Title: Rhodes to Crazy
Author: Carly Wakefield
Published Date: August 22nd 2014
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Meet the Rhodes family, a vibrant tumultuous bunch of five brothers and a sister. A loving father and a well-meaning mother, who longs for her children to find their own happily-ever-after’s like herself and her husband.
In Rhodes to Crazy we are introduced to Sebastian.
Sebastian Rhodes hung up his ‘man-whore’ hat (as his sister calls it) when he was best-man at his brother Daniel’s wedding. However has been so busy building a successful Security business with his other brother Ethan, that he has had no time to look for a relationship and still thinks he may not be ready after all.
However, after running into an intriguing, if a little crazy, short brunette, not once but twice, he needs to know more.
Layla Alexander is an artistic and slightly eccentric twenty-five year old, with a small inferiority complex towards her younger and much more glamorous sister.
She has given up trying to find a man of her own until her sister is off the market, and is concentrating on her budding career as a professional Photographer instead. Unaware, that her career path and road to love are about to overlap.
After a crazy start can this pair find their happily ever after or will Layla’s insecurities put a halt to things before they have a chance to find out…?
WARNING 18+ adult content
Rhodes to Crazy is the first book in a new series by Carly Wakefield. It’s funny, lighthearted, and romantic. I loved the interaction between her characters and that it was written in the third person. We get to know what all of the characters are thinking and feeling. It worked perfectly for this book. The story is about Layla, a shy photographer, and Sebastian, a security company owner. Layla is an interesting character. She on the outside appears to be confident and secure in who she is. But on the inside, she is a hot mess. Layla’s younger sister Jasmine is everything that Layla isn’t: tall, skinny, beautiful and graceful. Layla is used to men leaving her for Jasmine and that’s left her self-conscious about herself. Then along comes Sebastian Rhodes. They meet at Sebastian’s sister in laws flower shop and thus begins their relationship. I enjoyed that their relationship started off very slow. It allowed for feelings to develop nicely instead of having them jump right into bed and have the awkward morning after conversation.
Sebastian also has his share of doubts. He’s not doubtful about his feelings for Layla, but has doubts about being ready for a relationship that could lead to more. As he gets to know Layla, Sebastian starts to change his way of thinking about women and relationships. He looks forward to seeing her and misses her when she’s not around. Sebastian never doubts Layla’s dreams about being a professional photographer and I love that he supported her enough to understand that on weekends she would have shoots. He wanted her to succeed and wanted to help her thrive.
The story was incredible. There were some funny moments as well as some serious moments. My only complaint is that it took me a little bit to understand that the story was not taking place in the US, but in the UK. I did have some trouble understanding some of the vocabulary and had to look up a few things so I could understand. A huge plus is that there’s no cliffhanger but the book does set up the second book nicely. Despite my vocabulary hiccups, I would gladly pick up the rest of the books when they’re published. I have to know what’s next for the Rhodes family!
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