3 out of 5 stars
A BOUQUET OF LOVE was a light, quirky romance set amongst a family feud rivaling the Hatfields and McCoys.
Flowers are Cassia Pappas’ life. She dreams of being a florist. A dream that will never be realized if her father has anything to say about it. Niko Pappas runs his family Gyros business with an iron fist and demands nothing but loyalty from his family. And loyalty to Niko Pappas means no fraternizing with anyone in the Rossi clan. That becomes increasingly difficult since the Rossi family has their hands in just about every business at Galveston Island.
When Cassia does the unthinkable and secretly gets a job at the local florist owned by a Rossi family member, she hopes to ease her father into the idea of her working somewhere besides the family restaurant. When she meets Alex, the local flower supplier, she is more than smitten. She and Alex immediately hit it off. But when Cassia finds out he too has close relations to the Rossi’s, she is sure her father is going to disown her . . . if he doesn’t kill her first. What follows is a cavalcade of characters from both the Pappas and Rossi clans trying to nurture relationships without the family patriarchs finding out.
A BOUQUET OF LOVE was just a bit too quirky and chaotic for me. I need to clarify that my genre of choice is action/suspense/romance so I am sure that has a lot to do with why A BOUQUET OF LOVE didn’t hold my interest. The story of the feuding families definitely overshadowed the budding relationship between Cassia and Alex, making their storyline feel more like a filler than the focal point. But that’s just my opinion. Anyone who likes slapstick comedy and cozy stories would probably appreciate A BOUQUET OF LOVE. It just wasn’t my piece of cake, or should I say Baklava.
Book provided for review purposes.
Available August 2014 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.