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Stir Until Thoroughly Confused (Toronto Collection #4)

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Mary's given up everything, including an unsatisfying marriage, to become a chef. But the career comes with a side dish: Kegan, her sexy but controlling new boss.

They're soon in a relationship, and in all-too-frequent arguments, and when it becomes clear they can't work together and be together Mary faces a dilemma: keep her dream job or her dream man?
Paperback, 260 pages
Published January 7th 2011 by Createspace (first published December 23rd 2010)
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Kelli
Jan 08, 2011 Kelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read and loved all of Heather Wardell's books: Life, Love and a Polar Bear Tatoo, Planning to Live, Go Small or Go Home, and Seven Exes are Eight Too Many. Her women's fiction features strong, independent women who are trying to balance a career, love, and the fulfillment of their personal dreams. Wardell's book are romantic without being smutty, something that I really appreciate. Once I start one of her books, I just cannot stop until I've finished it. It doesn't matter what I have going ...more
Samantha Janning
Mar 05, 2011 Samantha Janning rated it really liked it
Author Heather Wardell made it to the top of my Favorites List with her first novel, Life, Love and Polar Bear Tattoo and I have been eagerly reading her books since. Her latest, Stir Until Thoroughly Confused, did not leave me disappointed. The story centers around Mary, who is struggling to break free from difficult divorce. She moves to Toronto to put behind her controlling ex-husband and mother, but is without a job. She is determined to follow her dream of working as a chef. Enter Kegan. Ye ...more
Lisa
Jan 26, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know that I have read a lot from Heather Wardell in the last month and that is because I can't tell you how much I enjoy her writing, not just the style but how she pulls me into the story and leaves me begging for more! I was even more excited about this because it meant that I got to meet up with my favorite characters from Life Love and a Polar Bear Tattoo and Go Small or Go Home. I love that Heather starts these books with the climax or huge turning point in the story and then walks you th ...more
BecksBookPicks
Jan 25, 2011 BecksBookPicks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second book by Heather Wardell. I like her style as an author a lot. She begins her story's where the character has to take time to think back and reflect. So when you start a story by her, you are with the main character at the turning point in their life. You then get to turn back the clock and learn how the character got there. Its nice in the back of your mind, you in someways know where the story is going and you get to enjoy the ride there.

This story is no different. Mary final
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Jaidis Shaw
Jul 18, 2011 Jaidis Shaw rated it it was amazing
Stir Until Thoroughly Confused by Heather Wardell is a fabulous story about self discovery, determination, and love. So many of us have sacrificed our dreams while putting those of the ones we love, or loved, above our own. While a noble and caring thing to do, it's not always the right thing to do and we're left with a shattered picture of what we thought this life of ours would be. What do I do? Where do I go? How could I possibly start over? Mary had asked herself these same questions time an ...more
Nenette
I bet the food was delicious, though fictional. I also love to cook (and eat) so I can imagine what wonders spices can do to a dish, even dessert. But food is not the main focus of this story. It's a love story between the chef and the restaurant owner, which to my palate is just too sweet and mushy.

This is the fourth romance book by this author that I've read one after the other. I was good until the third, but by this fourth book, I thought I shouldn't have done the continuous reading.

I'm stil
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Jennifer
Jul 25, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
A really cute story with a happy ending. It's just a feel good book that you go into enjoying because that's what it's supposed to do.
Belinda Boring
Feb 07, 2011 Belinda Boring rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What would you do if you had to make a choice between the two things that matter the most to you – one you would keep and the other let go of? For me, I guess it would depend on what those things were and for Mary, they are both something she couldn’t live without. Finally free from an oppressive marriage, she is taking back control of her life and following her dreams of becoming a chef in an upscale restaurant. Her love for cooking is a passion that runs deep for Mary so when she sees an oppor ...more
Jennie
Heather Wardell’s books initially give the image that they are fun and fluffy but soon after starting you realize that they are actually deep and emotionally touching. While this novel wasn’t as heart wrenching as Planning to Live it was still very powerful. The underlying theme of self-confidence and self-worth was intertwined into the story, connecting the reader to the characters to the point that I actually cheered out loud during a scene towards the end of the story. Kegan and Mary are both ...more
Rhiannon Paille
Jun 12, 2011 Rhiannon Paille rated it really liked it
This book really started off with a bang. I could envision Amy Adams playing Mary and Colin Farrel playing Kegan. They had an electricity to their dialogue and the plot was scintillating, so much so that I found it hard to put down.

About a third of the way through I was dying. I mean it was clear that there was chemistry there, and it was clear that Kegan had gone farther outside of his comfort zone for Mary than he had for any other girl before. It was slightly unrealistic, but it still added t
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Laura
Apr 18, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
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KB Wayne
Jul 10, 2013 KB Wayne rated it liked it
What a lovely surprise! I'd read two of the author's other stories and truthfully, I am not sure what possessed me to read this one as well. I'm glad I did, though, as it is almost nothing like the other two!

In this book we were not shortchanged: we got to know our characters, Mary, an aspiring chef, and Kegan, a restaurant owner, learn their back story(-ies) and then enjoy them together as a couple. (This author, at least in the other two books of hers I've read, waited until the last moment to
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Yvonne
Feb 19, 2011 Yvonne rated it really liked it
Talk about being down on your luck – Mary is going through a difficult divorce and has no job. The one thing Mary always wanted to do was be a chef, but she was looking for the perfect opportunity. She’s sure she found it when the owner of a popular restaurant is opening a new one and is searching for the right person to be their chef. After the job interview is over, Mary is sure she’s going to get the job. Disappointment fills her when the owner, Kegan Underwood, informs her that his plans hav ...more
Kari
Jan 23, 2011 Kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2011
Stir Until Thoroughly Confused is a new story by Heather Wardell. This time around, Ms. Wardell brings us a very endearing romance. It’s not just about a woman who falls for her boss. It is about 2 people who struggle to make changes in their lives and how they help each other along the way. I really enjoyed watching Mary change and grow into a more confident person. I think many women will identify with her struggle to make a new life for herself and figure out who she wants to be. The relation ...more
Judy
Feb 19, 2011 Judy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, nook
This is only my second book by Heather Wardell and I absolutely adored it. Not only for the romance, but because it focused on one of my favorite characters from Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo: Kegan. On the surface this is a romance, but it's so much more than that. It's a story about two people struggling to find a balance between their careers, personal and professional dreams and love.

Heather Wardell has a way of pulling you into her story and her character's lives and leaving you want
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Leslie
Jan 07, 2012 Leslie rated it it was ok
I read A Life that Fits and Stir Until Thoroughly Confused back to back. While I think Ms. Wardell is a good writer, and her stories are light and delightful, I was disappointed in the following:
1. Both books were exactly the same - girl and guy break up, girl gets backbone, girl gets everything she wants, and it all comes too easily.
2. Ms. Wardell has great intentions, but I feel like she "chickens out" - in both books, the villain of the story could have done so much more to thwart the progres
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Judith
Jan 27, 2011 Judith rated it really liked it
A very interesting book which is a beautiful love story at the core, but one that is endangered by excessive control issues and the jeolousy often found in the very competitive world of professional cooking. All those egos can't be comfortable, and when the pressure's on due to Grand Re-Opening of a restaurant that is the pride and joy of the hero, often even the treasure of love and one's significant other may be lost. A very good read that is riveting in many ways. As one who was involved in t ...more
Bianca
Jan 24, 2014 Bianca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Stir Until Thoroughly Confused was one of my favorites by Heather Wardell. She always does a great job of capturing a true message that women can relate to, and this book was no exception.

Many people in real life have had to choose between a following their dreams giving them up for someone they love.. When you think about it happening to someone else, you know what the answer is. Or at least what it should be. But as I read this book from Mary's point of view, I was at a complete loss as to wh
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Donna Hatridge
Oct 01, 2011 Donna Hatridge rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of Heather Wardell's writing style. Her books make you think. Her characters are believable and draw you right into the story.

If you read Life Love and aPolar Bear Tattoo you will remember Kegan and his restaurant Steel.

Mary's given up everything, including an unsatisfying marriage, to become a chef. But the career comes with a side dish: Kegan, her sexy but controlling new boss.

They're soon in a relationship, and in all-too-frequent arguments, and when it becomes clear they can't
...more
Alison
Feb 25, 2016 Alison added it
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Andrea
Aug 02, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5

Ive loved Kegan since I read Life, love and a polar bear tattoo and this book made me love him more! (can I say sexiest fictional character ever?)
I liked the story a lot...it was slow paced but very sweet.
I loved how throughout the book the main character, Mary, was able to find herself and learns to be a strong woman and make decisions on her own and at the same time be able to start over with her personal love life.
The ending was amazing and left a smile on my face :)
Julie Tichonchuk
Oct 08, 2011 Julie Tichonchuk rated it really liked it
I really want to give this book 4.5. It was an awesome book. At first I missed Forrest and Hockey from Go Small or Go Home. It was nice to "see" Kegan again though. The book caught me but it took a touch longer than Go Small. There wasn't anything wrong with the book but restaurants aren't hockey. So my lack of investment in the beginning was personal. The book is well written and the characters are believable. I have already started the author's next book, Life that Fits.
Melonia Nicol
May 06, 2012 Melonia Nicol rated it really liked it
Sometimes a girl just needs to read some fluff with a bit of a story to keep you entertained. This book certainly did that to the point I actually gigled out loud! To which my husband asked what I was doing; justa shaking his head and smiling when I replied..."Just reading a book!" worth a go for some fun and light entertainment.
Lizz
Jul 10, 2011 Lizz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Mary's spirit, and how she is so willing to do whatever she needs to do in order to realize her dreams. Plus they went to Niagara Falls, and since I'd just been there it was fun to picture.
Jennie
Dec 27, 2012 Jennie rated it it was amazing
Love this one. Easily my favorite of the series with overlapping characters and places (though it's a toss up between this and Go Small or Go Home). Glad to see Kegan come back into the story.
Leslie
Aug 11, 2012 Leslie rated it liked it
I am not sure why I enjoy Wardell's books so much, but I do. Don't expect literature, just an enjoyable read.
Jovani
Nov 27, 2013 Jovani rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Very cute! Easy and refreshing read. Now back to my usual intense dark novels. ;)
Queen
Mar 23, 2011 Queen added it
Absolutely loved it!!!! Check my blog www.queenofreading for a full review!
Ang
Jun 14, 2012 Ang rated it liked it
I am saying 2.5 starts rounded up. Was a tad on the slow side but a nice story.
Linda
May 07, 2012 Linda rated it it was ok
Didn't really care for the story, didn't feel a connection to the characters.
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Other Books in the Series

Toronto Collection (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo (Toronto, #1)
  • Go Small or Go Home (Toronto Series #2)
  • Planning to Live (Toronto, #3)
  • A Life That Fits (Toronto, #5)
  • Live Out Loud (Toronto Series #6)
  • Blank Slate Kate (Toronto, #7)
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