Series: Rosewood #3
Published by Pocket Star
Publication Date: October 12th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
When a prim and proper baker and a laid-back bartender have a neighborly disagreement that gets them both in trouble with the law, a sweet reconciliation is stirred up in the playful third romance in Andrea Laurence’s sexy Rosewood series.
Maddie’s life is perfectly sweet. Her bakery’s tasty treats are rising to the top of every must-have list in town, and her commute is just a block away by foot. She loves everything about her little downtown Victorian bungalow—except for her unbearably noisy neighbor, Woody’s. The bar’s obnoxious and sexy owner, Emmett, seems to live to aggravate Maddie. But he mostly thinks she could use a stiff drink to dislodge the stick up her ass. He’s just trying to run his business. Bars stay open late, they play music, they serve alcohol. If she doesn’t like it, why did she buy a house across the street?
When Maddie and Emmett’s battle lands them in front of the local judge, they’re ordered to do several weeks of community service cleaning parks and painting over graffiti. As they scrub away the latest works of art by the town’s anonymous “Penis Picasso,” the baker and the bartender slowly begin to see there’s more to each other than meets the eye. So what happens if they wave the white flag and surrender into each other’s arms?
Everyone loves to hate the mean girl and Madelyn Chamberlain was such a nasty character that it took me several tries to get to the end of this book. It was very telling about her character that even her brothers couldn’t stand to be around her for too long. The only reason I kept at it was Emmett.
Maddie is the mean girl who grew up to become a mean woman and while she’s a very talented baker and her pastries are to die for, her behavior leaves a lot to be desired and no one knows that better than Emmett Sawyer, the owner of the local bar. Since Maddie moved in across the street, Emmett has received enough citations for noise violations to paper his walls and very soon their feud lands them in front of the judge. Slapped with an order for community service, Maddie and Emmett must serve it out together or get thrown into jail for contempt of court, a fate worse than death for two people who can’t stand each other.
Maddie is an entitled daddy’s girl and is used to getting her way all the time, so it’s a huge surprise to her that she can’t talk her way out of community service. The time spent with Emmett is good for her because Emmett does not consider her family name and their history in Rosewood to be a big deal and this allows Maddie to let down her guard around him.
I really enjoyed Emmett’s laid-back and carefree character and the fact that he took his relaxation seriously. The highlight of this book for me was the capture of the town vandal.
STIRRING UP TROUBLE was an enjoyable and sweet story with the expected cast of small town characters and a clichéd but cute ending. This book got me interested in the previous book especially, which I’m enjoying very much and I would love to read Logan’s story.