Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Release Blitz & Review: Mum's The Word - Staci Hart

Mum's The Word (Bennet Brothers #3)
by Staci Hart
Published: March 31, 2020

Falling in love with a Bennet is not an option.

My mother has summoned me home to take my place at Bower Bouquets, and as the heiress, I’m expected to do as I’m told. I’m expected to sit by her side as she does her best to decimate the Bennet family and their flower shop, Longbourne. I’m expected to play by her rules, or she’ll ruin me too.

But the day I crash into Marcus Bennet changes everything.

And the kiss seals the deal.

If my mother finds out, I’ll lose everything—my family, my life, my security. Worse, she’ll make sure the Bennets pay for my mistakes.

Falling in love with a Bennet is not an option.

But I might not have a choice.

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5 Stars
Well, it should come as no surprise that Staci Hart has once again hit a home run with Mum's the Word. As the final novel in the Bennet Brothers series I had high hopes, but Marcus is well...Marcus, and I admit I wasn't sure of the romance Staci could create for him that I would believe. She absolutely exceeded every thought I had though, giving readers a beautiful, touching, believable forbidden romance that put hope in my heart and tears in my eyes. Maisie turns Marcus' life upside down, in such a way that all his plans and numbers and trusted life lessons can't help him. The beautiful Bower daughter should be his enemy and he hers and yet they cannot fight the pull. A chance meeting, an explosive reveal, and a love that will be put through the test of their families longstanding rivalry.

"I wanted to see her again as desperately as I hope it'd never happen."

Marcus has been the sure-footed Bennet brother, the middle child who thrived on order and numbers. Independent, somber, and uninterested in the short-lived affairs his brothers once partook in. Marcus is so different than his siblings, but my word does Staci Hart give him a romance that, in my opinion, rivals the others. It is passionate, forbidden, a true alignment of the stars. Maisie is the opposite of everything her mother wants, a true romantic with a desire to help humans. Made of compassion, charm, and the flowers she's been raised around Maisie is everything Bower is not and yet she is swept up in a battle of wills with her mother. But with Marcus comes a new passion, one that doesn't rely on her mother's power to succeed. These two are literally an actual match made in heaven, there is no doubt in my mind that they were meant to be. I know, I know, I totally got over invested in the story, but it's like the world had aligned for it all to happen just so for them. Sure, it wasn't without bumps, but my word do these two just bring out the best in one another.

"Because this was the beginning of something-I knew it in my marrow. Hang the rest. Because Maisie was mine. And I wasn't about to let her go."

Family oriented, sweet sweet romance, and some smutty love too? Mum's the Word had it all and them some. Maybe it was a bit less garden-y, but all the aspects of the Bennet family chaos was there and seeing the Longbourne Flower business change and grow and thrive was just the icing on the romantic cake. This story unfolds in such a beautiful, floral way. I mean, quite literally, the words Staci uses are gorgeous and so descriptive it all unfolded in front of me like a movie. Mum's the Word is a story within a story and it's one I could not put down. I've loved the Bennet brothers and I cannot wait to see this world expand.

Need to catch up on the series? The first two standalone books in the Bennet Brothers series are both LIVE and available from your favorite online book retailer!

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.
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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? 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.
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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. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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