The Mix Up by Holly McCulloch

Paige might bake wedding cakes for a living but that doesn’t mean she’s dreaming
about her own perfect day. Far from it.

Trusting people is hard after she was badly let down by her family and boyfriend just when she needed them most. And to make things worse, her ex has just walked into her bakery with his new fiancée…

Needing a little no-strings-attached fun, Paige goes to a party where her friend knows just the guy – the guy in the black top.
There’s just one problem. There are two men wearing black tops.

Noah was meant to be her perfect distraction…instead, he wants more than just a bit of fun. But could the wrong guy turn out to be the right choice?

My Thoughts


Paige seems to be stuck in a bit of a rut. Having taken over her Gran’s wedding cake business, she has to deal with an abundance of sickeningly happy couples. But Paige is far from being a romantic at heart, in fact, she has a two week limit on any relationship after her ex up and left her.

Then one day, as fate would have it, her ex wanders into her shop wanting to purchase a wedding cake. When he then begins flirting with her, Paige is obviously rather thrown by his actions. But she focuses on the job at hand, refusing to allow any lingering feelings to take over her. The encounter is awkward, as you would expect, but Paige’s wit gets her through it in one piece.

When her friend suggest a man who would be fun to hook up with, Paige leaps at the chance to enjoy herself after her encounter with her ex, but when she is told to approach the man with the black top, she doesn’t expect to find herself approaching the handsome Noah. He is kind and charming, and the spark between them is instant, but with Paige still being reluctant for anything more than a hook-up, You are left wondering what will become of their chemistry.

This is one of those stories that makes you smile on so many occasions as you follow Paige’s journey throughout this book. She is clearly self critical, and has faced some difficulties over the years, but she has a strong head on her shoulders and always manages to achieve what she sets her mind to.

I loved the characters and the dialogue shared between them. Each of them have such strong personalities and traits that impact upon the story as it progresses. Full of humour, wit, and truly heart warming moments, this is a gorgeous read that had me hooked to the very end.

About the Author

Holly McCulloch lives in Oxfordshire and bakes beautiful (and delicious) cakes for a living. The Mix-Up is her second novel; her debut novel, Just Friends, is also published by Corgi.

*Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours, Transworld Books and Holly McCulloch for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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