Mixed Up Love by Natasha Madison
Published by Self-published on August 7, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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When my business partner asked me to do him a favor, I had no idea he was sending me on the blind date his mother had 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.
It's not every day you find out your ex-boyfriend is engaged. I shouldn't have agreed to the blind date, but I wasn’t in any position to turn down a night out when my mother insisted. 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 mixed up in love.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
After loving Tempt the Boss so hard it made it to my favorites-of-the-year list and then Cheeky totally rocking my world, I didn’t hesitate to pick up Unexpected Love Story which turned out to be a total bust. In fact, I even double checked to see if I mixed something up because it’s like this book was written by someone else.
Chucking it to being a “one book can tank” issue, when I read the blurb to Mixed up Love I didn’t hesitate to request an ARC. I mean, people, I really, really loved the first two!! Sadly, this one didn’t work for me at all either. To me, it read more like a first draft where you then go back and flesh out the scenes and expand on the characters.
The story had tons of potential, but then it goes off the rails (if you want to know in detail how this happens and don’t mind major ranting and some spoilers read under the tag: View Spoiler » with Hunter taking his friend and co-worker’s place in a blind date set by the man’s mother. Laney is having a rough day (which at this point I still can’t understand why as her ex who became an ex when she discovered him banging his assistant, who’s a guy and who he’s been in a relationship with for 7 years, gets engaged to another woman. And instead of going and warning this poor girl from unknowingly becoming a beard she gets pissy??? She agrees grumpily to the blind date her mom sets up and decides to start drinking while she waits for the guy to show up. For some bewildering reason Hunter takes exception to this fact and lectures her (completely OTT on this setting) and she gets pissier. The date progresses and they seem to have a bit more fun together. The next day by Laney’s doing, they go on a second date where they have a blast and they seem to connect. By the end of this date though, it comes out that Hunter’s been pretending to be his friend and never disbursed Laney of this idea. Aaaaaaand all goes downhill from here. Laney loses her mind and makes a scene about Hunter being a liar. I could have seen this scenario working if they’d been together like… a month or they’ve had sex or something more than going out in one and a half good dates. But now with the whole identity issue resolved we still have 75% of the book to go! « Hide Spoiler
I’m not going to go into detail, because really, there’s no point to spoil this for someone who might not have the same issues I did. All I’ll say is that to me, Laney and Hunter both came off as immature, crazy people who would burst out in angry shouting bouts in totally unwarranted scenarios.
Though I like the concept of having parallel stories happening at the same time, I didn’t feel this was executed in a successful way which just added to my confusion about what was going on with this book.
I really hate having to say that for me, Mixed Up Love felt underdeveloped and rushed. The characters had no depth, the plot lacked thoroughness in its setting and thus nothing really worked. Having had such a wonderful experience from the first two books, I’m positive my high expectations played against me, but for the time being, I’m taking some time off from this author’s work.
Rating: 2.5 “I really wanted to like this” Stars
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