Sunday, 27 November 2016

Sick Pleasure (Crazy Beautiful #3) by Jessica Serra Huizenga


Hazel Blake loves Tristan Sharp.
Tristan Sharp hates Hazel Blake.

There is only one word to describe Hazel Blake and Tristan Sharp: history. Intense, painful, passionate history. (Ok, four words.)

But it’s been over five years now and Hazel’s ready to leave the past behind. Having nobody but an absent father, a crazy mother, and a preoccupied brother means she could really use her old friend again. So what if she still has deeper feelings for Tristan? She knows she majorly screwed things up and doesn’t deserve him anymore, so she’ll settle for anything he might be willing to give — even if it’s just his body.

When Hazel comes storming back into Tristan’s life, opening all sorts of old wounds, he wants nothing more than to get to the forgetting part. But he’s also having trouble with the whole forgiveness thing, too. When the girl you love rips your heart out and tosses it around like a beanbag, it tends to change a guy. But nobody gets under Tristan’s skin like Hazel, so he just needs to get her out of his system, right? Hit it and quit it. For good this time, and nobody ever needs to know.

Yes, everything that went down between Hazel and Tristan is in the past.
Too bad history is about to repeat itself…

What happens when you love the person you hate?
Can people that hurt each other heal together?

**This books is for readers over the age of 18 due to strong language and explicit sexual content**

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Kristine's Review:
Reviewed: November 2016.

Jessica Serra Huizenga has become an author that intrigues me greatly, her debut Crazy, Beautiful was the breath of fresh air I desperately needed to read, light, fun and sexy, her ability to draw the reader in and create characters that I desperately wanted to know more about, with Mad Addiction, her second offering I again felt that dizzying excitement that comes with loosing yourself in a writer's words, throughout learning more about Hazel and Tristan, eagerly awaiting that moment that their past would be explained.

"she was there- written on me, wrapped around me, buried under my skin and permanently etched into my heart. She was and still is. Always has been, always will be."

Sick Pleasure is darker, more complex that the previous books in the series, with the shroud of secrecy that Huizenga has methodically built hanging over the main characters I found myself itching to know what happened between them all those years before. Second chance romance is a trope I enjoy when done well, when the build up is absolute, the writing flawless, and most importantly when the reason for the original break up when revealed is valid. As a reader of primarily contemporary romance I need a sense of reality in my happily ever afters, I need to feel that sense that this could truly happy in real life, and what I really enjoyed here was the rawness and honesty that shone through in Huizenga's words.

"Do I love Hazel Blake? F*ck I don’t know. Can you love somebody you hate?"

Huizenga burst onto the Indie scene this year and has easily created one of my favourite full series of the year, consistently strong writing, beautiful covers, intriguing blurbs, Sick Pleasure has all the hallmarks of a great second chance romance, showcasing the author's ability to create a dynamic and soulful story about addiction and recover, first loves and last loves, about the family you wish you could choose and the friends who become family. Hazel and Tristan share the kind of past that is filled with soaring highs and heart wrenching lows, a past that clearly still has it's clutched firmly in their hearts years later, it's their connection, and their own self realisations that make this story so very compelling.

About Jessica Serra Huizenga:

When she’s not making confetti as head honcho over at The Confetti Bar (,
co-dreaming with creative women through Monarch Workshop (, and
blogging about her health & wellness journey going sugar-free at Simple Unsweet ((, Jessica loves to spend her nights getting caught up in imaginary worlds.
She lives in central CT with her husband, Clifford, and the cutest cat EVER, named Curious.
She loves colorful things, making people smile, things that smell good, and is obsessed with
lemon water. And glitter. Lots of glitter.
She also loves, well…love. (She’s a sucker for a sweet story.)

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