Monday, August 5, 2019

Blog Tour & Review: Coming Up Roses - Staci Hart

Coming Up Roses, an all-new must read enemies to lovers romantic comedy from Staci Hart is available now!

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.
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5 Stars
When the Bennet children return home to help their aging parents and save their once massively successful flower shop Tess knows it will mean seeing Luke, but she doesn't know all the long buried feelings would come back with him. He's insufferable, immature, frivolous, nothing like her organized, studious, safe self and yet something is there between them still. What starts as a project to remake the store, to bring in the sales, turns into self exploration and a little bit of funny business. She wants to hate him, to keep the feelings from ten years ago, but Luke has a way of charming just about anyone, a way of bringing out her wild side just like the plants she loves so much.

"'Not in a million years would I trim that beat back. Let her be wild.'

'It's good advice, Tess. You could stand for a little more wild in your life.'"

I often bring up in my reviews how much I cried, how much your heart will be gutted, or how you'll need to grab tissue before you begin, I just have a type of book I like, I guess. While I did cry reading Coming Up Roses, come on I'm a blue I always cry, it was a different sort of cry. This book is just beautiful and heartwarming, the kind of story that makes your eyes tear up because you're just so happy. It's a story of family, friendship, love, and forgiveness. It's a retelling, a spin off from Staci Hart's The Austen Series, that follows Luke Bennet and his family as they set out to save their family's flagship flower shop. At the center of Longbourne Flower Shop is Tess, the brains behind the arrangements and the one woman Luke hasn't been able to connect with since their friendship went up in silent flames ten years prior. Luke and Tess are forced together by proximity, but the romance of flowers, the rush of chemistry they share, all adds to love potion that's long been brewing.

"When he'd told me he was mine and asked me to be his.
And forgotten he'd ever uttered the words."

Oh my word, how I loved Luke and Tess, these two are certainly a perfect match. Told from their dual perspectives, we see the two tackle the awkwardness of working together and the internal havoc they go through in denying their lust. There's flowers, assumptions, contempt, and backhanded compliments galore. I spent this first half of Coming Up Roses just laughing, loving the banter, loving that it was all happening inside a flower shop. Luke's always been the flighty player, Tess is a stuck in her ways mother hen. While Tess has a distaste for frivolity, she also wonders about the adventure, about the trip he'd take her on as he sets out to redesign the shop, one shirt pulled off at a time. It's obvious they need to be together, but I loved the way Staci Hart brings them together. It's more than just connection, there's this whole world inside Coming Up Roses that follows the characters through interactions with family, friends, customers, and more. It isn't just a simple romance read, there's so much more to it. It's the sort of book I could read again and again.

"There was a kiss waiting on those lips, waiting for time to start again.
There was a kiss on those lips, one I wanted."

With beautiful imagery, stunning prose, and just the right amount of humor, Staci Hart re-imagines Pride and Prejudice with Coming Up Roses.
About Staci
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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