Lizzie Blake's Best Mistake
by Mazey Eddings
Publication Date September 6, 2022
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
Mazey Eddings, author of the “witty, fast-paced rom-com”* A Brush with Love, mixes passion and humor to create a luscious love story between two people stumbling through life and learning to open their hearts in Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake.
Lizzie has made endless mistakes. Kitchen fires, pyramid schemes, bangs (of the hair and human variety), you name it, she’s done it... and made a mess of it too. One mistake she’s never made is letting anyone get closer to her than a single hook-up. But after losing yet another bakery job due to her uncontrolled ADHD, she breaks her cardinal rule and has a two-night-stand that changes everything.
Once burned, twice shy, Rake has given up on relationships. And feelings. And any form of intimacy for that matter. Yet something about charming, chaotic Lizzie has him lowering his guard. For two nights, that is. Then it’s back home to Australia and far away from the pesky feelings Lizzie pulls from him. But when Lizzie tells him she’s got an unexpected bun in the oven, he’ll do whatever it takes to be a part of his child’s life... except be emotionally vulnerable, obviously. He’s never going to make that mistake again.
Through a series of mishaps, totally “platonic” single bed sharing, and an underground erotic baking scheme, Lizzie and Rake learn that even the biggest mistakes can have the most beautiful consequences.
*USA Today bestselling author Evie Dunmore
Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake by Mazey Eddings is her second book in her Brush With Love series but can be easily read as a stand-alone book. I enjoyed visiting with the previous characters, but you don’t need to read the previous book to enjoy this one.
Lizzy Blake has been making mistakes most of her life. Lizzy has ADHD, and her lack of concentration has caused multiple issues her entire life. Instead of disappointing anyone again, she doesn’t have long-term relationships. Instead, her dating life is just a series of one-night stands. Lizzy is also having trouble with her job at a local bakery due mostly to her unorganized brain.
When Lizzy meets Rake she breaks her rule and has a two-night stand. Thankfully, Rake has to return to Australia, ensuring Lizzy will not be able to get attached and mess up his life too. Rake is an Australian visiting Philadelphia on business. He’s not one for long-term relationships either, but something about Lizzy has him thinking about her more than usual.
When Lizzy turns up pregnant, she contacts Rake to let him know, and she’s surprised by his reaction. He wants to be a part of the baby’s life no matter what. But, they both agree that a relationship between them will be nothing more than co-parents.
Wow, this was a wonderful book. Lizzy has ADHD and her mind is often jumbled. I like the somewhat frenzied writing in parts that seemed to reflect the way Lizzy mind worked. It wasn’t throughout the book, but enough that I got a glimpse into the way her mind operates. I thought the author’s representation of ADHD seemed to be accurate and it gave me such a personal insight into the way ADHD might affect the day-to-day obstacles of life.
Rake is a wonderful hero. He accepts Lizzy for who she is and isn’t that something we all want in life? He was patient and supportive, and his overwhelming need to be a part of the baby’s life is so lovely. Together Lizzy and Rake make such a balanced couple with each of them balancing the other. The book is a bit steamy, especially in the beginning, but the emotion and characters are so wonderful.
I highly recommend Lizzy Blake’s Best Mistake to anyone who enjoys romantic comedies. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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