Book Review – Hot Mess (Love is Messy Duet, #1) by Emily Goodwin


My 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.

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Hot Mess was a sweet, sexy, and addicting start to the Love is Messy Duet, and I absolutely loved it! The storyline and characters were amazing, and I loved Emily Goodwin’s writing style. I was immediately drawn into the story and characters from the first page, and I honestly couldn’t get enough of everything. I loved this book so much and can’t wait to read the conclusion in Twice Burned!

   Luke and Lexi were amazing and I loved them and their story with all of my heart. I loved their personalities and smoking hot chemistry together, and how the first part of their story progressed. I loved reading the book from both Luke and Lexi’s POV, and all of their banter and interactions with each other. The secondary characters were wonderful as well, with the exception of two, and I enjoyed their addition to the story. There were a few instances that I didn’t care for as much, but everything else about Hot Mess was phenomenal, and I honestly don’t have anything else negative to say. Since this was book one in the duet, not everything was touched on and delved into regarding the plot, but it was incredibly addicting and entertaining from beginning to end, and left me craving for more!

   Hot Mess was a phenomenal introduction to the Love is Messy Duet, and I am so excited to read the conclusion to Luke and Lexi’s story in Twice Burned! Emily Goodwin is exceptionally talented and did an amazing job with the first part of Luke and Lexi’s story. She is by far one of my top favorite contemporary romance authors, and I can’t wait to devour more of her books!


About the Author

Emily Goodwin

Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA TodayBestselling author of over a dozen romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boy and happily ever afters.

She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends. 
Emily is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.

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