Shaken Not Stirred (Mixology)

Shaken Not Stirred (Mixology)

by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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*New Adult Romance mixed with humor and garnished with a twist*

Finding the perfect guy is like mixing the perfect drink. It's all about the taste and presentation.

Faced with a pile of med school rejection letters and no plan B, I took a job tending bar in a beach town while living with two male roommates. All of that would have been fine if I'd had a clue what to do with my life or if my love life wasn't just as pathetic as my career path. But in the end I figured one of those things out--and I also discovered his perfect drink.

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BN ID: 2940149072071
Publisher: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Publication date: 01/04/2014
Series: Mixology , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 351,511
File size: 683 KB

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Shaken Not Stirred (Mixology) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Katiewantsmore More than 1 year ago
Good story, was a little drawn out at times but loved the romance and the little twist at the end.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Shaken Not Stirred is the first book in the Mixology series by Alyssa Rose Ivy. I thought this book gave a pretty realistic look into what a person feels and thinks during a new relationship. It's not always sunshine, butterflies, and perfection. There are doubts and what ifs too. Because of this, Maddy was very easy to relate too. I had my doubts about this relationship. Things happened that I don't think I would have been able to get over as easily. Because of these things, I'm still unsure about them as a couple in the long term, but at the same time they have something special too. There were moments between them that made me thing they were perfect for each other. Again, these ups and downs made it feel real. The ending was a surprise to me. I didn't see that little twist coming, and it really made me re-think some of my opinions about Maddy and Colin. The story flowed nicely and fully kept my attention. This author knows how to write some amazing romances. Shaken Not Stirred by Alyssa Rose Ivy was provided to me by InkSlinger PR for review. The opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like this book read the cresent chronicles. Never read one of her books that was bad.
RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
This was a very exciting story and quite different from the usual contemporary romance. Maddy was a strong character and I took an instant liking to her. Her friendship with Macon and Brody was hilarious and felt so very real. I loved that they could joke with her about her guy issues but they also turned all big brother protective when her guy issues literally came knocking. I was wondering if there could be more between Maddy and Macon, and for a second I thought this story was going to take that turn, but I’m so happy it didn’t. For once, there was no playing back and forth between guys. Even though she had her eye on Lyle, when she was with Colin and their relationship developed into more than just a casual fling, she was solely focused on him. But that doesn’t mean this story was boring or one dimensional in any way. Maddy and Colin’s relationship had lots of ups and downs and it was interesting to see how they dealt with their problems. Again, everything about this couple was realistic. I loved the ending, when the real reason for Maddy’s attraction to Lyle came to light. It was quite surprising and added a pleasant twist. I also liked the addition of Carly. It seemed like Maddy only felt comfortable with people of the opposite sex, but she really seemed to bond with Carly, and it was nice having another female voice amongst all the testosterone. If you’re look for a quick, fun read that will make you laugh and will feed your craving for romance, this is definitely a book you need to read. I enjoyed every second of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was outrageously halarious and was overall a light and highly enjoyable read. There is romance and love and blah blah blah too... but mostly the humor that fills these electronicly manufactured emulation of pages is what really makes this book worth the read. It just brightens your day.
Ambur More than 1 year ago
I thought by the description & the quirky cover that I would love this book, & while I did enjoy it, I didn't end of loving it like I thought that I would. There were certain parts of the book that I absolutely loved, but unfortunately they were overshadowed by several parts that just drove me crazy. As far as characters go, I actually really enjoyed the main character, Maddy. I thought that she was hilarious, & I absolutely adored the relationships that she had with her two male roommates, Macon & Brodie. I loved that she was able to have such strong friendships with both guys, & their teasing banter was fantastic. It brought a really light aspect to the book that made it easy to get absorbed in...unfortunately it was bogged down by the actual romantic relationship in the story. Oh, Colin. I actually liked Colin most of the time, & when I didn't like him it was usually because Maddy twisted what he did in a way that made him extremely unlikeable. Somehow, Colin was portrayed as both sexy & boring simultaneously throughout the book. On their first date, Maddy is pretty much "meh" about him the whole time, & while she concedes he's attractive, she doesn't really leave you wanting to see a lot more of him. He did get more attractive, & Maddy definitely thinks he's hot...but it wasn't really the best way to get us to like him from the start. Their relationship was also riddled with problems. He worked constantly, then he'd ignore her or something worse, they'd argue...she'd leave, & she'd ignore him...he'd suck up and say something cheesy, & then they'd make up...usually by having sex...& that happened several times throughout the book. Pretty much any time things were tough between these two...they had sex. No talking, no communication to actually fix their issues once & for all...just solved it with sex. It's no wonder that their issues kept cropping back up. Now, that I've ranted about the fact that all of their relationship drama could've been solved by one simple conversation, I did enjoy their banter when they weren't arguing...& they did have some crazy chemistry, so I could understand Maddy's desires, but I just felt like so much of the conflict in this book was pointless. I loved when we got to see them actually be together, & I loved seeing Maddy get more involved in Colin's life, too. I also loved her friends Macon & Brodie, but I was bothered by Colin's dislike towards them...I get that he'd be jealous her best friends were guys, but yet again it was something that was obviously bothering him, but was never brought up. Pretty much all of my issues simply tied in to the lack of communication between Colin & Maddy, & sadly, I never really felt like that was wrapped up by the end of the book. Overall, Shaken Not Stirred is a quick read, & while I did dislike how certain elements of the relationship were handled, I did enjoy reading it. I would recommend it more for a light read, & I'd say it's worth reading just for the snarky lines & fun banter between characters, but don't take it too seriously and you might enjoy it more than I did. I honestly did love all of the friendships in Shaken Not Stirred, & I enjoyed Colin & Maddy's relationship for the most part. This book also did end in a way that kept me smiling...& that's always a good thing. * I was provided with an ebook during the blog tour in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. * This review also appears on my blog and on other social media sites.
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LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
I am a big Alyssa Rose Ivy fan so when I saw the tour opportunity for this one pop up, I had to sign up! I absolutely adored her The Hazards of Skinny Dipping earlier in the year- it was a cute, fun read and I loved the quirky characters she had created. I really liked the side characters Ivy has created in Shaken Not Stirred and I really felt they stole the limelight for me. However, the pacing in this one was a lot slower than I anticipated and I felt the plot lacked action. I had a difficult time pinpointing the direction the book was heading toward and felt confused by some of the characters' reactions to certain situations. I had a really difficult time connecting with the main characters and their relationship in this one. I liked Maddy ok, but I didn't really care for her indecisiveness. We begin the novel with her pining over Lyle, a singer/guitar player, who plays at the bar she works at every Thursday. She wants him to notice her and is determined to make him the perfect drink. Maddy has a knack for making people their perfect drink, yet she can't seem to pin down Lyle's. I felt for Maddy because I can remember a few guys I was interested in, wishing they would notice me. She believes herself to have formed a connection to him because of his lyrics, but really he's more a result of wishful thinking versus a reality. I honestly felt Lyle would play a larger role in the novel than he did, but I am thankful there wasn't a love triangle. This is where Colin comes in. Colin has been pursuing Maddy for awhile and is very interested in going out with her. Colin is good-looking, successful, and does not give up on asking her out. In the beginning, it didn't seem Maddy was all that interested in Colin, but didn't feel things with Lyle were going anywhere, so she says yes to Colin just because. I had a hard time feeling the chemistry between them. Colin drove me a bit crazy. I liked that he was a genuine good guy, but I felt some of his actions and things he would say were a bit unrealistic. In the beginning I thought he was a little too perfect and I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. I kept thinking, 'Surely this guy can't be this perfect, sweet, AND romantic?' But, hey I'm really jaded these days. :) We did start to see Colin's imperfections come through though. He would get upset over little things with Maddy (like not being ready when he showed up early) and he definitely had some jealousy issues going on with Maddy's male roomies and best friends. He also made a few really big mistakes concerning defining their relationship. Colin is a few years older than Maddy and I like that he is stable, driven, and has a good job. He is mature for his age, but I felt his devotion to not only his job, but his friends, put Maddy in an awkward place. He would show up late to dates, stand her up, and leave her waiting around while he resolved other things. I honestly believe that Colin really cares for her, but he seemed to have a funny way of showing it. I thought Maddy had every right to be irritated and pissed off at him. Maddy definitely doesn't take crap from others, so I was kind of surprised at her willingness to pursue a relationship with him, especially after being stood up and ignored at a function he brought her to. However, Maddy likes the way Colin makes her feel when they're together, not being interrupted. He is sensitive and caring to her needs, and isn't looking for a casual thing. He is planning for his future and he wants Maddy to be a part of that. Even though the relationship in this book didn't quite do it for me, I loved the friendships Maddy had. Macon and Brody, Maddy's roommates and good friends, were awesome. I loved their banter with each other and I loved how the guys really took up for Maddy. If she was in a situation she didn't want to be in, they would come and get her, no questions asked. They are protective of her and want her to be happy. I also really liked Colin's sister, Carly. She is spunky and fun-loving and while things between the two girls were a bit awkward to start, they easily broke the ice and became friends. While I'm glad of the way the book ended, I felt like it was lacking resolution on Maddy's end. I admired her for standing up and making the decisions she did, even though they were difficult ones. She is at a transition point in her life and she is trying to decide what she wants to do with her life. I don't really feel we got a sense of where Maddy was going to go by the end and I felt it played a large part in the story. Overall, Shaken Not Stirred, while not my favorite book from Ivy, is still worth checking out. *Received a copy of this book from InkSlingerPR and the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
skizzles22 More than 1 year ago
*I received a copy of this from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was sorely disappointed with this book; the plot was very boring, the MC was childish and over-the-top melodramatic, and I wanted more out of the romantic relationship. First of all, that synopsis is incredibly misleading! There is no love triangle. She does live with two men; however, they aren't Colin and Lyle (which is what I thought at first). I was so confused in the beginning when we were introduced to all of these guys, but I finally figured it out after the two "love interests" showed up. But yeah, I thought this was going to be a love triangle, and the synopsis made it sound like she was falling for Lyle. And that is way out in left field, because if not for Maddy's Thursday night challenge to find Lyle's perfect drink, he was completely out of the picture.  This is the first time I've disliked one of Alyssa's books. But I'm just so damn disappointed that this wasn't all that it was cracked up to be. However, it's probably just one of those "It's me, not you" things. Whatever the case, I'm not happy. At all. In the beginning, I was happy. I was laughing so hard, and I really loved the characters. However, that quickly changed once the story kept going.  My main problem with this book was the main character, Maddy. I had such an issue with Maddy. I loved her sassy personality in the beginning, but it quickly morphed into a childish, whiny, melodramatic main character. There was just absolutely no character development with her; she let Colin and her friend, Macon, do everything for her. And rarely did she ever listen to advice. Her voice was over-the-top dramatic, and she used her snarky attitude to cover up all of those insecurities. And rarely did she ever try to consider someone else's feelings. Not to mention, because she's a bartender, she believes she can psychoanalyze everyone. That just leads to so many assumptions about the other characters. And they were always wrong. We barely get any background information on Maddy, or the other characters. I don't even know them! It's like asking personal questions is so overrated.  Also, I had a problem with the boring, never-went-anywhere plot. It's all about Maddy and her inability to figure out what she wants to do with her life and her constant struggle with her self-image. And trying to find a guy (because, obviously, it's the most important thing). The plot never really went anywhere; the characters never struggled with anything more than insecurities and that awkward getting to know each other phase. It was sometimes a cute relationship; other times, I just wanted to throw my Kindle at the wall in utter disbelief that they weren't using the most useful and important tool in a relationship: COMMUNICATION. They both equally sucked at communicating. Maddy was always angry at Colin, and Colin was always apologizing. And, like I said before, this is NOT a love triangle. So, there wasn't any angst or passion or over-complicated situations. Besides Maddy's insecurities and Colin's workaholic tendencies, nothing ever happened to make their relationship less than easy. Sometimes, that's okay. However, I wanted MORE. And I didn't feel the emotional connection between them. What really saved this book for me were the side characters, Macon and Brody. They are seriously awesome and fun to watch interact with everyone. And when I wasn't seriously hating Maddy, I actually enjoyed her hilarious banter with her roommates, especially with her best friend, Macon. I just wish I knew more about them. I'm not exactly sure what the next book in this series will entail, or who it will be about, but I find myself not caring. If it's not about Macon or Brody, I won't be reading it.
JK1515 More than 1 year ago
This was one of those all consuming reads. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. Alyssa Rose Ivy nailed it with this one. I love Maddy and her life dilemma's. It's the age old question, I graduated, now what? It's not an easy question. Through in a few guy friends, an uninterested crush, a guy pining after her and a gaggle of random guys who want a piece of the bartender. Colin. I loved him. He was great. Lyle, didn't love him so much. I really enjoyed the banter between Macon, Brody and Maddy. There were a few hilarious situations that made this book so worth picking up. I give this amazing story five stars!
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
SHAKEN NOT STIRRED is a fantastic read that I found increasingly hard to put down as the story flowed. I read through the first half quickly and couldn't wait to get back to it the next day. This book was so darn interesting and entertaining. Of course I knew it would be. Ivy is an extraordinary author that brings even the simplest of stories to life. And the romance was so absolutely perfect. I was smiling all the way through with this one. Maddy was such a great character. I loved her witty sense of humor and the crazy predicaments she'd find herself in. She also had an odd obsession. Every Thursday night while working as a bartender, she would try to find the perfect drink for the local musician, Lyle. Maddy is usually able to figured out everyone's perfect drink who find themselves seated at her bar. But Lyle was a different case. Never saying more than 3 words to her and rarely taking more than a few sips of her drink she presented to him. She was a woman on a mission to know what his drink was and what inspired him to write such beautiful lyrics. When Maddy finally accepts a date with Collin, a guy who has been after her all summer, she assumes it will be a fun, sexy fling. But Collin is different than any guy she has ever known. He is wanting to take things slow and it is only adding to the sexual tension growing between them. And taking things slow usually means 'relationship' and that is not what Maddy is willing to face. Because facing that would mean she needs to tackle the other problems in her life. Something she'd rather sweep under the rug. I gotta admit that this read had me scared a few times. Ivy gets you thinking she is about to make a detour with the story and the characters only to right the course and leaving the reader breathing a sigh of relief. At least it was that way for me. It could have been a very awkward read had it went the other way. I think those little twists actually added to the story and enhanced it considerably. But the storyline was fun and I adored it so. I especially loved Maddy's roommates. I need to see if Ivy plans on continuing on with this as a series. Because I could definitely see a great read focusing on Brody and Macon. They have a story to tell and I need to hear it.
ktgrl4books More than 1 year ago
This was a great flirty and fun read!! I read it in one sitting, which happened to be all night hehe! All the characters were enjoyable, funny and easy to relate to! Loved Maddy the most, her funny banter with everyone including herself cracked me up! Of course we cant forget Colin or Lyle....But honestly can I have both? Who can pick!? Over all without giving anything away, I found it funny but touching all at the same time with a touch of twists and romance! I really hope there is more to this book series wise, I would love to not only hear more about Maddy & Colin but even all the rest of the characters! Always been a fan of Alyssa's book and this was just another great on to add to her list! One Click it now and grab a glass of wine or hot cocoa and enjoy the ride!
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Shaken Not Stirred by Alyssa Rose Ivy is the first book in the Mixology series. It took me a little while to befriend these characters. Carly's sense of humor, while great kept me from really getting into her emotions. Colin was better, he was forthright and genuine but not 100% obvious in his feelings until further into the story. Carly is bar tending in the Outer Banks because she failed to get into Med School. She is "finding" herself and is really quite content matching drinks to people and living with her very platonic male roommates. One she works with and another she's known very nearly her whole life. Colin is practically a workaholic. He falls hard for Carly but she turns him down for the longest time until she just doesn't any more. They begin seeing each other and she thinks he's fantastic, but he's not Lyle. Lyle is the singer/guitarist that plays every thursday at the bar she works at. Lyle's lyrics grab Carly in a way she just can't explain with words. They connect with her soul. If only she could find his drink. so far she has had no luck matching his drink to him. There is quite a surprising revelation towards the very end of the tale regarding Lyle and it pulls the entire book into focus. This book didn't reach out and grab me like some have in the past but not every book will. I truly enjoyed Carly & Colin's story and I will definitely be reading more in this series and from this author.
LSweeney More than 1 year ago
You can read this and other reviews at Madison Says! Maddy has been rejected from med school. Sucks when your family expects you to attend. Sucks even more when you’re reject from a school that your father has pull at. It’s no surprise that Maddy’s ego took a pretty big hit. Instead of facing life head on, Maddy escapes to the Outer Banks to live with her best friend Macon and his roommate Brody. Both guys seem pretty great and are firmly rooted in the friend zone. While trying to “find herself” Maddy has taken a job tending bar. Every Thursday night, a local named Lyle performs at the bar. Maddy is pretty confident in her ability to match a person’s personality to their drink of choice, but Lyle appears to be a tough egg to crack. While Lyle has caught Maddy’s eye, Colin has his eye on Maddy. He’s determined to make her his. After asking Maddy out numerous times, she FINALLY agrees to a date. Now Maddy must decide if she’ll continue stressing over Lyle or give Colin a shot at her heart. Some people would say accepting a date with oone guy while obsessing over another was a mistake, but I’d spent the whole summer waiting for Lyle to show me even the smallest amount of interest. It was time to give up. Can someone please explain Lyle to me? The man had no point. Yeah, yeah. He served a tiny purpose. Maddy couldn’t figure out his drink of choice. Blah, blah, blah. I get that he was the unattainable guy – the man she wanted but just didn’t seem to want her – but let’s get serious, the man was a giant dick. He said maybe five words to Maddy every time she attempted to “surprise” him with an alcoholic beverage. For 8/10th of the story I kept waiting for him to become someone of importance and when his moment in the spotlight finally came, it faded pretty quickly. So Lyle… pointless. Colin on the other hand wants to give Maddy the whole shebang; a relationship filled with love and commitment. Because of Lyle, Maddy has a hard time fully commiting to Colin. Yeah, Colin seems like the whole package, but she has this connection with Lyle’s lyrics that she just couldn’t shake. Did I mention that Lyle performs at the bar Maddy works at? No? Well, now you know. I have some lyrics from the Rolling Stones for you Ms. Maddy… “You can’t always get what you want You can’t always get what you want You can’t always get what you want But if you try sometimes well you just might find You get what you need” In reality, what Maddy wants isn’t even what she thinks it is. *sigh* The entire story just threw me for a loop. I didn’t particularly like either of the men. Lyle was a complete douche canoe and Colin, that man was clueless. He worked too much causing him to miss dates or show up ridiculously late. He put her in uncomfortable situations. He was a nice enough guy, I guess. I just know that I wouldn’t have put up with everything she did. No sir. I was tired of always taking a backseat to his job. I was tired of rejection, and I wanted someone who found me important enough to put me first. As Lyle sang in one of his songs, A girl needs to know there’s no one else in the world but her. This was my first time reading one of Alyssa Rose Ivy’s books, and I’d like to think that it won’t be my last. The characters may have made me batty, but the writing was engaging. I didn’t have any trouble whipping right through this story and I suspect that you’ll feel the same.