Everyone hates parts of their job.
Maybe it’s the paperwork. Maybe it’s the day-to-day grind. Maybe it’s that client who never knows what they want, or the guy who always cooks fish in the microwave.
But not me. I love every corner of the Longbourne Flower Shop, every flower, every petal, every stem. I love the greenhouse, and I love Mrs. Bennet, my boss. I love creating, and I love being a florist. I don’t hate anything at all.
Except for Luke Bennet.
The Bennet brothers have come home to help their mom save the flower shop, and Luke is at the helm. His smile tells a tale of lust, loose and easy. He moves with the grace of a predator, feral and wild. A thing unbridled, without rules or constraint.
When he comes home to save Longbourne, I almost can’t be mad at him.
He doesn’t remember that night I’ll never forget. That kiss, touched with whiskey and fire. It branded me like a red-hot iron. But it meant nothing to him.
Everyone hates part of their job, and I hate Luke Bennet.
Because if I don’t, I’ll fall in love with him.
4 Heart Review by Ashley
Confession: I am always wary reading books that take place in NYC (I live there and I get twitchy when things are wrong). No need to worry with Coming Up Roses though! Staci Hart was on point with the city, the humor and the romance.
I adored Tess. Set in her ways. Strong willed. Kind. Tender hearted. Not impressed with Luke's antics but totally crushing on him at the same time. He was her first kiss after all. I really liked Luke. He was smart about so many things. Business savvy. A guy that loves his family with his whole heart. A guy that can't stop looking at Tess.
It was an oh so sweet slow burn between these two as they worked to save the shop. From midnight confessions that became kisses and more, these two steamed it up all over the place. And it was hot, hot HOT!!! When Luke's past came back to threaten the future he had been building with Tess, everything starts to fall apart.
There was just something about Coming Up Roses that made it impossible to put down. Staci Hart crafted a world that I could see see blooming in all its bright, bold glory. And I felt all the things blossoming between Tess and Luke too. The animosity, the anticipation, the fear, the love. Gah! I legit had flutters in my belly while I was reading. I was so into the family and friendships that I looked down, saw I was at around 85% and was like 'nooooo' I don't want it to be over. I adored the Bennet brood and I can't wait to get more of them (pretty please with Blanche's donuts on top).
About the Author
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey.
From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.
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