Romance Reviews – Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake & Crossing the Line

Posted September 5, 2022 by Carole in Reviews / 17 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Romance Reviews – Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake & Crossing the LineLizzie Blake's Best Mistake by Mazey Eddings
Narrator: Summer Morton, Will Peters
Series: A Brush with Love #2
Published by Macmillan Audio on September 6, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Length: 10 hours 21 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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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.

I had a fantastic time with this audiobook! This is the first book written by Mazey Eddings that I have picked up and I am so glad that I decided to take a chance with it. I loved Lizzie right away and thought that Rake was her perfect match. The narration of the book was incredibly well done and I found myself always wanting to listen for just a little longer. This is a romance that is definitely worth a read.

Lizzie knows all about making mistakes. She has ADHD and has a hard time with all of the things that most adults are able to handle like being on time, remembering appointments, or keeping track of her belongings. As a result, she has a hard time holding onto a job. She has a string of one-night stands in her history but decided to spend a couple of days with the hot Australian hunk she meets while out one night. Soon everything changes as a result of that encounter.

I thought that Lizzie and Rake were fantastic together. The chemistry between them was off the charts but I really liked the way they seemed to understand each other. Rake liked Lizzie for what she was instead of wanting to pressure her to change. He was willing to take whatever she was willing to give and he didn’t hesitate to stand up for her. I really enjoyed watching the relationship between them blossom.

Summer Morton and Will Peters did a fantastic job with this story and I loved how they were both able to bring these characters to life. I thought that they added a lot of emotion into their reading. I thought that their voices worked well together and I loved the accent that they used for Rake. I believe that their narration added to my enjoyment of this story.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This book is the second book in the Brush with Love series but it reads perfectly fine as a stand-alone novel. I plan to read more of this author’s work very soon.

I received an audio review copy of this book from Macmillan Audio.

I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Romance Reviews – Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake & Crossing the LineCrossing the Line by Lynn Rush, Kelly Anne Blount
Series: Penalty Box #2
Published by Entagled Teen on September 5, 2022
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
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A patch of black ice is all it takes for Ryan “Preach” Armstrong’s perfectly planned future to skid out of control. The car crash shatters his hockey dreams…and injures Woodhaven’s newest student, Grace Milner. As much as this feisty track phenom gets under Preach’s skin in all the best and worst ways, she might just be his path to redemption…

Grace can’t believe that all it took was seriously bad timing and a hot but prickly hockey player to threaten her lifelong dream of joining the Air Force. Now, instead of prepping for the track season and upcoming start of basic training, she has to complete community service with the absolute last person she would ever want to be stuck with—the guy who shattered her future.

When two fierce competitors collide this hard, the only result is heartbreak…or an epic victory as they cross the finish line together.

I really enjoyed this book! I really enjoyed In the Penalty Box by this writing pair so when I found out that this book was a sequel to that story I knew that I needed to read it. This story could definitely stand on its own but it was nice to see the characters from the first book again. I thought that this was a very well-done romance and I had a hard time putting it down once I started reading.

I loved these characters! This was a really nice romance and I loved the chemistry between Preach and Grace. They met when he crashed his car into her and they both blamed each other for a lot of the things that went wrong in their lives as a result. I thought that this would be a hockey romance but it was really more of a track romance which was just as fun. Both of these characters lost a lot and were working to move on with their lives.

Preach and Grace were really good together. I thought that they did a wonderful job in supporting each other through some pretty difficult situations. They weren’t perfect and didn’t always make the most mature decisions but I thought that was realistic since they are high school students. I liked the secondary characters and thought that they added a lot to the story. I was really eager to see this pair figure out a way to make things work.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a wonderful story with great characters and a lot of chemistry. I hope that we see more stories featuring this group of teens someday soon.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Entangled Teen.

17 responses to “Romance Reviews – Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake & Crossing the Line

  1. That was what really made my heart fill – the fact that Rake didn’t want to change Lizzie. He delighted in her chaos and the way she colored the world. I still struggled with the fact that his name was Rake