Petal Plucker by Iris Morland

The man I hate might be the first one to pluck my petals…

Confession: I, Dandelion “Dani” Wright, am twenty-six years old and have yet to be deflowered. No man has hosed my hyacinth. Fondled my freesia. Diddled my daffodil.

You get the point.

My excuse? I was too busy running my family’s flower shop and winning floral design competitions.

Suddenly that whole pesky virginity thing becomes a big deal when Jacob West walks back into my life. The boy I once loved. The same boy who humiliated me when he stood me up for prom.

This Jacob is no boy, though: he’s all man now—confident, charming, and so sexy my metaphorical blossoms are getting scorched. I can almost forget I’m supposed to hate him forever. Almost.

To make things worse, he’s my main competition now, since he took over his parents’ flower shop. If I give into this sizzling attraction between us, it could jeopardize everything I’ve worked so hard to achieve.

But if I’m not careful, he might not just be the first man to pluck my petals—he might also be the only man to capture my heart.

Title: Petal Plucker
Author: Iris Morland
Series: The Flower Shop Sisters Book 1 (Standalone)
Pages: 206
Genre(s): Contemporary, US
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Pluck me, this is good!

This is the first book I’ve read by Iris Morland and I thought I knew what to expect when I picked it up - a sort-of friends to lovers, sort-of enemies to lovers romantic comedy with a virgin heroine.

And while you do get all that - that’s really selling it short. For me, this is the story of Dani as she comes to realise that what she has, and who she is, is more than enough to fall in love and have someone fall in love with her in return. And not just any someone - no! The gorgeous, slightly grumpy, dirty talking Jacob who she’s equally loved and hated her whole life. They are the Romeo and Juliet of the dangerous world of florists, after all!

And that whole virgin thing? It’s hardly part of the story at all, really. She’s a virgin. She has brown hair. She likes flowers. Pffft. It is what it is and while it’s another facet of who Dani is - it’s really not made a big deal of in the grand scheme of the story. Or at least it’s not the whole point of the story.

This story is told by Dani and so you only ever get her point of view. And boy was that frustrating - but in the best possible way. I think I bonded with her more because I too was getting a bit angry. What is Jacob thinking? Does he like her? Why is he being such a douche-canoe? I wanted to know, dammit! It really helped keep me obsessed by this book and getting it finished as soon as I could.

This book had me running though all of the emotions. All. Of. Them. I came up for air only to realise I was clutching at my neckline like I was clutching my pearls - in dismay of poor Dani and how she felt. And about twice every page I found myself snorting indelicately in laughter. An actual audible sound. A real LOL. This book was funny. Witty-funny. It got me right in the funnies.

And, surprisingly - this book was also very saucy. There was lots of the dirty language and cursing that I like. Dani even swore in front of her parents - and didn’t get into trouble! That’s the dream, man! The dirty words were backed up by some fabulous dirty deeds. I got those jumpy butterflies in my tummy. Love that feeling.

By the end I also found myself a little teary eyed. It was so gosh-darned cute and satisfying. If it wasn’t for the swearing and the sex - I would say that we should give this book to every young woman to help her realise it’s okay to be yourself. And to love yourself! I’m not sure if I wanted to be Dani, be best friends with Dani, or to set my sights on being friends with the author!

The last line in the epilogue (yay, there’s an epilogue!) is a teaser for the next book in the Flower Shop Sister series and oooh boy, it’s a good tease. I. Cannot. Wait!

This book really brightened up my day. It’s just so adorably endearing and deliciously funny - with the kind of characters you can enjoy and envy in equal measure. One of my favourite books of this year! 5 stars.








A coffee addict and cat lover, Iris Morland is the author of over a dozen sexy, small-town romances and romantic comedies. If she's not reading or writing, she enjoys binging on Netflix shows and cooking something delicious.



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An Accidental Date with a Billionaire by Diane Alberts

Samantha Matthews turned her back on her wealthy family to focus on social work. Those who know her think she’s the heart of kindness. Those who know her really well know she’s in a never-ending battle to make up for the harm her family’s companies inflict on the world. Which is how she finds herself at a charity bachelor auction of all places.

But oops, she was supposed to bid on her bff’s brother as a favor and accidentally bid on the wrong guy. Sue her for not being able to tell one stick-in-the-mud CEO from another.

Backstage, she goes to tell him not to worry about having to go through with a date or anything, but the oafish billionaire cuts her off dismissively. Looks her up and down, hands her a card with his assistant’s contact details, and reminds her that sex is definitely off the table.

Oh, she’ll call the assistant all right and have her make sure he wears jeans and comfortable shoes and to pick her up at seven a.m. The only “hammering” this guy is going to be doing is at Habitat for Humanity.

Too bad he turns out to be nothing like she expected.

Title: An Accidental Date with a Billionaire
Author: Diane Alberts
Series: /
Pages: 180
Genre(s): Contemporary, US, Billionaire
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The premise of this book sounded like the perfect romance novel concept - girl bids on wrong billionaire at bachelor auction and confusion and irritation soon turns to love and romance. Every part of me swooned.

So we have our heroine - Sam - and she bids on our hero - Taylor - as promised and we’re off to a great start. And then he’s slightly rude to her. And I mean slightly. There’s no arrogant, alpha billionaire thing going on here. He’s just a bit rude. Not saying it’s right - but he didn’t run over her puppy or anything.

And so Sam spends the first 1/3 of the book being an absolute cow to him. She’s judging him for his minor rudeness, her preconceived feelings about him because he’s rich and little else. Oh, and because of his job of doing the same thing Richard Gere did in Pretty Woman. And because she - somehow (I didn’t really care to try and figure it out) is in the opposing side of his business. Yet Taylor is such a sweetheart to her. He’s quiet, kind and seemingly desperate for her to like him for some inexplicable reason.

So at this stage I’m not very fond of Sam and Taylor is hardly ringing my sexy, take-charge, arrogant, billionaire alpha bells. Hmmmm.

The pair go on their date that they manage to keep extending as she doesn’t do second dates and he doesn’t do relationships. Sigh. But the concept of ‘the date only ends when I take you home’ - so I’m not taking you home - was adorable. If someone said that to me I’d be putty in their hands.

The story meandered along nicely. The writing was good and I was engrossed in the book and never left it sitting for long. Yet, there were so many, I don’t want to say ‘clichés’ (probably because I love a good cliché), but plot points that were used with a distinct lack of subtly. We had the moment our couple were in a restaurant and the heroine decides to anonymously buy a hard-up family dessert just so our hero could marvel at her caring side. And then when he ordered a background report on the heroine and then decided not to read it. Can you guess at what happened next? More sighs. And when Taylor decides to reject the practices that made him a billionaire - and instead comes around to Sam’s way of thinking by going into business with the failing company. And of course this allowed Sam to see he really was a good guy. There were just too many of these instances for my liking - too many tried and tested things just stuck into the story that ended up sticking out like a sore thumb and making me grumpy!

Overall I feel like I’ve been a little too harsh on a story that was ultimately quite readable and very non-offensive. It’s unlikely to set your world - or anything else - on fire, but it’s a decent enough read to while away a few hours. Just 3 stars from me.


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COVER REVEAL: Bad Boy Blues by Saffron .A Kent

Cleopatra Paige hates one thing in this world -- just one -- and his name is Zachariah Prince.

In grade school, he pulled at her pigtails. In middle school, he spread false rumors about her. And in high school, he ruined her prom.

She hates that his smirks are unfairly sexy. And she definitely loathes that his dark eyes seem to follow her everywhere. Sometimes, even in her dreams.

It doesn’t matter that he’s rich and popular or that he lives in a freaking mansion full of butlers and maids. He’s rude and arrogant, and she wants to stay as far away from him as possible.

But unfortunately for Cleo, she lives in the same freaking mansion as Zach.

Only he’s the prince and she’s the lowly maid who serves him.

Title: Bad Boy Blues
Author: Saffron A. Kent
Series: /
Pages: tbc
Genre(s): Contemporary, New Adult, US
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Release Date: 11th April, 2019




Writer of bad romances. Aspiring Lana del Rey of the book world. 

Saffron A. Kent is a USA Today Bestselling Author of Contemporary and New Adult romance. More often than not, her love stories are edgy, forbidden and passionate. Her work has been featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today's Happy Ever After.

She has an MFA in Creative Writing and she lives in New York City with her nerdy and supportive husband. Along with a million and one books. 

She is represented by Meire Dias of Bookcase Agency.




Kissing Her by Alexa Riley

Bee Armstrong is used to being the ugly duckling in her family. Her sister is the one who gets all the love and affection, including from her parents. She’s learned to deal with being alone, so when a strange man can’t keep his eyes off her, she’s not prepared for what she feels.

Ragnar Black isn’t a decent man. He makes his money illegally and does whatever it takes to get what he wants. One night he’s walking home after a job and sees a girl so beautiful he can’t believe his eyes. He should walk away and not look back, but she calls to him like nothing ever has before.

Warning: Will Ragnar do every dirty thing in the book to his sweet, innocent Bee? Come on, this is us, and we wouldn’t let you down! Find out just how far he’s willing to go to make her his. Spoiler: it’s all the way!

Title: Kissing Her
Author: Alexa Riley
Series: /
Pages: tbc
Genre(s): Short, Contemporary
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Sometimes you just need a bit of over-the-top insta-love with a strong, sexy alpha and a shy, innocent virgin. Sometimes you just need a shot of Alexa Riley for that fix.

This follows that tried and tested pattern with a few minor differences thrown in. Our dirty, successful criminal hero is called Ragnar. And I mean, you introduce me to a man called Ragnar and I will be throwing myself at him and never letting go. No other description is needed except that name. *Fans self*

Bee is another great name that tells us all we need to know about our sweet, adorable little heroine. Despite Alexa’s heroine’s nearly always being young - I must be feeling a wee bit testy today because 19? Not even sure I can remember when I was 19! But she is a lovely lass and I wanted her to escape her life and go on to a happily ever after with Ragnar.

Despite this being insta-love, we don’t get the usual quick win. Sexually speaking, of course! Instead, Ragnar takes Bee out on a wee date - bless - after some manipulation of her horrible, culty parents. Bad parents and horrid sister. Saved by the criminal in shining armour. I definitely felt some parallel world cinderella thing going on here and I liked it.

But of course we have the sex. And it was gooood. However, I wanted more. I’m just as stunned at writing that statement as you are reading it. Yes, this is Alexa Riley. And yes I wanted more sex. But as I said, I am feeling testy today!

And in what’s becoming an annoyingly common occurrence, I did notice a large number of editorial mistakes and errors. For such an established writer with so many books, I feel there should be much better editing. It’s a shame because I love Alexa Riley and I love losing myself in their books. I don’t want to be pulled back to real life with silly mistakes. Grrrr.

But enough about that…

The story is cute and that perfect insta-love fairytale. We get our happily ever after and, count them, two of my beloved epilogues. Everyone knows how much I love an epilogue. That’s why Alexa Riley are my soul sisters!

This is a classic Alexa Riley tale with all the elements that you expect - and everything you need for a quick, 1-hour insta-love fix. 4 stars.


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