What is it about the concept of a “forbidden romance” that keeps us enthralled and eagerly seeking more?
Why is the complicated dynamic surrounding a love that is begging to be discovered yet is inherently destined to remain in the dark so appealing to writers and readers alike?
Why does knowing that the characters in a romance that is traditionally frowned upon possess feelings and desires for someone that they are hopelessly and seamlessly in love with yet will never technically be allowed to be with appeal to us so?
Incredibly, the potential for inevitable love and insurmountable loss fascinates us.
Melissa Toppen’s Crazy Stupid Perfection addresses so many of these important questions that I do not even know where to start.
Who can resist the lure of a man who falls helplessly, madly and deeply in love with his best friend’s little sister?
HINT: Not me!!!
The first chapter introduces us to Paxon Stewart and Charlie Porter.
This star-crossed romance!
*falls to the floor in need of resuscitation*
I consumed it.
Devoured Melissa Toppen’s words until there was nothing left.
The intensity of the first interaction alone was enough to keep me glued to my Kindle.
These two childhood friends have been in love for ages, but Charlie is Paxon’s best friend’s little sister and the show-stopping fires that blaze between them are extinguished over and over again by life and the circumstances that come along with it.
However, on Charlie’s prom night the inferno that has been burning between them for years is ignited and the heat that is fueled by a passion that has been deferred for so long is like a white-hot blaze that comes into direct contact with flammable gasoline.
The fire refuses to be snuffed out.
Charlie and Paxon’s chemistry lights up the night, setting off a sequence of fireworks and sweltering heat that simmers while they are in each others presence like a living, breathing being.
What results is an encounter that sears everything in its path, affecting them emotionally for years to come.
The physical culmination of their love is like a ghost, haunting Charlie and Paxon until they finally come face to face again three years later.
And so it begins.
I simply could not get enough of this angst-filled liaison that is filled with limitless love.
One that is so rich and pure regardless of the taboo nature that comes along with it.
The author makes sure to highlight the fact that Charlie and Paxon are experiencing an undeniable connection that can move mountains and establish a love that can thrive, grow and create a legacy… familial history and “bro code” be damned.
Ms. Toppen also conveys the fact that the potential “happily-ever after” that these characters could experience is not only being threatened by individuals who are close to home…
But there is another factor that comes into play.
There is a secret that one particular party strives to keep hidden that will shatter everything in its path when it is finally revealed. 😱
This is a spoiler free review but even so I feel obligated to say that this novel addresses a very serious issue. One scene in particular was quite hard for me to read. Therefore, if you have any triggers be advised that you should tread carefully.
How will Charlie’s brother react when the love that has been cultivated behind closed doors for so long is finally exposed to the light?
Will Paxon and Charlie’s love survive the turmoil?
Can this couple receive the well-deserved HEA that we ultimately crave for them?
READ IT to find out.
Melissa Toppen’s Crazy, Stupid Perfection is part three in a series but it is totally stand alone.
You will experience lows while reading this novel.
Do not forget that the highs make reading this book infinitely worth reading.
That is my final word.
Heat: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 + 1/2 🔥
Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ + 1/2 ⭐️
Paxton Stewart… The boy I spent my entire childhood pining after.
He never saw me of course.
To him I was just a child. His best friend’s baby sister. A silly little girl.
Until I wasn’t anymore…
I thought I could be the one to change him. The one to tame him.
Instead, I became one of the many broken hearts he left in his path.
I didn’t run away. I had planned to leave all along.
But what I didn’t plan for was how I would feel returning all these years later.
One look and it all came back.
One look and suddenly I remembered everything…
Every word. Every kiss. Every touch.
Even after everything he put me through; Paxton Stewart still owns my heart.
The only question remaining is what he plans to do with it now…
Crazy Stupid Perfection is the third of three standalone novels in the Crazy Love Series
ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE CRAZY STUPID SERIES:
#1 Crazy Stupid Love
#2 Crazy Stupid Obsession
Melissa Toppen is a Reader’s Choice Award Winning and Bestselling Romance Author of New Adult, Contempo-rary, Erotic and Romantic Suspense. She is a lover of books and enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good novel. She has a soft spot for Romance and focuses her writing in that direction; writing what she loves to read.
Melissa was born and raised in a small town in Ohio and now resides in Cincinnati with her husband and two children, where she writes full time.
In addition to spending time with family and friends, Melissa loves going to concerts and is obsessed with the T.V. shows Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time and Outlander.