This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Annabelle Costa, Author. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Crazy in Love by Annabelle Costa
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Womens Fiction
Release Date: March 31, 2017
Publisher: Red Bud Press
Source: Annabelle Costa, Author
Purchase at: Amazon
They call her Crazy Anna.
Anna Flint won’t shake your hand. She collects tin cans. She cleans her cubicle at work with Lysol several times a day. But Anna doesn’t care that they call her crazy. She’s absolutely satisfied with her life of perfect organization, cleanliness, and most of all, solitude.
Matt Harper likes Anna Flint. He likes that she’s the smartest person he knows and he likes her big blue eyes. He doesn’t even mind her can collection. In fact, he pretty much likes everything about Anna. As his body and his world are falling apart, she still manages to make him happy.
Matt is the only person Anna has ever wanted to be close to. But how can she go on a date with him if the thought of dinner at a restaurant fills her with terror? How can she ever kiss the man she loves if she can't even touch him?
Maybe it’s time to stop being Crazy Anna. If only she could.
I always appreciate it when an author tackles difficult and sensitive subjects. Crazy in Love is a unique romance that does just that but also shows such humanity. I just love this story! To say that it hits all the emotional feels is an understatement. This book will grab you from the start and does not let go of your attention until the end. Such a good read!
In this story, Anna was a woman who lived alone and worked as a computer programmer. She also suffered with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). She had started to develop OCD when she was in high school and decided back then that she was the way she was and that she was okay with that. Anna was not interested in using medications in order to help her after she witnessed what she considered the end result of being medicated. After dealing with her symptoms for years, she became accustomed to people referring to her as “crazy Anna.” She did her best to deal and for the most part she didn’t care what others thought. Well unless that “other” was her co-worker Matt. For some odd reason, it mattered to Anna what he thought.
Matt was a typical computer geek working a boring job. There was nothing that he enjoyed more than spending time with his friends and taking home the ladies. He was at the prime of his life and when he started having some weakness in his ankles he really paid no mind to it. He figured that he must have strained his Achilles tendon or something else insignificant. It was not until he started having troubles walking around and tripping that he finally sought medical advice. Matt was diagnosed with the progressive form of muscular dystrophy and the prognosis was quite dire. Honestly his side of the story was truly heartbreaking and yet amazingly moving.
In denial about his prognosis, Matt tried to continue with his life as if he did not just have his world shattered. As his world slowly implodes he starts to rely on Anna as the one person who does not treat him any differently. After all the changes, it was a source of comfort to have Anna in his life and he began to hope for more with Anna. Matt had always had a secret crush on Anna but figured things would never go anywhere because she was so closed off to everyone. What he did not know was that Anna had always though that Matt was attractive and had wished that maybe they could have been more than friends too. Unfortunately, she was of the opinion that guys like him would never consider someone like her.
This story spans over five years of life for both Anna and Matt with their lives intersecting over time. Their friendship development is endearing and reading about the inverse relationship between her improvement and his decline is very emotional. Despite all the hurdles they have to overcome they both manage a connection between each other that is sweet and touching. This is not your typical romance read and I highly recommend this book!
*Thank you to Annabelle Costa for this complimentary copy of Crazy in Love*