Feb 6 2014 10:30am

First Look: Maisey Yates’s Crazy Stupid Sex (February 11, 2014)

Crazy Stupid Sex by Maisey YatesMaisey Yates
Crazy Stupid Sex
Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin / February 11, 2014 / $3.99 digital

A multimillionaire by the age of 27, app developer Evie James is clueless when it comes to hooking up. So she does what any self-respecting geek-girl looking to get laid would do: she programs her own app for landing a hot guy. After a few failed attempts at making contact, beta testing leads her to Caleb Anderson.

Caleb is used to female attention, but finds himself attracted to Evie because of her unique brand of awkward. A master of one-night stands, he's more than happy to show her what she's been missing in the bedroom. But he quickly discovers that one night with a woman like Evie will never be enough for him…

I’ll admit that I was leery when I first read the description of Maisey Yates's Crazy Stupid Sex—Oh great, just what we need in contemporary romance, yet another socially awkward heroine who gets schooled in the ways of seduction by a filthy rich playboy hero. Lather, rinse, yawn, repeat. Also the dreaded “smart heroine” description was thrown about.

So often when “smart” is used to describe the heroine that is code for until the hero gives her spectacular orgasms and then she’s going to forget all about her great career and morph into a pod person. What does Yates’s heroine do? She stays awesome, that’s what.

Evie James is an app developer and a multi-millionaire, so she’s a smart cookie. What she’s not so great at is relationships. She met her ex when they were still in high school and she stayed with him for ten, long, uneventful years. The relationship was like an old pair of socks and the sex was just about as exciting.

“Her entire sexual career boiled down to one man who seemed to think foreplay was a golf term.”

Until one day when she catches him in bed with another woman, doing things he claimed he didn’t like to do with her. You would think this would leave Evie devastated, but instead it has her facing a stark truth:

“It had made her angry because it was ten years of her life, poured out on a guy she couldn’t even cry over.”

Now she’s out at a bar, looking to test a new app she’s been hired to create for a glossy women’s magazine. The app is designed to help you hook up, have great sex, and be a success on the single’s scene. The problem is that Evie is awkward, albeit in a charming way, and having been on the shelf for the past ten years means she’s a bit rusty. It doesn’t help matters that she’s sexually frustrated after years of plain vanilla.

Witnessing Evie’s awkward attempts at trying to hook-up with random men, Caleb Anderson cannot resist striking up a conversation with her. Caleb has a PhD in superficial hook-ups. It’s what he does. He has family money, no interest in a career, and even less interest being in a serious relationship. But Evie’s brand of awkward meets sexy has him intrigued and naturally one night together is not enough. He wants her again. Conveniently he has a way in to getting employed at her office, and simply shows up there. Being God’s gift to women, and able to produce screaming orgasms at the speed of light, he thinks Evie is going to rip off her panties and want to get right down to business. Finding her perfect, one-night hook-up standing in her office doesn’t make Evie hot however. It makes her angry.

“Either go back and clean out your newly minted desk, or stay and actually do a job,” she said, looking at the wall behind him then trying to gather herself up, taking a breath and staring him down. “I’m not playing games. You’re right—I didn’t come from extravagant money. What I have, I earned on my own. So you may want to come in here and play at a job, but this is my life. And you are not playing around in it. Asshole.”

Go Evie! Finally an intelligent career woman who stays intelligent and mindful of her career and isn’t rendered stupid by the power of the hero’s sexual prowess.

“Yes, you’re out there being all….friendly with my staff and they have work to do. Much like for me, a job isn’t a little game they try to amuse themselves with for a couple of weeks at a time before they go back to a slothful existence of sleeping till noon and taking Jell-O shots off the stomachs of coeds.”

“You must have been at last year’s spring break event down in Puerto Vallarta.”

Caleb is a playboy, and a bit of an unrepentant jerk, but he’s charming, funny, and ultimately hard to resist. So while Evie maybe unpleasantly surprised to find the man she thought she’d never see again standing in her place of business, that doesn’t mean she’s ready to give up the obvious sexual chemistry that she shares with Caleb. After ten years with a man who wasn’t remotely interested in fulfilling her needs, what she has with Caleb, even temporarily, is something she’s not anxious to give up on right away. The rub is, of course, whether the playboy leopard has any interest in changing his spots—which, since this is a romance novella, he just may end up coming around.

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Heather Waters
2. HeatherWaters
I'm with @juliabroadbooks -- you won me over with this review! I pre-ordered it.
3. Kareni
This sounds like a fun read! Thanks for the review.
Carmen Pinzon
4. bungluna
Chalk another pre-order. I love smart heroines who actually stay smart.
Marguerite Kaye
5. Marguerite Kaye
Sold to me too. I love a smart heroine, and like you I hate it when orgasms turn their brain to mush. I don't reada lot of contemporary, but I'm definitely going to be picking this one up.
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