Mixed Up

Mixed Up

by Emma Hart

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Mixed Up by Emma Hart

Dirty cocktails, deadly enemies with a red-hot attraction, and one big, crazy, Greek family--what could possibly go wrong?

Hiring my brother’s best friend was not on my to-do list.
Neither was he.
Expanding my dirty cocktail bar into food was supposed to be easy, except finding a chef in my little town of Whiskey Key is anything but.
Until Parker Hamilton comes home—bringing his Michelin starred chef’s hat with him.
He has no work. I need someone like him in my new kitchen.
There’s just one problem: I hate his cocky, filthy-mouthed, sexy-as-hell guts.
Even if I might want him. Just a little…

Working for my best friend’s sister? Not on my to-do list.
She’s another story.
Whiskey Key was supposed to be a relaxing vacation, except I haven’t reached the heights I have by lying in a hammock drinking cocktails. So when Raven Archer is desperate for a chef, I offer up my skills.
I’m bored. She needs what I can give her.
Except there’s a problem: I’ve always hated her.
Her and her big, blue eyes, sassy mouth, and killer curves.
If only I didn’t want her.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153950006
Publisher: Emma Hart
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 42,966
File size: 323 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Emma Hart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels and has been translated into several different languages. She first put fingers to keys at the age of eighteen after her husband told her she read too much and should write her own. Four years later, she's still figuring out what he meant when he said she 'read too much.' She prides herself on writing smart smut that's filled with dry wit, snappy, sarcastic comebacks, but lots of heart... And sex. Sometimes, she kills people. (Disclaimer: In books. But if you bug her, she'll use your name for the victims.) You can find her online at www.emmahart.org, www.facebook.com/emmahartbooks, or join her reader group at http://bit.ly/EmmaHartsHartbreakers.

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Mixed Up 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome. It had a lot of laughs. I love how spunky and sarcastic Raven is. Parker was equally matched and I loved their banter. I love them together!!!
KristieK More than 1 year ago
Mixed Up By: Emma Hart 4.5 Star Review by Kristie K Emma Hart is a master at sexy, fun, and sinfully sweet romance with decadent humor, and incredible characters… Mixed Up is another wonderful example of the fun, flirty, and hilarious writing style of Emma Hart. The cheeky quips, quick wit, and playful banter the characters share is classic and never gets old. Raven Archer is a strong heroine, independent, saucy, and strong willed. When she expands her bar to include a restaurant, the only thing missing is a chef. Her area of Whiskey Key doesn’t have many to choose from, and when push comes to shove she may just have to choose the one man she can’t stand to save her… Parker Hamilton is a Michelin star chef, and best friend to Raven’s brother. Back in Whiskey Key for vacation, he offers his services to Raven to help her out, despite their mutual hate for one another. Little do they know that their dislike for one another may turn into something more passionate than what they ever thought possible. As with every Emma Hart novel I’ve had the pleasure of reading, this book has it all. A gorgeous cover, a blurb with a definite hook, and a story to keep you reading. Ms. Hart’s talent for fun, flirty, sweet and sexy is evident in every page, and I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next. Kristie K
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny. Witty. And everything you need to your day a little bit better.
shobeteener More than 1 year ago
Raven owns a bar and has recently renovated to include a kitchen as she would like to offer a selection of food. She is really struggling to find a chef so she can be ready when her family invades for a family reunion. Her brother's best friend, Parker, whom is an amazing chef is in town for the summer. Parker agrees to help Raven out to both of their surprises as they have hated each other for years. The batter to each other is sometimes hateful, sometimes hilarious, sometimes with underlying heat. I just knew that underneath all that 'hate' that these two have that there was a layer of sexual tension. I could almost visualize the build up. The sex was wonderfully explosive. When these work together they compliment each other very well. I have to mention that I really loved the names Raven gave her drinks. I'd like to be a bartender to see people's expressions when they order them. When I finished this book I had a big smile on my face. I just I really enjoyed reading this book ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
KrissysBookNook More than 1 year ago
Mixed up is a steamy cocktail that includes one shot of sassy mixologist, one shot of hot chef, a dash of brother’s best friend, and splash of My Big Fat Greek Wedding and it’s absolutely delicious. Emma Hart’s female characters have a way of endearing themselves to me with their quick wits and lovable flaws, and Raven Archer is definitely witty and lovable. Raven owns her own bar in the Florida Keys called Dirty that serves up some of the filthiest named cocktails I’ve ever heard. The names got more hilarious as the book progressed and when the super secret cocktail name is finally revealed, I literally laughed out loud. Raven hires her brother’s best friend, Parker, to be her head chef for the summer despite their tumultuous past. For years the two of them hated each other, but as romance reader’s like us already know, that only makes for hotter love scenes when they finally get together. The first hookup scene with Parker and Raven is soooooo steamy y’all. The author gives us just the right amount of slow burn before this scene so when the hookup finally happens, it’s a-ma-zing. I give Mixed Up 5 out of 5 Krissy’s Stars. Emma Hart knows how to write ultra engaging female characters and perfectly pair them with equally as engaging men. This is why she’s become another one of my top favorite authors for romance this year. (Not to mention that I got to meet her at Apollycon and she’s one of the sweetest, funniest, and kindest author’s I’ve ever met in person.) Xo-K *I was generously given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
StephB More than 1 year ago
Emma Hart is a romance writing genius!! I'm not sure how she is able to waive her magic wand for every book and knock it out of the park, but she does. And really well. Parker and Raven and sassy, sarcastic but so lovable. The creative names for drinks are hysterical. It's just a fantastic read! I did request and receive an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Old_Daves_Romance_Revue More than 1 year ago
Raven Archer and Parker Hamilton hate each other. They always have. That's a fact as unavoidable as death and taxes. That's the way it's been since they were young and he was her older brother's best friend, and that's the way it's remained even as he's gone off to New York to become a Michelin starred chef while she's made her way to become an expert mixologist who runs her own bar. Now though, he's back in town, and at least temporarily out of work, and she's struggling to find an even halfway decent chef to run the new kitchen she's had built on to her bar. So even though Raven may hate Parker, she loved her bar, Dirty, more resulting in the two of them working together and seeing much more of each other than they have in years. While hating on Parker is so habitual for Raven that it's a foregone conclusion, their forced proximity has laid bare a few home truths. Parker has changed from the insufferable kid she once knew. Not only is he now all man, and a hot one at that, but he's changed in other, more profound ways. Maybe she has too. Blending together the popular motifs of the 'brother's best friend' and 'hate to lovers', all while being set amid the fast paced atmosphere of a cocktail bar and commercial kitchen, and coinciding with the chaos of a family reunion of the Greek side of Raven's family, Mixed Up brings a steady blend of one part angst, two parts fun, a liberal dash of passion garnished with just a bit of crazy. Clearly written as a standalone, it does nevertheless feature characters from Emma Hart's earlier word Casanova, so if you're a sicklier for reading books chronologically, you might want to go there first. A really enjoyable, fun light read that, for me at least, brought back echoes of the family shenanigans from Emma's Holly Woods series of books.
CoffeeGoddessTK More than 1 year ago
Parker Hamilton is the thorn in Raven Archer's side, the pain in her backside, the fly in her ointment, the, well, you get it. Suffice to say that he doesn't float her boat. And, as far as Parker is concerned, Raven is his best friend's pain in the neck sister, a necessary evil in his relationship with Raven's brother, Ryan. But when Raven's big crazy Greek family descends upon her bar for an extended family reunion, Parker may be the only answer to her making it through without losing it. Emma Hart has got the romantic comedy trope down like a pro. Snark, sass, witty repartée, I know that I am going to get a healthy and entertaining serving of all of these things every time I open one of her books, and it's exactly what keeps me coming back, time and time again. Raven made an appearance in CASANOVA, the first of Emma's books set in Whiskey Key, FL. I knew from that first glimpse that she was going to be a firecracker, and couldn't wait to see what Emma had in store for us with MIXED UP, Raven's very own story. To say that Raven is a strong woman is an understatement. She can more than hold her own, and takes no prisoners, whether it's running her bar, Dirty, dealing with her large and hilarious Greek family, or exchanging zingers with Parker. I liked Parker from the minute that he showed up in the story. He can more than handle Raven, and reading their interactions is a little bit like watching a tennis match. The back and forth is non-stop, and left me laughing out loud on more than one occasion. And, then, there's his pure sexiness, PLUS, the dude can cook. Like, 3 Michelin stars cook. Raven is nobody's fool, and knows a good thing when she sees it. When she ends up needing a culinary whiz to run the kitchen at Dirty, she only has to think about it for a minute to see that, no matter how much Parker infuriates her, she's not about to let him leave and take his chefly abilities with him. And, you know what you get when you put two fiery people in the same kitchen, right? Sparks are flying before the dust settles, and soon the two of them are lighting fires of their own. MIXED UP is a fun, sassy, and satisfying read. It's an easy 5 stars for me, and one that all Emma fans must read. And, although there are characters from CASANOVA here, MIXED UP is a standalone, and doesn't depend on the earlier book to entertain the heck out of you. But wait, there's more! Emma has included recipes for the awesomely named drinks that Raven serves at Dirty, so, not only do you get a must-read story, you get to drink some scrumptious concoctions while you read. This one's a no-brainer; add MIXED UP to your TBR and get the good times rolling.
JkD88 More than 1 year ago
“Then this curveball happened. Now, I’m forced into spending more time with him than I’m truly comfortable with, and every time he switches that dumb little smile onto me, I’m not gonna lie, I get…tingly. I’m a woman. I have needs. I also have feels, and these feels are effed up.” This book! I don’t know how Emma Hart always pulls me into her stories and makes me want to be a part of the worlds she creates. I seriously find myself laughing out loud, crying, and having way too many feels for one story. This is yet another one of those books. Parker and Raven have been fighting for years. Both are accomplished in their careers, share mutual friends, and are full of clever comebacks. The minute that Parker begins his tenure in Raven’s bar… well, let’s just say “sparks flying” isn’t a strong enough phrase. At every turn they seemed to be fighting one another, disagreeing about something, or just generally causing the other some level of discomfort or annoyance. I loved every minute of it! Raven’s family is AMAZING! I love how they’re all busybodies, but they mean well. Also, it was interesting to see Greek culture added into a book. I’ve read a lot of fun families, but this one is unique. Also, the cocktails featured in this book sound delicious! I found myself highlighting many of the ingredients so I could suggest them to the drink mixing friends! This is a great story. It made me laugh, drew me in, and it made my heart feel full. I’m glad I finally got the chance to read Raven’s story. A definite must read.
justonemorechapter13 More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun read! I loved being thrown back into Key West, Florida! Brett and Lani making cameos was one of my favorite parts! This was such a fun frenemies to lovers romance story. My only complaint is that it wasn't longer! I’m not ready to leave these characters. An amazing mixologist, Raven, mixes with a hot as heck cook, Parker! What could go wrong? Oh, yes, I forgot to mention that he’s her brother’s best friend and they have battled each other for over 20 years. When Raven must do the last thing she wants to, hiring Parker to work for her, in order to add a food menu to her popular bar, sparks and sassiness fly! Parker and Raven’s relationship had my laughing so hard my stomach hurt. Then I’d turn right around and need to fan myself off from the tension and hotness! Parker is such a cocky, sexy, jerk! He meets his match with Raven though, she is just as snarky and hard headed as he is and won’t back down from a challenge. I love the way that Emma writes these kinds of characters. She leaves me wanting more almost every time! How long can hate really last though? Especially when you work together and have a fun yet a little crazy Greek family in your face as well. If you’re in need of a laugh, go grab not only this book, but Casanova too. Only if you’re ready to fall in love with this characters just like I did and laugh your butt off while you do it.
mrsdiddy More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars!! You all know by now that I love a good brother’s best friend romance. It is up there in my top three tropes. Suffice it to say, I was itching to get my hands on this book and in true Emma Hart style, she blew me away with her trademark snark and wit! I FLOVED this book! No spoilers, of course, because spoilers are just evil! You might remember Raven from as one of Lani’s BFFs from Casanova (also a fabulous book you must read!). Raven is snarky, sarcastic and hysterically funny. She is a tiny half-Greek terror. All her life, she has hated her brother’s best friend, Parker. The feeling is mutual. When Parker comes back to town for the summer and bails Raven out, she slowly starts seeing him differently. Parker is sex on a stick. He is just as snarky as Raven. The biting banter between the two of them is slow burn foreplay When they finally combust… BOOM! Is the trope original? No, but does it really need to be? What sets this one apart is Hart’s fun, easy, sassy style of writing that endears you to her characters. She keeps the line of tension just to the point of snapping and you can’t help but keep flipping pages because you what’s coming when the line snaps is going to be good! Raven and Parker are great. I loved them. I was happy to see Lani and Camille (the other BFF) and Brett (from Casanova and Lani’s man). But, Raven’s family stole the show as far as secondary characters. Even when they weren’t actually present, they still managed to be present. You will see what I mean. Trust. Grab this fun read from the wonderful Emma Hart today!
SusanReads1 More than 1 year ago
Emma Hart has written a perfectly blended book that will quench your book loving thirst! It has all the perfectly measured elements of an amazing book, perfectly blended by a skilled word mixologist. It is a vacation between the pages. Mixed Up is an enemies to lovers story. It takes place in Whiskey Key. Parker Hamilton is on vacation. He has plans of a tropical drink and hammock and pure R&R. He wants to relax from his usual life as a Michelin Star chef. His best friend's sister, Raven Archer, needs a new chef on Whiskey Key. He hates her, loves to hate her and wishes he didn't want
Vero-Stro More than 1 year ago
Mixed Up is a very entertaining read since the very first page until the very last one and I couldn't put it down! Emma Hart wrote just the perfect enemy to lovers story. I laughed all the time! The book is hot, the characters have an amazing chemistry and the book sizzles, that hot it is!!!! Raven is a great heroine. Smart, funny, clever!!! Parker is such a wonderful character that I wanted to keep reading about him!!! Great read! Highly enjoyable!
Vero-Stro More than 1 year ago
Mixed Up is a very entertaining read since the very first page until the very last one and I couldn't put it down! Emma Hart wrote just the perfect enemy to lovers story. I laughed all the time! The book is hot, the characters have an amazing chemistry and the book sizzles, that hot it is!!!! Raven is a great heroine. Smart, funny, clever!!! Parker is such a wonderful character that I wanted to keep reading about him!!! Great read! Highly enjoyable!
Yamikirky More than 1 year ago
“Good things come from bad decisions.” Once again, Emma Hart did not disappoint. Mixed Up was a sexy, funny and addictive read. I laughed like a loon reading this. It was a hilariously funny romantic comedy. Parker and Raven have been at each other’s throats since childhood, and are the bane to each other’s existence. But they are also very much alike, so if only they'd quit fighting long enough to recognise it they might finally see what is fuelling all those sparks between them. “We were opposite people. We made chalk and cheese look like best friends.” Parker is Raven’s brother, Ryan, best friend so there is no escape for them. They grew up next door to each other and their mothers are BFF!! But, they are notorious for their dislike and causing mental breakdowns to everyone standing in their way. Raven is the owner of Dirty a cocktail bar in Whiskey key. She needs a new chef for the summer but can’t find anyone. Parker is a Michelin star chef and left New York to spend the summer at his parents. When Ryan realises that Raven is really struggling to find anyone suitable, he suggests that she hires Parker. “I don’t care if Parker Hamilton is Michelin-starred or has a fast-track to Heaven. He’s not working for me. I’m not that desperate.” And it all begins there!! Emma knows how to write sassy and witty heroine with an impeccable banter. Raven is tough and independent but she soon discovers that Parker is her kryptonite. ” he was the catalyst for everything that could go wrong in my life.” Parker does not understand how he ended working for his nemesis- She drives him crazy but he loves it and he doesn’t understand why?! “She’d been a force as a child. It only made sense that she’d defy physics as an adult.” All the characters are important in the story – from the crazy Greek family to Lane and Wes. I love love love the banter between them … I can’t find the words to describe it but I can tell you that it’s addictive and will make you shout “get naked”!!!! So it is only hate right? Emma delivered more than an enemy to lovers story. Mixed Up has a well-developed plot, engaging characters, witty banter and great interactions between the main and supportive characters. The Royal Highness, Duchess of Cocktailville is one of my favourite heroines! I am going to try her cocktails recipe for sure! Love it!
Sara_Sue More than 1 year ago
Is it possible that an already excellent author can just get better and better with every book? Her writing is done so flawlessly. The people are just utterly amazing. The plot is original and super creative. Emma Hart is at the top of her game here with MIXED UP!! I have never seen a hate as strong as I have with Raven and Parker. I kept wondering how they were ever going to able to kiss let alone get it on! This has got to be the best Hate-to-Lovers that I have read so far this year… plus add in the forbidden aspect of brother’s younger sister and you have a naughtier book than you expected! I loved how hot-tempered Raven is, I mean, even her name Raven makes you think she’s gonna be feisty! Parker is just as determined as Raven is feisty so they make a fun couple! One of my favorite things was that Parker fully understand that a happy woman means he has a happy life. Like my husband always says "Happy wife, happy life!" I haven’t enjoyed a book like this one in over a month… what? I read a lot, ok! It was nice to have Emma Hart bring me out of my book funk! I received an ARC of this book with the hope that I will leave an Unbiased Opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that... my opinions.
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Mixed Up by Emma Hart is a standalone contemporary romance that takes place with the same people we read and loved in Casanova. An enemies to lovers story that made the return to Whiskey a little perilous, not for the reader, but possibly for Parker Hamilton. Raven is the owner and mixologist at her bar, Dirty, in the heart of Whiskey Key, Florida. Having recently renovated to include a fully functioning kitchen. All she needs now is the chef to make it work as she planned. Unfortunately, Whiskey Key is running extremely low on the talented chef population and since her brother (a chef) bailed on her he offered up his best friend for the job. Never mind that Raven and Parker have hated each other since she was practically in diapers. Parker is back home in Whiskey Key for the summer. When the opportunity to help out Raven comes across he isn't sure why he offers to help - they've always hated each other and he would prefer to stay in the land of the living and not the focus of one of her rages... These two - Oh My God!!!! Raven was so beside herself that she started feeling anything at all for Parker. She was lying to herself as much as she was everyone else in her family and friends circle. Parker on the other hand could practically see it happening between them and was helpless to stop it and reluctant to label it. But he didn't deny it quite as vehemently as Raven did in the beginning. Their story is funny, moving, HOT and the peripheral characters (all of Raven's family in for the reunion plus the circle of friends they both share) were entertaining as always making for a well-rounded story with meat to the story and not just a blasé romance story. LOVED IT! ENJOY!
LexyH More than 1 year ago
**4.5 Stars** Oh man, I knew I was going to Raven's story after we met her in Casanova, I just didn't realize how much I was going to love her. She is this amazing spitfire that had me laughing out loud multiple times while reading this. It was amazing. It was the book I needed to read and I'm so glad I did, because it was perfect. Raven has one enemy in life, her brother's best friend Parker. When she finds herself needing a chef for her bar Dirty, she doesn't want to ask Parker, but when the pickings are slim and her crazy Greek family is coming to town, she has no choice. Will Raven decide her hate for Parker is all hate or more love? Parker is on sabatical after winning three Michelin stars at the restaurant he was working at in New York. After finding himself in Whiskey Keys, living with his parents and enjoying harrassing his best friend's sister, Raven. Torturing Raven is something that has always brought Parker joy, their relationship is to the point of hate, but when Raven finds herelf in need of chef for Dirty, Parker helps her, but she has to give up full control of her kitchen, to him. Oh man, Parker and Raven are two of my favorite Emma characters to date. They have something about them that had me loving them and I couldn't help but laugh over ther relationship. There is nothing more than a hate to love relationship I love more and this one didn't disappoint. Watching Parker and Raven act on their feelings was perfect and I couldn't help but love them.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
“Good things come from bad decisions.” “One kiss. that was all it was. One firm yet soft kiss that sent sparks across my skin. One kiss that made me believe in the words he just said to me. One kiss that stirred the feelings I’d shoved away into the wilderness of my mind.” Oh, Emma Hart! How I adore thee. Seriously, there is nothing better than getting your hands on the latest Emma Hart novel. Mixed Up was a fantastic and entertaining read. It is a hate to love/brother’s best friend romance and I seriously couldn’t get enough of it. Told from dual points of view, Mixed Up follows the story of Raven and Parker. Raven and Parker’s story had me hooked from the very first page, delivering strong and stubborn characters with a humor only Emma Hart can deliver. When we first meet up with Raven, she is desperate to find a chef for her expanding cocktail bar. Despite how desperate she is, the last thing she wants to do, is ask Parker Hamilton for help. These two don’t just hate one another, they loathe each other. But, with no good propositions in sight, Raven will have no choice, but to work with the enemy…Parker was supposed to be in Whiskey Key for a much needed vacation. The last thing he expected was to find himself working for his best friends sister. Can these two put their hatred aside and work together? Or will their hate turn into an explosive romance that neither one of them saw coming? You’ll just have to read to find out! Overall, I really enjoyed Mixed Up. I thought the story-line was a lot of fun and it certainly kept me entertained. I thought Raven was a great character. She was tough and stubborn with a sassy mouth to boot. She also had a big heart and wanted to please those who mattered in her life. And Parker…Well, Parker was kind of D*** and I loved him. He not only had the looks, but the dirty mouth and cocky attitude to go along with it. The hate between the two of them lead to some pretty explosive tension. I couldn’t get enough of their banter and was excited to see where all this tension would take them….. Mixed Up was a truly fun read. I loved everything about this story from beginning to end. Once again, Emma Hart has delivered a fun story with a lot of heart and delicious humor. I can’t wait to see what story Emma Hart will bring to the table next.
RochellesReviews More than 1 year ago
Emma Hart has got my emotions in a complete talespin with her newest stand alone romance, Mixed Up. I was excited to have some fun and get down and dirty with another couple created by Emma but I also couldn't wait to meet their families because she always has a bunch crazy wild relatives wrapped up in their story. It wasn't long before I was rolling in laughter and cozied up with the people of Whiskey Key and a very feisty Raven and Parker, the hottest chef around. Emma always keeps her stories hot, fun, and unable to put down! Raven Archer is a genius mixologist and the owner of an up and coming bar named Dirty. When she isn't coming up with crazy alcoholic drinks and their creative slutty names, then she is dealing with her zany Greek family. With a family reunion quickly approaching the last thing that she needs is to have to interact with her childhood enemy Parker Hamiltion, but when the situation calls for culinary skills he is the best and she can't deny it. Raven had me seduced with her black hair, fiery temper, quick comebacks, sexy curves, and red lips. She is always in a verbal sparring match with someone and who better than the delectable Parker to go toe to toe with. Parker Hamilton is a man built with good taste from his delicious muscles, dirty mouth, to his oh so talented hands that know how to keep it hot and sizzling in both the kitchen and the bedroom. Not only does he manage to get beneath Raven's prickly facade and find the soft underneath but he manages to charm his way into reader's hearts in no time! Emma Hart delivers another smokin' hot story with lots of hilarity, verbal foreplay, and lets not forget the alcohol! I highly recommend Mixed Up for a romance with a searing couple and a humorous Greek family to keep you entertained in every way. Emma never fails to amaze readers with her come to life relatives and their quirky personalities. I finish all of her stories crazy in love with ALL of the characters and ready for more.
Tatia More than 1 year ago
5 stars Raven and Parker. Mortal enemies since the beginning of time. Well, at least since they met. Parker is her older brother's best friend. They've always jumped down each other's throats whenever they're in close proximity. So when Parker comes home for the summer with nothing to do and Raven just happens to need a chef for her kitchen she's trying to get running in her bar, well, you can see where this is going. Emma created and wrote this story so well. The tension was palpable between these characters. There was no resting when it came to them. If they were even in the same building then insults were possible. I loved how everything happened. There was a transition at some point that seamlessly happened. They still chose to go after each other, but other forces were in play then as well. I couldn't put it down. I hate and love when that happens. It means that I'm truly invested in the book. I'm intrigued and addicted to the story yet I always end up reading it to quickly. Those types of stories usually make for the best re-reads though, so who's complaining there? There's nothing to be mixed up about with this story, except for maybe a drink...or five.