Title: Crazy In Love At The Lonely Hearts Bookshop by Annie Darling
Publication Date: 14th February 2018
Publisher: Harper Collins
You can go crazy searching for the one…
Nina is addicted to bad boys, the wilder, the better. Despite her friends’ misgivings, she firmly believes that true love only takes one form: wild, full of passion and fire and punctuated by tempestuous arguments. She won’t settle for anything less.
But years of swiping right has uncovered nothing but losers and flings, and Nina is no closer to finding her One True Love than she ever was. And when a man from her past walks into the shop Nina knows she has nothing to fear: the geekiest boy in her school has become a boring suit with no chance of making her heart go pitter patter.
Which just shows how little Nina knows about her heart…
So I read the second in this series of books True love at the lonely hearts bookshop a couple of years back (it was actually one the first blog tours I was ever on you can read the review here), so I when I saw this one I thought I’d give it a go.
It took me a while to get round to reading Crazy in love at the lonely hearts bookshop, over a year in fact, just because the inspiration behind it is Wuthering Heights which I’m genuinely not a fan of (I read half way through and gave up) so I had my reservations about this book.
I shouldn’t have been so worried, Crazy in love at the lonely hearts bookshop turned out to be a really heart warming romance.
I loved Nina. She wears vintage fifties clothes with a hair do to match (most the novel her hair was styled like Marilyn Monroe and was pink) and she is covered in tattoos. She thinks love equals passion and will settle for nothing less. It leads her to date a string of unsuitable men and plenty of dodgy dates.
Then she meets Noah with his sensible suits and ties and ginger hair. He likes puzzles and probabilities and doesn’t believe in silly things like fate and destiny. He couldn’t possibly her Heathcliff could he?
Of all the romantic heroes to pick, Nina choose Heathcliff, which as she says in the book is pure toxic masculinity, personally I prefer just calling him a selfish arse. I enjoyed her journey, discovering that you can have passion but it isn’t the be all and end all.
I did feel with all the build up between the characters, the story did drag a little, then the ending was a little rushed but of course that’s just my opinion.
I’d recommend Crazy in Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop to anyone who loves great characters, heart warming romance with a subtle nod to classic novels.
About the Author:
Annie Darling lives in London in a tiny flat, which is bursting at the seams with teetering piles of books.
Her two greatest passions in life are romance novels and Mr Mackenzie, her British Shorthair cat.