REVIEW: Gilded Lily by Staci Hart

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“I hoped it wouldn’t be my undoing. And I wished I cared if it was.”

Back of the book blurb:

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.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: December 4, 2019
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781711182193

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My rating:

            You know, I’ve loved Staci Hart for quite some time. This series, though, has to be my absolute favorite series that she’s ever written. There’s something about the world, the characters, the stories, the flowers that is just all round enticing and so completely romantic that it breaks my heart and puts it back together again in such a way that I can’t help but be forever changed. Gilded Lily is the sweetest story of losing control and taking a leap into the unknown and having faith that someone will catch you before you fall.

“For the first time in my life, I wished I was something else. Something more.”

            Gilded Lily is the second novel in the Bennet Brothers series and follows Kash and Lila with the former being an unflappable gardener and the latter being someone who needs control. However, when Lila seems to lose control of her life, she decides it’s a good idea to take a page out of Kash’s book and see what cutting strings is all about.

            I absolutely love Kash and Lila’s dynamic. It almost turns the damsel in distress trope on its head, with Kash feeling less than and Lila being on top of the world. I also love how completely opposite these two are and how their differences bring them together and bring out the best in each other.

“Can we be more? Will you be mine? If I promise you something, will you do the same? If I fall in love with you, could you love me too?”

            Gilded Lily is one of the most romantic novels I’ve read this year. I think a lot of that has to do with Staci Hart’s writing and how atmospheric and dreamy it is. There’s almost a whimsical tone to it, like you’re lighter than air. Hart’s prose is absolutely poetic and it only enhances the romantic nature of the story until your heart is practically melting onto the floor with how much love you feel.

“You are a diamond, Lila Parker—brilliantly shining and completely unbreakable.”

            Lila is one of my favorite protagonists! She’s a control freak and when her life gets completely destroyed, she can only do what she does best and that’s control the narrative, even if it results in breaking her own heart. I love her so much because we’ve all been there. We’ve all had things, bad things, happen to us and we’ve kept them inside. I am known to keep my feeling close to my chest, so I absolutely relate to Lila. Of course, I fell in love when Kash was able to unravel Lila. It’s so romantic to think that we put up walls, but find that one person who is willing to knock them down or even find a back door and burrow their way in. It’s rare to find that.

“If I asked you for more, would you give it?”
“Lila, I’d give you anything you asked. I think you know that.”

            Gilded Lily is inexplicably one of my favorite novels that I’ve read in 2019. Staci Hart continues to blow my mind with how incredible each book she puts out is. I’m, quite literally, never disappointed with any of her works. Gilded Lily is live now, so check it out ASAP!

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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