Eccentric literature professor David approaches Laura for a counter-cultural, rule-filled relationship filled with poetry, flowers and bottomless cups of tea. He makes it very clear to her that they are just friends. If she wants to be more — if she wants to be sweethearts — then she is the only one that can move them forward. Laura is smitten by his humor, his charm, and his English accent (which turns out to be fake). In his company, she has never felt more beautiful or ladylike. David tells Laura that the reason he has these rules is because he is bound by the laws of chivalry, both body and soul. Then Laura finds out the real reason, one that’s ancient, filled with legend and magic. Yet Laura has complete control of this madman. Should she release him or tell him she wants more? Is he eccentric or just mad? Falling For Your Madness is not just a romantic comedy, but it also asks the question, who has the most power in a relationship? The lady? Or the gentleman?
Before I get into the tasty, meaty part of this review, I want to make one thing clear: I do not consider myself a reader of contemporary romance. I, like most readers, do enjoy a well-crafted love story, but most modern tales of the heart fail to captivate me. When it comes to romance, I’m a sucker for the classics. Give me Austen or give me…well, something else.
It is because of this aspect of my personality that I approached reading Falling for Your Madness with skepticism and caution, and probably never would have picked it up if had it not been recommended by a trusted friend. How happy am I that I ignored my own personal prejudice against the genre long enough to fall head over heels in love! Over the past few months, I’ve been spending most of my free time wrapping up my own second novel, and I have had neither time or desire to delve back into recreational reading. This is the book that broke the dry spell. I read the bulk of it in one sitting, and even spent my afternoon walk home from work doing the Belle walk-and-read. I was pretty proud, if I do say so myself.
As a self-proclaimed old soul, it was nice to read a romantic tale penned in this century that centered on the old-fashioned approach to relationships. I laughed. I cried. I immediately went back and read it again. If you’re not a fan of chivalry, you probably won’t like this book at all. But if, like me, your heart beats wild at the thought of knights in shining armor, trust me: you need this book!
About the Author:
Katharine Grubb was born in northeastern Oklahoma. She was raised in the Tulsa suburbs, attended the University of Oklahoma, taught school, wrote stories and then shocked everyone by moving to Boston, Massachusetts to be with a man she had been e-mailing for nine months. She married that man, and with him had five boisterous children. Nowadays, she still lives in Massachusetts, homeschools her children, bakes bread, does a ridiculous amounts of laundry and sets her timer to write stories in ten minute increments. She believes in this so much she created a Facebook group for it (10 Minute Novelists) and she runs a website for the group: http://www.10minutenovelists.com. Her favorite type of books to read and write are quirky, imaginative tales of romance, faith and humor. Her second novel, Soulless Creatures, releases later in 2015.