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New Release Review! HOT MESS by Emma Hart

Hot Mess
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What do you do when the whole world has seen you getting down and dirty in a broom closet?

I, Elle Evans, am on the run.

Not from the fuzz—although that would be more exciting.

No, I’m on the run from the four-year-old private tape that, thanks to my vengeful ex, has probably already ruined my vlogging career.

There’s nothing like the entire world knowing what you look like mid-O.

Creek Keys, Florida, is a million miles away from NYC and the perfect place for me to hide for the rest of summer until I can figure out what I’m going to do.

Something that’s easier said than done since my new landlord’s daughter thinks you’re God’s greatest gift. Even better? Their beach house is right next to the one I’m renting, so there’s no getting away from her—or her hot, British dad.

Who most definitely does not think I’m role model material.

He might be right.

The problem is that neither of us can say no to her.

Or each other.

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What a fun read! I really enjoyed Elle and Theo’s story. Their romance is really, really slow burn, but the lead up to it is a lot of fun too. And that location? I want to go to the Florida Keys, like, yesterday! Especially if I can stay in a place with a sexy single dad/landlord next door, bonus if he has a British accent… 😉

There were a lot of really lighthearted moments here–Theo’s daughter, his Aunt Elsie, and Elle’s own clumsiness all delivered a lot of laughs–but there’s a serious side as well, thanks to the reason that Elle is in Florida in the first place. I liked the message Elle gave Ari (Theo’s daughter) about things on the internet not always (what she actually said: almost never) being true-to-life, and I loved the changes she decided to make for herself and to her online presence because of it.

My only “complaint” here is the three weeks of Elle-and-Theo cuteness we don’t really get to see–I was a bit bummed that there’s a sudden time jump between the second to last and last chapters. The absolutely adorable epilogue helped to make things more bearable, though… 😉

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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