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Crazy Little Thing (Bell Harbor #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  18,890 Ratings  ·  1,590 Reviews
Sadie Turner is not a control freak, just…orderly. When a cheating spouse topples Sadie’s impeccably tidy world, she packs up her kids for a summer vacation at her aunt’s lake house, hoping to relax, reboot, and pick up the pieces away from men. All men. But eccentric Aunt Dody has other plans: she’s determined to see Sadie have a little fun—with Desmond, the sexy new neig ...more
Paperback, 345 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Montlake Romance (first published August 27th 2012)
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Feb 10, 2013 Samhita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, this woman has a lovely style that is funny and intelligent! This book is like a refreshing Pinot Grigio with a hint of melon bouquet. It's the equivalent of flannel pajamas and fuzzy slippers at the end of a hectic day when you can just curl up and read.
Jan 24, 2013 Rhiannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness...I have not loved a book this much in a long time. It just made me so happy...I laughed hysterically, I cried, and I couldn't wipe the smile off my face when it was over. This was one I just didn't want to end...the characters were so well written, they are all so smart, silly and quirky. A definite must read :)
Willow Brook
I'm puzzled by so many very high ratings for this book. The first half of this book was especially unappealing to me. Sadie, the narrator, is bitter and whiney about her divorce. I get that divorce can be a terrible thing to go through, but I just found Sadie a drag to spend time with. The humor in this book also didn't hit the mark for me. Things improved for a while in the second half, but then Sadie went back to being self-pitying and angry. Every time she mentioned her friends who never phon ...more
This one was a bit disappointing.

Crazy Little Thing started out promising. A newly divorced, mother of 2 small children, embarks on a vacation (of sorts) to her aunt's cabin on Lake Michigan. She is recovering in the aftermath of a painful divorce from an unfaithful husband and is seeking some male free drama and a time to rejuvenate.

I think my main problem is that I was expecting a romance when in reality this book has more of a "chic lit" vibe. Here's the definition of chic lit:
Chick lit is ge
R.D. Raven
May 17, 2013 R.D. Raven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

This author has such a talent for humor. The story had me laughing out loud (yes, out loud) on so many occasions (guaranteed once per chapter at least, not to mention the neverending internal chuckles in almost every sentence!) After sitting down to read a few chapters I was always left with one of those warm, glowy feelings at the end of it. It really lifted my spirits.

The story itself was completely adorable, sweet, and believable. I loved the "dim the lights and close the door" appro
Jessica Mcgrane
Jan 16, 2013 Jessica Mcgrane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There should be a "tried to read but couldn't bear it" option. I didn't even get to the halfway point in this book. I actually felt traumatized when I finally put it down. The writing was mediocre at best, but what I hated most was the the main character. There is absolutely nothing redeeming about her and reading her innermost thoughts made me want to vomit. And the story? Blah.
This was the first book I've read by this author and it is a little different than the genres that I usually read. I have had it on my to-read list for quite awhile, but kept passing it by for one reason or another. I finally gave it a shot.

I really liked that the characters were pretty normal people, with normal real-life problems. I love to read romance novels, but sometimes they can be a little extreme. I mean, come on, not everybody is a cutter/suicidal/abused/irreparable. Sometimes, you jus
Jane Stewart
4 stars. Very enjoyable first person narrative. Don’t do the audiobook - terrible narrator. Read the paperback or ebook.

Story Brief:
Sadie and her children spend the summer with Aunt Dody and cousins. Sadie is recently divorced. She doesn’t want a new relationship, but she is attracted to Dody’s gorgeous neighbor Desmond.

I really enjoyed this. I smiled a lot. I liked being in Sadie’s head. I loved her interaction with her cousin Fontaine, a gay interior decorator. I enjoyed the developin
Dee Montoya
Crazy Little Thing is a delightful book about second chances. Sadie is trying to get over a messy divorce after her husband Richard AKA "Dick" cheated on her. Sadie is 30 years old, has two super cute kids and absolutely no confidence. Her crazy aunt Doty asks her to spend the summer at her house on the beach so she can relax and try to find her way back to happiness. Doty and her cousins Fontaine and Jasper also staying at the beach house will stop at nothing to help Sadie rebuilt her life. All ...more
Tamra Baumann
Oct 13, 2012 Tamra Baumann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan is a fun and breezy read. Its set in a quaint Michigan beach town filled with characters that’ll make your own crazy relatives seem sane. The hero is sigh-worthy and the heroine is flawed in an ‘I Love Lucy Way’ that leads to some zany fun. You won’t find ‘the meaning of life’ in this book, but you’ll learn the definition of words like ‘orgasmaphobia’ and ‘flustration.’ I double dare you not to laugh.
Claire Robinson
May 06, 2014 Claire Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 - 'Orgasmaphobia' & 'Rumpled Foreskin' Stars!

Crazy Little Thing is the first book I have read by Tracy Brogan, but it definitely won’t be my last. If an author/book makes me laugh I am generally a happy reader. And Crazy Little Thing delivered in spades on the humour front. The laughs started from the get-go with Aunt Dody confusing a Macchiato coffee with the actor Ralph Macchio and went from there.

Why not 5 stars then I hear you say, well for me Sadie was a little over the top when it
Romily Bernard
Sep 19, 2012 Romily Bernard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, yeah, sure I'm biased because Tracy rocks and I adore her, but, the woman can WRITE. Do yourself a favor and pick it up. You're going to LOVE this one!

Just edited to add: Am not surprised at all to report that Tracy nailed a 4-star review on RT Book Reviews. Pick her up now so you can be ahead of your friends :)
Nov 11, 2015 Mirya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Questo libro mi ha riconciliato col romance, quindi forse sono stata anche esagerata nel valutarlo, ma erano secoli che non riuscivo più ad appassionarmi a un romance puro - o persino a sopportarlo. Ero arrivata a pensare di essermene stancata io, del genere in sé, invece la Brogan mi ha per fortuna dimostrato che non è così, è solo che forse la maggior parte dei romance che piacciono ora e che tutti consigliano non sono per me.
Questo lo è totalmente, a partire dallo stile, caratterizzato da un
Kimberly Kincaid
This book is both funny and poignant, and Tracy Brogan's voice carries it strongly from start to finish. Sadie is easy to relate to, Aunt Dody is utterly hilarious, and Des is just a yummy, yummy hero. A strong secondary cast and a charming setting round this one out perfectly. Definite keeper!
Caryl Brown
This book had me laughing out loud all the way through. Best line that had me gasping for breath: "To the uninitiated, a conversation with Dody was very much like playing whack-a-mole. You just never knew what would pop up next."

I'll definitely be checking out more of Tracy Brogan's novels.
Jan 16, 2013 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very funny book, loved all the characters! If you want something lighthearted to read, then read this! Its great.

Right I'm off to Starbursts to have a Ralph Macchhio! ;) (if you don't know what I mean, you have to read the book!
Feb 08, 2013 MELISSA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great lighthearted beach romance!
Nov 01, 2012 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

A pretty good contemporary romance about a woman who for a very good reason has trust issues. She flees her home to stay with her aunt for the summer. While there she meets her dream man, but her cheating ex-husband is the proverbial elephant in the room.

I listened to the audio version of this book and I have to say it was pretty awful. The narrator didn't really have the range to do the voices of all the characters. Sadie's aunt had a voice that could de-calcify your spine, and the voi
Nana Prah
Mar 08, 2013 Nana Prah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not since I started reading Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels has a book made me laugh out loud as much as Crazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan. I laughed throughout the book, snorting embarrassingly at times.

The woman is crazy (funny, not psycho) and I’m not sure if I’m talking about Sadie Turner, the heroine, or Tracy Brogan the author. One thing I do know is that Dody, Sadie’s lover of life aunt is a nutcase and a half, but in a good way. So many times throughout the book I shook my head
Crazy Little Thing is one of those feel good beach read that will leave you feeling great and satisfied. Nothing like a good romantic comedy to lift up our spirit and have a good laugh.

Sadie had recently divorced her prick of a husband, Richard, and together with her 6yo Paige and 4yo Jordan, she went to a summer vacation at her Aunt Dody's house at Bell Harbour. At one glance you knew Aunt Dody is a handful and she is as eccentric as a crazy aunt could be. The things that came out of Aunt Dody'
Oct 24, 2012 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sadie Turner is a lovable character trying to restart her life after a divorce. She goes to live with her crazy aunt Dody and her two cousins who are constantly poking and prodding her to do things that she doesn’t think she is ready for yet—like dating! That’s when Desmond shows up. He is the mysterious runner she keeps seeing run past her aunt’s beach house who just happens to be gorgeous. Through a serious of missteps and efforts to resist the inevitable on the part of the still somewhat inse ...more
Jennifer McQuiston
I am one of those lucky enough to have had a peek at Tracy Brogan's debut novel, Crazy Little Thing, in advance of her official publication date. I highly recommend you open a bottle of wine, turn off the television, and make a date with Dody. The heroine of this wonderful novel is a sassy, smart-mouthed divorcee who is about to meet her match. Equal parts smart, witty, and poignant, Brogan is a writer I cannot recommend highly enough! So happy to see this well-deserving first book garnered a 4 ...more
Ashlyn Macnamara
As the front cover suggests, this makes a wonderful beach read. Naturally, I read it in the dead of winter. No matter when you read it, though, Tracy Brogan's humor will keep you smiling on about every page--when you're not outright laughing out loud. The characters are all well-rounded, but I especially loved the heroine's fabulous cousin Fontaine. I would happily read another story featuring the wacky residents of Bell Harbor. I hope to see some of them make a reappearance in the author's futu ...more
Aug 06, 2013 Ruby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Awwww! So funny and sweet- it was the perfect book to bring me out of a very long book funk. I love the characters- they truly hit my funny bone and I have so many lines highlighted that had me giggling and laughing out loud. I loved the slow simmering relationship that developed and that the characters were also dealing with very real and everyday issues. It made it that much more believable. Hooray! this book is a winner :)
Aug 04, 2013 Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
in a book funk? grab this book! the story will warm your heart, make you fall in love, and most importantly: have you laughing your a$$ off. super cute and so damn funny. Tracy Brogan, you've won my heart! "Rumpled foreskin" seriously still lmao
Marina Adair
Oct 30, 2012 Marina Adair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brogan creates a cast of characters that are real and quirky and impossible not to love. Masterfully crafted and heart-warmingly perfect...Crazy Little Thing is a great read
Julie Laird pendegraft
Read this book as I wanted a light easy "summer" read. This book had me laughing out loud and rooting for Sadie! Very pleasant surprise. I'd like to read more of this author.
Ellen W-S
This wa s a delightfully funny book about Sadie a newly divorced mother of two adorable young children who escapes to Michigan's beachfront town to stay and heal with her zany Aunt Dody and her two sons. Sadie has to pick up the pieces of her post married life and meets Scottish (ooh I just love the scots!) Des, as her bounce back boyfriend. Des is smart funny easy going HOT and has the patience of a saint when dealing with Sadie's lack of self confidence in the relationship world. This book is ...more
Feb 13, 2013 Kasey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really cute. I felt so bad for Sadie in the beginning what a terrible thing to have to be stuck with a man like Richard who clearly doesn't care about anyone but himself. I loved the kids they were adorable and I loved how Des was with them. Fontaine was such a character that he literally made me laugh out loud a few times. The few things I didn't care for were Sadie's assumptions about Des the entire time. The first two times I understood but after that it was just kind of like re ...more
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