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Sweet Insanity

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  251 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Old hurt runs deep…

After she left, I was given a second chance at life thanks to my savior and adoptive father. A chance I refused to waste. Determined to be invincible, I became a true fighter in every sense of the word. Nothing and no one would get in my way.

Not even the guy who sat behind me in class.

Zack Graves had the entire world in his hands. A promising hockey ca
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published September 27th 2018 (first published September 2018)
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Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet Insanity was a lovely surprise and Desireé Adele nailed her debut. Sweet Insanity didn’t feel like a debut book whatsoever. I liked the topics in the story and how they affected the two protagonists Dahlia and Zack. Both have experienced loss in their life and that’s influenced them greatly. Especially Dahlia has had a rough upbringing but thankfully she has Christos in her life. I really enjoyed this wonderful man and the impact he and his family has had on Dahlia. She’s a survivor and wa ...more
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
**2.5 STARS**

I absolutely adore Desiree Adele! She is so sweet! So I hate that I can only allow myself to rate Sweet Insanity 2.5 STARS but I have to keep it 100% honest.

I was crazy excited to read her debut novel. It's alway nice to see bloggers and book tubers expand into writing.

The main characters were cute and had great chemistry which I enjoyed. Zack is the college hockey star and Dahlia is the tough girl afraid of love. It was cute. Neither one of them annoyed me and that's always a plus
Angie Elle
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC from the author

I’m someone who rarely reads debut authors. To be honest, they make me nervous because I just don’t know what to expect. But I couldn’t resist Desiree Adele’s debut, Sweet Insanity. I’ve seen her review books on Unbound Book Reviews, and she gravitates to hard hitting books that move you. I had a feeling her offering would be no different, and I was right. This book was full of emotion and had characters battling inner demons that would be enough to bring anyone to their knees
Madonna Blackburn
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Insanity by Desireé Adele

Oh boy...what a huge debut novel by Desireé Adele!!!
Now...I have to precede this review with the fact that NA/College romances are NOT my chosen type of read. For many reasons, but mostly because of the severe angst & tooing & froing between the characters.
However, faced with the blurb to this story, I decided to give it a shot.
If this is what Desireé gives us with her first novel, then wowsers she is going to be a huge player in this indie world.
Put simply...I LO
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Insanity by Desiree Adele
5 stars!!!

“Don’t invest in someone who isn’t invested in you.”

When a PR friend of mine asked me to Beta Read this book by a debut author, I couldn’t say no, I knew nothing about the author, knew nothing about the book and just went in blind. I find that the best way. When I was reading it, it was truly shocking, to be honest, it was a mess, but underneath the jumbled words was a story that hit me hard, characters that I fell in love with and an authors
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves sports romance.
To begin with, I was beyond thrilled to read Desireé Adele's debut novel, Sweet Insanity, because she's one of my most favorite booktubers and book reviewers of all time. Hence, when I found out she was publishing her own books, I simply couldn't resist the chance to tell everyone about it.

Sweet Insanity consisted of unforgettable characters as well as beautifully-designed plot. The storyline was pretty easy to follow and Desireé's writing style amazed me to no end. I was completely engrosse
Joanne Ragona
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"When you choose to stay hidden in the shadows, the light will never touch you, never fill you with its warmth."

The debut novel Sweet Insanity by Desiree Adele was an emotional journey that gave us two main characters who were each broken in their own way. Zack is the handsome star of his college hockey team who suffers a terrible loss in his life and is so afraid to lose again. Dahlia has endured an unthinkable childhood and keeps rigid walls up for protection. Both of these characters, while
Eduarda Pina
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
"THERE IS NO LOVE IN FEAR." I am honestly floored that this book is a Debut Novel. I´m always a little skeptical when reading debut novels because I kind of feel like an authors writing tends to get better as they write more, but if my theory is correct then look out literary world because Desiree is THE new author to look out for. The writing was beautifully executed. So full of emotion and deeply heart felt .

“Our fates are contingent on our choices. It´s not about the big picture.
It´s about
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
I won this lovely little debut novel from a giveaway on one of my favorite home away from homes on the book of face. Thank you to my dear friend Robin, whose amazing group made this possible, and also to the author, Ms. Desiree Adele, who offered up her book as the prize!

Sweet Insanity. I agree with the first part of the title. Gah, parts of this book were so sweet I swear I was getting a cavity; I wanted to wrap these two up and keep them with me forever! Insanity... no, I don't feel the insan
Anne's Corner Book Blog (AC)
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
HOLD IT, HOLD IT! A debut novel??? JUST WOW!!! What a pleasant surprise. Desiree Adele is an awesome you tuber/reviewer but as an author, she totally SMOKED IT!

The story of Dahlia and Zack is all heart and feels. Dahlia has a shitty upbringing – she knows a thing or two about hunger and abandonment. One night Christos rescues her from being attacked and took her under his wings. The grown-up version of Dahlia is fierce, a bit jaded, and not easily manipulated. This girl can throw a punch too. Za
A great debut novel. Loved it.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.7 stars. I am blaming my age.
Nadine A
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 “No love in fear” Stars!

Sweet Insanity is the amazing debut novel by Desireé Adele.
I would’ve never guessed this was the author’s first published work. My heart was captivated from the very start. I loved it! <3

Zack Graves is a college hockey player and the handsome, most popular “it guy” on campus. Every girl wants him and every guy wants to be him. And he has enjoyed all the attention.
So when one sassy fiery redhead lays into him about his rude behavior in class, he’s left with his jaw
Stacey (Total Book Addicts)
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an arc from the author for an honest review!

This is Desireé's debut novel... and what a great first novel it was!!!

I know how passionate she is when reading other peoples books and tells everyone about them etc.

So I just knew this book would be without a doubt amazing.

When Dahlia first meets Zack it's in a class. He's tap tap tapping away on his phone and it gets on her last nerves.

After the class is finished she just snaps and ends up giving him a piece of her mind.

Zack is taken aba
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 "There is no fear in love" Stars

Sweet Insanity is the debut novel from Desireé Adele and let me just say "Holy Crap on a cracker!!!" It is SIMPLY PERFECTION!!!! From start to finish, it kept me riveted...glued to my kindle as I got lost in the INTENSE, HEARTSEARING and ANGSTY love story between Dahlia and Zack!

Zack and Dahlia have led such different lives up to the point where they meet in college (Zack was a child born of privilege and money while Dahlia struggled finding the bare necessities
Heather Pollock
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
QueenZany 5 Star Review
Sweet Insanity
Desiree Adele

Sweet Insanity is a highly exceptional, superbly written book!
WOW! Seriously people Desiree Adele just floored me with her outstanding writing! Totally caught off guard by her debut novel. Her writing is fluidity, breathtaking and just the poetic nature brought the emotions to light. Magically taking me back to a place where I just wanted to get lost in the story, the words, and dream of it all!!
Sally Gauker
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book a lot of ups and down's in this love story and heart break. I would recommend to read this book! Can't wait to read the next one in this series! ...more
DNF at 20%, this one just didn’t do it for, it didn’t work.
Patricia Wonderland
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Desireé Adele can be proud! Her debut novel is a success!
The writing is promising.
Zack is the star of his hockey team, he likes to party with his friends, drink, have sex... (I would have liked him less stereotyped, this kind of behavior is déjà vu, but the way he "changed" for Dahlia shows how much his feelings are deep and strong).
Dahlia is discreet but brave, she's a champion in martial arts, she 's different from the girls Zack is used to. He has to break the walls she erected around her,
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
**Received arc for an honest review**
This is the debut novel by Desiree Adele and she delivered. The story centers around Dahlia and Zack. Set in college. Dahlia is tough as nails, take no shit. She's got a guarded heart (for reasons you find out). Zack is the star hockey player. He's popular, gorgeous, and used to getting any woman he wants. There's more than these two that meets the eye. He's chasing her, but will he catch her? If he catches her, will he keep her? I loved two and their story.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review

This is Desireé debut novel and I loved it. I have been following Desireé’s book reviews on Youtube for a while now as we have very similar tastes in books, so I was son excited to see that Desireé wrote her own book. It was an amazing first novel.

Dahlia confronts Zack one day who sits behind her in her university lecture making a lot of noise tapping on his phone. Zack is good looking and star of the hockey team and Dahlia at fir
Chantale Canadian Book Addict
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it

I have been following Desireé's Youtube channel for a while now and when I read the description of her book I knew this is one I had to read because it sounded so good.

I am so happy I read Sweet Insanity because oh my gosh was it so good.

I read this book pretty quickly because I just couldn't put it down.

If you are looking for a good sexy book with angst I do highly recommend this book.

I can't wait for Desireé's next book.

I give this 4 out of 5.
*4 Stars*
This was Desiree’s debut novel and I’ve got to day that this book is really good. I love Zack and Dahlia’s story because I got to see their interactions with one another. As I continue reading this story, I continue to develop my feelings for Zack.
Zack and Dahlia are people from two different world; however, after Zack’s first encounter with Dahlia, his perception towards her starts to change and he slowly wants to get closer to her and even become friends with her. Dahlia, on the other
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Insanity is Desiree's first book....ever!!! What a debut, this book makes you feel so many things, Dahlia has been through so much in her life, and those things have stayed with her. She doesn't trust easily, and can be at times her own worst enemy...but you want good things for her, you hope she can overcome and allow herself to feel something for someone. That's where Zack comes in, he's the super talented hockey star on campus and every girl wants him....except Dahlia!! She doesn't real ...more
Savana Jade
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can I just say one thing?

I’ve been in a reading slump and after reading this story, twice, I’ve fallen in love with the two leads. It’s a realistic story between two young adults that have to learn each other ways before moving forward.

Well done!
Thuy Taylor
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dahlia is someone who went through a rough childhood and one night changed the course of her life. So, college aged Dahlia is taking her future seriously and making a better life for herself for her future. Zack is a popular hockey player who cruises through life getting what and everything he wants. Zack and Dahlia meet in class when he is tapping away on his phone and annoying the crap out of Dahlia since she sits right in front of him. She totally calls him out on it. He cannot believe it, an ...more
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I was impressed that this was a debut effort, though not surprised. Desireé is a book blogger, reviewer, and reader who has lived and breathed storylines for a while. The natural next step was to put her knowledge and passion to use in a different way, to write.

Dahlia is a fighter that lives in fear, pushing those who love her away before they can burn her. Studious and an apprentice at a MMA studio, she has little time for partying and boys, let alone popular jocks. Zack is in one of her class
Maïwenn  B
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC Review
I'll start by saying that I signed up for this book based on my friend's rec. NA is not typically what I would read but if she loved it, I knew I had to give Sweet Insanity a chance!
And how right was she, to tell the world (well Facebookland at least) to read it!

I am impressed.

This book was good, really good, with a good plot and flowing writing style. I've been pleasantly surprised, by the slow burn and the valid issues Zack and Dahlia both had. There wasn't any unecessary drama. D
Nikki Costello ***Crazy Cajun Book Addicts Blog***
What a great debut novel from Desiree Adele. I adored Dahlia and Zack's story it gives off all the feels as you read how the characters fight and learn to trust in order to get everything they deserve.

Dahlia's past hasn't always been a happy one she had to deal with things no child should but over the last few years she's found a family to love and one that loves her back. When she meets Zack he's very annoyingly tapping away on his phone in class, he's on the college football team and has girls
At times I felt like I was reading poetry and I kind of like it. The way that Desiree described some things made it feel like poetry.
Super easy and fast to read.
I was looking forward to reading this because I love love love loveeeee Desiree reviews, and I'm glad I read it. I liked it.

She’ll do anything to walk away victorious, anything to keep herself safe because it’s all she knows how to do.
oh well...

“I think you confuse being alone with being safe. Loneliness doesn’t mean safety, baby. It ju
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