by Charlotte Hughes

March 2008
ISBN: 978-0-515-14423-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback

Kate Holly is a clinical psychologist, but these days she has more issues than her most complex patient. She is torn over the fact she is soon to be divorced from her handsome husband, Jay. She still has strong feelings for him, but she doesn't want to deal with the prospect of being a young widow. Jay values his firefighter career more than Kate's fears, it seems. Kate's secretary certainly "marches to a different drummer", but is still a gem of an employee. Kate has neighbor problems after her mom and aunt install a sculpture in her front yard that deserves a "R" rating. At work, she has been getting threatening calls. Her former boyfriend, Dr. Thad Glazer, keeps referring the most difficult patients and is trying to revive their former romance now that Kate may soon be free. Like Kate will trust Thad again. She broke off with him after finding him with his receptionist "in the act".

Kate finds unconditional love from an unlikely source: she rescues a dog she dubs "Mike" right before the stray gives birth to a litter of puppies. Kate wonders if the vet who helps her with the dog and puppies could be a rebound guy, or a new friend?

Even though there is plenty of humor and some spicy romance, the author does look at the universal issue of dealing with relationships that are troubled in depth. Kate is an intelligent woman, but she has passion and compassion in equal measure. She has to try hard not to be the doormat while advising her patients on that same problem.

I found most of the characters utterly charming in their quirkiness. I love quirky characters and Ms. Hughes is fabulous at bringing out characters' intriguing foibles. The author states in the introduction that she married a clinical psychologist. It seems she has garnered a feel for mental health patients. There is a certain tender thread woven through the plot along with non-stop zany antics. The setting of the Atlanta area resonated with me since I have lived in the suburbs for many years.

Most readers will remember Charlotte Hughes for her collaboration with Janet Evanovich in the past. What Looks Like Crazy is a new series for the author. I can hardly wait to see what happens to Kate and those close to her in the second book.

Reviewed in May 2008 by Roberta.

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