Mixed Up by Emma Hart

Published: April 18th, 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.

Mixed Up is a standalone, enemies-to-lovers romance. It’s red-hot and hilarious, so grab a glass and get comfy!”

This was the PERFECT enemies-to-lovers novel. Raven (what a cool name) is a mixologist living in Whiskey Key, Florida trying to make ends meet. She needs a chef, and the only popular chef she knows is her mortal enemy. They’ve known each other since childhood, and hated each other since then. I was entranced from start to finish with this book. I couldn’t put it down. Enemies-to-lovers is one of my favorite type of novels and Emma Hart hit the nail on the head. Parker was so hate-able, I loved him. And the tension? Sheesh! You could cut it with a knife. Overall, I enjoyed the hell out of this book, and if you like romance..read this NOW.

Rating: ★★★★★

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Barley Cross Series by Emma Hart

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Book #1: Being Brooke

Publication Date: December 13th, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: ★★★★

“My name is Brooke Barker…

And I’m a freaking disaster.

No, seriously. I’m a college drop-out working a dead-end job, my best friend Carly’s dog gets more action than I do, and I have more bad dates in my diary than there are movie remakes.

Not to mention I’m completely and utterly in love with Cain Elliott.

The problem? He’s in a relationship. With a girl who’s so plastic she makes Barbie cry herself to sleep with jealousy.

The second problem? He’s my best friend.

My shut-up-and-put-on-Harry-Potter, yes-this-is-your-shirt, help-I-have-no-power, crap-I’m-out-of-tampons, kinda best friend.

And that’s all he can be, right?

Right.”

Review:

Brooke Barker. I absolutely adored her and this book that told this romantic story. Falling in love with your best friend? YES PLEASE. It’s such a romantic topic and Emma Hart did a phenomenal job with telling it through the eyes of Brooke.

The chemistry was one of the best things about this book. Cain Elliot and Brooke Barker are a match made in best friend/friend zone/in love but doesn’t want to say it, heaven. This book was a perfect example of a slow burn. It builds up until there’s no where else for the chemistry to go for the two characters. The romance was perfection and I love how deeply Cain and Brooke felt for each other.

I loved Carly, Brooke’s best friend. Their friendship was so relatable that I felt like I was their friend as well. It reminded me of my best friend and I’s friendship. We make jokes and there are times we can’t stop laughing. Carly and Brooke’s nickname for each other were perfect and hilarious. I hope I have more friendships like Brooke and Carly’s in the future.

The only thing that caught me off guard was where it would lose me at some parts. I would have to go back and reread to make sure I got what Brooke was saying. That’s the only reason I knocked a star off. Other than losing me a few times, this book was flawless.

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Book #2: Catching Carly

Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: ★★★★★

“Life Goal #1: Forget about my best friend’s brother. (Because Zeke Elliott is a colossal cockwomble.)

From New York Times bestselling author, Emma Hart, comes another hilariously wild romantic comedy about being the third wheel in your friendship and, um, accidentally having sex with your best friend’s brother…”

Review:

Carly gets a book!! I was so excited to read this one. I was definitely not disappointed. This just so happens to be one of those funny cases where I loved the sequel more than the first one. I loved everything about this book. The best part was the fact that it never slowed down for me and I never had to stop to reread this one!

Carly was fantastic in the first book. I loved everything about her character. She was hilarious and witty with a twist of genuineness when it came to her friends. My favorite thing about this story was Carly’s character and how she develops throughout the book. I love that the characters from the first book were included as well. Zeke’s character was exactly how I expected him to be. He was cocky and funny, but it came to romance: swoon.

The chemistry in this book was just as great as the first. The romance was outstanding and something that every reader would dream of. Emma Hart’s romance is just beautiful, sexy, and emotional. Everything about the way Carly and Zeke’s romance was portrayed was amazing.

There was nothing wrong with this book. I went into this book thinking that it was going to be similar to Being Brooke where I was getting a little lost and having to reread some parts. I’m so glad I was wrong. I’d recommend this series to romance lovers who are looking for a juicy, emotional, quick read. These two were perfect.

Mid-2020 Wrap-Up

So far, as of June 30, 2020, I’ve read 71 books! My goal for 2020 is 115, so hopefully I’ll double my current number and beat my goal! Here are the books I’ve read so far in 2020!

  • The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown
  • We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding
  • The Hotel Where We Met by Belinda Jones
  • I Wanna Text You Up by Teagan Hunter (Texting #2)
  • The Upside to Being Single by Emma Hart
  • No, We Can’t Be Friends by Sophie Ranald
  • Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey (Hot & Hammered #2)
  • The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
  • Good Guy by Kate Meader (Rookie Rebels #1)
  • Instacrush by Kate Meader (Rookie Rebels #2)
  • Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
  • Caught Up in a Cowboy by Jennie Marts (Cowboys of Creedence #1)
  • You Had Me at Cowboy by Jennie Marts (Cowboys of Creedence #2)
  • Playboy Pilot by Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland
  • Love, Sincerely, Yours by Sara Ney
  • Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith
  • The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
  • Country Hearts by Cindi Madsen
  • The Billionaire Boss Next Door by Max Monroe
  • Witness Protection Widow by Debra Webb (Winchester, Tennessee #5)
  • A Girl’s Guide to the Outback  by Jessica Kate
  • The Secret Ingredient by Nancy Naigle
  • The Roommate Agreement by Emma Hart
  • I’m With Cupid by Dawn Blair
  • Love and Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate
  • Her Homecoming Wish by Jo McNally
  • Work in Progress by Staci Hart
  • The Story of Us by Teri Wilson
  • Temporary Wife Temptation by Jayci Lee (The Heirs of Hansol #1)
  • The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes
  • Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls
  • The Game Changer by Jennifer Brown
  • This Train is Being Held by Ismée Amiel Williams
  • Love on Location by Cassidy Carter
  • Confessions of a Naughty Nanny by Piper Rayne (The Baileys #6)
  • Operation Bailey Babies by Piper Rayne (The Baileys #6.5)
  • Kiss Me Not by Emma Hart (Kiss Me #1)
  • Kiss Me Tonight  by Emma Hart (Kiss Me #2)
  • Kiss Me Again by Emma Hart (Kiss Me #3)
  • Moonlight in Vermont by Kacy Cross
  • Ten Days Gone by Beverly Long (A.L. McKittridge #1)
  • A Country Wedding by Leigh Duncan
  • You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks
  • Love Locks by Cory Martin
  • Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
  • Beach Wedding Weekend by Rachel Magee
  • Love by Chance by Kacy Cross
  • Sunrise Cabin by Stacey Donovan
  • Nothing But Trouble by Amy Andrews (Credence, Colorado #1)
  • The Trouble With Christmas by Amy Andrews (Credence, Colorado #2)
  • Asking For Trouble by Amy Andrews (Credence, Colorado #3)
  • A Forgotten Murder by Jude Deveraux
  • The Sea Glass Cottage by RaeAnne Thayne
  • Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth
  • The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren
  • A Simple Wedding by Leigh Duncan
  • Royal Savage by Victoria Ashley (Savage & Ink #1)
  • Beautiful Savage by  Victoria Ashley (Savage & Ink #2)
  • Game On by Britney Bell
  • Hot Mess by Emma Hart
  • Incomparable by Nikki Bella, Brie Bella
  • Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai (Modern Love #2)
  • Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
  • The Summer Villa by Melissa Hill
  • The Heirloom Garden by Viola Shipman
  • Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan
  • Sunrise on Half Moon Bay by Robyn Carr
  • The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman
  • That Summer in Maine by Brianna Wolfson
  • All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
  • Kind of Cursed by Stephanie Fournet

May 2020 Reads

In May, I read *drum roll* a whopping two books. I’m just trying to get back in the groove of reading and trying to adjust to life during this pandemic! June is going to have a lot more reads!

  • Game On by Britney Bell
  • Hot Mess by Emma Hart

Both of these books received a three star rating from me. There were definitely points of interest with each book, but nothing more than that really! Here’s to many more enjoyable reads in June!

March & April 2020 Reads

Number of Books Read: 22
Avg. Rating of the  books: 3.86/5 stars
Five Star Ratings: 5/22
*five star ratings are bold

  • Confessions of a Naughty Nanny by Piper Rayne (The Baileys #6)
  • Kiss Me Not by Emma Hart (Kiss Me #1)
  • Kiss Me Tonight  by Emma Hart (Kiss Me #2)
  • Kiss Me Again by Emma Hart (Kiss Me #3)
  • Moonlight in Vermont by Kacy Cross
  • Ten Days Gone by Beverly Long (A.L. McKittridge #1)
  • A Country Wedding by Leigh Duncan
  • You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks
  • Love Locks by Cory Martin
  • Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
  • Beach Wedding Weekend by Rachel Magee
  • Love by Chance by Kacy Cross
  • Sunrise Cabin by Stacey Donovan
  • Nothing But Trouble by Amy Andrews (Creedence, Colorado #1)
  • The Trouble With Christmas by Amy Andrews (Creedence, Colorado #2)
  • A Forgotten Murder by Jude Deveraux
  • The Sea Glass Cottage by RaeAnne Thayne
  • Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth
  • The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren
  • A Simple Wedding by Leigh Duncan
  • Royal Savage by Victoria Ashley (Savage & Ink #1)
  • Beautiful Savage by  Victoria Ashley (Savage & Ink #2)

So, I took some time off with these two months. Well, mostly April. I only read two books in April because I hit a rut (of course during quarantine), but we’re back now! Here’s to a happier time reading in May!

February 2020 Reads

Number of Books Read: 22
Avg. Rating of the 22 books: 3.72/5 stars
Five Star Ratings: 5/22
*five star ratings are bold

  • Playboy Pilot by Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland
  • Love, Sincerely, Yours by Sara Ney
  • Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith
  • The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
  • Country Hearts by Cindi Madsen
  • The Billionaire Boss Next Door by Max Monroe
  • Witness Protection Widow by Debra Webb (Winchester, Tennessee #5)
  • A Girl’s Guide to the Outback  by Jessica Kate
  • The Secret Ingredient by Nancy Naigle
  • The Roommate Agreement by Emma Hart
  • I’m With Cupid by Dawn Blair
  • Love and Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate
  • Her Homecoming Wish by Jo McNally
  • Work in Progress by Staci Hart
  • The Story of Us by Teri Wilson
  • Temporary Wife Temptation by Jayci Lee (The Heirs of Hansol #1)
  • The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes
  • Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls
  • The Game Changer by Jennifer Brown
  • This Train is Being Held by Ismée Amiel Williams
  • Love on Location by Cassidy Carter
  • Instacrush by Kate Meader (Rookie Rebels #2)

 

Wow, 22 books!! I was thoroughly happy with the amount of 5-star ratings I got! Here’s to another good month of reading! Happy March!

January 2020 Reads

Number of Books Read: 12
Avg. Rating of the 12 books: 3.5/5 stars
Five Star Ratings: 2/12
*five star ratings are bold

  • The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown
  • We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding
  • The Hotel Where We Met by Belinda Jones
  • I Wanna Text You Up by Teagan Hunter (Texting #2)
  • The Upside to Being Single by Emma Hart
  • No, We Can’t Be Friends by Sophie Ranald
  • Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey (Hot & Hammered #2)
  • The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
  • Good Guy by Kate Meader (Rookie Rebels #1)
  • Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
  • Caught Up in a Cowboy by Jennie Marts (Cowboys of Creedence #1)
  • You Had Me at Cowboy by Jennie Marts (Cowboys of Creedence #2)

 

Started out the new decade & year with 12 books! I was surprised at some of them, like No, We Can’t Be Friends by Sophie Ranald & The Upside of Being Single by Emma Hart, which only received two out of five star ratings from me.

Here’s to a book-filled February!

December 2019 Reads

Number of Books Read: 19
Avg. Rating of the 19 books: 3.63/5 stars
Five Star Ratings: 3/19
*five star ratings are bold

  • Parental Guidance by Avery Flynn (Ice Knights #1)
  • Awk-Weird by Avery Flynn (Ice Knights #2)
  • Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters
  • Full Support by Natalee Woods
  • The Perfect Comeback by Kacey Shea
  • Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
  • Falling For My Brother’s Best Friend by Piper Rayne (The Baileys #4)
  • Demise of a Self-Centered Playboy by Piper Rayne (The Baileys #5)
  • We Met in December by Rosie Curtis
  • Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
  • A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison
  • Getting Down by Helena Hunting (Shacking Up #1.5)
  • Hooking Up by Helena Hunting (Shacking Up #2)
  • From This Day Forward by Lauren Layne (The Wedding Belles #0.5)
  • Ridorkulous by Mary Frame (Dorky Duet #1)
  • The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin
  • Meet Me on Love Lane by Nina Bocci (Hopeless Romantics #2)
  • The Trouble With Cowboys by Victoria James
  • The Accidental Girlfriend by Emma Hart

 

Finished out the year with 19 new books! Cheers to a lot more five-star reads in 2020!