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    Review & Excerpt | Mixed Up Love by Natasha Madison

    About Mixed Up Love

    Hunter

    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.

    Laney

    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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    Review

    As far as Natasha Madison books go, it wasn’t exactly my favorite, but there were plenty of moments I loved and enjoyed. I wish it was a bit longer, so the story was more developed. However, Mixed Up Love makes a for a perfect quick and sexy beach read.

    Something that I really enjoyed was the banter not only between Hunter and Laney, but the other side characters. I like to categorize them as a security firm that are a bunch of frat bros. Tinder is very much a thing with all of them except maybe Hunter, but the entertainment is endless! Their thought process and decisions are a bit questionable and well a bit immature, but entertaining nonetheless. And apparently they have a serious issue with bro code. And that’s just a completely different story on it’s own.

    Now you’re probably wondering why Hunter wasn’t my fave, he hashis moments and can be a complete romantic, a hot one, might I add. But being a retired Navy SEAL and now running his own security firm, safety is number one on his list. He has seen so much and has no problem telling Laney how she constantly lacks in her personal safety. I found it a bit irritating at times and rather overboard. He’s overprotective to the max. And he’s a bit creepy with his constant watching. But Laney didn’t mine since as far as her previous relationships have gone, none have paid this much attention or doted on her.

    Natasha Madison can do no wrong with her heroines, I have loved every single one that she has written so far. She definitely just let it all go and was rather enthralled with her blind date gone wrong. That whole situation was absolutely hilarious to me, it definitely goes down as one of my favorite parts in this book.

    The chemistry is strong from the very beginning and it’s a bit of an insta-love, but I don’t care! Even with my mishaps about Hunter, I still enjoyed this very much!

    ✮✮✮1/2

     

     

    Excerpt

    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.

     

     

     

     

     

    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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    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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