By Emma Hart
Release Date: April 18, 2017
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.
“In fact, sassy little shit was my default personality. This mouth was made for sassin’.”
Mixed up is a steamy cocktail that includes one shot of sassy mixologist, one shot of hot chef, a dash of brother’s best friend, and splash of My Big Fat Greek Wedding and it’s absolutely delicious.
Emma Hart’s female characters have a way of endearing themselves to me with their quick wits and lovable flaws, and Raven Archer is definitely witty and lovable.
Raven owns her own bar in the Florida Keys called Dirty that serves up some of the filthiest named cocktails I’ve ever heard. The names got more hilarious as the book progressed and when the super secret cocktail name is finally revealed, I literally laughed out loud.
Raven hires her brother’s best friend, Parker, to be her head chef for the summer despite their tumultuous past. For years the two of them hated each other, but as romance reader’s like us already know, that only makes for hotter love scenes when they finally get together.
The first hookup scene with Parker and Raven is soooooo steamy y’all. The author gives us just the right amount of slow burn before this scene so when the hookup finally happens, it’s a-ma-zing.
I give Mixed Up 5 out of 5 Krissy’s Stars.
Emma Hart knows how to write ultra engaging female characters and perfectly pair them with equally as engaging men. This is why she’s become another one of my top favorite authors for romance this year.
(Not to mention that I got to meet her at Apollycon and she’s one of the sweetest, funniest, and kindest author’s I’ve ever met in person.)😘
*I was generously given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Emma Hart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels and has been translated into several different languages. She first put fingers to keys at the age of eighteen after her husband told her she read too much and should write her own.
Four years later, she’s still figuring out what he meant when he said she ‘read too much.’
She prides herself on writing smart smut that’s filled with dry wit, snappy, sarcastic comebacks, but lots of heart… And sex. Sometimes, she kills people. (Disclaimer: In books. But if you bug her, she’ll use your name for the victims.)
You can find her online at www.emmahart.org, www.facebook.com/emmahartbooks, or join her reader group at http://bit.ly/EmmaHartsHartbreakers.
(Author photo photography by Sara Eirew.)
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