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Crazy in Love

The Story of a Gay Demon
Narrated by: Maxwell Palmer
Length: 2 hrs
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
3 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A black comedy story based on a horror painting and vastly inspired by Stephen King's Needful Things.

When 17-year-old Dale Stevens comes to spend his summer at his aunt's house in the desolate woods of upstate California, he expects the most boring 90 days of his life. But his expectations change rapidly after he meets a mysterious stranger in the woods and discovers things about himself, his body, and his soul that he knew nothing about.

©2017 Perie Wolford (P)2017 Perie Wolford

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Love, angst, and evil - the best teen traits!

If you could sum up Crazy in Love in three words, what would they be?

creepy teen love

What was one of the most memorable moments of Crazy in Love?

The scene with the cow was horribly creepy, and it will stay with me.

What about Maxwell Palmer’s performance did you like?

He did a great job showing Dale's teenage immaturity mixing with murderous evil.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending, where it described Chris in the woods.

Any additional comments?

This book made me laugh, shake my head, and cringe in turns. It was very different from the genres I usually read/listen to. If you don't go into it expecting a romantic HEA, it is very entertaining. It also makes you think about where evil actually comes from, another being or from the human heart. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Trigger Warning Needed for Animal Sacrifices

First let me just say that this is a dark and twisted story but with a good ending. I'm having trouble writing this review because I was expecting something very different than what was written. The blurb makes this book sound as if it's fun and humorous as well as being dark, which I generally enjoy. Well, it's neither of those things but it certainly is dark. It does have animal sacrifices from about the last forty minutes of the book to almost the end and in varying degrees of descriptiveness. Dale is a very troubled and disturbed young teen. He truly needs help despite how the story ends. There have been and are persons like Dale in the world today who cross the line. The writing came across as immature to me. I felt like I was listening to a high schooler's work, which in a way, made the whole story even more disturbing and not at all humorous. The narration was okay. I think Maxwell Palmer has potential but he really needs to work on his voices. Overall, if the blurb for this book had matched what the book is really about then I most likely would have passed it up.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Overall lackluster

The writing is immature. I tried to chalk that up to the fact that it’s from a 17 year olds point of view, but no 17 year old thinks like this! The sex scene are boring and I can’t tell what the author was trying to accomplish by having an awkward amount of animal sacrifice. Like.....within the span of two sentences it goes from bashing a rats head into to going b*lls deep. No thank you.

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  • Dennis
  • Salt Lake City UT
  • 07-20-19

Not what I was expecting

This is my first auibal book with a supernatural theme and like I said it was not what I expected but to be honest I enjoyed just to be prepared for the unexpected!

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  • Cat
  • Missouri
  • 07-14-19

Violent but there is a moral to the story

This is book two in the series but can be read or listened to as a standalone. Each book has different characters. This is a short erotic story but not as sweet as the first one. There is a lot of violence in this book and the narrator really brings it out and makes it chilling. The sex is hot too but not as hot as the first book as I think the violence was more predominant here. Now having said that there is a reason for the violence… it gives the story a moral and there is also a Happy ending. Though I would like to have known about the character’s best friend from the beginning of the book.
If you like demons, don’t mind violence and like short stories with HEA this is for you.

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like the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:


5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening, but not more then twice a year.
it's like a B

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Trigger warning: Animal Sacrifice

This book wasn't for me. Animal sacrifice isn't my thing.
<I'm giving it 3 stars because it's not the authors fault it wasn't my cup of tea - and I do love his Sam Dorsey series.>

The first few chapters felt a little disjointed compared to the rest of the book - there was a lot of detail about Dale's best friend (and crush) Jack that felt superfluous. The book starts with Jack and Dale (in the opening paragraph I though Jack was going to be a MC). Why do we know Jack is a sensitive gifted young man, interested in books and the arts and from a rich family with a ton of friends, his family has properties all over the place, and then nothing? I feel like there either needed to be less detail or more Jack. And the second chapter confused me as to how old Dale is, at one point it reads: "once, on Dale's 17th birthday Jack bought him a new car" making it sound as though 17 was years ago, when actually Dale is still 17.

It's the first time I've considered not finishing a book - the animal sacrifices were just not for me, but I persevered through to the end and i'm happy I did - although I feel there should have been greater repercussions for Dale.

I also think the 'blurb' should note the animal sacrifice content - hence my trigger warning headline..

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very good

this is a new narrator for me i think.. it is very well done.. this narrator was fun to listen to. made me happy.. plus this story was a lot of fun to hear. i havent read these so it was also new to me.. very good and i liked it a lot.

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  • Trekeyus
  • maryland heights, mo, United States
  • 06-22-19

very dark and primal.

definitely a story that's not for everyone it's extremely dark. very dark images and not exactly everyone's cup of tea but oh boi does it feed that wild side.

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OMG! Don't Listen if you Love animals...

While I was enjoying this book for the teenage/early 20's angst of first love, I just about lost it when the main character KILLS A CANARY as a way to bring his 'love' to him? THAT is one of the first signs of a serial killer for f's sake!
MAYBE YOU SHOULD LIST THIS WITH A TRIGGER WARNING LIKE THEY DO FOR RAPE OR BDSM SCENES!!

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  • Starwarslover
  • 08-22-19

interesting

this was interesting and sexy... some of the narrators stuff irritated me at times but overall it wasnt bad. i enjoyed it and cant wait to hear more.