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text 2017-03-10 17:42
As You Wish (Rock Stars in Love Book 1) Kindle Edition by Elyssa Patrick Free!
As You Wish (Rock Stars in Love) - Elyssa Patrick

Love doesn't always follow the sheet music . . .

This Christmas, Portia Jackson needs a miracle to save her family's generations-old florist shop. What she gets instead is a car that breaks down during a blizzard. Help arrives unexpectedly when the infamous Aubry Riley pulls over. She only expects him to drive her to the gas station . . . she never expects that kiss. But Portia lives in the real world--she knows this is only a holiday fling for Aubry. Except it doesn't feel so temporary, and the last thing she wants is a broken heart.

Sometimes you have to sing some different notes . . .

Rock star Aubry Riley has no secrets. Thanks to the media, everyone knows about his troubled past. Six years have gone by since his world crashed, and now he's ready for a comeback. But first he needs to reconcile with his family--starting with his six-year-old daughter. A month-long vacation at a Vermont lake house affords him the perfect opportunity to take a step in the right direction. He doesn't need any other emotional entanglements, especially not with the bright-eyed florist he can't stop thinking about. But no matter how hard he tries to resist her, he can't. Now all he has to do is to convince Portia that there is nothing temporary when it comes to love.

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review 2016-08-09 13:08
Stay With Me by Elyssa Patrick
Stay With Me - Elyssa Patrick

I’ve been famous since I can remember. Singing, acting, dancing—I’ve done it all. The tabloids cover my every move, but I don’t want that anymore. I want to be normal, whatever that is.

When I leave Hollywood for college in Vermont, I’m on my own for the first time in my life. This is my chance to figure out who I am and what I want in life.

But it’s a lot harder than I expected. I can’t escape my image. Classes are difficult, and I’m struggling. And then there’s Caleb Fox.

Sexy, intriguing Caleb Fox.

Caleb is the one man who doesn’t want to use me. He breaks down my walls. He challenges me. He wants me. And I just don’t know if I can give him the same—or if he’ll stick around when he finds out my shameful secret that the tabloids haven’t managed to uncover.

Dating him is risky enough, but loving him could break me.

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review 2015-12-20 01:04
One Hit Wonder by Elyssa Patrick
One Hit Wonder - Elyssa Patrick

Jane Timmons has been Damon Suarez's personal assistant for two years now, and she has been secretly in love with him for most of that time. It's gotten harder and harder for her to hide how she feels, so she has decided that it's time for her to leave and open up her own PR firm.

Damon is shocked when Jane gives him her two weeks' notice. In the past two years she has proved to be an invaluable assistant, and Damon had counted on her to be there to help him revitalize his career and become more than just a one hit wonder. In the process of trying to figure out how to change Jane's mind, Damon realizes that, somewhere along the line, he's fallen in love with her. But can he convince her that he's serious?

My records tell me that I got this one for free a couple years ago. I doubt I'd have gotten it if I'd had to pay for it, since there's something about the cover art that I strongly dislike. In fact, I went into this one expecting it to be another one of my poor freebie downloading decisions. Thankfully, One Hit Wonder turned out to be sweet and fluffy, much more enjoyable than I expected.

One thing that helped this novella out was that Damon and Jane had already known each other for a couple years, so Damon's “quick” realization that he was in love with Jane and that she was maybe in love with him too was really something that had been building for some time.

The author alternated between Jane and Damon's POVs. Jane's were so-so, standard “I've been in love with this guy for ages but am trying desperately hard not to show it” stuff. The parts with Damon's POV were better. One of my favorite early bits:

“This was clearly all his fault. She had to be dissatisfied in her job, and soon she was going to leave, and he would be lost without her.” (14)

And that was before he realized he loved her. I liked that, even when they were strictly boss and employee, he never viewed Jane as part of the background. He noticed that she liked wearing flashy shoes and that she probably didn't like the food at certain PR events.

As much as I liked the build-up to Jane and Damon becoming a couple, I did think that the ending was a little rushed. Also, the “three years later” epilogue had me wondering whether Damon and Jane had cut their professional ties after they began dating, or if Jane was still helping Damon while trying to establish her own PR firm.

Additional Comments:

I thought the editing was mostly pretty good, although I did notice a couple oddly or confusingly constructed sentences.

I should also mention that, although my e-reader said this was going to be 79 pages long, only 62 of them were devoted to One Hit Wonder. The rest of the file was an excerpt from one of the author's other works.

 

(Original review, with read-alikes, posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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text 2015-07-31 17:55
Stay With Me (With Me Book 1) Elyssa Patrick Free!
Stay with Me - Elyssa Patrick

'I've been famous since I can remember. Singing, acting, dancing--I've done it all. The tabloids cover my every move, but I don't want that anymore. I want to be normal, whatever that is.

When I leave Hollywood for college in Vermont, I'm on my own for the first time in my life. This is my chance to figure out who I am and what I want in life.

But it's a lot harder than I expected. I can't escape my image. Classes are difficult, and I'm struggling. And then there's Caleb Fox.

Sexy, intriguing Caleb Fox.

Caleb is the one man who doesn't want to use me. He breaks down my walls. He challenges me. He wants me. And I just don't know if I can give him the same--or if he'll stick around when he finds out my shameful secret that the tabloids haven't managed to uncover.

Dating him is risky enough, but loving him could break me.

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text 2015-04-09 15:50
Flora: Florist Heroes and Heroines of Romance Novels
As You Wish (Rock Stars in Love) - Elyssa Patrick
Love in Bloom - Arlene James
Demon Hunting In Dixie - Lexi George
Duke of Sin - Adele Ashworth
Falling Star - Olivia Brynn
Loving Lily (Daughters of Liberty (Zebra)) - Everett Corinne
A Piece of Heaven - Barbara Samuel
No Flowers Required - Cari Quinn
Pan's Conquest - Aubrie Dionne
Rushing Amy - Julie Brannagh

In California wildflowers in the desert signal Spring. Orange poppies, baby blue eyes, paintbrush, owls clover, Mojave Aster, Parry Gilia,  peppergrass, and  alyssum are everywhere. 

 

Here are some wonderful Romances for you featuring flower lovers otherwise known as florists!

 

My lists are never in any particular order. 

 

1. As You Wish by Elyssa Patrick

 

Love doesn’t always follow the sheet music . . .

This Christmas, Portia Jackson needs a miracle to save her family’s generations-old florist shop. What she gets instead is a car that breaks down during a blizzard. Help arrives unexpectedly when the infamous Aubry Riley pulls over. She only expects him to drive her to the gas station . . . she never expects that kiss. But Portia lives in the real world—she knows this is only a holiday fling for Aubry. Except it doesn’t feel so temporary, and the last thing she wants is a broken heart.

Sometimes you have to sing some different notes . . .

Rock star Aubry Riley has no secrets. Thanks to the media, everyone knows about his troubled past. Six years have gone by since his world crashed, and now he’s ready for a comeback. But first he needs to reconcile with his family—starting with his six-year-old daughter. A month-long vacation at a Vermont lake house affords him the perfect opportunity to take a step in the right direction. He doesn’t need any other emotional entanglements, especially not with the bright-eyed florist he can’t stop thinking about. But no matter how hard he tries to resist her, he can’t. Now all he has to do is to convince Portia that there is nothing temporary when it comes to love.

 

2. Love in Bloom by Arlene James

 

Lily Farnsworth can thank a mysterious benefactor for the chance to open her own flower shop in Bygones, Kansas.

 

But Tate Bronson is the biggest challenge the relocated Boston attorney has ever faced. Forget about tossing out the welcome mat—the handsome widowed rancher seems determined to keep Lily at arm’s length. As everyone buzzes over the identity of the anonymous donor, Lily’s doing her part to revitalize the struggling town.

 

With the help of Tate’s little girl-turned-matchmaker, can she create a garden of community and love deep in the heart of Kansas…and one special man?

 

3. Demon Hunting In Dixie  by Lexi George

 

A warrior, a demon, and the girl next door. . .

Looking For Trouble

Addy Corwin is a florist with an attitude. A bad attitude, or so her mama says, ‘cause she's not looking for a man. Mama's wrong. Addy has looked. There's just not much to choose from in Hannah, her small Alabama hometown. Until Brand Dalvahni shows up, a supernaturally sexy, breathtakingly well-built hunk of a warrior from-well, not from around here, that's for sure. Mama thinks he might be European or maybe even a Yankee. Brand says he's from another dimension.

Addy couldn't care less where he's from. He's gorgeous. Serious muscles. Disturbing green eyes. Brand really gets her going. Too bad he's a whack job. Says he's come to rescue her from a demon. Puh-lease. But right after Brand shows up, strange things start to happen. Dogs talk and reanimated corpses stalk the quite streets of Hannah. Her mortal enemy Meredith, otherwise known as the Death Starr, breaks out in a severe and inexplicable case of butt boils. Addy might not know what's going on, but she definitely wants a certain sexy demon hunter by her side when it all goes down. . .

 

4. Duke of Sin by Adele Ashworth

 

Vivian Rael–Lamont lives peacefully in the small town of Penzance, Cornwall, where everybody believes her to be widowed, when in truth she left London unwilling to let her husband's exploits taint her family name. All's well, until someone threatens to reveal her married status and expose her to scandal – unless she can obtain an original signed copy of a Shakespearian play, owned by none other than the reclusive and mysterious William Raleigh, Duke of Trent. Vivian is unexpectedly drawn to Raleigh and, for the price of passion, he ends up joining her quest to catch the blackmailer, a discovery which only leads them to more danger. And although their bond only grows stronger, they soon realise the fruitlessness of their relationship – a married woman of noble background cannot enter into an illicit affair with the Duke of Sin.or can she?

 

5. Falling Star by Olivia Brynn

 

Adam has set his sights on florist Jade Graham. She’s not the kind of woman he’s used to, she’s too smart to play the role of arm-candy. Adam is going to have to keep his celebrity status a secret for as long as possible, because what woman in her right mind would get attached to a playboy without a conscience? Jade Graham is going to be one tough case, but she seems hell bent on proving that there is more than one way for a star to fall.

 

6. Loving Lily by  Corinne Everett

 

Spirited Lily Walters was more concerned with providing for herself and her younger brother than winning a husband, which is how she came to still be single in her early twenties. Necessity brought about a career as a florist, taking advantage of the latest rage in London. Little did Lily suspect how useful her career would be to the Patriot cause. When she realizes her brother Peter has become involved with the Sons of Liberty, Lily determines ways to aid the cause herself. After Adam Pearson arrives in town, and the Patriots begin preparing for war, messages are passed using the specific flowers chosen for her arrangements for the meanings that the different flowers represent. In addition, as Lily moves freely among the Tory's entertainment, she gathers information to aid the cause. Occasional stolen moments with Adam make clear the heated passion between them.

 

7. A Piece of Heaven by Barbara Samuel

 

In the sun-baked hills of New Mexico, Luna McGraw has lived a lifetime of regrets, struggling to conquer the demons that destroyed her marriage and caused her to lose custody of her beloved daughter. But as Luna fights to rebuild a relationship with the troubled teenager, she remains haunted by images of her own childhood and the father she barely knew.

Strong and resilient as the houses he builds, Thomas Coyote comes into Luna’s life one extraordinary night when his grandmother nearly dies while conjuring a fiery brew of spiritual enchantment. Luna does not need a man— especially one with a needy ex-wife—to complicate her fragile dreams of the future. Their attraction pushes them both beyond reason into a place where there is only possibility. Yet it will take more than passion to recover the tattered pieces of Luna’s soul, more than time to forgive the sins of an offending husband, and more than promises to mend the broken heart of a child.

 

8. No Flowers Required by Cari Quinn

 

Flower shop owner Alexa Conroy had it all before the recession hit and her customers fled to cheaper shopping grounds. Desperate to make ends meet, she sells her dream home and moves into the rundown apartments above her shop. When she spots six feet of sexy distraction—complete with muscles, piercings, and tattoos—ripping up flooring, Alexa knows the karmic windfall she’s due just landed on her doorstep. And the attraction’s definitely not one-sided. Dillon James, reluctant heir to the corporation about to foreclose on Alexa’s shop, is not about to jeopardize their scorching chemistry by admitting he’s not the building’s handyman. But with only weeks until her business goes under and his identity is revealed, Dillon must find a way to convince Alexa cooperation isn’t a dirty word, help her save the shop from his brother’s greed, and persuade her that he’s not the enemy…or risk losing the only woman who’s seen the real him.

 

9. Pan's Conquest by Aubrie Dionne

 

Syrinx pulled a fast one on Pan to escape his raging lust. The God of Chastity wasn't about to break her vows and succumb to his temptations. Transported to the twenty-first century, she runs a florist shop - fulfilling her fake, mortal life. Until the breathtaking Parker Thomas hires her to decorate his grand estate for a gala. Five hundred roses? Easy enough. Except Parker makes her feel things she can't ignore...

As the God of Fertility, Pan is used to maidens flocking in droves to his pastures. So when Syrinx denies him, he's determined to win the one that got away. He poses as a mortal to get close to her, but he doesn't count on falling hard for his conquest - hard enough to make a life and stay.

But Syrinx is falling in love with a man that doesn't exist. Can Pan hide his identity forever, or will the truth tear them apart?

 

10. Rushing Amy by Julie Brannagh

 

For Amy Hamilton, only three Fs matter: Family, Football, and Flowers. It might be nice to find someone to share Forever with, too, but right now she's working double overtime while she gets her flower shop off the ground. The last thing she needs or wants is a distraction … or help, for that matter. Especially in the form of gorgeous and aggravatingly arrogant ex-NFL star Matt Stephens.

 

Matt lives by a playbook—his playbook. He never thought his toughest opponent would come in the form of a stunning florist with a stubborn streak to match his own. Since meeting her in the bar after her sister's wedding, he's known there's something between them. After she refuses—again and again—to go out with him, Matt will do anything to win her heart … But will Amy, who has everything to lose, let the clock run out on the one-yard line?

 

Did I miss your favorite florist? Let me know! Vote fore the best of the best on my Goodreads list: Flora: Florist Heroes and Heroines of Romance Novels

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