Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Florist


Title: The Florist
Author: Serena Yates
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Publisher URL: spsilverpublishing.com
ISBN/BIN: 9781614956891
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Dylan White’s never been good at putting down roots.  Even taking a job close to his family didn’t work out. After quitting his last job, a vacation white-water rafting seemed like the break he needed, except he’s tracked down by a lawyer with bad news. His friend Mike has died, leaving him everything—including a florist shop. It’s a shocking turn of events but Dylan can’t let his friend down. He’s determined to make the shop a success. The only problem is one of the employees is determined to see him fail. A sudden offer to buy the shop is a little too convenient. What’s up?

Sean Mellick literally runs into Dylan on the day he comes into the attorney’s office to talk about Mike’s will. He’s smitten by the tousled haired, energetic man. Despite his heavy case load as a defense lawyer with the same firm, he wants a relationship and pursues Dylan. They get along well but there’s a lot going on to get in their way. Will the stress of the shop cause Dylan to run again or will he stay this time? Can they make a life together work?

The Florist is the latest release in Serena Yates’ Workplace Encounters series. I liked the premise of the story and having the bombshell news of his friend dropped on Dylan in the middle of his wilderness vacation is a nice twist. I just wish we’d seen a little more of Dylan’s initial distress instead of moving the story forward so quickly. I liked the personalities of both men—they are pretty well done for a story of this length—but Dylan’s is more fully developed. 

The plot flows well and there are plenty of twists and turns to keep the story moving forward, even if some of them are expected. The romance is sweet and lighthearted, Dylan and Sean are cute together and there’s enough of a mystery to keep things interesting. The desire between these two starts off quickly but it works, and when it turns physical—it’s passionate. As you might expect, the villain gets his just desserts and the guys their HEA in the end. 

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