Crazy for the Competition

Crazy for the Competition

by Cindi Madsen

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Overview

The road to trouble is paved with sweet temptation...Always the rebel in her ultra-conservative family, Quinn Sakata dreams of quitting her dad's real-estate business and restoring the old Mountain Ridge Bed and Breakfast in her hometown of Hope Springs. Except that Quinn's not the only person bidding on it. Worse still, her competitor is her high school crush, Heath Brantley, who is all kinds of ripped, tattooed hotness...So much for her "nice, conservative boys" rule.Heath has his own reasons for bidding on Mountain Ridge, and he won't give in without a fight - even to the red-lipped hottie with a sailor's mouth. But when their rivalry shifts into an unexpected zing of chemistry, Heath realizes he's in deep trouble. Because it's inevitable that emotions will get involved, and he needs to keep his eyes on the prize before they both get hurt.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943336333
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Series: Hope Springs , #2
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 821,407
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Crazy for the Competition (Entangled Bliss) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Loved! It! This is a sweet, funny, and completely endearing story. Two people from totally different world who are immediately drawn to each other. Heath is the town's hot bad boy or at least that is how he is seen. Quinn Sakata was raised in a very conservative, very involved household and while she has always tried to be what her parents want she just can't do it anymore. When these two find themselves bidding on the same property, each with their own very personal reasons, they are thrown into a competition to see who will ultimately win the property. This is a very well written story and the author does a great job of bringing these characters to life. I definitely fell a little bit in love with Heath!! You will definitely want this one on the tbr list! I highly recommend it.
niterayvyn More than 1 year ago
this was an ok read. kind of forgettable for me. the main character were good for each other. not necassarily my cup of tea but is a nice light read. *arc given by publisher for honest review
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
What happens when your dream collides with that of another and you are wildly attracted to that person. That's the situation for Quinn Sakata with Heath Brantley, her high school crush. They both want to buy the Old Mountain Ridge Bed and Breakfast. Who's going to be the winner? Quinn is from an ultra conservative family who are from the right side of the tracks. They have wealth and privilege and she feels trapped. Heath Brantley has drifted all his life. He and his brother raised themselves while their father turned to alcohol. He's a rebel and the town bad boy. Can they find love with everything stacked against them? I loved this charming and touching romance. As Quinn and Heath fell in love, I did too. I couldn't believe that her family was so blind to the truth about their daughter. She is a good person who bent over backwards to respect and honor her parents, but they never appreciated what she did. Quinn may have tattoos and look dangerous, but he's the glue that holds his family together. He's so good with his seven year old brother, Oliver. I was touched. It is a bonus to catch up with the people of Second Chance Ranch. I like Sadie and Royce. Cindi Madsen wrote characters that were easy to care about, a romance that had me wanting a HEA and flirty, humorous dialogue. I enjoy the Hope Springs series.
AMONT More than 1 year ago
Crazy for the Competition is another fantabulous read. I simply love this book where being authentic and falling in love is what it's all about. I loved this book....Did I mention that I loved this book??? The characters were amazing. Madsen did an excellent job of presenting the difficulties and possibility of a young woman upholding her principles while on the dating scene with her depiction of Quinn, who was always trying to live up to the standards of her traditional Japanese parents. I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I didn’t necessarily like Quinn all the time thru the book, but I did understand her and she does some growing by the end. She has some serious issues with her family and their expectations, especially her dad. She’s different than the rest of her family, and unfortunately for her, there isn’t anyone who really understands her – love her yes, understand her no. She’s not had much more luck in her personal life … until she meets Heath. But it is hard to let go of those bad experiences. Now, Heath I absolutely loved. He’s sexy and sincere, hard working and caring. He didn’t have the best start in life, but he’s working on bettering it for his brothers. Unfortunately of course that’s where the conflict with Quinn comes in. As much as they are attracted to each other, there is a big issue between them with the property. To which, I saw a solution from about Chapter 3 but then where would all of the fun come from? I think Madsen does a fantastic job of having them get there on their own (again, it’s kinda obvious) but her’s works a lot better since they had a chance to fall in love. And we get to enjoy being there with them as they do. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Bliss books and this author in particular. She does a great job of mixing characters I care about with humor and a great story, to make an enjoyable read. The characters really grabbed me with in this one. I loved both Quinn and Health from the start. Quinn has a vibrant and wild side that doesn't sit well with her proper Japanese culture. She likes to laugh. She's funny. She's outspoken. She's independent. She resourceful. She tries to be respectful and do as her parents want but it doesn't make her happy. She needs to get out from under their control but in a way that doesn't disgrace them. Her plan is to leave the family business with a plan to restore the B&B. She's saved to do it. It's her plan at freedom. But Health has a dream and a plan too. His need to have it just as great. His brother coming home from the service needs a focus and support. His younger brother needs him around. The hunting lodge has been their dream, together. The one thing that can keep his wondering soul in one place. Too bad the B&B would have to go in order to build the lodge. When both Quinn and Health go after the same place, the competition begins. It's a great story where they both want the same thing and are fighting for it. But as they are forced to spend time together, they discover they like being around each other. Then, there's the chemistry between them. Kisses happen. And I so enjoy kissing. So much yummy kissing in this one. I saw how this would end but it didn't distract me from enjoying the journey with them. I was cheering for both of them and hoping they would find a way to figure things out. The writing was great and it's the kind of book you can just soak up in a sitting. My schedule prevented that but I would have liked to have read it straight through. Hoping that Cam gets a book. Didn't read the first book but now I want to. If sweet and yummy kissing books are your thing, then this one should be your next read.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
I adored this story.  It had everything you could want in a book.  It had friendship, lots of quirky humor, sexual innuendos along with fun flirting, family drama.  Quinn (love this name for a female) reminds me of my friend.  A wild spirit with strong family values but wanting to be independent.  She was a riot to read about.  She would let the bad words fly in the appropriate, yet no so appropriate times.  But it was hilarious.  There was a scene where she yelled, "Bloody Hell", when Heath put on dark thick rimmed glasses that only enhanced his hotness.  That was one of my favorite parts because I totally agree with a hot man who will wear those type of glasses. Heath was a major swoon worthy character.  He had very gentlemanly manners mixed in with a lot of passion.  He looked after those he cared for, especially his brothers.  He and Quinn just meshed well with their chemistry despite being from different worlds. This book kept me entertained the entire way through.  It is a very sweet romance but that totally worked in this story.   I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
Loves-BooksLW More than 1 year ago
Sweet small town romance! Another swoony read from Cindi Madsen. I love all the fun characters in Hope Springs. Made me feel like I was in Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls. Despite their differences, you could really see that Heath and Quinn were made for each other. Their emotional tug of war made me keep flipping the pages to see how it all worked out, and I wasn't disappointed. Definite must read! 
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
I loved this funny and cute story. Two opposite people who are unable to fight their attraction. They both want same property and are competing with each other. Still they decided to be friends. Although friends is not what they want to be. quinn can't help but fall for this ultimate bad boy. He is not like the others, he is funny and gets her like no one else ever has. Heath is now a reformed man. He wants to prove to everyone that he can be trusted and others matter to him. When he first meets Quinn he thinks she is a snob but after getting to know her he realizes that she is one of a kind, a person he can easily fall in love with. This is an amazing read. With steady pace, well-developed characters and great story line, this book is a best summer read.
stylnunicorn More than 1 year ago
I received a galley copy of Crazy for the Competition from the author in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. I have to say that I really enjoy how this author is able to pull a reader into the storyline and hold them captive. She is a rare comodity in a author. Lately these days authors feel they need to put in lots of sex into a story in order for it to sell regardless on whether it is needed. This author is able to tell a beautiful and interesting story without the unnecessary sex. This is the type of story that can appeal to readers of all ages, I would even feel comfortable in allowing my niece who is 13 read this story. I love when I am able to share a great book with someone much younger than myself and get them into the world of reading. Books are meant to leave a mark on our imagination and provide a outlet sometimes against the harsh reality life can place us. Mrs. Madsen knows how to develop her characters and create a new dimension instilling real life qualities making the readers get invested in the storyline and want and need for them to have a HEA. I would highly recommend this story to anyone that wants and needs to believe in love and that there is a soulmate out there for themselves. Heath and Quinn didn't start out as the perfect couple. They each wanted a certain property in which to complete their dreams. With the decision not being made they were sort of forced into spending lots of time together and they built a real friendship together. Through that friendship they were able to build their inner strengths and empower themselves into standing up for one another. I definitely can't wait to read more from this author she is able to write in many different genre's her YA series is fantastic also. So besides NA, Contemporary she has the great ability to write a romantic comedy like her book Cinderella Screwed Me Over which was fantastic. So you need to one click this book and you will not be disappointed.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
Filled with a couple that had intense chemistry , it is a great story, worth reading! ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review**** This is a sweet story about two people who meet up competing for a property in Hope Springs and its instant chemistry. Quinn Sakata is part one of the duo wanting this property and she wants to open a bed and breakfast inn where the other half, Heath Brantley , wants to open a hunting lodge. Neither wants to budge an inch on the vision the property could end up being. Between Quinn and Heath, neither is willing to come to an agreement to share, more like they are determined to make sure one triumphs over the other in this battle for the property. With the chemistry that is going on between them and those lovely sparks lighting the way between Quinn and Heath, everything is becoming intense between the MC. Will Quinn and Heath come to an agreement to share this property or will they overlook the chemistry that has built , the chance for a happily ever after ?  This book had some twists and turns I wasn’t expecting but I loved the MC written here. I had some great laughs due to how the authors had the lines written. Overall, Quinn and Heath are a relatable couple. One that I was rooting for , hoping that they would get the HEA . Quinn is the type of heroine that you can relate to . She is a Japanese woman, raised in America; she still has doubts about her place in everything based on how she was raised by her family. (Think conservative values taught from a conservative family). Quinn though is different- she curses, speaks her mind, rebels. Then we have good ole boy Heath – he’s the good boy who is local boy everyone loves. He goes out of way to help, etc etc etc. BUT he has some naughty boy tendencies that make the reader want to dirty him up (wink)- These two MC make the book so good. It is a sweet story about two people who learned to give up showing the world a front when it was time to be who they really were and to give in the love being offered because in the end, Heath and Quinn come to realize what the reader realize early on- Quinn and Heath were the only two good for each other and good for the property.  My rating: 4.3 stars ****
ChrisMyers More than 1 year ago
Heath and Quinn have a lot stacked against them in the beginning, from how different they are, to the main problem-they want the same property and will do whatever it takes to get it. As they're forced to work together, you see their friendship growing, right along with their chemistry. I loved their banter and the ending left me with a giant smile on my face. 
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Loved Crazy for the Competition! The storyline was entertaining and held my interest from start to finish. I just couldn't put it down. The characters were both believable and very relatable. Loved Quinn and Heath, they had amazing chemistry and the way they would argue and then tease each other had me laughing and swooning. Quinn was such a hoot, she had no filter, loved her!!! And then we have Heath... all I will say is tattoo's and piercings are one of my weakness's and Heath checked both those boxes *fans self* Once again Cindi Madsen has written a heartfelt and romantic story that left me with a smile on my face and a heart full of love. I highly recommend Crazy for the Competition and the Hope Springs series.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim If you’re looking for a totally sweet romance, Crazy for the Competition is the perfect read. Cindi Madsen pairs a misunderstood, reformed bad boy with a spirited, feisty woman, just bursting to allow the real her to show through. Heath Brantley grew up on the wrong side of town, and spent most of his time getting in trouble and dealing with his drunk father. Heath returns to Hope Springs to be involved in his seven-year-old brother’s life and to fulfill a dream he and his older brother have had since they were kids. Quinn Sakata values and respects her Japanese heritage and the lessons she’s been taught. The problem is that her super conservative family stifles her and doesn’t know who she truly is. Quinn is outspoken, loves to swear, and has an amazing heart. The two are thrust together when they each bid on the old and falling down Mountain Ridge Bed and Breakfast. Things really get interesting when the town committee forces them to work together to build a float for Frontier Days. Spending so much time together enables Heath and Quinn to really get to know each other. Turns out Heath is the first and only guy Quinn has ever met who understands her. “I think it’s cool that you care about your heritage, but yet you don’t conform. Promise me that no matter what happens, you’ll never lose that feisty, impulsive side of you.” While it’s no surprise what happens with the bed and breakfast, I was surprised by how much Heath managed to get into my heart. Heath is the guy every father should want for his daughter. Quinn is the best friend every girl should have. I am so loving the Hope Springs Series. Oh and the best part, the books are standalones. I’m looking forward to hopefully having a Cory’s story written. It will be interesting to see what kind of woman brings him to his knees. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
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Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
This is a funny, sweet, enjoyable read. It is well written and thought out. The characters' history and family issues are portrayed in a way that makes you easily relate to them. This book is the second in the series but can be read as a stand alone without feeling like you've missed something. This book is more on the sweet side rather than hot and steamy like the first. Having read both books in this series, I look forward to finding out the direction Ms. Madsen takes us in future stories. ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars--CRAZY FOR THE COMPETITION is the second installment in Cindi Madsen’s adult, contemporary Hope Springs romance series focusing on the people of Hope Springs, Wyoming. This is auto mechanic/ musician Heath Brantley, and real estate agent Quinn Sakata’s storyline. CRAZY FOR THE COMPETITION can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty . Any important information from the previous storyline is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives CRAZY FOR THE COMPETITION focuses on the building relationship between Quinn and Heath, as well as their competing proposals for restoring and renovating the old Mountain Ridge Bed and Breakfast. Quinn is hoping to restore the B&B to its’ original purpose, while Heath has plans to develop a hunting lodge that he and his older brother Cam will run together. When the local council is unable to make a decision, Heath and Quinn are roped into building a float for the local parade. Quinn has had a crush on Heath since high school but three years his junior, Quinn was never on Heath’s radar. Heath has a bit of a reputation with the woman; Quinn is saving herself for marriage. Quinn’s Japanese ancestry finds our heroine caught between worlds: her family’s honor and Quinn’s relationship with a man considered less than desirable by her mom and dad. As the council considers both propositions for the run down B&B, our leading couple will find themselves falling in love knowing one or both will lose in the end. The relationship between our couple is that of a developing friendship to falling in love. Because Quinn does not believe in sex before marriage, there is no $ex or sexual imagery although the desire for one another is off the charts. Royce and Sadie from book one –Second Chance Ranch- plays supporting roles; Sadie is Quinn’s best friend, and the lead singer in the band with whom Heath plays. We are introduced to Quinn’s well to do and over protective Japanese parents whose image of their eldest child is less than positive. Quinn is a woman who seems to disappoint her parents whatever it is she plans to do. In this, much of Quinn’s self esteem hinders on her parent’s approval and love. Heath’s family situation finds our hero embarrassed by his father’s lifestyle, and his own need to protect his younger brother. The blurb notes that Quinn has a ‘sailor’s mouth’ but truth be told, the language our heroine uses is not even close to bad….if one believes the use of the word ‘sh*t’ constitutes bad language then they haven’t really heard a true sailor mouth at work. In fact, I believe the word sh*t is only expressed three times in the story and one of those times by Quinn’s sister Maya. As this is truly a story of romance with no $ex or sexual situations, I believe the blurb is slightly misleading with its’ description of Quinn Sakata’s ‘sailor mouth’. CRAZY FOR THE COMPETITION is a sweet story of romance and building love; family and friendship. The characters are engaging and realistic; the storyline enjoyable and fresh; the happily ever after heartwarming and wonderful. If you are looking for a simple, uncomplicated and ‘clean’ read, CRAZY FOR THE COMPETITION
MeganSmith More than 1 year ago
***This ARC was received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest review*** I like this story. It is a little different from the others I have read recently. I like that it sexually charged without any actual sex, and that they are pretty straightforward with how they feel.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Quinn was a unique character. A tiny clean cut package with a bawdy mouth. She is torn between making her family happy or following her dream. What stands in her way? A former crush and letting her parents down. Crazy for the Competition is a story about learning how to be true to who you are. Enjoyable read. I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Such a sweet romance! Quinn and Heath were both great characters--and both have such good reasons for why they need to be the one to win the competition for the property. I really liked that they didn't let their competition get nasty; even though going that route can be humorous at times, it wouldn't have been right for this story. They made their competition a perfectly fair one, with neither of them trying to undercut the other one in order to win. I also actually loved that there was zero sex here--absolutely nada. It was important to Quinn that she wait for marriage, and she stuck to it from page one to the last. So refreshing! You know that there have to be people out there in real life doing the same thing, but it's such a rarity in mainstream romance. The chemistry is there, and they're both definitely feeling sexual tension, but Quinn resists and Heath respects her wishes. The fact that Heath was so cool with it even though it obviously wasn't easy for him made him an even better hero than he already was. So did the fact that he actually took the time to learn about Quinn's culture, both by asking her and by doing research on his own. (And he uses some secretly-gained knowledge for an awesome purpose in the epilogue...but I am absolutely not going to give away what it is. You'll just have to read it yourself!) Though Sadie and Royce from book one ( Second Chance Ranch ) play a role, you don't have to have read their story to enjoy this one; it's fine as a standalone. So if you're looking for a sweet romance with a secondary theme of making a place for yourself beyond the one your family wants/society expects you to have, definitely give this one a read. Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.