Cher Debusshere hates being the black sheep of her posh, well-to-do family almost as much as she hates driving which is exactly what she's forced to do when her flight home for her perfect sister's wedding is grounded. Fan-freakin'-tastic. Then a hot guy offers to share both the car rental and the driving duties...only to drive her crazy by assuming she's just some spoiled little rich girl.
Mechanic Nathaniel "Oz" Oserkowski is about as blue-collar as they come. There's never been a time he hasn't worked his ass off, and he's determined to prove it to the gorgeous princess in the passenger seat. As the miles pass, they bait and needle each other...until their lust and longing gets so hot it nearly overheats the engine.
They have nothing in common. Hell, they can barely stand each other. But sometimes it takes a journey to change the destination...
Each book in the Crazy Love series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Driving Her Crazy
Book #2 Kissing Her Crazy
Book #3 Loving Her Crazy
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Driving Her Crazy
A Crazy Love Story
By Kira Archer, Erin Molta, Heather Howland
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Kira Archer
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Cherice Debusshere slowly blinked open her eyes and stretched. The sun filtered in through her half-drawn blinds, sending pale yellow stripes across her duvet —
Wait. The sun?
She grabbed her phone. 8:14 a.m.
The alarm was definitely still set, but it hadn't gone off. She did a quick check.
"You've got to be kidding me," she groaned, jumping out of bed. She'd set the damn thing for six p.m., not six a.m. She ducked under her blinds and stuck her head out the window. The town-car idled at the curb. As if to rub it in, the driver honked again. Cherice groaned.
She was going to miss her plane.
Her mother was going to kill her.
Scrambling around her apartment she tossed shoes, hairbrush, deodorant, and her favorite shampoo and face wash into her carry-on bag. She shoved her legs into a tasteful pair of slacks, tucking in the matching silk shell tank, and grabbed a delicate cashmere sweater to go over it. Her mother had always told her to dress her best, because you never know who you might meet, and as Cherice pulled out the few pieces of clothing that her mother would approve of and would make her feel good — she could mix and match for the weekend — she sighed and folded them carefully in her bag.
Her doorbell rang.
"Crap," she muttered again. Her foot got tangled in the strap of the purse she'd left on the floor and she hopped over to the door while trying to extricate it. She needed to slow down before she killed herself. But slowing down would make her more late. Late was bad.
She pulled the door open, her heart pounding like she'd run up five flights of stairs. The driver stood waiting, hands clasped in front of him.
"Hi, I'm Cherice," she said, holding out her hand.
He looked surprised but shook her hand. "I'm Tim."
"Nice to meet you. I'm almost ready."
He nodded. "Can I take your luggage?"
"Oh. It's not quite ready yet."
"Would you like me to wait?"
"No, that's all right, thank you. I'll bring it down."
"Yes, ma'am." He looked at his watch. "If we don't leave soon ..."
"I know, I know. Sorry. I'll be right there."
He nodded again and headed back down the stairs.
Cherice hurried to the bathroom and brushed her teeth in record time, grabbing a glass of water to rinse her mouth. A quick glance at the clock on the wall made her inhale and choke. It didn't tick so much as taunt. Late, late, late, late, late.
She tossed the remains of her water in the direction of Betty, the potted plant on her counter, and missed. She groaned. The poor thing was finally showing renewed signs of life. It would suck to lose her now.
Cherice made sure the little inverted water bottle was still propped up in the dirt, holes properly drilled so it would slowly leak water into the soil. She'd Googled ways to keep plants watered while on vacation. Hopefully, this worked.
"You hang in there, Betty," she murmured to the plant while softly stroking its leaves.
She wiped her mouth and then mopped up the mess on the counter. The water would dry just fine if she left it, but it would leave spots. It might be her personal bathroom, but that, as her mother would say, was no excuse to cut corners. She might fail at most of the life lessons her mother had taught her, but damn it, her apartment was always guest-ready and she always looked her best.
Tim honked again. She hung her head out the window and shouted down to him. "I'm coming!"
Luckily, her mom had the bridesmaid's dress she was wearing, so she didn't have to worry about that. Her suitcase was overstuffed, but she didn't have the time to pack it more carefully.
Cherice shoved a necklace and some bangles in her pocket, tossed her makeup bag in her purse, and ran out the door. It hadn't even closed yet before she shoved it back open, her anxiety ratcheting up another notch at the delay.
She snatched her suitcase and rushed out, locking the door behind her. Thankfully, she'd checked in via her cell phone last night and had taken care of everything she needed to for her apartment the week before. She'd found someone to cover for her at the DressHer disadvantaged women's location where she spent most of her time, and her personal shopping clients were aware she was on vacation for a week. One of the perks of working for herself. Time off whenever she wanted.
As soon as the car took off, she pulled her makeup bag out of her purse. Some base powder and a little eyeshadow brightened her face a bit. Things were going okay until she went for the eyeliner.
The liner went on in a nice, even line. Until the car hit a pothole. Her hand jerked, leaving her with an inch-long black line shooting out from her eyelid.
"Sorry, ma'am," Tim said.
It wasn't okay. But it wasn't his fault she'd decided to do her makeup in the car.
The theme song from "Game of Thrones" rang from her purse and Cherice sighed, the little ball of dread in her stomach growing bigger.
She fumbled her phone out of her purse.
"Cherice. Are you at the airport?"
Cherice took a deep breath. She wasn't even in New York yet and she was already going to piss off her mother.
"I'm on my way."
A faint sigh echoed from the phone. "You should always leave yourself at least two hours to go through security."
"I know. I meant to but —"
"It doesn't matter. Just make sure you don't miss your flight. I hope the weather won't be an issue." Her mother sighed. "Of all the weekends to have a summer storm."
"Is it causing problems up there?"
"Not for me, so far. But with the reception outdoors, even with the tent, anything more than a light drizzle could be a disaster. I had to pull a lot of strings to get this wedding in the Times. I'll never live it down if it's not perfect."
"I'm sure it's going to be beautiful, Mom."
"Yes. Well. Just be sure you get here on time. The rehearsal dinner is this evening. You are part of the wedding party. Your absence will be noted."
Cherice winced, breathing past the guilt and hurt feelings that were a normal part of conversations with her mother. Her absence would be noted, not because they'd actually miss her but because she'd throw off the balance of the perfectly organized wedding party. Not that she blamed her mom for wanting everything to go off without a hitch. The vultures her mother called friends really would torture her with it for the rest of her life if anything went wrong.
"I'll be there."
"I hope so. Oh, the journalist who is writing the feature is here. I must run."
The phone clicked before she could say goodbye.
She dropped her phone back in her purse. Her mom was always short with her, but Cherice didn't think it was personal. The woman was just ... supremely efficient ... and insanely busy. Always. Especially with her sister's wedding a day away. But once in a while, it'd be nice if her mother would call her just to talk to her, not chastise her for some mistake she hadn't even made yet.
With a sigh, Cherice cleaned up her face. Thankfully, she managed to apply the rest of her makeup without any further complication. Her necklace and bracelets went on last. There. Perfectly presentable. Even her mother couldn't complain.
Her leg bounced all the way to the airport and it took a Herculean effort not to chew her nails to the quick. She'd blown off Thanksgiving, had just barely made Christmas (two days), and ditched New Year's entirely. She'd also pretended she was sick for Easter. If she missed her sister's wedding she'd be disowned. And that wasn't an exaggeration.
Cherice was already the black sheep without ruining what was supposed to be one of the social events of the year. She didn't have an important job, she wasn't in school anymore, since her abysmal mcats had pretty much derailed her medical career, and she wasn't involved in some illustrious relationship. Therefore, she had no justifiable reason to mess up her mother's flawless plans.
"Are you okay, ma'am?" Tim asked.
Cherice made an effort to stop her leg from bouncing and smiled at him. "I'm fine, thanks. Going up to New York to visit my family and I'm just a little nervous."
"Afraid of flying?"
She laughed. "No. Afraid of my family."
He grinned at her in the rear view mirror. "They can't be that bad."
"You'd be surprised," she said. "My sister is getting married this weekend and my mother is in full meltdown mode."
He shook his head. "I sympathize. My oldest daughter was just married a few months ago. My wife was ..." He laughed. "Let's just say I was very happy when the wedding was over."
"Good to know my family isn't the only one that goes crazy over weddings."
"It would be weird if they didn't."
The car pulled up outside the airport and Tim came around to unload her bag and open her door. Cherice had already paid for the car service, but she handed him a generous tip.
"Any advice for how to survive this weekend?"
Tim grinned. "Keep your head down, stay out of their way, do everything you're told to do quickly and without argument."
Cherice laughed. "I'll do my best."
"Don't worry. As soon as it's over they'll be back to normal."
"Ah, I was feeling better until you said that. Normal isn't really an improvement."
He tipped his hat to her. "Good luck, ma'am."
She grabbed her things, gave Tim one last grateful smile, and ran. Well, she walked. Briskly. Running in public would create a scene and that wasn't something Debussheres did. Besides, she didn't want to find out how well her Jimmy Choos fared at high speeds on pockmarked sidewalks.
Cherice barreled into the building and headed straight for security, cell phone in hand and her ID ready, but pulled up short when she saw the winding line in front of her. Were there even enough people in her town, let alone flying out this morning, to create such a ridiculous line? She absolutely couldn't miss her flight. But as long as nothing else went wrong, she should be fine. She hoped.
Cherice sent up a quick prayer that for once in her life she'd get lucky.
* * *
Nathaniel Oserkowski threw a few pairs of jeans, a couple T-shirts, and the other basics into a suitcase. The only items he bothered folding were a pair of slacks and a nice, white polo shirt.
"Oz, you can't pack your stuff like that. Everything will get wrinkled."
His sister, Lena, took everything out and started to neatly fold and repack.
"The only things I care about getting wrinkled are my interview clothes and I folded those."
She rolled her eyes and kept packing, pausing only to tell her five-year-old son, Tyler, to quit jumping on the bed.
The little boy bounced onto his butt and propped his chin in his hands, his elbows resting on his knees.
"You going away, Uncle Oz?"
"Yep, but just for a few days. I'll be back before you even miss me."
Oz's heartstrings tugged and he scooped his nephew up. "I promise." He kissed the top of his head and dropped him back to the bed.
"All right, you two," Lena said. "We've got to get Uncle Oz to the airport. You have everything?" she asked him.
He sighed. He loved his sister but sometimes she acted way too much like his mother. "Yes, Lenny."
She chucked a pair of balled up socks at his head. "You're such an ass."
He grinned at her and zipped up his suitcase.
"You got someone to cover your paper route, right?" she asked.
"Yes. And before you ask, I'm using my vacation days for the garage and one of the other janitors at the university is going to cover for me this weekend."
Lena frowned. "Well, hopefully you'll be coming home with a brand new job and you can quit all the rest of them."
Ah man. From her lips to God's ears. When his sister had kicked her good- for-nothing boyfriend out, opting to raise their baby on her own rather than let the jerk stay in their lives, there hadn't been a question of what Oz would do. He'd found a small house, quit school, and worked as many jobs as he needed to keep the bills paid.
Sure, he had moments where he missed the kind of life he might have had, but he didn't regret his choice to take care of his family for a single second.
Lena chipped in when she could. When she'd moved in, they'd made the decision that she'd stay home with Tyler until he was in school full-time. She'd been trying for years to start some sort of business. Some with more success than others. A lot of her ideas tended to be too big in scale for her to pull off. Or just plain crazy to work. But, she did usually manage to bring in a couple hundred every month between her Etsy store and reselling things she found around town on eBay.
With Tyler getting ready to start kindergarten, Lena had been looking for a "real" job. Tyler's school was looking for teacher aides, which would be perfect, since she'd be working the same hours he was in school. It didn't pay great, but it'd be enough that Oz could probably quit his weekend janitor job.
If he could land the desk editor job, though ... He'd be able to quit everything else and give Lena and Tyler the life they deserved. It was something he'd be able to do from home, to boot. He wasn't sure what he'd do with all the spare time. All he knew was that it would be really, really nice not to have to spend every moment of every day working. He needed a break.
"Keep your fingers crossed," he said.
"And my toes."
"And my eyeballs!" Tyler chimed in.
"Thanks, buddy. I'm sure that will help."
Lena grabbed her purse. "All right, boys! Load up!"
It took forty-five minutes to get to the airport, and by the time they arrived, Oz was in need of a few aspirin and a good long nap. His nephew was the light of his life, but being trapped in a car with an amped-up five-year-old was enough to drive anyone to pharmaceutical intervention.
They parked in the short term lot and Oz raced Tyler to the entrance. Well, Tyler raced. Oz did his slow-mo runner routine. His and Lena's dad had always done that when they were kids. Challenge them to a race or an arm wrestle match or something and then pretend that his muscles had disappeared so he couldn't even hold up his arm or was stuck in molasses and could barely move his feet. Oz had always loved it. Tyler's real dad wasn't ever going to be in the picture but Oz tried his damndest to be the best father figure he could for his nephew.
Tyler "won," but just barely. They tumbled through the doors, laughing.
Until he saw the length of the security line.
Oz gave a low whistle. "I hope we got here early enough. Usually it doesn't take all that long."
"Uncle Oz!" Tyler said, tugging on his hand.
"What's up, little man?" he said, squatting down to Tyler's level.
"Look at the fancy lady. Is she the principal?"
Oz looked in the direction Tyler was pointing and chuckled. The principal of Tyler's new school always made it a point to welcome all the new incoming kindergarteners and she'd been dressed very nicely when she'd come to their home. Since Tyler spent a lot of time hanging out with Oz down at the shop, he was more used to seeing men and women in greasy coveralls than dressed up in business attire.
"No, she's not the principal."
"She's pretty," Tyler whispered.
Oz couldn't argue that. The woman was gorgeous. But she was also standing in line at the airport dressed like she was about to walk into some board meeting and she was digging around in a purse that looked like the one Lena had been lusting after for years. It was worth more than his first car.
"Yes, she is," Oz agreed, picking his nephew up again and giving him a big kiss. Tyler squealed with laughter and tried to squirm away but Oz kept a firm hold on him.
"Fly me, Uncle Oz!"
Oz laughed. "You're getting too big to be an airplane," he said, but he hefted him higher, anyway. He was going to miss the little rascal.
Lena frowned. "Do you want us to wait with you?"
Oz knew the tone of her voice. She didn't want to leave him alone, but the thought of keeping Tyler contained in a busy airport was enough to induce a panic attack in the strongest of mothers.
"No, you guys can go on home. It might take a while."
"Okay," she said, not bothering to hide her relief. "But you call the second you land."
She mock glared at him and he laughed. "All right, Tyler," she said. "Give Uncle Oz a hug goodbye."
Oz said his goodbyes, hoping like hell he'd come home with good news. He was tired of working three jobs just to make sure ends did more than just barely meet. And if he could support everyone doing something he loved, life would be pretty damn good. The desk editor job was a long shot. But it was one he had to take.
Maybe he'd get lucky for once in his life.
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Kira Archer did a great job hooking me in from start to finish. I expected a light hearted romance and this book delivered that and so much more! I love a quick wit and these characters certainly delivered. Sometimes, you just wanted to reach in the book and smack one or both of them!! Cherice Debusshere is the black sheep from a well to do New York family trying to make it on her own as a “personal shopper”. Nathaniel “Oz” Oserkowski is a blue collar worker from North Carolina that is trying to make ends meet to support his sister and nephew. Cher is always disappointing her mother in some small way and in the opening scene she sets her alarm for pm instead of am and is running late for her flight back home in New York to her sister’s wedding. Oz is also checking in for the same flight for his dream job interview; a job that would replace 2 of the 3 jobs he currently works to support himself, sister, and nephew. While they are checking in, a major storm was brewing and canceling flights, by a stroke of luck Oz is able to secure the last rental car. Cher has a fear of driving and with no flights in the near future, takes a chance and accepts a ride with the stranger whom she thinks is married. The ensuing car ride is filled with witty banter, sexual tension, hopes, dreams, some more sexual tension, misunderstandings, and overall laugh out loud situations.
I started this series backwards and it felt like I was missing something when I read Kissing Her Crazy. Very true, because DRIVING HER CRAZY was exactly everything I was looking for in this series - pure, laugh out loud fun. An insecure heroine from a moneyed background and a blue collar, self-assured hero on a road trip? Everything that could go wrong did and left me in stitches. This is the stuff of comedy and I enjoyed every bit of it. Cherise Debusshere is the black sheep of her elite family because she is not as accomplished as the rest of them and has chosen to walk her own path, against her parents' plans for her. With her sister's wedding approaching, she's determined to any avoid criticism from her parents and the weather won't stop her from getting to New York even if it means sharing a car with a total stranger. Mechanic Nathaniel "Oz" Oserkowski is a hard worker, taking on the responsibility of fending for his sister and her son. His trip to New York would bring him closer to achieve his dreams, if the job interview pans out. Sharing a car and driving duties with the uptight stranger from the airport would make the drive pass faster but the unexpected chemistry between them throws him. On the surface, Cher and Oz are as different as can be but as the miles pass by, they find a lot of common ground between them. DRIVING HER CRAZY is filled with lots of funny and sexy moments but it also has some very sweet moments, one of which is how Oz's support and encouragement gave Cher the courage to stand up to her parents. this was such a hilarious read and I'm looking forward to more like this from Ms. Archer.
Short, adorable characters and well written... Would like to see a followup to this one... lots of imagination went into this story.. Very original...
A rollicking road trip romance that left me with a goofy smile on my face! Kira Archer created a fine specimen of a Hero strapping, handsome with a great sense of humor. The Heroine is a fiery renegade who is up against a formidable foe - her mother. "Driving Her Crazy" is a spot on title because the two main characters butt heads almost from the first moment the set foot in the car. Most of their issues are brought about by misunderstandings and assumptions. However, they have far more in common than they realize. Ms Archer makes you sympathize and care about these characters. She also has you laughing at the shenanigans that befall them and fan yourself at the heat they generate. This novel is the first installment in the Crazy Love series. "Driving Her Crazy" is practically the textbook example of a Romantic Comedy. There is also a bit of a nod to the cinematic Rom-Com classic "It Happened One Night". Cherice is a sympathetic character but with just a few sentences she could clear up so much about herself, also as much as she hate how her mother treats people she falls back on just that behavior. Oz, even though he's charming and incredibly fun he can sometimes be really thin skinned, taking a kind and generous act by Cherice personally. Despite these couple of issues the hero and heroine have undeniably chemistry and Kira Archer knows how to write some blazing hot passionate sex scenes. The ending is Fan-Freaking-TASTIC!!! To read the entire review please visit: http://bit.ly/1OEbAvW This novel is from my personal library, which means I paid for it, so it is a honest review.
The story of two strangers forced by inclement weather to spend hours alone in a car as they drive to New York is both touching and humorous. Cher Debusshere is the black sheep in her rich and entitled family. She just can't live up to their expectations. Now she is spending quality time with Nathaniel Oserkowski a blue-collar mechanic. They are opposites in every way. They battle and fight continually and sparks fly. They dislike each other. Right? Nathaniel is a sigh-worthy hero. He loves his sister and nephew and sacrifices his dreams to help them. He doesn't understand Cher who lets her parents control her. She won't even try to do what she wants. I had difficulty liking Cher. I kept wanting to shake her and tell her to grow up. The chemistry between these two is amazing. They were perfect together. I wanted them to be together. I just wasn't sure if Cher would stand up to her family. I enjoyed Driving Her Crazy. Kira Archer is a new to me author. I like her style and inventive mind. I want to read more of her work.
What a sweet cute story! I liked and felt for Cherice. She had the weight of the world on her shoulders, family wise. I felt so much sympathy for her having to deal with her mother like that, always criticizing and harping on her. And her clumsiness, I could so relate. Poor thing! How she still had an upbeat personality, I would not know. Oz on the other hand, even though he was built like a brickhouse and loved riling Cherice up, made me frustrated from time to time with his jumping to conclusions or reading more into her words than was meant. Thankfully he wised up in the end and made it all worthwhile. I loved their bantering and name calling, getting to each other, yet encouraging and supporting one another at other times. Then the chemistry hit, and bam, they were hot together. I only wished there was more to the epilogue. It was funny and loving but I would have liked a little more of the in between times. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
My Thoughts: Impromptu road trip with a complete stranger and a side of sexy? YES, PLEASE. Cher and Nathaniel are on their way to New York when they don't make it to the gate in time for their flight. Then after all the other flights are grounded due to weather conditions at their destination, the only other option is to drive. Cher isn't too keen on this option, but she has to do it to make it to her sister's wedding in time. When Nathaniel gets the last car, he graciously offers to drive her to New York. She accepts and thus begins their day long road trip! The two of them seem to be from opposite sides of the tracks, and yet somehow they discover they have a lot more in common below the surface. This, of course, doesn't stop them from arguing when the other makes a good point that they don't want to hear. There's just something about Cher and Nathaniel, though...something that drives them closer instead of pushing them away. When they give themselves over to the passion, all bets are off because now they're playing with fire they might not be able to contain. Driving Her Crazy was a crazy unique story that kept me turning the pages. I was captivated by their journey--the frustrations, the speed bumps, and the epiphanies. The chemistry between Cher and Nathaniel was out of this world spectacular. I couldn't have asked for a greater connection. Kira Archer definitely has me intrigued for the next story, Kissing Her Crazy, especially for the pairing of characters met in this book! My Rating: Very Good
Driving Her Crazy was a cute funny about how opposites attract. Cher and Nathaniel "Oz" we're trapped in in a rental car when a storm turns into a hurricane and grounds all planes. Cher is trying to reach her sister's wedding and Oz is traveling to a job interview in NYC. They start the journey north and their chemistry is explosive. Can they overcome their differences and find their way to each other? Cute story with a quick pace and fun dialogue. I enjoyed it! I was given a free for an honest review by net galley.com
Cherice Debusshere has exactly one last chance to get something right, in her well-to-do family's eyes. She's long been the black sheep, and she's about to become a sacrificial lamb if she doesn't make her flight to New York in time for her sister's wedding. Then, when her flight is unexpectedly grounded because of inclement weather, she faces the hideous and horrifying prospect of driving all the way to her destination from North Carolina. She. Hates. Driving. Nathaniel "Oz" Oserkowski is a down-to-earth, perpetually optimistic, regular blue-collar guy, working three different jobs from newspaper delivery to auto mechanics to help provide for his family. He's on his way to New York for a job interview, basically his last chance to do what he's always wanted to do with his life, when his plane, too, is grounded. He snatches up the last rental car and is faced with the spoiled, rich-looking debutante as his unwilling passenger. It's a long way from North Carolina to New York. Surely they can keep from killing one another --- or ripping each other's clothes off --- for the duration of the drive together. Right? Entangled Publishing's Lovestruck imprint presents the newly released contemporary romance DRIVING HER CRAZY, a "Crazy Love Story" by Kira Archer. It's said that close proximity is half the battle in consummating a relationship (sexual or otherwise). After all, consistent exposure to another person, day after day, or hour after hour, and especially under stressful circumstances with emotions already running high, is really the perfect incubator for romantic, sexual, and emotional tension. With Cherice and Oz trapped in a car for the drive to New York, you'll certainly be obliged to agree. At first, the sparks flying between them are well-placed insults and similarly barbed comments. To him, she's the spoiled rotten rich girl who never had to work a day in her life and wouldn't know what to do if she had to hold down a job. To her, he's a disrespectful, irreverent jerk determined to drive her crazy. Hence the title of the novel. Later, in true romance form, the verbal sparring is joined (not replaced, which maintains the interest and tension all the better) by a more than healthy dose of sexual attraction, which increases with every heated exchange between the characters until the final, scintillating conclusion. While I enjoy sexual tension in a romance just as much as the next reader, I'm a sucker for three-dimensional characters who command a fierce repartee. The one-liners exchanged in DRIVING HER CRAZY will leave you holding a hand over your mouth in delighted shock, or holding your sides with aching laughter, or both ... the best kind of romance novel. # # # Author: Kira Archer Title: DRIVING HER CRAZY Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Lovestruck) ISBN: 978-1-63375-376-1 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
sexy, funny and delicious fun all rolled into one good book **A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review*** Cher Debusshere is the black sheep in her family & she hates that label. Her family is very wealthy and she has to go back to her sister’s wedding. If she is late or doesn’t show, her family will NEVER let her forget it. She is flying from North Carolina to New York. Also on the flight is Mechanic Nathaniel "Oz" Oserkowski . He is as blue collar as you can get. He is working 3 jobs and is supporting his sister and nephew and with this job interview, he won’t need the 3 jobs – for this is his dream job. In the seat next to him is a pampered princess of a lady- Her nose in the air type of woman. When bad weather grounds the airplane, he scrambles to find a car rental so he can make his interview or all hope is lost. He is able to get the last car when Cher somehow talks her way into the car trip. The trip is a bag of mixed tricks- they have so much chemistry yet in the same breath , annoy each other. There is a mix of irritation, pleasure, laughs, and building heat between the MC during this trip that ends in some of the most sizzling love-making between them. I enjoyed the road trip and the path between two people who came to realize that they are more than the outer shell presents. The path to the end of the story is wonderful. I highly recommend this story and the road to their falling in love was fantastic. OH and the scene between Cher standing up to her conceited parents was GREAT!! IT is something you definitely do not want to miss. There are so many great moments in this book. It is a DO NOT MISS. As for the secondary characters- I sure hope they get their own book—hint hint, Elliot—he sure needs his own book and soon! My rating: 4.5 STARS ****
Ok, this is my first Kira Archer read, and I am dying to get my hands on more of her books!! Driving Her Crazy drew me in from the beginning, with an alarm mishap, cancelled flights, and rides with a sexy stranger. And let's not forget the sparks flying between Cherice and Nathaniel (or Cher and Oz, depending on which character you were talking to :) ). I loved that these 2 couldn't seem to stand each other throughout the book. It made the build up to their relationship so much better :). I loved that Oz was like any other guy, and when he finds something that annoys someone, he makes sure to push their buttons with it. Cherice was definitely a prim and proper lady, with a hidden down and dirty side. I loved how the characters seemed to grow throughout the story, and finally stood up to go after what they wanted. I highly recommend Driving Her Crazy to anyone looking for a phenomenal read (just make sure you give yourself enough time to finish in one sitting, because you aren't going to want to put it down once you start!)
Cherice Buchanan Debusshere is going to her perfect sister’s wedding. Not anything too monumental you’d think but Cherice is the black sheep of the family, the one that never seems able to live up to the high expectations of her wealthy parents and is always the one that they look down on with disdain. She didn’t get the grades to go to med school like her sister and isn’t a brilliant fund raiser like her twin brother. Still, she’s going home for her sister’s wedding . . . . though setting the alarm for the evening instead of the morning, having a storm coming in cancelling all flights and the last hire car already hired out makes this look somewhat like mission impossible! Nathaniel Oserkowski is also supposed to be flying to the city but he’s going for an interview. Like Cherice he manages to reach security just after the doors to the plane have closed and, when the flight is then cancelled, he manages to snag the last available hire car. He’s not looking forward to the twelve or so hour drive on his own and kindly volunteers to take Cherice with him in the hope this attractive young lady will help him keep alert…. What neither had bargained for was their attraction to each other, their ability to spark off each other and mishaps en route. Buckle you seat belt and jump into this hilarious, heartwarming story complete with witty dialogue, stormy weather and steamy sexual tension. This is an impromptu road trip to romance, well written and a great story to escape into – highly recommended! Thanks to the authors, publisher and NetGalley, too for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I really LOVED this one! The story is so cute and the characters were hilarious. The witty banter between Cher and Oz had me laughing out loud and drawing strange looks from the family! They are both on their way to NY from NC but when bad weather grounds all flights and Oz grabs the last available rental car, Cher reluctantly agrees to accept Oz's author and share the car. This is one road trip neither will forget!! Grab this one, I recommend it!
Driving Her Crazy is an unexpected treat. Of course it's unrealistic but that what makes it so intriguing. Cher and Nathaniel are as mismatched as you can get. She's rich, he's not. She's classy, he's rough around the edges. Forced together due to circumstance these two are about to discover that life is full of surprises. Kira Archer has written an engagingly humorous story full of irony and feeling. Driving Her Crazy was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review and I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.
At first glance these two seem totally unsuited to each other - a society girl and a blue collar worker, stuck together on an endless drive to New York after their flights get cancelled and they are desparate enough to make a bargain together. But of course, you can't judge a book by its cover and as it turns out they have more in common than they think. I really enjoyed this travelling romance, as Oz and Cherise reveal themselves to each other (literally by the end!) on their road to NY and happiness together. Cherise, who initially comes across as the ultimate society girl, is in fact unhappily trapped with a family with whom she's never felt good enough, and has never given herself the opportunity to go after what she wants versus what they want. She's a beautiful, friendly and warm woman when she's with the right people, the ones who make her feel that she's important and worth something. Oz is a hardworking family man, providing for his sister and her son in any way possible, including working 3 jobs to make ends meet. Not until he meets Cherise and encourages her to go after her dreams does it occur to him that he's been scared to go after his own. Together they had a lot of sexual chemistry that eventually led to some steamy scenes between them. I loved how their romance developed, and though it was an insta love type of story, they were a perfect fit. 4 stars for a fun and sexy tale, with lots of laughs and an easy happy ending.
I received this book through NetGalley.com in exchange for a honest review. Driving Her Crazy is full of craziness, romance and it ended too quickly. Cherice & Nathaniel aka Oz, meet at the airport and while they miss their flights from NC to NY due to a storm, Oz offers Cherice a chance to drive up to NY with him. Along the way they discover everything they ever wanted was sitting right next to them. I found this book to be a quick read but it was great in the sense that it kept me captivated from the first page to the very last word!! Thank You to Kira Archer for writing a book that keep me wanting more and sad to see it end.
all around feel good book. it just left me smiling! my first book by Kira Archer I will definitely be looking for more. The scenario is a little scary (strangers driving up coast together) but we'll done. the banter, nagging and sexual chemistry is alive and wonderful. the play between social classes, opposites attract is very enjoyable. Cher is fairly likable upper class lady who is afraid to go after what she truly wants and her family doesn't. this makes me able to sympathize with her and her struggle to make her way. Oz is a working class very lovable guy with a humorous personality that takes things very lightly but lives his family fiercely. you can't help but root for good things to happen with him. I would love to read Elliott's story, I'm thinking he'd be a great, fun hero