Thursday, August 9, 2018

[Review + Excerpt Tour] 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.




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.


5 Stars from Brianna!

Natasha Madison writes like she's a seasoned professional with many, many years under her belt. Mixed Up Love is the latest standalone contemporary romance  novel she's penned and what a journey this was. Fast paced. Sexy. Sweet. Fun. Lighter. All the good feels. She promises to have you smiling, laughing, and swooning cover to cover.

It was supposed to be a quick in and out... a blind date that's not even his blind date. He's doing a favor for a friend and she's doing a favor for her mom, until the moment they see each other and everything changes. She wants him. He wants her. But it's a little complicated since she doesn't even know his name...

Hunter and Laney were so much fun. From the start I loved these two and couldn't get enough. Laney and her honesty and upfront-ness was so nice, relatable. And Hunter, freaking swoon y'all! I loved everything about him, including that sweet, softer side he had when it came to Laney. Together they were undeniable and unforgettable and so smoking hot.

If you like authors like ARR or Kendall Ryan then Natasha is an author that you must, must read. Her books are easier, sweeter, deeper, and so damn good.

I highly recommend this book.

5 Stars from Renee!

I was pulled right into this story. This story contains love, laughs, heartbreak, secrets, and pain. 

This is Laney and Hunter‘s story. Hunter’s friend and business partner asks him to do him a favor. That favor just happens to be a blind date. All he needs to do is step in for his friend. He figures he will show up and have a quick drink and escape. What he gets is a beautiful woman who is a little tipsy. Laney just found out her ex is engaged. She really should have just went home but is now out on a blind date. Her date is a little stiff but hot as all get out. After one nice night he returns in the morning with her phone. Now he is gonna be in big trouble he is lying about his name and he just knows he needs to come clean. Too bad for him he is about to be outted in a big way by his so called friend. Now he needs to get her to see that he really likes her. What happens when misunderstands and harsh words break something that might have been great. Can they figure out a way to be together without changing everything they love about each other? 

I loved these characters and the side characters. I felt I could connect with the characters and the story was a great read.

I highly recommend this book.


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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