Title: Love Blooms on Main Street
Author: Olivia Miles
My Rating: A-
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Briar Creek #4
Main Characters: Ivy and Brett
Release Date: July 2016
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Sexual Intensity: mild
Florist Ivy Birch fantasizes about the day a man will surprise her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Especially if that man happens to be Brett Hastings. One stolen kiss at her best friend's wedding and Ivy can't get the sexy ER doctor out of her head.
In the small town of Briar Creek, you can't avoid anyone for very long. Not that Brett has been trying to avoid Ivy. He just can't afford to let anything distract him from his work-not again. So when a hospital fundraiser throws them together, love is the last thing on his mind. But with her quick wit and sweet laugh, soon the one woman he's tried to keep at arm's length is capturing his heart...
I really enjoyed this book. My only issue with it came early. Ivy is living in a fantasy world. Seven months ago she shared a sizzling kiss with Brett at a wedding. He was the boy she crushed on in high school and now he's a sexy ER doctor. Ever since then (SEVEN MONTHS!?!?...OMG) she's waited for him to sweep back into her life and fall desperately in love with her...even though he hasn't even called. I hated that she was so deluded early in this book. That made me lose a lot of respect for her as a heroine to start with. I really prefer my heroines to be a little bit more self-aware and less in a fantasyland...but that's definitely a pet-peeve of mine, because I hate clingy heroines. Have some self-respect.
But that's why I did love her so much when she did have to face the fact that Brett didn't feel that way about her. She never let him see that it bothered her...and that startled him so much. It was fantastic. Even though it wasn't her true feelings, I love that she threw him off his game.
Brett is dealing with a lot. He's a prestigious ER doc who screwed up and is now home trying to recover from the fact that he's human and can make mistakes. Throw in the fact that now the girl he was sure he would have to let down gently isn't actually interested and his ego has taken a bit of a blow. I love that because it sounds like his ego needed to be taken down a few notches. Brett is caught up in his own little aspect of his world and doesn't really see what else is happening around him. He has a great character arc in this story to come to that reality of what his job truly is as a doctor...a greatly needed character arc. He's also having to face some harsh realities of what he can accomplish as a doctor and that affects how he responds as a human. He can't save everyone, no matter how much he thinks he should be able to.
It was interesting that Ivy had a similar character arc...although different. Growing up everyone felt sorry for the children of the town drunk. So Ivy has taken care to never draw attention to herself. She doesn't want to do anything that makes her different or stand out. As a result, she never asks for help and is extremely independent...something that has hurt her over the years. She has to learn that those around her love her...even if she's not perfect, or maybe even slightly different. Everyone has their own issues.
And in the background of this story was Kara's story and her trying to break out and become her own person in her career. Normally, I hate side stories that detract from the main story, but this one really worked for me, and I got where I looked forward to Kara's sections in the book.
I've enjoyed this series and this one was a good installment. I definitely recommend it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.