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Crazy Thing Called Love (Crooked Creek Ranch #3)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  1,206 Ratings  ·  174 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, ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jan 16, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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 really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone, especially if you like Rachel Gibson
11/03/2012 -- we have an interview with this remarkable author;

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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
Dec 31, 2013 Sheryl rated it did not like it

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
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
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
Aug 01, 2015 SuperWendy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh man, this was a really good book. It starts out just fine, and was a solid 4-Stars for me, but then about halfway through O'Keefe shifts gears (I'll admit, I wasn't totally on board at first) and brings on ALL THE FEELS! A great contemporary read that didn't feel bloated or padded. Hockey romance and fans of reunited couples need to drop their entire lives and read this one Right. Now.
Jan 29, 2013 Brie rated it really liked it
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Oct 08, 2012 Debra Taylor rated it it was amazing
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Jan 04, 2013 Danielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Nov 19, 2012 Jackie rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
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 ...more
Rain Merton
“Er stand mit den beiden Kindern allein da.
Willkommen im Rest deines Lebens.” (310)

He stood alone with both kids.
Welcome to the rest of your life.

Molly O’Keefe’s Crazy Thing Called Love* is a delight of a truly adult romance. It's about fully grown people trying to make it through their everyday and find some form of happiness along the way. Their conflicts are well drawn and multi-faceted, and originate primarily in themselves.

O’Keefe’s descriptions of the protagonists’ inner turmoil is balance
Jul 23, 2013 drey rated it really liked it
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
Jan 04, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
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.
Good reunion story. It begins fourteen years in the past, as Maddy and Billy's marriage falls apart and then moves to the present with a few other flashbacks to fill in their backstory.

Maddy is host of a morning TV show, with a reputation of being cool and unflappable. She's worked hard to overcome her past, and shows only her best to the outside world. Her work is her life and everything is going great until one of her producers comes up with a makeover idea for her show.

Billy has continued hi
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
Feb 21, 2013 Janga rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 26, 2013 Mskychick rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
May 10, 2013 Crystal rated it really liked it
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
Jun 29, 2014 Chanpreet rated it it was amazing
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
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
Nov 16, 2013 PepsiGirl rated it really liked it
Shelves: hockey-hunks
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 ...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Jan 06, 2013 CoffeeTimeRomance andMore rated it really liked it
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
I haven't had much time for reviews lately, but in this case I just had to say something. I specifically had to say something because the cover doesn't do this book justice. First of all, the hero of the book has a very distinctive facial scar that speaks so much to who he is and the relationship between the H/h that it feels like a travesty to have that completely skipped over (not to mention the various other scars as a hockey player, which the cover also glosses over entirely [and ...more
Heroes & Heartbreakers
This book was a Top Pick for July 2015 on Heroes and Heartbreakers

I finally got around to reading 2013 Contemporary Romance RITA winner Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O'Keefe. I'm a sucker for a good reunion story, and here O'Keefe reunites high school sweethearts whose marriage imploded when the hero's hockey career took off. The heroine has made herself over into a polished local TV star with her eye on making it to the big leagues. She finds her plans
Blackravens Reviews
Oct 20, 2012 Blackravens Reviews rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Lisa Hutson
Oct 24, 2012 Lisa Hutson rated it it was amazing
I have read all three of the books in this series. Full, colorful, interesting, human, deep, unpredictable characters and stories. You really think you know how its going and there will usually be that unexpected curve in the path. The story is emotional. Dramatic. Deep. He isnt always the one taking care of she. There isnt always a simple to see, typical reason for people to have trouble trusting or loving. I have liked reading these stories.
I was so glad to have an appropriate and fitting endi
Jan 29, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it
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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