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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.
Fun, sassy, sexy read!
You all know by now that I love a good brother’s best friend romance. It is up there in my top three tropes. Suffice it to say, I was itching to get my hands on this book and in true Emma Hart style, she blew me away with her trademark snark and wit! I FLOVED this book!
No spoilers, of course, because spoilers are just evil!
You might remember Raven from as one of Lani’s BFFs from Casanova (also a fabulous book you must read!). Raven is snarky, sarcastic and hysterically funny. She is a tiny half-Greek terror. All her life, she has hated her brother’s best friend, Parker. The feeling is mutual. When Parker comes back to town for the summer and bails Raven out, she slowly starts seeing him differently. Parker is sex on a stick. He is just as snarky as Raven. The biting banter between the two of them is slow burn foreplay When they finally combust… BOOM!
Is the trope original? No, but does it really need to be? What sets this one apart is Hart’s fun, easy, sassy style of writing that endears you to her characters. She keeps the line of tension just to the point of snapping and you can’t help but keep flipping pages because you what’s coming when the line snaps is going to be good!
Raven and Parker are great. I loved them. I was happy to see Lani and Camille (the other BFF) and Brett (from Casanova and Lani’s man). But, Raven’s family stole the show as far as secondary characters. Even when they weren’t actually present, they still managed to be present. You will see what I mean. Trust.
Grab this fun read from the wonderful Emma Hart today (or when it is available, anyway)!
Once things get shaken, not stirred...
Mixed Up is another sassy book from Emma Hart. Sassy ladies, sexy men, and refreshing stories are her niche, and Mixed Up is a perfect example of that.
Raven and Parker are like oil and water. The don't mesh well. Then everything gets shaken- not stirred and there is a whole new light cast over the duo.
Raven and Parker are one of Ms. Hart's hottest couples yet. The chemistry that pulls the two together is hot, sexy, oh so steamy. Raven is independent, different, and such a fun heroine. Parker isn't lacking at all, and the banter between the two is hilarious.
A highly recommended, joyful, 4.5 star read.
Sexy and Sassy - the perfect mix!
Boy does Emma Hart have a flair for creating heroines who are sassy, “sharp-tongued” vixens – women who know how to dress guys down with just a few words and a venomous stare!
And, I would go as far as to say that her newest heroine, Raven Archer, just might be the sassiest of all Hart’s female leads because she uses her sarcasm and her wit as a shield, as a control mechanism, allowing her to hide her true feelings behind her stubbornness as well as her snark and man oh man can Raven bring the scathing words – ones that knock her adversary down a few notches and makes him rethink going against her hot temper.
But there’s one opponent that willingly riles Raven up and pushes her buttons just enough to force her acidic words and ill-mannered gestures, and he’s been the bane of her existence since childhood, and even though they haven’t seen each other in three and a half years, Parker Hamilton easily falls back into old habits with Raven, aggravating her with his cocksure attitude and jackass antics but also filling her filthy mind with tempting images that definitely cross the line between mortal enemies not to mention the fact that Parker’s supposed to be off-limits because he’s Raven’s brother’s best friend.
The sexual tension between Raven and Parker is off-the-charts from the very beginning of their story, which begs the question if all of their mutual disdain as kids transformed into underlying desire for one another as they got older and now that they reconnected as adults, their feelings of frustration actually translate into feelings of desire and the temptation to act on those emotions may be too much for them to avoid.
Mixed Up is a fast-paced and hilarious enemies-to-lovers story that oozes sexiness on every page…right down to the names of drinks Raven mixes at her bar, Dirty. And even though there’s a bit of drama – most of which is created by Raven herself – there’s really nothing angsty about the situations that occur in the story because the way it’s written and the type of characters Raven and Parker are as well as the gaggle of family members that descend on Whiskey Key keep a light-hearted feel even in the most complicated parts.
4.5 Poison Apples (The Fairest of All Book Reviews)