In THE MIX UP by Rebecca Wilder, Arlowe Mitchell discovers the charming bungalow she rented comes with a not-so-charming roommate after a rental mishap. And grumpy Yates Warner finds his unexpected roommate way too happy to become anything more than a short-term fling, just as long as they don’t blur the lines and become attached, should be easy right? Fans of small-town romances will enjoy this spicy, must-read grumpy sunshine romance from the Meet Cute Book Club Series.
“I think that there’s been some kind of mix up.”
That’s my first clue that my stay in Lilac Harbor isn’t going to go according to plan.
There’s been a mistake with my rental booking and now instead of having the charming little bungalow on the shore all to myself, I’ve got a not so charming roommate.
He’s a grump in every since of the word, but there’s something about the guarded translator that tugs at my heartstrings.
I’m determined to make the best of this situation, and who knows? Maybe my grumpy giant and I can even be friends.
Yeah, we’re definitely never going to be friends.
Arlowe Mitchell is too sweet for a grouchy loner like me. She’s too friendly, too generous, and way too optimistic.
Also, incredibly too tempting.
The more time that I spend with her, the more that I want her.
When she tells me about the newest book her book club is reading and says how she always wanted to have a summer fling like the characters, I finally get my opening.
A four-week fling. No strings attached and we part at the end of the month to go our separate ways. The only rule we have is to not get attached.
I thought that it would be a piece of cake to follow it but the more time I spend around my new roomie, the more I realize that I’m in real trouble of breaking our one and only rule.
“Are you going to win me a stuffed animal?” I tease when I see him eyeing one of the games that we’re walking past.
“I doubt it. I’m terrible at all of those games,” he says and I laugh.
“I’m pretty sure that everyone is.”
We head into the vendor section and Yates waits patiently as I look around each booth. We get to one that’s selling cake pops and I grab two, passing one to Yates. He huffs out a laugh when he sees the mermaid one that I bought him.
“Did you want the unicorn one instead?” I ask him, offering him the one in my hand and he shakes his head.
“No, this one is fine.”
He takes a bite, finishing the whole thing in about two bites as we continue to browse through all of the craft stands. I debate buying a beaded wallet and a little water painting but put both of them back. I don’t want to carry either of them around for the rest of our afternoon.
I stop by one of the maple booths and grab Hartley her maple candy. I get another bag for me and then one for Yates and his new candy dish. They have maple everything and I debate sending my mom a bottle of maple syrup but I’m worried it would break before it got to her.
“Ready for some rides?” I ask him as I tuck the candy in my purse and he nods his head but he doesn’t look so sure.
“Do you think that your stomach can handle it?” I ask and he side eyes me.
“I’ll be fine,” he promises and I roll my eyes at his tough guy routine.
My phone dings as we get in line for the tilt-a-whirl, and I pull it out to see a text from my book club friend, Jamie.
Jamie: Are you ready for next Thursday?
Arlowe: Of course!
Jamie: Can’t wait!
“Who was that?” Yates asks as we move up in line.
“My friend Jamie. We’re in a book club together and she was just reminding me about our meeting this coming Thursday.”
“What book are you reading? A romance one?” He asks.
“Why? You want to translate it?”
He rolls his eyes and I grin as we show the ride operator our wrist bands and head onto the ride.
“It is a romance book, actually. The main characters have this sexy vacation fling on this island off the coast of South Carolina and they end up falling in love. It was so good,” I gush and he nods as the operator closes the bar.
“Sounds cool,” he says and I grin at his bored monotone.
“It is! You should read it.”
“Maybe,” he hedges as the operator heads back to the ride box and starts pushing a few levers.
“I’ve always wanted to have a super steamy vacation romance. Something where you can just get what you need without being worried about the rest of the relationship. Something strictly physical. It’s been on my bucket list for ages,” I say with a dreamy sigh.
“Are you coming onto me?” He asks and I blink at him, my head whipping to the side as I gap at him.
And then I burst out laughing.
I didn’t mean to be. I wasn’t even thinking about it. I mean, I’ve been trying to hide my crush from him since I got to town and the one time that I was just saying something innocently, he asks me that.
I laugh harder and that seems to surprise Yates. He wasn’t expecting that reaction and he frowns at me, looking insulted and I try to backtrack.
“I mean, you’re gorgeous. I’d love to have sex with you!”
I can’t believe that I just said that!
I can see a few people giving us weird looks but I ignore them. All of my attention is locked on Yates.
We both just stare at each other, neither one of us knowing what to do now. The ride starts and we both look away from each other and grab hold of the bar as the ride starts to spin.
Copyright 2022 @ Rebecca Wilder
About the author:
USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Wilder writes contemporary and new adult romance. She loves writing about opposites attracting and finding their happily ever afters.
When she’s not spending time with her family or friends, she’s reading romance books, watching stand-up comedies, or crime TV shows. She’s also a total Pinterest addict, dog lover, tea snob, and a wannabe yogi.
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