Saturday, September 8, 2012

No Flowers Required by Cari Quinn

Title: No Flowers Required
Author: Cari Quinn
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Love Required #2
Main Characters: Alexa and Dillon
Release Date: August 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing Brazen
ISBN: e-book

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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
*sigh* This was just a fun book to read. 

Dillon...oh my...he's tall and ripped and tattooed and just oh-so-sexy. Oh, and yeah, unfortunately he's also lying. In his defense, he never meant to lie. It just kind of happened when Alexa refused to listen to him as she was diving into his pants and then it was too late. I love his character. He's kind of at a crossroads. He's had to come home to join his brother to take over their parent's business, but things haven't been good between him and Cory for a while....which has made him reluctant about the business side of things. As a result, he's spent his time in the company doing the hands-on of the reno's on their properties. That's why Alexa assumed he was a handyman.

Alexa has her own set of issues. She inherited the flower business that she loves, but with it came a HUGE pile of overdue bills. As a result, she's had to sell her dream home and move into a small apartment above her store....all of which is owned by Dillon's family. She doesn't realize the connection because Dillon has a different last name from the rest  of the family. She's on the verge of losing everything and her stress levels match that desperation. When she spots Dillon and his obvious desire for her, she jumps on the chance for something good and fun and not stressful. She just wants it to be fun so she refuses to hear what Dillon has to say. Then she spews on about the family discount business which is killing her flower store...not realizing that Dillon is part of that family and brother to the Cory that she despises.

There was so much I truly loved about this book. I loved Dillon's roof-top garden and the ambience it provided especially at the end. The watercolor scene- perfection. I loved Dillon's work with the charities and that he's truly just a good guy...wanting to help. I loved the glimpses of Jake and Nellie from No Dress Required. And I truly loved watching Cory and Dillon together with their very tenuous relationship. I'm crossing my fingers that Cari is writing Cory's story next, because I want to know more about him. No Dress Required covered a very small moment in time. I liked that this relationship took longer to build and develop. 

Overall, this book is why I read romance. It was fun and entertaining and featured two characters that I could truly love and cheer for when it came to finding their happily ever after.


Mariana @ Book Travels said...

I bought No Dress Required this week and it sounds like such a sweet story.
After reading your review it made me want to rush to this series.

Cari Quinn said...

Thank you SO much for the great review, Christi! I'm thrilled you liked No Flowers Required. Cory's story, No Romance Required, is due out later this year. :)