on August 1st, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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. Almost.
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.
Staci Hart is wowing readers with a new series I can’t get enough of! Coming Up Roses is the first in the Bennet Brother’s series, a spin off of the Austen Series! Prepare yourself for rom-com gold with the perfect dose of heartfelt longing and emotion! Don’t miss out on this new release!
Coming Up Roses by Staci Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am never surprised at the depth of love I feel for Staci Harts storytelling. I always think ” once again, this is why I became such a book lover”. So always astounded I’m even further astounded at how Staci takes inspiration from a Jane Austen novel and gives it just the right wink and a nod so that I get the same feels with an entirely different story.
The Bennets reinvented give us a whirlwind of a young man in Luke. When he returns to the Longbourne Family Flower Shop after a ten-year and a couple of thousand-mile separation, he does so with panache. After the immediate groping and mortification of Tess Monroe, Luke settles into his role as savior and instigator of ruffled feathers. Specifically Tess’ feathers. No, she is none too pleased to see Luke and to revisit the hurt feelings he inflicted on her as a teenager. But Luke is nothing if not tenacious and winning Tess over becomes the end game.
I loved these characters and their path to each other. Tess is simply delightful and shares Luke’s unfailing brand of loyalty, even if Luke’s is misplaced. His adventuresome spirit is both attractive and scary to her. It’s clear Luke needs the right kind of woman to balance him out and in Tess, he may have found her. But it will be an uphill battle as he fumbles to get past his past. But if anyone has the charm to woo her over it’s Luke.
Also, delightful were all the lovely descriptions about the Longbourne Flower Shop, and who hasn’t dreamed of working shop? This drove me to Pinterest and Instagram (oh the hardship) to research Cloud Flowers and window installations looking for what might have inspired the fictional Tess. With this said I’ll close with my wholehearted recommendation and share a wonderful quote from the book that harkens to another century.
“To all that’s old and new,” I said, smiling down at my mother. “May we be immortalized by the deeds we do and the love we give.”
There were so many aspects of this story which reminded me of Pride and Prejudice. And that right there is what I love so much about Staci Hart; she weaves in the feeling, not exactly an adaptation of the classics, to lend a familiarity to a story while still keeping it original. Given how much I love Pride and Prejudice AND Hart, well, it was all coming up roses (ha, ha, pun intended).
“Be wild. Because life is lived in the moments you don’t see coming. Not in the comfort of predictability, but in the thrill of the unknown.”
Luke is wild and unpredictable. At least that is what everything thinks of him, and sometimes it’s easier to live up to the stereotype. Tessa, on the other hand, is reliable and always walks the safe path. They have a history, they clash, and they have chemistry. What is the common ground? A family business, loyalty, and deciding not to avoid the unavoidable.
If this were a true adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, Luke would possess the characteristics of Elizabeth Bennet and Tessa would be the quiet Mr. Darcy. But at the same time, there was some cross over at times, so this story was fresh, interesting, and yet had me laughing at the “Mr. Bennet” comments.
What can you expect in this story? Hart’s signature storytelling, which sucks you in and makes you want to see how the characters develop and figure out their respective and collective paths. I can’t wait to see what happens with the other members of the Bennet clan. We started with the youngest, so we can only go up from here!
~ Review by Loredana
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