Coming Up Roses: Inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

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Staci Hart Novels, Aug 1, 2019 - Fiction - 350 pages

Bestselling author Staci Hart is back with a brand new romantic comedy and clever spin on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Meet the Bennet brothers, get to know Longbourne, and fall in love in this steamy enemies to lovers romcom.

Everyone hates parts of their job.

Maybe it’s the paperwork. Maybe it’s the day-to-day grind. Maybe it’s that client who never knows what they want, or the guy who always cooks fish in the microwave.

But not me. I love every corner of the Longbourne Flower Shop, every flower, every petal, every stem. I love the greenhouse, and I love Mrs. Bennet, my boss. I love creating, and I love being a florist. I don’t hate anything at all.

Except for Luke Bennet.

The Bennet brothers have come home to help their mom save the flower shop, and Luke is at the helm. His smile tells a tale of lust, loose and easy. He moves with the grace of a predator, feral and wild. A thing unbridled, without rules or constraint. When he comes home to save Longbourne, I almost can’t be mad at him. Almost.

He doesn’t remember that night I’ll never forget. That kiss, touched with whiskey and fire. It branded me like a red-hot iron. But it meant nothing to him.

Everyone hates part of their job, and I hate Luke Bennet.

Because if I don’t, I’ll fall in love with him.

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"Everyone hates something about their job. And she hates Luke Bennet."
Luke Bennet is back. After nearly a decade of living in the West Coast, he has returned to help the family business... Rather
all the Bennet children are home to save Longbourne.
The story begins with some groping and some heavy tension. Tess Monroe cannot stand Luke. Ever since he broke her heart and forgot the kiss they shared all those years ago she's been harbouring some bitter feelings.
Tess hasn't had it easy. The floral shop is her life. That's all she's ever known. Being the primary caregiver of her invalid father, she has a lot of responsibilities and not many opportunities to be wild.
“Be wild. Because life is lived in the moments you don’t see coming. Not in the comfort of predictability, but in the thrill of the unknown.”
Luke on the other hand is the opposite. He's had many jobs and is very carefree. He's the youngest of the Bennets and the troublemaker. He lives for the next adventure. The world is his oyster. He knows just how to get his way with his charm and swoonworthy smile.
Through Luke, Tess learns to spread her wings and fly. To not be afraid. These once best friends must work together to bring life back to Longbourne. What started off as dislike soon turns into love.
Coming Up Roses by Staci Hart was a wonderful standalone romcom re-telling of a classic Jane Austen love story. Filled with angst and fun, sweet and sexy moments, you won't stop turning the pages until you've reached the end! Also, Luke happens to be shirtless a lot. If that doesn't entice you to read this book, I don't know what will. 💐

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Oh be still my heart, I am so in LOVE with this book! It had me swooning, getting goosebumps and tearing up while reading!! This enemies to lovers story was the perfect mix of laugh out loud moments, witty banter and seriously steamy scenes. Luke and Tess’s chemistry was undeniable- even when she hated him with every fiber in her being, there was no stopping what was happening between them. The attention to detail with the flowers and the shop had me visualizing that I was actually in New York with the whole Bennett family, feeling like part of the clan trying to save the shop. Plus I identified so much with Tess, her need for predictability, reserved with her emotions, and holding her feelings inside. Yet like Luke my favorite thing is to adventure outside of my comfort zone and explore the world. From the wise words of Tess’s Dad - “Be wild. Because life is lived in the moments you don’t see coming. Not in the comfort of predictability, but in the thrill of the unknown.” 5 Stars for me!  

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Authors Note
A Good Groping
The Brood
Let Her Be Wild
Things You Can Count
Big Ideas
Princes and Pirates
Gold Digger
Fudge Ripple
Heart Burn
Empty Spaces
Rainbow Road
Tick Tock

Rhymes with
Double Take
You Can
Ever the Gentleman
Curiosity Kills
Just the Truth
Things the Cat Drags
A Certain Faith
Make a Wish
Imagine That
Gilded Lily Thank
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