Title: Love Flushed (All Access 2)
Author: Evie Mitchell
Published: November 2021
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Romance (Contemporary)
Content warnings: toxic parents, chronic illness (Crohn’s disease) representation, financial stress
I received a copy of Love Flushed from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
It’s about to go down…
I sell toilet paper for a living. It doesn’t seem glamorous but S#!T HAPPENS is going places. We’re the fastest growing eco-toilet paper subscription service around. We’re amazing—and I should know, I’m my own best customer.
After years of hard work, I have everything I need to take my business to the next level—well, everything except the paper.
When my competition swoops in and offers my supplier a better deal, I’m left up a certain creek without a paddle. I must have done something truly crappy in a previous life because the only person willing to help is my ex-boyfriend, Lincoln ‘Linc’ Garrett.
The man is arrogant, infuriating, and far too attractive for his own good. Thankfully, I flushed any lingering feelings for him the moment he dumped me all those years ago.
So… how did I end up in his bed?
Annie and I were hot and heavy in high school. We were the golden couple, ready to ride off into the sunset for our life together.
Until my life went to poop and like the ass I am, I flushed everything good from it.
Now she’s back in town and stirring up all kinds of feelings I thought I’d purged. Feels like desire, happiness, and something that feels a whole lot like—NOPE! It’s not happening. No way. No how.
Or at least it wasn’t. But when Annie’s left with no choice but to accept my help, it seems as if my heart might have other ideas.
Looks like s#!t really does happen…
Ever since I read Knot My Type a few months ago, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the next instalment in Australian author Evie Mitchell’s new series, All Access. The series is set in her exisiting narrative world of Capricorn Cover, and there are mentions of characters who cross over into the various series, but you can read this series (and this book) on its own if you want.
Love Flushed is a second-chance romance between Lincoln and Annie, who were teenage sweethearts who – ten years earlier – split leaving their relationship potentially irreparable. At the beginning of the book, Lincoln and his brother wrest control of the family paper mill and need a new client in order to keep the company alive. Enter Annie, the entrepreneur behind S#!T HAPPENS, a toilet paper subscription service that she started when she realised a need during a Crohn’s disease flare up. Their goals are aligned and they need each other… but will spending time together again reignite previous feelings?
I had a lot of fun with Love Flushed. It does a lot of amazing work with the representation of chronic illness – in particular, Crohn’s disease – in a way that calls out the way many people don’t understand the day-to-day living realities those who live with chronic illness face. Lincoln often reacts the way someone who’s able-bodied would and has to recognise when his ableism is coming in to play, and as a character he grows from owning up to his errors and learning from them. The story – as with all of Evie’s books – is very inclusive of characters who represent the diversity that exists within communities, and while this one has a specific focus on chronic illness, there’s so much scattered organically through the book that it makes you want to know more about each and every character.
Annie is a strong, determined heroine who knows what she wants (to see her company succeed) and what she doesn’t (to get sucked back into the orbit of her ex… or does she?). She’s holding on to a grudge, understandably, where Lincoln is concerned and while he does have a legitimate reason for ghosting her 10 years ago, he probably could have fessed up a little earlier. One thing I did really love about Lincoln is his loyalty to his brother, Theo. They had less than stellar parents growing up and so they’re fiercely protective of one another.
There’s a lot of steam in this book and it’s all great, and purposeful – which is perhaps the most important part about them. They’re there to move Lincoln and Annie’s story forward rather than just being there for the sake of it.
I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the All Access series (especially Theo’s book!). It was the highlight of my day when this book landed on my Kindle!