Novella Review: Crazy Stupid Sex by Maisey Yates


May Contain Spoilers


When I first started reading Crazy Stupid Sex, I was a bit apprehensive.  The beginning didn’t instill much confidence, and I felt I have read the same bar pickup scene five times already this year.  Once the action shifted  to an office setting, however, I was all over this read.  It’s sexy, fast-paced, and the hero redeemed himself enough for me to ignore the fact that he had been behaving like a spoiled sloth for the past 10 years, hopping for one hookup to the next, with no sense of connection or commitment at all.  I usually hate guys like that, but Maisey Yates does a good job ripping away his too-cool for school veneer, and I actually warmed up to Caleb by the end of the story.


Evie is a self-made millionaire.  She’s an app creating genius, and her latest project has her in a bar, alone, trying to pick up a guy.  She’s incredibly awkward in this social setting, turning off three guys in quick order with her straightforward approach.  When smooth-talking Caleb shows up and asks her if he wants to go home with him, she only hesitates for a second.  She kicked her boyfriend of the last 10 years out on his ass six months ago when she caught him cheating, and she’s curious to see how other guys approach sex.  Her ex was a boring, uninspiring lover, and she feels that she’s never had a good sexual experience.  Caleb seems to know how to sweet talk a lady; will he know how to please one as well?

While sleeping with Caleb is everything she had hoped for, I am getting tired of no-commitment sex.  It’s not particularly romantic, it is described down to the most mundane detail, and without some kind of emotional attachment between the protagonists, it gets old, very quickly.  What saved the beginning of this book is the attention Caleb showed Evie.  She’s had horrible sex before him, all with the same selfish, unimaginative guy who didn’t let her do anything “weird.”  How demeaning would that be?  Evie’s a pent up bundle of frustration, and the only thing that allows her to let loose is the knowledge that she will never see Caleb again.  Ever.

Wrong!  After becoming obsessed with the extremely awkward redhead who turns out to be a complete tigress, Caleb does what he’s never done before.  He calls his dad, a media mogul, and asks for a job overseeing Evie’s project.  Which is for one of his father’s magazines.  In he strolls to Evie’s place of business, fully expecting to get some nooky in her office.  What he doesn’t expect to find is a confident, cool, in control business woman who isn’t about to let some spoiled, over-indulged loaf-about jeopardize her career.  You go, girl!  I loved Evie and how she blindsided Caleb.  He is completely at her mercy, though it takes him until the end of the story to realize that he’s been caught hook, line, and sinker, and that there is no getting away.  And that’s the magic of this story – while Evie is given the confidence to grow and mature, so is Caleb.  He is forced to face his demons, and while painful, this reckoning is long over due.  He has been stuck in the past, unable to move forward, unable to do anything useful with his life, for the past ten years.  And ouch! There is a lot of emotional growth packed into this novella, and I loved every bit of it.

Grade:  B+

Review copy provided by publisher

About the book:

How to Land the Hot Guy 1.0

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…