REVIEW: Coming Up Roses by Staci Hart

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“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.”

Back of the book blurb:

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.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: August 1, 2019

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My rating:

            So, none of you probably follow me on Goodreads (the link is somewhere on my blog—I’ve honestly forgotten where). However, IF you do, you’d realize that since the end of June, I’ve barely read anything other than gay romances. I’ve read three other books (out of 24) since the end of June that weren’t gay romances. One was The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez, the other was A Lesson in Thorns by Sierra Simone and finally, Coming Up Roses by Staci Hart. And let me tell you, Coming Up Roses was absolutely worth breaking my gay romance binge. This book is beautifully heartbreaking in the best way and my absolute favorite novel of Staci’s. Ever.

“There was comfort in being underestimated. We were constantly set to impress everyone.”

            God, I don’t even know if I can pinpoint exactly what makes Coming Up Roses so special. But, I will most certainly try. Not only do we have one of my favorite things—sassy, fierce heroine with a goofy, lovable hero who is so over the moon for the heroine—but we also have a beautiful backdrop of a family floral business that needs saved, a knockout cast of wonderfully captivating characters, and hilarious moments interspersed with tender moments that will make your heart beat a little faster. It’s a recipe for success and Coming Up Roses brings it all to the table.

“Luke Bennet would hurt me, if I let him. So I wouldn’t.”

            THE MISCOMMUNICATION OF IT ALL. I was so full of angst that I thought that I might explode. My favorite part of the novel was that Tess tried to stave off her feelings for Luke while Luke was ready to forge ahead and be with Tess, regardless of his dodgy past. Staci really comes through with the angst even though the novel is a rom-com, because honestly, everything needs angst. All the time. Okay? Okay.

“I’d found her, and as far as I was concerned, that made her mine.”

            My heart was bursting at the seams with how romantic Coming Up Roses is. I love Staci’s versatility as a writer and how each novel she puts out seems fresh and new and like nothing that I’ve read before. It’s absolutely intoxicating. It’s never too much or not enough. It’s the perfect amount. Every time.

“And you’re running your mouth like you want a foot in Uranus.”

            Obviously, what is a rom-com without the com? There were so many times that I found myself laughing out loud at this cast of quirky characters. Tess and her dad were hilarious along with Luke and his huge family. I loved them all so much.

            Coming Up Roses is Staci’s best novel to date and I cannot wait to see what she churns out in the future.

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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