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Top Customer Reviews
I wanted to like this. The cover and storyline in the blurb appealed to me. I liked that Greyson was 39, as the heroes in books seem to always be 28-32. I liked that Blaise was a florist. But, I did not like it. When I give a really low rating/review, I like to give the reasons why I came to the determination I did about the book.
1. Dialog- it was uneven, stilted, and there were a few places in the book where it was so awkward I felt that it was pulling me out of the actual story. I didn’t feel that real people would respond or say the things that they were saying, which made them incredibly hard to relate to while reading.
2. The nickname “doll” was used so much by Greyson that I started to find it annoying.
3. Tense- this was really uneven and the book shifted from passive to active voice, sometimes in the same sentence/paragraph. I know this is technically an uncorrected proof, but the book was published on 3-1-16, so I find it difficult to believe that none of the errors were corrected in the proof if they were caught. I think this was the issue in the first chapter when I actually found myself trying to figure out who was the actual heroine of the story. Partly, I think, because of the cover with the cake and the one friend being a baker/dine owner.
4. Characters- Greyson and Blaise seemed real, for the most part, ignoring the issues with the dialog. But Nora and Preston felt like caricatures. And Priscilla seemed like a cartoon villain out of a Rocky and Bullwinkle episode.
5. The book seemed afraid of being hot…there were a number of times where the characters almost kissed etc, but pulled back because they “wanted to make it right” or wait for the right moment, or were interrupted by something. I got tired of all of the “we really want to, but instead, let’s do this” push and pull in the book. And, I think actual people in this situation would as well. And, when the buzzer stopped them from having sex the first time, I was starting to think this was less a romance and more an example of people who just didn’t belong together and the universe was trying to tell them.
6. The subplot with Preston and the company just felt false and manufactured.
7. It annoyed me that he was annoyed/disappointed that Blaise asked for him to use a condom during their first sexual encounter…especially not an hour in “book time” away from admitting that he had been with a number of women.
8. The whole New Zealand/Vincent/not stillborn daughter/Greyson is dead subplot. Yeah, that.
I wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, I ended up feeling like I was on a journey with people I didn’t really know and who I was not able to talk to or connect with. The first roughly 65% of the book felt more like a story about 2 people who are interested in one another but will never manage to make a relationship work between them.
Blaise Knight is the owner of a successful flower shop, Knight in Bloom. She has some pretty amazing friends, and life is going great for her for the most part. Well, everything is great except for the fact that she can't seem to find a decent man. She finally decides that that perfect man doesn't exist...until she meets Greyson Steele.
Greyson Steele is a thirty-nine year old man with his own share of problems. His meddling mother is planning a wedding for him to a woman he does not love, and does not want to marry under any circumstances. Everything changes for Greyson once he meets the owner of Knight in Bloom.
The story that unfolds is one filled with realistic, and just overall great characters. This is more than just a romance novel...it is filled with romance, humor, suspense, mystery, and family. Blaise is a strong lead character, with a good head on her shoulders. Greyson is also a character you can't help but love. The chemistry between them is electric, and you want to see them together. I loved the humorous and witty banter of the characters, and also the fact that the story wasn't completely predictable. Overall, this was an engaging and terrific story with some added mystery and suspense that added to the overall plot. I am hoping that there will be a book in the series about Cade and Ellie in the near future.
I was given a digital copy of this book from Jourdyn Kelly and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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