Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Review & Excerpt Tour for Mixed Up Love by Natasha Madison



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.


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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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.

Kim's 4 Star Review

Laney reluctantly agrees to it a blind date her mother set up for her. It wasn’t like she was in a position to turn her down.  What she expect and who showed is very different.  There is a reason why most people who agree to a blind dates but this one turned out to be handsome but condescending. Despite Hunter’s less than positive attitude they end up having a great first and second date.  Just when Laney thought she found a great guy, she finds out that he lied to her.  With this rocky start will these two be able to get past the lie and move on or will this end before it really started.

I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

Laney is feeling down when she found out that her ex-boyfriend is engaged.  She knows that ending that relationship was the right thing to do but the fact that he is getting married before her is a hard pill to swallow.  Laney is a strong, independent woman who is a successful dentist with a practice of her own.  The blind date was just a favour for her mother but she needed to get out.  Starting the night of her blind date with three martini’s before he even showed up was just the beginning signs of a bad date.  His attitude didn’t help out but he did turn things around when he took her to the best Mexican restaurant in town.

Hunter’s business partner, Anthony asked him to do him a favour and go on the yearly blind date his mother sets him up on.  It’s not that Hunter needed to be set up on a date but it had been a while since he’s been out.  He did try to talk Anthony into calling off the date but that meant Anthony’s mother would get to set him up on another blind date.  He is a successful strong, kind hearted business man who knows what he wants.  His alpha male side comes out when he’s around Laney.  Hunter has this need to protect her as there is just something about her that calls to him.

When Laney’s best friend calls her to help the new man in her life as he has an emergency dental crisis, Laney being the great friend goes into work to help out.  The story as to how her best friends new man was in need of help had me in stiches. As fun as that was it’s also how Laney found out that Hunter wasn’t who she thought he was.  Hunter did try to tell her but they were having a great time together and spoiling that was something he didn’t want to do as he finally found someone he was connecting with. What Laney doesn’t see is that when these two are in a room together you can feel the electricity between them. They have a rough start but once things get straightened out you can’t miss that they should be together.

Natasha wrote an electrifying romance that draws you in and keeps you wanting more. When I read the synopsis for this book I had to read it.  Who doesn’t want to see what types of things an author throws at their characters when a blind date is in the mix. I found that Natasha kept her characters on their toes throughout the book. Hunter and Laney’s characters are easy to fall in love with and are very personable.  The way the story was written so you feel like you’re apart of them. I loved the fact that Natasha had not one but two epilogues in the story.  It completed the story and gave the reads an update on how their life ended up.

About the Author

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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