Gilded Lily by Staci Hart
They say there’s no such thing as perfect.
But I’ve built my life to perfection—the perfect boyfriend, the perfect apartment, the perfect career planning celebrity weddings. My job—my only job—is to make sure every event is absolutely and completely perfect.
What’s not perfect? Kash Bennet.
And I wish I didn’t find that so appealing.
I could have told you every perfectly imperfect thing about the gardener at Longbourne. Like his hair, lush and black and far too long. Or his nose, the flat bridge of a Greek god, bent a little like it’s been broken. Or his size. Beastly. Roped and corded with muscles, gleaming with sweat and peppered with dirt. There’s no escaping him, not if I’m going to use his family’s flower shop for my events.
But nothing is what it seems. And in the span of a heartbeat, my perfect life is turned inside out.
They say the best way to get over somebody is to get under somebody new. When Kash offers his services to the cause, it sounds like the perfect plan.
What’s not part of the plan? Falling in love with the gardener.
But they were right—there’s no such thing as perfect.
And I’m the fool who finds out the hard way.
4 Heart Review by Ashley
There is something about this Bennett Brother's series that makes me unable to look away. Maybe it's because I live in NYC, work in the neighborhood this book takes place in. Maybe it's because I'm so used to the jaded, entitled, rushing around frenzy that I encounter everyday that reading Staci Hart's characters make me want to slow down. Savor the small moments. Legit smell the flowers. Or maybe, it was Kash!
Oh my stars, Kash. He was instantly likeable. Mellow. A family man. Hard working. Creative. A people pleaser with his silly t-shirts and shy smile. The complete opposite of Lila. With her white suits, meticulous, planned down to the minute, schedule and unbreakable persona. But under that facade was a tender heart that just wanted to love and be loved in return. It started so innocently. But what was to be a rebound fling quickly became so much more. Feelings and hopes and dreams and futures. A soft place for each of them to land.
With a group of bratty sisters (that's putting it mildly), a scheming co-worker, an annoying ex and the event to end all events bearing down on her, it was only a matter of time before things imploded for Lila. When they did, it was epically awful. And caught in the cross-hairs of the blow up was Kash. My heart ached for both of them. They were just trying to do the right thing. Salvage the situation. Their hearts.
What I loved the most about Gilded Lily was how, despite the pain, both Kash and Lila learned to see themselves through the others eyes. As more than enough just they way they were. For what was in their heart and not their failures and fears. Staci Hart did that with humor and class and heat. And that ending- swoooooooon city it was so perfectly romantic and heartfelt that it left me grinning from ear to ear and ready for the next brother to get his story.
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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