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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  197 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Economics professor Ryuu Tanaka suffers through the embarrassment of playing softball with his students to get closer to the man sitting under a nearby tree. Ryuu finds Daniel to be more attractive, more intelligent, and more mysterious than any human being has a right to be. Despite the fact Daniel isn't gay, possibly isn't all there, and isn't interested in any future co ...more
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Published May 15th 2013 by Loose Id (first published May 13th 2013)
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Mandy*reads obsessively*
4.25*

Wow. That was a ride. I had to take a deep breath and honestly wipe a few tears away at the end of this one.

This review might be a bit spoilerish, but not much, just a few quotes to help me explain what this book did to me.

In theory I shouldn't have liked this story. It starts out light and silly, with lots of banter and crazy behavior, there is a plot twist I'm not a fan of and tons of drama and melodrama - but I did like it. A LOT.
Ryuu is a cocky, arrogant guy, sees Daniel and wants him.
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Mandapanda
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: various-romance
Ryuu Tanaka is a popular, confident, even cocky, College professor. He spies a reserved and beautiful young man in a park and his encounter leads him to act completely out of character in his pursuit of the enigmatic Daniel.

Most of the novel is Ryuu and Daniel getting to know one another. Their conversations are quite teasing and the attraction between them, even though Daniel claims to be straight, is electric. The sex scenes are great and they really feel right and fun as a couple. Gradually
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Deeze
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Deeze by: Mandy*reads obsessively*
This is another story that I have no idea how to review.

From the start I was interested in Daniel. His character was a mystery I really wanted to see unfold.

Ryuu I wasn't so sure about, at times he seemed just a little to cocky and maybe arrogant. But watching them together was fun, and I grew to like him too.

Mark was certainly a twist. Not what I was expecting and to be honest not a very believable part of the story. Without any background to him, Mark felt more like a throw away character, mor
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MsMiz (Tina)
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: glbt-all
3.7 There is some fantastic dialog in this story. There are so many great moments between Ryuu and Daniel that will remind you of a championship ping pong game where the spectators heads are just whipping back and forth. I found Daniel's ability to read people very cool - very RDJ in Sherlock Holmes. Throughout the story you will be asking yourself, how much can one person take and Daniel's state of mind makes perfect sense.

Here is where most readers are going to have issue: There was not enoug
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Silkeeeeeereads
This is a touching love story.  Yes, there was the love ASAP stuff, but it's fiction.  I don't mind a bit of absurd stuff in fiction.  This is fluffy, MM romance.  Not much sex at all.  An HEA. 
Julio Genao
Sep 08, 2013 marked it as to-read
This sounds bananas.
Yvonne
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on Hearts on Fire

4.5 Stars Before I ramble on over the next few paragraphs about why this isn’t a perfect book, I should start off by saying that that didn’t stop me from falling a little in love with this story.

It’s one of those books loaded with sharp dialogue and witty repartee that got me from the start. Ryuu Tanaka is a professor at the University of Oregon. He spots a young man with long hair while jogging and is immediately captivated. When he finally gets through to him he finds
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Anna
At the time of writing this review, only 48 people have read this book. What a shame! This book was honestly a breath of fresh air. The characters were especially refreshing, not to mention endearing, funny, witty. The dialogues were sharp and I burst out laughing more than once. You also got to know both characters through the dialogues, even though it was only written from Ryuu's point of view. The ending was, I must admit, a little bit Hollywood-esc, but you know what? it still touched me and ...more
Adrianamae
3.25 Read Mz Tina's review.
Great witty dialogue with fascinating characters which demanded a longer story, a deeper character relationship and a solid resolution.
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
This book had me feeling all kinds of strange things. Mental illness is one of those plot points which should NOT be treated in a lighthearted or smutty matter for jollies. On the other hand, it shouldn't be off-limits or taboo either. There's a fine line between telling an engrossing story with characters who live and breathe, and what I call "trauma porn".

I admit that I purchased Falling in Love with Crazy because it's that rarity in M/M romance--it's an interracial romance, though like any go
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Meggie
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This story is simply beautiful, but damn, did I miss an epilogue at the end. I really wish we would get one from the author. Maybe there will be a sequel, even better in my mind! Hope never dies, I can only state that fact. I love both MC's, Ryuu was fully human, in his emotions, his behaviour, his quirks. Ryuu was great guy and I liked him, a LOT. Ryuu was the only one for whom Daniel was prepared to leave his imaginary world. World in his head, his created characters and stories. Sure ending m ...more
Laura
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: enjoyed
3.5 stars

This is a very tough book to review and rate. First, you have to suspend reality a bit in my opinion. I'm sorry, but can't see how Ryuu and Daniel got past their initial meeting, it just wouldn't happen like that in real life. That aside, I enjoyed this story, even understanding how some of Daniel's "crazy" could be endearing. Well, until the end when he went way off track. I would have liked just a little more of Ryuu and Daniel fighting back the crazy to be together, but sadly the sto
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Edina Rose
well written book, clever and funny dialogues, amazing and colourful characters with great chemistry (just read the dialogues), good mental illness plot, good though unbelievable romance (fall totally in love in a few days?!?), and very short mystery.

I would have given this book five stars if the falling in love thing had been longer and if the heroes had done substantial sleuthing to solve the mystery. Also, the end is a bit abrupt and it feels like the characters still have more to say.

I rea
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Markus
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can't with how much this book surprised me and touched me. With weaker characters this story wouldn't have worked. I honestly can't describe the characters without swooning. I loved how the story was lighthearted however Daniel's mental instability is always in the background and never forgotten. It kept me on edge. I was waiting for the other shoe to drop and when it did I was just as devastated as Ryuu. I wish I could write a better review but I'm still a bit shaken up.

Highly recommended. I
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Tristan
Apr 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: disability
2.5, maybe a 3 on better days/5

I don't even know where to begin. *sigh* Let's start with the good.

The best thing about this book is definitely the dialogue. They are witty, playful and amusing. Next in line would be the concept. I'm not talking about the insta-stalking-love (tho that was funny) but Daniel condition. It was an intriguing concept that give a wide range of possibilities and twist. Finally, there is Ryuu. The guy was simple. He was ordinary, funny, and caring enough. While there
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Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
4 1/2 Hearts

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Ryuu goes to great lengths to meet the beautiful man in the park, plays softball with his students, follows him, and hangs around a coffee shop until he final gets a date with the man. Ryuu finds Daniel fascinating and interesting even though Daniel says he isn’t gay, isn’t interested in coffee or conversation and has just a slight problem with reality. Ryuu is put through his paces as he tries to get Danie
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Becky Condit
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Falling In Love With Crazy is the heartbreaking but also uplifting story by Dane Waters that shines a bright, uncompromising light into the murky world of a mentally ill man and the man who falls in love with him despite all of the quirks, obstacles, and delusions that threaten to pull him away forever.

Ryuu Tanaka is a college professor who, while jogging, sees a gorgeous man sitting under a tree in the park. Despite Daniel's blunt manner and reluctance to engage with him, Ryuu finds himself so
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Alex Alden
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked this story, but the end was terrible.

I found the depiction of Daniel's rocky sanity to be quite realistic, as was Ryuu's coming to understand that it's a frightening way to live. Even though the romance element happened quickly, it didn't feel rushed. I had a few qualms about how quickly Ryuu fell in love, but overall it still felt like he had deep feelings for Daniel.

The end of the book is what really didn't work. (view spoiler)
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Cee Brown
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Not sleet, nor snow nor...mental illness...
There are not enough words to express my feelings about this book.
Not long ago I watched my first born nephew suffer through the disease and it IS a disease, NOT a disorder.
I applaud Ryuu's love for Daniel and though he knew what the future would bring by falling in love with and living with someone with mental illness, love conquers all.
The ending was beautifully written and tears are still in my eyes because the realness of it is so terrifying but t
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Ali
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm
Probably more like 2.5 stars. Honestly I wish this had been written from Daniel's perspective, because I really didn't like Ryuu all that much. He was too cocky and off. Daniel was a much more intriguing character, but we only get a glimpse from his perspective towards the end of the book, which was in and of itself part of the problem. After following Ryuu through the majority of the story, suddenly the author jumps to a secondary character and then to another. It didn't work for me. The back s ...more
Susan
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-2015, mm-read
This was a pretty unexpected book. I was unsure at the beginning, I fell in love with the middle but the ending didn't quite sit right with me. Ryuu and Daniel were certainly a unique couple and their story wasn't always comfortable to read but their was definitely a special bond between them. It wasn't clear how things could work out well for them and the ending was not what I was expecting but I didn't dislike it enough to let it completely ruin the story.
Kristy Maitz
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books
That was unusually story plot. Both main character Daniel and Ryuu where very pulling individuals and I was pulled into the story right away.

I will give all 5 stars to Dane Waters because it couldn't been easy to write that story. Maybe it would be perfect "with cherry on top" if we would get an epilogue.

Great book.

Christine
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. There was so much emotional ups and downs thru out the book. The writer brought to life the struggle of Daniel's mental illness and the frustration & love Ryuu. This is a book worth the time to read. You'll laugh,cry and possibly rage against the seemly hopelessness.
Karen
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-mm
Dane Waters is a very new author for me. I actually stumbled across her book 'With This Ring, I Thee...Oh, Sh*t!' and thought it sounded like it would be a fun read, then I decided to see what else she had and I found 'Falling In Love With Crazy' which also appealed to me.

I was enchanted with these two men. Their interaction was to say the least interesting and humorous. Ryuu is a university professor. Daniel is a mystery that Ryuu doesn't want to let go of. The journey they go on is filled with
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Lauren
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow! What a surprise this book turned out to be. This is yet another title I had sitting on my Kindle for far too long before I finally decided to sit down and read it, if only to get it out of my TBR folder. But then, once I had started Ryuu and Daniel's story, I never wanted to leave it. Well actually, that's not strictly true. There were a few moments where I needed to leave the story for a second, just to calm myself down. The emotions in this were so strong that there were times I just had ...more
Dana
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love it. This is my kind of crazy. The story has a natural flow, the characters are amazingly written. They felt real. They make you curious to know more, they have depth and the more you discover, the more you like them. And because the characters are so amazing, the dialogues are even more so.
Another thing I liked were the love scenes - they were beautifully written and because from the beginning it felt like it truly was love, not sex. I enjoyed every minute and every line of thi
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Anna
I had a hard time puting this one down. I was a really captivating story that started out so sweet. Daniel was smart, funny, charming and a little odd but in a cute way then the whole story took a turn and my stomach was forming a knot. Daniel slipped away and I hated his sister, even when Ryuu was saying that he kind of liked her I just couldn't. And then when the end came, it came too abruptly. I really felt the need for an epilog or one more chapter but it just ended. My stomach hasn't unknot ...more
Andrea
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not your usual MM romance. It's definitely the first time I've read a romance where one of the MCs has some very serious mental health problem. Daniel processed things in a completely different way, and a lot of times I had no idea what he was thinking. My response to Daniel would have been frustration and confusion, but seeing it through Ryuu's point of view made it much better. Ryuu's reaction and acceptance of Daniel's mental state made it a much more comfortable read for me. It's one I won't ...more
Betryal
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book took my breath away more than once. So many times my heart broke for the characters and I was brought to tears. It's a very touching story and one I never wanted to put down. Until The End of course. I went through so many emotions that it's was insane, but truly one of the great stories in my list of really great books.
Natalija
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
I felt mentally and emotionally exhausted by the time I finished this book, but it was so worth it. Will I ever read it again? Highly unlikely, however, I do recommend it to anyone looking for something a little bit different.
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Dane Waters never had the urge to write until a recurring dream in 2007 kept her up at night and had her falling asleep at her desk during the day. Her sister; well-known romance author Qwillia Rain, gave her excellent advice. “Write it down. Get it out of your head and you’ll be fine”. Dane did just that and was rewarded with a good night’s sleep. It was also her last. That one story sparked a sl ...more