MIXED UP LOVE
By Natasha Madison
Release Day: August 7th
When my business partner asked me to do him a favor, I had no idea he was sending me on a blind date his mother arranged for him. I walked in the bar, saw the woman drinking her third martini, and knew I was in for an eventful night.
After the unexpected second date, she didn't know my real name or who I really was. By that time, the lie was too far gone, and I wanted her too much to admit the truth.
It's not every day you find out your ex-boyfriend is engaged.
I shouldn't have agreed to the blind date. My mother insisted, and I wasn’t in any position to turn down a night out.
I will admit, I definitely shouldn't have ordered that fourth martini before said blind date even arrived.
The man turned out to be swoon worthy, handsome, condescending—a perfect distraction. Then I found out he was a liar.
I've never been in over my head to this degree.
Then again, I've never been in love.
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A cute accidental romance. Mixed Up Love is a romance novel that is easy to read. This book is a stand-alone novel. I liked that this novel had romance, but also that it had enough conflict to make the story really come to life. There is also a lot of amazing food mentioned that made me hungry.
The plot of this book was good. Hunter is suckered into taking Anthony’s place on a blind date. He thought it would be easy enough. Spend a short amount of time with the girl then let her down easy. What he did not expect was Laney. Laney didn’t want to go on the blind date set up by her mother, but she went anyways. She didn’t expect that she would actually be attracted to the broody male.
I really liked Laney. She is independent and had an amazing personality. I loved that she is feisty and doesn’t back down so easily. I also think she really balances out Hunter. Hunter is a good character as well. Tall, hot, and broody, he is all business, no pleasure. He would rather tell you the million reasons not to do something than jump in and have an adventure. I liked how these two balanced each other out.
The heat in this book was good. I didn’t feel like there was enough build up to the heat to really feel invested, but the scenes were written well. They were hot and sexy. I just didn’t feel as connected to the characters as I would have hoped by the time we made it there.
The writing style of this book was okay. I really wanted to love every aspect of this book, but I felt it progressed too quickly. This made the story feel unrealistic. I also didn’t like how the author crammed all the minor characters into the story. I felt like it was a good set up for their own stories, but then BAM! We had a conclusion to all of them. It felt too rushed and too much for me personally.
Overall, this was a good book. I liked the plot well enough. The story wasn’t written bad, I just felt like it was a bit much for me personally. I would recommend this book to others who like cute romances. It was a good story, even if I did not connect with it the way I would have hoped.
Writing Style: 3/5
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
When her nose isn't buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she's in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It's a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn't listen to her...
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I pull up to the front door, and the valet meets me at my door once I stop. “Good evening, sir,” he says once I open my door.
“Yeah, I won’t be here long,” I tell him as I get out, not bothering to take off my sunglasses when I hand him the keys.
“No worries, sir. It will be here when you are ready,” he says, handing me the ticket for later. I put it in the inside pocket of my suit jacket. I walk inside to the hostess table, where a woman who looks like she is eighteen stands smiling.
“How may I help you?” she asks sweetly. I stop and look around to see if I might recognize the woman I’m here to meet, even though I’ve never met her. I spot a couple of women at the bar, but I instinctively know they aren’t her. I also check for exits. It’s not my fault; it’s just instilled in me.
Looking to the left, I don’t see anyone sitting alone, but then I look to the right, and I see her. I don’t know why I know it’s her, but I just do. With curly long blond hair, she downs a martini, then picks up another one and brings it to her mouth. I spot a waiter walking with two more martinis on his tray, and I’m not surprised when I see him approaching her table. “Great,” I say under my breath. “I found her,” I tell the hostess and start walking toward the table. She spots me and watches my every move. Luckily, the glasses I’m wearing stop her from seeing my eyes.
The closer I get to her, the more my pulse speeds up. What the fuck? This is weird. I look around maybe to see if something else is piquing my interest or maybe I spotted something to elevate my pulse, but no, it’s her. The fact that a gorgeous woman is sitting by herself and drinking like a fish is enough to get any man’s adrenaline pumping. Isn’t it?
“Are you Laney?” I ask, taking off my glasses, and my gray eyes finally meet her blue ones. She opens her mouth, expecting, I think, something to come out, but nothing does. I continue looking around to see if anyone is watching her, and it’s no surprise that I spot two guys at the bar sizing her up.
“Here are two more.” The waiter smiles at her, putting two more glasses down on the table and taking the two now empty ones away. She laughs nervously, and I want to reach out and trip him when he walks away.
“It isn’t what it looks like.” Her soft voice breaks me out of my plan, and I turn back to her as she smiles at me, causing my heartbeat to skyrocket. The collar of my shirt suddenly feels tight, but it’s not even buttoned.
“Really? I find it hard to believe,” I finally say. Looking around again, I spot the same two guys in suits sitting at the bar watching her. This time, one of them spots me and looks back down at his drink. “It looks like you’re sitting here waiting for something bad to happen.” I pull out the chair and sit in front of her.
“Um.” She still doesn’t say anything.