by Andrea Laurence
Published by Pocket Star on October 12, 2015
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
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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?
Stirring Up Trouble is another romantic getaway to author Andrea Laurence’s Rosewood series. This is a small-town romance with a mystery and humorous moments. I really liked Stirring Up Trouble!
Stirring Up Trouble is the third book in the Rosewood series but it can be read as a standalone. I’ve only read the second book, Feeding the Fire, and I found each book easy to follow.
I enjoyed this book but it took me a while to like the main character Maddie. Maddie has been spoiled all her life by her Dad and her family’s wealth. In high school Maddie was a mean girl who enjoyed being cruel to others. But when her heart is broken by a guy who was after her money Maddie is determined to never get hurt again. Years have passed and Maddie is now the owner of an up and coming bakery. Her delicious treats are earning her a new reputation as a talented and successful businesswoman. Everything is going right for Maddie with the bakery and her new home across the street. But by living across from the town’s bar, Woody’s, Maddie has to deal with the noise and often drunk patrons in front of her home. Woody’s owner is the sexy Emmett, who Maddie has been trying to avoid. Not only because she is busy with the bakery but also because she vowed to never date anyone who wasn’t rich. By only dating rich guys Maddie would know they weren’t after her money. But the problem with this is that Maddie was a snob and looked down at Emmett. This is why I didn’t like Maddie. She is working so hard to make her business a success but she forgets she needs to change her attitude towards people. This attitude causes a feud between Maddie and Emmett over the noise. Their bickering lands them in court and as a punishment they must do community service together. As much as they hate each other they can’t deny their attraction and chemistry. The more time they spend together Maddie softens a bit and realizes how cruel she’s been. Seeing her grow as a character and make up for the mistakes she made changed my opinion of her and I enjoyed seeing them come together as a couple.
The romance of Stirring Up Trouble was sweet and a little predictable, but I still enjoyed this book. The town of Rosewood is filled with lovable characters and the humor they add made this a fun story. I really like this series and I look forward to reading the next books.
I received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review. Visit XOXOAfterDark.com for the best in romance, urban fantasy and women’s fiction.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2015 New Release Challenge