Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Review: Hot Mess | Love is Messy Duet by Emily Goodwin

HOT MESSMy life is a hot mess.

Single, working, and raising two daughters, it’s a miracle I get us up, dressed, and fed every morning. Forget about dating—nobody’s got time for that. Even if love hadn’t left me jaded, I’m not settling for anything less than perfect this time around. 

Lucky for me, the perfect man just happens to work in my office. But there’s just one small problem: he’s my boss, and is totally off limits. But hey, if it’s meant to be, it’ll find a way, right?

Then a night out with friends turns into a night in with the walking-talking bad boy cliche of a bartender. It’s just one night. No harm, no foul, right?

Except when the hot bartender turns out to be my boss’s trouble-making brother, who wants more than just one night with me. The more I resist the spark between us, the more I find myself wanting him too. Which puts me in the middle of what could be the biggest sibling rivalry of the century.

Life is messy. 

And love? 

Well, love is even messier.

5 stars

New Adult | Romance | Contemporary

I have a new obsession – Emily Goodwin. Yep. There I said it, I admit it. I just really enjoyed her writing style, her ability to create a level of complexity with her characters while developing a romantic depth that is just swoon worthy. Love is Messy Duet has blown me away, and I have only read Hot Mess. Just… everything – oh my lanta I am in love.

For starters the characters in Hot Mess really have such an amazing dynamic, one that is believable for the readers as well as a level of reliability because their personalities are just phenomenal. Honestly for me, Lexi was just a peach. A real gem of fictional female leads, one that I definitely favor. She is a single mother, fresh from a divorce while working a full-time job. Now why do I like this? Hell, how can I relate, I am not a mother – easy. Her personality. She is in such a vulnerable mindset that she just makes your sympathy meter skyrocket. I love her self-esteem struggles, how she deals with life while still trying to figure out her new footing. It is empowering. Lexi is perfectly flawed, she is beyond stunning. And before you say it, I know, how can someone who struggles with their self-esteem be empowering, well skippy I will tell you. Because Lexi is fresh from her divorce, finding that ‘footing’ per say, she is starting to realize that all these little imperfections her ex-husband pounded into her for years aren’t necessarily the issue, that she is smart, beautiful and talented and above all, she is a kickass mother. She doesn’t need a man to drive her life or her career – this is something I can get on board with…

Obviously though this wouldn’t be a romance with the some lovin’ and just because she doesn’t need a man, she deserves a man. Luke. Oh my sweet, tattoo’d piece of man meat Luke. I am head over heels in love with his character, even though I felt his backstory skimmed the surface, which as you get closer to the ending you realize this is dramatic effect to lead into Twice Burned. But for what it is worth, getting to know Luke from this perspective is a real treat. Charismatic, flirtatious, caring and above all, does not skimpier away from a challenge when it involves Lexi. That alpha-man syndrome is strong force with this one, but it isn’t an overpowering, it blends to perfection, really enhances the chemistry. 

And speaking of that chemistry… whew. Is there something I can cool my panties off with? Seriously, their connection was beyond fierce. Lexi and Luke together was absolutely phenomenal. Though Lexi at many points tries to put some amount of distance between their growing affections, failing miserably, they just have the most passionate, respectful romance that I have seen. It is melt off your seat one minute and swoon your heart through the sky sweet – perfection.

I am still on the fence with several of the secondary characters. Luke’s brother irks me, thinking of Cole gives me the jibbies, again though the vagueness of Luke’s backstory really doesn’t evolve enough to understand this dynamic enough to pass judgement. But there is definitely some more drama there I think for us in the future, definitely some unfinished business.

Overall, I loved it. Between the climatic drama between the characters, their constant push-pull towards one another was catastrophically delicious. I still cannot get over the romance blooming between Lexi and Luke. I cannot wait to dive into Twice Burned, I feel as though I may cry a smidge…

Bring on the water works comrades, I am going in!

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