on December 5th, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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.
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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?
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.
Le Sigh, Le Purr
Staci Hart’s Bennet Brothers are simply dreamy and her writing is always poetic and magical, hitting all the right notes. I rarely use excepts/quotes in my reviews but I feel I must share the first quote from Gilded Lily that started a highlighting frenzie:
“Lila Parker blew in like a gale— just like she had almost daily for the last two months— heels clicking like hammers against the cement floor. At the sight of her, my fury abated, replaced by a curious wonder and the incremental slowing of time that always accompanied her entrance.”
Her words are connected in such a way that I always feel that when I start one of her books I fall into a romantic dream world – the perfect escape, the kind that helps that quell daily anxiety that hard to avoid. Yes, I happily escape into her universe and can’t stress enough just how much I love all her words.
–end the inevitable fangirling portion of the review– (as if)
Gilded Lily truly gave me all the feels. Kash and Lila are perfect in an opposites attract trope; different, but just enough alike to agree to a relationship with terms (wink, wink). Lila is cool and guarded, turned sultry and passionate by Kashs’ influence. Kash is salt of the earth, and so intuitive about people that he can see another side to her. She’s going to need the balance and support that Kash offers as her dream job is anything but.
I loved the premise behind her role as a wedding coordinator, party planner, to a reality TV family, a group of women, called the Felix Femmes. This was fun to read because, well they are outrageous, the kind people who are easy to dislike. They add a heaping dose of nonsense at Lila and truly live to shock. I don’t watch this kind of show (Kardashian style), but I loved the family drama and how it portrays their value system. One that is so different than the Bennet families and the Parker girls .
The other truly outstanding aspect of this book is the heart of it. Kash and Lila and their passion. T I think Kash has more influence on Lila then vice versa, but he is changed by the very aspect of being with her. Their physical connection is electric and sexy, and their emotional connection is heartfelt and authentic. Yet another 5 star read from Staci Hart, one I highly recommend!
~Review By Cyndi
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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.