BOOK REVIEW: Mixed Up by Emma Hart

By Emma Hart
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 18th April 2017
Format: eArc (268 pages)

Dirty cocktails, deadly enemies with a red-hot attraction, and one big, crazy, Greek family–what could possibly go wrong?

Hiring my brother’s best friend was not on my to-do list.
Neither was he.
Expanding my dirty cocktail bar into food was supposed to be easy, except finding a chef in my little town of Whiskey Key is anything but.
Until Parker Hamilton comes home—bringing his Michelin starred chef’s hat with him.
He has no work. I need someone like him in my new kitchen.
There’s just one problem: I hate his cocky, filthy-mouthed, sexy-as-hell guts.
Even if I might want him. Just a little…

Working for my best friend’s sister? Not on my to-do list.
She’s another story.
Whiskey Key was supposed to be a relaxing vacation, except I haven’t reached the heights I have by lying in a hammock drinking cocktails. So when Raven Archer is desperate for a chef, I offer up my skills.
I’m bored. She needs what I can give her.
Except there’s a problem: I’ve always hated her.
Her and her big, blue eyes, sassy mouth, and killer curves.
If only I didn’t want her. (Goodreads)

In Hart’s latest book, Mixed Up, we return to the sunny Florida Keys of Whiskey Key. The spotlight is shone on local bar owner, Raven. If you read my review for Casanova, you would have known that this was the one character who I hoped would get her own book. Thankfully this book is what every Hollywood Studio wishes their Romantic Comedies were made of.

Once again, Mixed Up centres around a couple who start off in love/hate relationship. This time it is complicated by the fact that Parker is Raven’s brothers best friend, so trying to completely avoid him is out of the question. Throw in a good old fashioned “desperate times call for desperate measures” scenario and you have a book that has more heat and fire than any kitchen can possibly produce.

As always, its Hart’s characters that are the life blood of her books and it always amazes me that she can create a cast of characters that are so easily distinguishable. In Raven, she has created a female character who I would love to be friends with. She breaths life in them with, what seems, such ease. Raven is smart, sassy and so independent, but when it comes ot her family, she finds it so hard to say know. It was clear that the male that would come into her life would have to be as strong a character. She just has this personality that hard not to love.

Parker more than meets the requirments, not to tame her per say, but to compliment her. Though the times where they gave into their lust was smoking hot, to say the least, away from those scenes you see two real kindred spirits. Parker respects Raven, not only for her loyalty to friends and family, but the fact that she is a damn smart and successful business woman.

Watching as this lust developed into something, just kept me gripped. True, there are more than a few really funny moments and to be honest I REALLY want to try all the cocktails on Raven’s menu, Mixed Up just re-iterates that Harts book’s have real soul.

While there is no mention of any further books based in Whiskey Key, Hart has a vast cast of characters to choose from. Whatever happens, Hart has cemented her place in one of my favourite contemporary authors and I can’t see that changing anytime soon.

Hart is quickly becoming a more than capable contender for my Queen of the Contemporary Romance crown. Mixed Up is just such a joy to read, with a romance that can’t help reignite the romantic in you. It is fresh, modern and so much fun.

Hart is becoming like a can of Pringles; “Once you Pop, You Can’t Stop!”




My unofficial name for the series

  • Casanova
  • Mixed Up
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