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Nutcase (Crazy #2) – Charlotte Hughes

Nutcase (Crazy #2) – Charlotte HughesTitle: Nutcase (Crazy #2) by Charlotte Hughes
Publishing Info: February 24, 2009 by Penguin
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: December 2, 2012
Related Posts: What Looks Like Crazy (Crazy #1)

Psychologist Kate Holly is about to get evicted from her office, and her best option may be to share space with her jacuzzi-loving ex-boyfriend, Dr. Thad Glazer. That?s not going to help her patch things up with her firefighter ex-husband. With her oddball patients, meddling mother, and eccentric secretary thrown into the mix?not to mention a spree of suspicious fires?will Kate put her life back together or wind up in a padded cell?

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Another cute, quick read from Charlotte Hughes, staying right on par with WHAT LOOKS LIKE CRAZY. This is just what I needed to bring me out of the reading slump I’d been in for the past week or so! Dr. Kate Holly is a really fun character for me to read about. She deals with so many crazy patients and sometimes she wonders how qualified she is to be working with them since her family is so crazy – erm, eccentric – and her life is so hectic as well.

I think I enjoyed the first book just a bit more. It seemed to have a bit more humor whereas NUTCASE actually took on a bit more of a serious tone, in my opinon. That being said, I really liked where the serious notes carried us: A few of the featured patients that Kate is treating are facing really serious issues that may sound grandiose and although they’re exaggerated for the novel and cases usually aren’t that extreme, they are still real conditions that I’m sure a lot of people don’t even realize are prevalent in quite a few people. I like that even though Kate has a lot of wacky cases, this book dealt with some more serious ones like bipolar disorder, gender identity disorder, and dissociative identity disorder (which is not the same thing as schizophrenia!). I love reading these books because it brings me back to all of those psychology classes I took in college (I almost had a minor in Psych but it wasn’t worth staying another year to take the statistics classes I needed to fulfill the minor — Plus, I hated math) and I feel like I can actually understand what’s going on! I’ve always found it really interesting, so it’s really great to read about this kind of stuff.

I think Kate’s relationships with the other characters turned more serious as well. She and Jay Rush (I just love his full name. Something sexy about it for some reason…) are still on the rocks and it’s only getting rockier. I’m really hoping they’ll work things out in future books! I’m rooting for them!

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Kate Holly: Kate just can’t stay away from the extreme cases! Although I am glad to see her help them out and take them under her wing. I love how we can see how much she cares about her patients, and although I’m not totally convinced she has OCD (I’m not sure how extreme a case has to be in order to be diagnosed), she definitely has a few neuroses that put an extra twist in everyday life. She’s definitely a lot of fun to read about!
Jay Rush: Mmmm, Jay Rush. I just like his name! Both he and Kate are a little bit stubborn and/or headstrong so their marriage (well, they’re already divorced, but still) is still pretty rocky. I’m hoping they’ll figure this thing about because he clearly still loves Kate too!
Arnie: I loved Arnie’s character development in this book! And go, Arnie for being true to himself and standing up to his father! I thought it was great how he actually became a really big part of the character ensemble we have here and I hope to see a lot more of him in these books!

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These books are a lot of fun! Quick, easy, and definitely remind me of Janet Evanovich. I hope to continue the series!

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What Looks Like Crazy (Crazy #1) – Charlotte Hughes

What Looks Like Crazy (Crazy #1) – Charlotte HughesTitle: What Looks Like Crazy (Crazy #1) by Charlotte Hughes
Publishing Info: February 26, 2008 by Penguin
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: May 23, 2012
Related Posts: Nutcase (Crazy #2)

Psychologist Kate Holly's own life has become the stuff of intensive therapy. She's divorcing her gorgeous firefighter husband, she has an eccentric secretary, her mother and aunt have erected a vaguely sexual sculpture in her front yard, and her psychiatrist ex-boyfriend won't stop calling to find out what color panties she's wearing. Now, Kate's being bombarded with mysterious threats, and the only person who can help her is the one man who always makes her lose her mind-and heart.

Breaking It Down Further: Kate Holly is a psychologist who helps patients whose lives are falling apart. The only thing is, her life isn’t so great either. She’s about to officially divorce her firefighter husband since she spends her life in fear that he’ll get hurt or die in a burning building, she can’t get away from her crazy family (specifically her mom and aunt who collect junk and sell it as treasure), and to top it off, she’s now receiving threats after they cement a provocative statue in her front yard. How can she help her patients fix their lives when she can barely hold it together?

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I really enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would! It was a very quick read with Kate Holly being a really likable character for me. For what it’s worth, trust your husband to do his job and stick it out because I cannot believe she would even consider letting Jay out of her life! He seemed like a great husband with a great connection to Kate and great looks don’t hurt either. He was extremely likable as well, and I think Charlotte Hughes wrote it so that you want to root for Kate and Jay to stay together.

Kate’s friend and assistant Mona is a real kick! She’s rich and sassy and somehow down-to-earth all at the same time. She was a great person to sort of stick it to Kate and tell it like it is no matter what and a nice comic relief as well! And also a great new friend in Mike the dog, who becomes a big part of the story as well.

Funny to see all the wacky patients Kate has to deal with and also some nice and touching moments with her helping as well. Lots of Plum-esque moments with the goofy patient moments (a la Stephanie and her FTAs). I know Charlotte Hughes and Janet Evanovich teamed up for a few works (which I have yet to read, but do own a few!), so it made perfect sense and I’m really glad it felt so similar since I love Stephanie Plum.

Oh, and I forgot to say, as an almost Psych minor (what does that count for, right?), it was nice to see that the diagnoses for the patients were relatively accurate. A lot of times in books or TV shows, people just throw terms out there and they’re way off, but from the little knowledge that I retained from all my Psych classes, even if there were some really uncommon cases in there, at least the descriptions were accurate (or accurate enough for me)!

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4.5/5 stars
Really pleasantly surprised with this one! It was such a quick read that I found myself wanting to jump right into the next book. It was a nice balance of love story, comedy, and a dash of mystery/thriller.