers, why? WHY?! ) Either way, I had low expectations and was not anticipating much. To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. I was not expecting such an emotional read and I appreciated Ms. O’Keefe’s realistic approach to young love and the mess that is made from immature marriages. I really enjoyed this author’s voice and will pick up the other books in this series. ...more
I really liked this. Having said that I must digress. Maddy was hard to like. Billy wore his feelings for her on his sleeve and she pretty much knew what he was feeling the whole time. That didn't stop her from squashing his heart flat like a bug. After all he was the one that had the terrible home life and she knew what he went through, first hand knowledge. They got married young and all the trappings of success made it difficult for them to be together. She leaves him and knows he is broken h ...more
I won this book through First Reads from Goodreads. I have loved all 3 of these books in the Crooked Creek Ranch storyline, but I think this one was my favorite. I did like that I came into this book having read the prequel to it (All I Want for Christmas is You), which was in the Naughty and Nice anthology, first author Ruthie Knox.

Maddy and Billy grew up poor in the same neighborhood. Billy had an abusive father and also had poor white trash sisters with lots of problems. Billy finally made it
Molly O'Keefe does it again. She's written yet another book that grabs me by the heart and pulls me into the story and makes me fall in love with characters I can't forget. Reunion stories are my favorites, and I was already a little bit in love with Billy. Thus, it's hardly surprising that this is my favorite of a trilogy in which I loved all three books.

Like the characters that preceded them in the Crooked Creek series, Maddy and Billy are messy, complex characters scarred by their pasts. Some
Have you ever read a book that destroyed you and put you back together at the same time? Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O'Keefe is one such book; or it was for me. For my first introduction to Molly's books, I couldn't have picked a better one. I'd never heard of Molly before this, but it was the hockey player in the blurb, Billy that struck my fancy. Plus it was also second chance love story with the woman who had gotten away. There was no way I wasn't going to read this book.

I was hooked fro
My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin:

Madelyn Cornish has worked hard to get where she is: the host of a popular Dallas morning TV show. More importantly, she’s worked even harder to forget who she was and where she came from. But the past comes back to haunt her in the form of her ex-husband, hockey star Billy Wilkins. Billy’s the focus of her show’s on-air makeover project and it’ll take all of Madelyn’s formidable self control to resist her attractio
I haven't had the pleasure to read very much of Molly O'Keefe's work but I really enjoyed Crazy Thing Called Love. I have not read the other two books in the Crooked Creek Ranch series but I didn't feel like I was missing anything important. I would like to read the other two books in the series because I did enjoy this one. This book was a classic case of a second chance with a first love.

I really liked Maddie even though she has a really tough outer lining that she created to avoid pain,.I co
Joyfully Reviewed
Dallas AM Talk Show Host Madelyn Cornish has worked her way up from the bottom to get to where she is now. However, her past is about to come back to haunt her. Madelyn’s ex-husband has just become part of her day job.

Hockey star Billy Wilkins has a horrible reputation and if he doesn’t fix his bad boy image he’s going to be out of a job. A makeover opportunity arises and Billy’s against it until he learns it will be on his ex-wife’s show. Billy will use any excuse to get closer to his Maddy onc
Blackravens Reviews
If you’re looking for an inspiring story that portrays real life, where the characters have their own faults and demons to conquer, the emotions are raw, the sex sizzles, the hurt is palpable and will bring a tear to your eye, the banter is witty, the dialogue is fresh, and the love is so darn endearing that it will make you swoon, then Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O’Keefe is definitely the book to read. Ms. O’Keefe has quickly made her way to my auto-buy list because of her mesmerizing stor ...more
This is an all-nighter book. Once you start, you better have nothing else to do because you won't stop until it's finished. Molly's writing is crazy emotional and romantic. And Billy is one of the best seriously messed up romance heroes I've ever read. Your heart literally bleeds for him to find a happily ever after.
Crazy Thing Called Love

Yes, love is crazy!!! And this book shows just how crazy it can be. I love Billy and Maddie's second chance story. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once. Now, I need to go and read the other two books in the

Well done, Molly O'Keefe!
Leigh Duncan
Laughter, Tears, Love--This book has it all.

Crazy Thing Called Love is one of the best books I've read in years! A good romance from the opening pages, this story takes an unexpected and heartwarming turn the moment Becky and Charlie (our hero's niece and nephew) appear. Loved every second and plan to read more by this author.
O'Keefe can really write an intense book--obsessing and all-consuming in the best possible way. I loved seeing Billy, especially in his own POV and how he approaches all of his problems.

Can't Hurry Love is still my favorite O'Keefe book, but that's like saying Dill Pickle is my favorite flavor of potato chip when they're all good.
4.5 stars. Out of all the novels in the Crooked Creek Ranch series, Crazy Thing Called Love is my favorite. I was intrigued by Billy since he was first introduced and it was well worth the wait for his story. It is an wild ride that is full of emotion, passion and heartache, but the growth of both Billy and Maddy personally and as a couple makes it a satisfying journey. Be prepared for laughter and tears as this dynamic couple find that love is even sweeter the second time around. Please click H ...more
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Molly O'Keefe has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.

She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn't looked back. She loves exploring every character's road towards happily ever
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Other Books in the Series

Crooked Creek Ranch (3 books)
  • Can't Buy Me Love (Crooked Creek Ranch, #1)
  • Can't Hurry Love (Crooked Creek Ranch, #2)
Can't Buy Me Love (Crooked Creek Ranch, #1) Wild Child (Boys of Bishop, #1) Can't Hurry Love (Crooked Creek Ranch, #2) Indecent Proposal (Boys of Bishop, #4) Between the Sheets (Boys of Bishop, #3)

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