Author: Andrea Laurence
Published: October 12th 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: 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?
This book was so completely heartwarming and hilarious at the same time! I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked it up, I was just glad to be reading something new by Andrea Laurence. Maddie and Emmett are enemies. They're both battling with each other over their businesses--his keeps her up at night when she needs to be sleeping and she keeps calling the cops on him for noise. Everything reaches a head when they're both forced into community service. The close quarters causes them to really get to know each other and actually work together for once. Their banter turns friendly, leading them to something more that neither of them anticipated.
Stirring Up Trouble was one of those novels that takes you by surprise with its ability to give you exactly what you need. Humor, heart, banter, love... it's the perfect enemies to lovers combination! I laughed so much reading the book (I mean, Penis Picasso? I wish I thought of that!) and it just kept getting better. This is the third book in the Rosewood series and let me tell you something, people: I must (MUST) read the rest of the series as soon as I can. I have Feeding the Fire lined up as one of my next non-review books because this book was just that good. Can't wait to revisit this town and all the people!