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Book Review:Hot Mess: Lucy Davenport: Season One, Episode One (The CRD Series Book 2)

Hot Mess: Season One; Episode One; The Crazy Rich Davenports,

by Shannyn Leah and Kelly Moore

Publication: September 4, 2018

hot messAbout the Book: 

In the pilot for the series, you met the #Davenport clan and all their craziness.
Pick up in episode one where the pilot for the book left off.

Lucy Davenport is a Hot Mess, no doubt. She’s digging herself in deeper and deeper with the surprise announcement from her in-laws. They are demanding that she marry Cash Davenport, her deceased husband’s brother. Her family will bond together to fight them, but their hilarious dys-FUN-ctional antics will land them in trouble, maybe even in jail.

Warning: If you are looking for a sweet, sensitive book with a happily ever after, this isn’t it. It is a totally inappropriate book about a completely dysfunctional family. The F word flies free along with many other curse words. Feel free to get drunk (because the Davenports sure are!) while you’re reading it, and prepare to wet yourself laughing. If sex scenes are not your thing, this book might not be your thing. But, if you have a crazy sense of humor and like raunchy comedies – you’re in the right place. Join in on the craziness of The Crazy Rich Davenport Family.

My Review:

Hopefully, you have already read my review for book 1 in this insane series, Dare to Enter (The Crazy Rich Davenports #1), therefore you will know a little of what to expect from this review! However, it’s difficult to find appropriate and spoiler-free words to describe the wild ride that is Hot Mess!

After getting introductions to all of the characters in the first book, this time, the reader starts getting into the nitty-gritty of Lucy Davenport, her children, her parents,  Troy, and much more. Lucy is trying to band the family together after learning that her in-laws are demanding that she and Cash (her late husband’s brother) get married. She’s trying to squelch her sexual appetite, lay off the drinking, and the most challenging part of all – get her family to act like a normal family. In the meantime, Ford and Yaya both are trying to step up to protect everyone, including threatening Cash’s manly parts several times, while they’re also trying to scare off the renters in their cottage, control Daisy’s many personalities, and figure out what to do with a very large and unexpected guest in their backyard. 

I loved getting to know Lucy better in this installment! She is overwhelmed and driven at the same time, while also trying to protect the family she loves, while still recognizing their many idiosyncrasies. She willingly identifies her own shortcomings and changes that she needs to make, while simultaneously fails miserably because she is, of course, just a woman with a lot of challenges. The authors also provide a lot more information about the two middle children Evan an Erik, who are both frighteningly like Yaya. Hilarious, yes, but this also causes a great deal of stress and discomfort for both Lucy and Ford. Then there’s Daisy trying to reel in Tommy and Slutty Pepper, while also wondering just how imaginary Frankie (Bets’ imaginary friend) really is. 

I could go on and on about Hot Mess, but certainly, don’t want to spoil the fun for those that haven’t read it. But I will say that it is absolutely hilarious! Once again, this is not for the easily offended or light-hearted readers because it is wonderfully inappropriate, shocking, vulgar, etc. at times. Despite all of that, when you look past all of the crazy things that go on and recover from several fits of laughter, it’s evident that this series is still about a family and the love that lives within a family, regardless of how odd they may be. 

Much to my delight, Yaya was even more trouble in book 2, which leaves readers with a wonderfully mysterious twist. How in the world Shannyn Leah and Kelly Moore manage to create such elaborate, disturbing, and hilarious characters, blend in the theme of love and family, and then toss in suspense is beyond me. But this insanely talented duo continues to blow me away! I cannot say enough about this fun, fast-paced, and potentially offensive series but I absolutely recommend it go to the top of your TBR (you have to read book 1 first). The creatively, humor and impeccable writing poured into this book makes it one that you cannot miss out on reading!

*Thanks to the authors for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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