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.
|Series:||The Flower Shop Sisters (Book 1)|
|Trope(s):||Enemies to Lovers|
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|Release Date:||9th April, 2019|
Pluck me, this is good!
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.