Book Review: Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake by Mazey Eddings

Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake (A Brush With Love #2)
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pub Date: 6 September 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Panda Rating:

(5 pandas)


Lizzie has made endless mistakes. Kitchen fires, pyramid schemes, bangs (of the hair and human variety), you name it, she’s done it… and made a mess of it too. One mistake she’s never made is letting anyone get closer to her than a single hook-up. But after losing yet another bakery job due to her uncontrolled ADHD, she breaks her cardinal rule and has a two-night-stand that changes everything.

Once burned, twice shy, Rake has given up on relationships. And feelings. And any form of intimacy for that matter. Yet something about charming, chaotic Lizzie has him lowering his guard. For two nights, that is. Then it’s back home to Australia and far away from the pesky feelings Lizzie pulls from him. But when Lizzie tells him she’s got an unexpected bun in the oven, he’ll do whatever it takes to be a part of his child’s life… except be emotionally vulnerable, obviously. He’s never going to make that mistake again.

Through a series of mishaps, totally “platonic” single bed sharing, and an underground erotic baking scheme, Lizzie and Rake learn that even the biggest mistakes can have the most beautiful consequences.


Internalised ableism, sexual assault, on-page cheating recounted, unplanned pregnancy, abortion discussed, pregnancy, sex on-page

TL;DR: It took me long enough to pick this up (silly panda) but I’m so glad I finally read it because wow! I feel emotionally drained and invigorated at the same time and just thinking about these two has my heart squeezing with ALL THE FEELS. Prepare to be taken on an emotional ride! Edding’s writing radiated warmth, joy and comfort which is what made this so delightful to read. These characters are so personable and real and aside from the swoontastic romance, I appreciated how the author showed us what it’s like to live with a neurodivergent brain. I would definitely recommend this for those who are looking for a well-written romance that has the potential to make you laugh, swoon, and cry (in the best way, obviously)!

I knew I was going to love this book. I knew it from the moment I started reading and the words wrapped me up in a giant warm hug, but I also knew that it was going to make me an emotional wreck, which is why I had to put it down halfway through and leave it for a little while. I knew I had to gear myself up for all the feels and I was right. IT GAVE ME ALL THE FEELS. It left me in a mess of tears in the best way possible and ohmygosh, I just love these characters SO MUCH. Rake! Lizzie! Rake and Lizzie!! They are everything. 🥹 Sorry if my review is a rambling mess because this is what happens when I love a book so much, lol.

I’m not even a big fan of the accidental pregnancy trope but nothing prepared me for how much I would love Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake. Edding’s writing is such a treat to read; it’s personable and somewhat cosy, which made this easy to speed through and had me flying through the pages. The author did a great job bringing these characters to life and the romance was funny, awkward and so swoontastic! With how much I enjoyed this book, it makes me so excited to read the first book in the series and the ones still to come.

Lizzie is an absolute tornado of a human and although that level of energy in a character threw me off at the very beginning, I very quickly grew to love and root for her! The way she radiated so much life and energy was infectious and I couldn’t help but get caught up in her joy whenever she felt it. Lizzie is a brilliant character. She’s smart, passionate, quirky and a pocketful of sunshine but she also struggles to cope with her ADHD which leaves her a hot mess much of the time; no matter how much she wishes it wasn’t so. I really appreciated how Eddings brought us into Lizzie’s brain and showed us what it’s like to have a neurodivergent brain and as she also speaks from her own personal experience, I think she handles the topic sensitively. My heart broke knowing how little love Lizzie has been shown in her life, especially by the people who are supposed to love her the most, simply because she’s neurodivergent and she’s a little rebellious and wild. But it honestly made it all the more satisfying when Rake came along and simply loved her as she is.

WE FULLY STAN RAKE. RAKE!!! THIS GUY. 😍🥹 I loved him so much! He’s essentially the opposite of Lizzie in pretty much every way—he’s quiet but confident, and a bit emotionally closed off due to a past incident, which is what made me love their chemistry even more when he couldn’t help but come alive whenever Lizzie was around. It was freaking adorable and utterly endearing, especially because he never treated her any differently, he just simply respected, appreciated and loved her for who she is. He was so incredibly supportive and while the third-act conflict made me want to smack him upside the head for his idiocy, he continuously proved throughout the story how he was always and would always be in Lizzie’s corner. Honestly, some of the things he said to her during the more heartfelt and vulnerable moments were so incredibly SWOONY—phwoar! Legit thought my heart was going to shatter from all the freaking feels!! 😂

Their chemistry was undeniable and obviously, while things start off as a one-night stand (and as such the sex scenes come into play quite early in the story), I love how their relationship grows over the course of the story. Is it wild and perhaps more than a little improbable that Rake decides to uproot his life across the world to be with Lizzie after she breaks the news of her pregnancy? Maybe. Did that make me enjoy it any less? Absolutely not! There is so much sexual tension between them and I loved the way Edding drew it out after the initial whirlwind of sexual encounters. Watching them deal with their sexual frustration and horniness because they decided to be platonic co-parents was absolutely hilarious (some of the scenes really had me cracking up), but I also loved watching them learn to cohabitate and get to know each other as they prepare to co-parent le bébé. Eddings really balanced the emotion, humour and tender romance in their story so well!

Overall, I get the love and hype for this book and I’m just sorry it took me so long to pick it up. I can’t wait to read more by Eddings now (let’s see how long it’ll take me to pick up the next one knowing how enjoyable this was)! 😂

Have you read Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake or is it on your TBR?

21 thoughts on “Book Review: Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake by Mazey Eddings

    • Aah, thanks, Nick! 😍 I did it backwards and read this book first but I’ve heard great things about the first one and I’m even more excited to pick it up after loving this one so much. I hope you love it (and meeting Rake) too!


  1. Lovely review for this one! I loved it as well. I think if you loved this one this much, you need to read her upcoming YA Tilly in Technicolor. That one is my new favorite of hers right in front of this book. Both are excellent.

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  2. You can’t see me, but I am happy dancing. I love this review because I was smiling and nodding along the whole time. My heart went out to Lizzie and the way way she was (mis)treated. She deserved a man like Rake. He was a beautiful unicorn man who loved her as is. Isn’t that what we all want/need/deserve? I think that’s why this one stood out for me.

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    • Sam, this got me so hard in the feels! Aah, LIZZIE!!! RAKE!!! They really deserved each other and their happiness 🥹 I loved them so much! And YES, Rake was a beautiful unicorn man!!!! YES! 😍 And that is absolutely what we all deserve! So precious.

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  3. […] (KU) Fearless Heart (Starlight Cove #3) by Brighton Walsh ★★★★☆If you love the marriage of convenience trope, a lot of the “my wife” micro-trope, an MMC who falls first and is a total dirty-talking simp that can’t bear to be away from his love, and if you enjoy very horny romance, then I have a feeling you’ll have fun with Fearless Heart!Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake (A Brush with Love #2) by Mazey Eddings ★★★★★I LOVED THIS. I LOVED THEM! Ugh, my heart. This gave me all the feels. 🥹 [CHECK OUT MY REVIEW!] […]


  4. Tell us what you really think, Dini. Did you like this one? 😂😂 I also loved this book. It was my first Mazey Eddings book and she hooked me. I felt so bad for Lizzie, but yes, Rake.


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