Monday, September 15, 2014

Red Hot Bliss Review ~ THE BOUQUET LIST by Barbara DeLeo

He's #5 on her Bouquet List. Tall, dark...and completely forbidden.

After a too-close call with death, Yasmin Katsalos is checking some things off her Bouquet List—things to do after you thought you were going to die. Fun fashion choices? Check. Purple hair and a cute diamond nose stud? Check, check. Now she's on to item #5: a flirty fling with a man who's tall, dark, rich...and totally out of her league.

And restaurateur Lane Griffiths definitely fits the bill.

Lane isn't just out of Yasmin's league. He's also her brother's best friend and therefore off-limits. Now that they're working together on renovations for her family's wedding hall, however, Yasmin has plenty of opportunities to bewitch, bother, and boldly seduce. He's reserved. She's relaxed. The only thing they share is a spark of attraction that's too strong to resist. But is Lane just another item on her bouquet list... or has Yasmin found something on her list that will last?

**NOTE: This is a Red-Hot Bliss and is not a behind closed doors sex scenes story.**

REVIEW
The Bouquet List is a charming romance using the tried and tested formulas of friends to lovers and older brother's best friend.  And being a Red Hot Bliss, the intimacy isn't entirely left up to your imagination.

Yasmin Katsalos has a bouquet list - a list of things she plans on doing as she's not going to die.  Returning home to help out with her family's restaurant renovation, she discovers her brother's best friend will be working with her. Lane Griffiths, the man who meets her criteria for #5 on her list; a fling with a man who’s tall, dark, rich and totally out of her league.

Lane was a sweetheart, yet comes across as set in his ways and a little straight laced at first, but I loved Yasmin's live-for-the-moment attitude and how she encouraged him to loosen up a little.  They have a lovely chemistry and are perfect for one another, except he craves the stable family dynamic that Yasmin and her brothers grew up with and he never had whilst she dreams of a family who follow her wanderlust.  I was surprised when Lane fell, just how hard he plummeted, but I can't deny the man stole my heart.

"You’re a hard woman to resist, Yasmin Katsalos, but a kiss or two between old friends never hurt anyone, did it?"

With fun, romance and frustration, Barbara Deleo has kicked off the Weddings in Westchester series nicely.  I did feel it was a touch slow burning at first, but if a sweet touching romance that leaves you with a smile on your face is what you're after, then I recommend.

Rating: 3.5

Release Date: September 15, 2014
Book Length: 211 pages
Source: Publisher ~ Entangled: Bliss
Reviewed by: Nicola
Reading Format: Available only in eBook


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