Title: Love Blooms on Main Street
Author: Olivia Miles
Series: The Briar Creek Series, #4
On Sale: July 26, 2016
Format: Mass Market & eBook
Price: $5.99 USD (MM) & $4.99 USD (eBook)
Love is always in season . . .
Florist Ivy Birch fantasizes about the day a man will surprise her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Especially if that man happens to be Brett Hastings. One stolen kiss at her best friend's wedding and Ivy can't get the sexy ER doctor out of her head.
In the small town of Briar Creek, you can't avoid anyone for very long. Not that Brett has been trying to avoid Ivy. He just can't afford to let anything distract him from his work-not again. So when a hospital fundraiser throws them together, love is the last thing on his mind. But with her quick wit and sweet laugh, soon the one woman he's tried to keep at arm's length is capturing his heart...
THE BRIAR CREEK SERIES
Mistletoe On Main Street, #1
A Match Made On Main Street, #2
Hope Springs On Main Street, #3
Love Blooms On Main Street, #4
Christmas Comes To Main Street, #5
LOVE BLOOMS ON MAIN STREET Blitz Excerpt
A small gasp escaped from her but was quickly silenced by the firm press of Brett’s mouth on hers. Unlike their last kiss, which had felt so tender, this time Brett was leaving no room for confusion about his intentions. She stiffened against his touch, trying to resist him, but pleasure pooled warm in her stomach and the space between her legs began to ache as he wrapped two arms around her waist and pulled her to his chest.
Oh, God. She wanted to fight this. The feeling he was stirring within her. The need for more. She opened her mouth to him, letting him in. He kissed her deeply, not giving her a chance to break away, and she wasn’t so sure she could, even if she wanted to. Her hands, which had been pushed off her hips by the strength of his arms, hung loosely at her sides, as if determined to stay out of this drama she was creating for herself, but, like her mouth, they lost the fight. She slid her hands up onto Brett’s arms, taking in every curve of his hard muscles, and up onto his shoulders as she leaned into him. His breath was heavy as he kissed her harder, and she parted her legs to let his slide between and press against the tightness that was building within her.
“What are we doing?” she asked when they finally came apart. She blinked up at him and resisted the urge to flatten his disheveled locks. I did that, she realized with a flutter.
“I don’t really know.” Brett’s voice was low and coarse. “But I like it.”
She firmed her mouth and smoothed her dress. Not good enough.
Turning to stare at the folding table, she felt her spirits begin to sag. She’d let him in again. Let him take her to places she’d wanted, to dream dreams that should have stayed in her unconscious. And nothing had changed. Men don’t change, Ivy. That’s what her mother had always said. When would she learn?
“Well, it can’t happen again,” she insisted.
She glanced back to see that slow, sexy smile. “No.” But even as she said it, her body was saying yes.
Holy sweetness, batman! This book was pure fluff, and I mean that in the best way possible. I will admit to loving my dark and gritty books but sometimes the best books are the ones that have me continuously sighing as I read them. Love Blooms on Main Street was one of those books, and these characters had me swooning almost the whole time.
Ivy is the local florist in Briar Creek and one of the sweetest people you could meet. But after the guy she's been crushing on since childhood kisses her and then takes off, she's feeling anything but sweet. And now that Brett is back in town her plan is to just avoid him and forget that kiss ever happened.
A lot easier said than done. Brett's working at the local hospital and even though it's a temporary position he got roped into organizing an upcoming fundraiser. Which puts him right in Ivy's path again. He may be a commitment-phobe, and wants to leave town as soon as he can, but he can't deny the chemistry he and Ivy have. And keeping himself away from her is the last thing on his mind.
This is one of those books that completely surprised me. I was expecting the abundant amount of sweetness, but I wasn't expecting it to make me fall so hard for these characters. And usually I'm waxing poetic about the Hero and how hot he was, but not this time. No, this time it was the heroine that stole the show and had me paying the most attention. I loved how real Ivy was, and how overall she was just a nice person trying not to get hurt in life. She was a very easy character to connect to and made this reading experience the best it could be.
Her medical condition, at first, scared me because when it was first brought up I wasn't sure how the author would handle it. But I ended up actually loving how it was intertwined within the story and never took on too big of a roll. It was a serious issue, so I did think it should have been brought up, but I'm glad there wasn't some over the top drama that went with it, which is what worried me the most.
Overall, I definitely think any romance reader would enjoy this story. It was my first book by Olivia Miles but it made me want to go back and get my hands on anything she's ever written. The book did mention past character but I was never lost, so it can be read as a standalone with no issue. Though it is highly possible that it will make you want the past books asap.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Olivia Miles is a Chicago-based romance writer. Having grown up in New England, Olivia attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec before settling in Chicago where she lives with her husband, their daughter, and two ridiculously pampered pups.
When she is not chasing after her little ones, she is hard at work creating feisty heroines and alpha heroes with a heart. A city girl with a fondness for small-town charm, Olivia enjoys highlighting both ways of life in her stories.
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