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This was really cute and I just loved the characters and the setting. I wouldn't change anything about the novel. It was pure perfection.

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Thank you NetGalley for this ARC copy!

Unfortunately this was not one of my fave reads so far. The premise sounds super cute and like something I'd eat up any day, but the execution just fell a bit short for me.

I did not care about the characters too much, and I'm not a big fan of the miscommunication / denial trope and it just made me struggle through it quite a lot.

As far as romance goes, this was okay, but I didn't feel an unparalleled tension between the characters either. I can't put my finger on it, but it just wasn't there.

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3.5 stars
The plot line of this book is what intrigued me to pick it up. I loved the idea of the close proximity situation due to the overbooking of the hotel room. The beginning was a strong start as Ella and Callum have their meet-cute. But after a lot of miscommunication between the main characters, the book started to feel slow. Also, I was not a fan of the ending since it seemed out-of-character for our male main.

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The premise and the setting of the story sounded super cute and fun. Small coastal town manor, lovely. The main characters seemed interesting at first. But sadly, the plot fell into a repetitive cycle of denial and bad choices. The writing was just ok, there were multiple sentences/parts that were just thrown in there-having no effect on the plot itself. And the description of the smexy time did nothing for me.

I wanted to enjoy this book, but just couldn’t.

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I really thought I was going to love this book. It had so much potential with an amazing meet cute, and amazing setting with small town feel and great quirky characters, the forced proximity as they have to stay in Rose Cottage together because the hotel was over booked. I am a huge sucker for "famous" person falls in love with regular everyday person. It had all the elements, but something falls short, and I didn't enjoy the story as much as I thought I was going to. I didn't get the connection between the two characters; I didn't get the humor in the situation. The whole story came across of more a mellow drama of him getting over the death of his wife, and then we are thrown for the loop of his sad childhood. And we are dragged through her "OMG I am rich and beautiful and can do anything I want but I don't think I am good enough" monologue over and over.
I loved the setting of the small town with the hotel and the inn. I just felt like the story meandered through a story line and things were added a little willy nilly and didn't really give you a cohesive story.

Overall, it was an ok read. I am not sure I got humor or rom com but more drama and coming of age story. I think if I had gone into the story not thing Rom Com I would have liked it better.

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This was a ok read but one that just seemed to drag on and on and on.
Maybe others will like it more than I did.
Definitely give it a go and see what you think ;)

Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for the opportunity to read this book for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Kathy Jay’s The Hotel Room Mix-Up is a delightful enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy perfect for Emily Henry fans.

Life has been anything but easy for Ella Swift and Callum Smith. They had come to Cornwall – separately – to attend two weddings and were looking forward to a couple of days in a luxury hotel suite. What they weren’t expecting was to find themselves sharing a cramped cottage in Porthkara because the hotel messed up their respective bookings!

Both Ella and Callum have got their fair share of baggage and they just want some peace and quiet and some time to themselves. Having to share a cottage is the very last thing in the world they want to do, but when a storm sweeps off the Atlantic and leaves them with no other choice but to grin and bear it, it looks like Ella and Callum are going to need to get comfy because they are certainly not going anywhere any time soon.

However, little do the Ella and Callum realise that they might have a lot more in common than they initially thought…

Kathy Jay certainly knows how to make her readers laugh out loud and keep them turning the pages late into the night. The Hotel Room Mix-Up is a heartwarming, hilarious, feel-good and wonderfully romantic tale readers will struggle to put down as they find themselves completely consumed by Ella and Callum’s story.

A superb romantic comedy sure to brighten up every reader’s day, Kathy Jay strikes gold with The Hotel Room Mix-Up.

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The book The Hotel Room Mix-Up was an enjoyable read. I would recommend any book written by Kathy Jay. Happy Reading!

I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely.

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Such a lovely story that gripped me from start to finish! I really enjoyed their slow burn.

Can't wait to read more from Kathy Jay!

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I DNF’d this title. I tried starting it but the first 15 pages didn’t hook me. I’m sure this is someone else’s cup of tea but it was not for me

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The Hotel Room Mix-up is a contemporary romance set in Cornwall.

Two strangers. One room. One love story.

This novel is a wholesome story as each character navigates challenges at a wedding weekend. Ella and Callum were vulnerable, honest and cautious. Their slow-burn love story overcame tough subject matter to be a wonderful story. This book is feel-good, easy read.

Thank you One More Chapter for the complimentary copy.

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I was looking forward to this book. The description had me from the moment I read it, yet the actual story didn't hit right. The cover is beautiful and the idea is good. I wouldn't say I liked that Elle lies to him in the way she did. It felt gross and a bit rapey. I don't condone that behaviour in books unless the book has warnings and we the readers are made aware of it before it even starts. This book is marketed as light, cute and rom-com type when this book has this sort of thing that happens. In the future, if the author could address possible triggers better, I would more likely read and enjoy. But the way we are made to forgive Elle when she takes no responsibility for her actions just made me very angry.

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Ella and Callum meet when there is a mix up at the hotel they are both supposed to be staying at for weddings. They end up sharing a holiday cottage together instead. Neither of them are looking for romance but will they have found it when they least expect it?

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There was a ton going on this book. I thought I was going to love it because it has all the tropes I love. It was a good book I just couldn't connect to it like I was hoping for. If you like these kind of stories, try it out and see if you can connect to it.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are my own opinions.

The Hotel Room Mix-is sadly not the Rom-com for me. I found it rather slow and could not connect to the characters except Roy, he reminded me of my dog.

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This book was so stinkin fun to read! I loved being able to follow along and seeing how the relationship grew and changed! I will def be buying a copy of this one!

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Absolutely an adorable delight. I loved the chaoticness of the small town and the contrasting personalities. Was a delight to read and fall in love with the characters.

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The Hotel Room Mix-Up is a heartwarming romance that touches on heavier themes such as bereavement and childhood trauma.

Ella and Callum have chemistry right from their first meeting, but both are too afraid to take the step from lighthearted flirtation to serious romantic entanglement. Despite their best efforts otherwise true love wins out.

Ella and Callum's family and friends find little ways of encouraging them along however it is not plain sailing at all.

I enjoyed Ella's backstory of having a famous dad and her time as a young actress in TV shows and the toll it took on her mental health.

Callum's past is more tragic. He endured a difficult childhood and suffered the loss of his wife in an accident. It is understandable that he would be wary of putting himself through more heartache.

I loved how things resolved in the end for the couple.

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This is so readable! Once I started I couldn’t put it down.

The characters are interesting and likeable. Both Ella and Callum are going to friend’s weddings and bringing baggage of their own – and it’s not just their luggage.

With two large wedding booked in the same Cornish village, hotel rooms are at a premium and a new computer system leaves the hotel overbooked. Ella and Callum end up agreeing to stay at a local holiday cottage. When they get there, far from being the cosy retreat they were expecting, it’s wind sweet and the roof is leaking and they are forced to share a room. But talking to a stranger can be cathartic and the attraction between them grows.

But of course, neither of them are ready for a new a relationship and have to find themselves before they can find love.

There’s lots of of pent up attraction, misunderstandings, lack of communication, and the usual romantic comedy moments before they work out what it is they both want and get their happily ever afters.

There’s some fun side characters, and the Cornish backdrop is stunning.

This was a quick read with a great premise.

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this romantic blog tour and to Harper Collins UK for the ARC.

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The opening pages of this book played out like something you'd expect from Fawlty Towers...that's when I knew I was in for a read full of humour and fun.

I love Cornwall, so it was super easy to visualise the surroundings of Porthkara and the hotels interior.

I found the story to flow at a moderate pace, it was an enjoyable easy read. The characters were very marmite and I think I'm one of the few that found them both really irritating with their hesitance and I really wanted to knock their heads together to wake them both the hell up!

The Hotel Room Mix-Up is a heartwarming journey of love and finding it when you're least expecting it.

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