Our heroine’s life might be a bit of a hot mess, but this book certainly wasn’t! I can always depend on Emma Hart for light, low angst rom coms and this was the perfect example of that. It’s a quick, fun read with plenty of dialogue and characters you can relate to. This single dad is pretty darn adorable, and the whole story is just a light, sweet read. Hot Mess isn’t as sexy as some of the books Hart’s been writing recently, but I really didn’t miss that at all – the slow burn definitely works here.
The story follows Elle, a vlogger from New York who flees the city after a video is leaked of her getting it on in a closet. Though she had no knowledge of the video until it was released by her spiteful ex, it’s done a number on the clean and wholesome image that her viewers have come to expect. When Elle meets single dad Theo, he reluctantly gives her a place to stay and companionship as she tries to figure out what to do with her life. Though Theo initially thinks Elle is a bad influence on his daughter, it’s not long before he realizes that his first impression was all wrong.
This is the kind of book you can read in one sitting – it’s not super long, it reads quickly, and there’s never a lull in the story. Elle and Theo are both great characters, so it was easy to feel the chemistry. Add in a cute little girl and this rom com was all kinds of family fun. I loved that Hart went with the slow burn, keeping things light and fun while these two get to know each other better. I can’t quite put my finger on what holds me back from calling this 5 stars – I liked it from start to finish and was engaged the whole time, but it was perhaps missing that something special to make it a memorable read. It probably could’ve benefited from a slightly longer length and a couple more chemistry-filled moments, but that’s really the only criticism I can think of. All in all, it’s the kind of book I love to read from Emma Hart, and I’m looking forward to what’s next from her. I received an ARC via the author and am voluntarily leaving a review of this rom com.
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.
Emma Hart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels and has been translated into several different languages.
She is a mother, wife, lover of wine, Pink Goddess, and valiant rescuer of wild baby hedgehogs.
Emma prides herself on her realistic, snarky smut, with comebacks that would make a PMS-ing teenage girl proud.
Yes, really. She’s that sarcastic.