#BookReview: Crazy in Love: The Hunt Begins by Avionne Celestin @AvionneC @bookroar_tweets

Hi everyone! Today, I have a book review for an author I discovered via a book review site. I haven’t read any books by Avionne Celestin until now and didn’t know what to expect >>>

Book cover of Crazy in Love by Avionne Celestin About the Book:

Real estate mogul Christian Hunt has been released on probation under the stipulation he attend eight months of anger management therapy. Jessica Gold is the psychiatrist he has sought out for his sessions, although he has made it clear that he has no interest in discussing the issues that brought him to her office.

The sizzling attraction that develops between these two broken petals soon blossoms into a dark and obsessive love that will not allow anything or anyone to stand in its way, and things take a deadly turn after that love is unexpectedly threatened.


My Review:


A dark and steamy read!

I came across this book via a review site and read Crazy in Love via my Kindle Unlimited subscription. I haven’t read anything from this author before, so didn’t know what to expect. The pace sets off at a gallop and stays there throughout the novel.

With this book, you not only get incredibly explicit erotic scenes but also murder and a close look at the darkness that lurks deep within the human psyche.

Until psychiatrist Jessica took on rich-guy client Christian, her life was run-of-the-mill boring and lonely. The book opens five months into their court-mandated weekly sessions, and this so-called professional therapist leaps recklessly down the proverbial rabbit hole. A whole load of raunchy hotness follows. While the sex scenes were well written, I felt the sheer amount was overwhelming and could be cut in half, which would make them more effective. Because of the many, many, many continuous erotic scenes, the eventual action was a long time in coming (no pun intended!).

The latter half of the book takes a decidedly dark and violent turn. The writing could do with polishing due to over use of filler words (knew, heard, felt, saw, etc.) and overly descriptive dialogue tags that either tell what’s just been shown (she agreed, he quipped, teased, etc.) or are a physical impossibility for human beings in speech (gurgled, cooed, grated, etc.) when a simple ‘said’ would suffice.

All in all an enjoyable enough read. Crazy in Love gets a solid 3 stars from me. If you like erotica and action, you’ll enjoy this easy read.


NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

I’d love to hear what you think of this review. Thanks for stopping by 🙂


For anyone interested, here are the Amazon links …

UK … https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08R8XRTB2/

US … https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08R8XRTB2/


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Roberta Eaton Cheadle

HI Harmony, I am not a fan of sex scenes in books. One is fine but more than that is a bit to much for me. Thanks for this review.

Jan Sikes

It sounds like this book should be classified as erotica instead of contemporary romance. Thank you for your honest review, Harmony. I have not heard of this author before and this was a good introduction.

Jacqui Murray

Great review. Not my genre but I appreciate your skill at detailing its pros and cons.

D.L. Finn

Thanks for sharing your review and opinions on how to make it a better read! Great advice that I hope is taken.

Michele Jones

Erotica is not in my thing and will gracefully decline. I appreciate your honest review. All the best to Avionne.

Mae Clair

I’m not a fan of erotica, so I’ll give this one a pass, but I liked your review pointing out the good and bad points.I sometimes think 3-star reviews are the hardest to write. Great job, Harmony!

CS Boyack

Doesn’t sound like one for me. Bravo for giving someone new to you a chance.

Staci Troilo

Well, I know this one isn’t for me, but I’m sure it will appeal to someone. (I hope the characters addressed how inappropriate it is for a therapist to be involved with a patient, or that plot point would grate on my nerves from the jump.) Thanks for the thorough review.

Joan Hall

Thanks for the review, Harmony. This sounds like one to skip. Those telling words and unnecessary dialogue tags are a huge turn-off for me.

Priscilla Bettis

I do read erotica from time to time. It sounds like with another editing pass this could have been not just a solid read but a great read. Good review, Harmony!

Sarah Stuart

Thank you for the review, Harmony. I won’t waste precious reading time on this one.

Gwen M Plano

Thank you for sharing your review, Harmony. Excellent assessment. 😊

John Howell

Those dialogue tag missteps are a big one for me. I grit my teeth when I have to slow down in a story and try to figure out why they were there. Good review, Harmony.