No Flowers Required (2012)
No Flowers Required (2012)
3.82 of 5 Votes: 2
Entangled Publishing (Brazen)
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...and Cari Quinn does it again. I read this one in the span of about 2 hours, completely unable to put it down. Alexa struck me as a independent, carefree, and successful woman in the first book in this series, but in this book we find out that while she is fiercely independent, she isn't carefree or successful (anymore). After her mentor died and left her the failing business, she's left holding the massive debt...debt that Mr Hottiepants Dillion happens to own, since his family owns the storefront her shop is in. And owns her primary competitor, Value Hardware. So it's no surprise that he keeps his identity a secret once he finds out just how much she loathes Value Hardware. Even though I understood his reasons (great job by Cari showing us both points of view), I still wanted to slap the crap out of him a few times when he had every opportunity to tell her the truth. The relationship between Dillon and his brother had me scratching my head at times and laughing out loud (literally) at others. In fact, I "shared" a few quotes via my iBooks app on Facebook from Cory. I'm actually really interested in Cory's story. Cari did a great job setting up the next book and piquing my interest in him. The rooftop scene nearly set my iPad on fire, and I had to get myself a large glass of ice water to cool off afterwards. I might have to read it a few more times just to make sure it wasn't a case of near spontaneous human combustion, though. Just to be on the safe side. It's probably a good thing that I waited a couple weeks to review this one, or it may have only gotten 3 stars, I was so angry. I loved the setup: Alexa moves into a building above her shop space and is trying to get back on her feet. She thinks Dillon is just the building handyman, but he is really part-owner of the competitor store that also holds her lease (and is threatening to terminate it). Alexa and Dillon have off-the-charts chemistry. What I almost couldn't forgive was Alexa's childish, mega-bitch meltdown toward the end of the book. I was so angry at her, and it seemed just a little over the top for the situation. I guess the reader is biased and sees, plain as day, what a complete sweetheart Dillon is and that he has only good intentions. But her treatment of him really pissed me off. Wanting to be independent is admirable up to a point, but fuck, at some point just let people help you! The way he wins her back is really sweet (although by then, I think I was wondering why he bothered). All in all, it was a really enjoyable read.
I was expecting that Dillon paid her credits instead it's Cory. But I still love the ending. :3
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