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Review: Love Blooms on Main Street by Olivia Miles

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Love is always in season . . .

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…

My Review

“Life is more enjoyable if you start letting people in instead of shutting them out.”

Love Blooms on Main Street is the fourth book in The Briar Creek Series, but can be read as a stand-alone. Love Blooms on Main Street is told from multiple points of view and follows the story of Ivy and Brett. Ivy has always dreamed of finding that special love, a love that stands the tests of time and where a guy will treat her like gold and bring her flowers. For as long as Ivy can remember, she’s had a big crush on Brett. She never thought anything more would come of this crush until one fateful night. This one fateful night, they will share the most intense, perfect kiss. Ivy should be on cloud nine, but sadly that is not the case. Now, seven months later, Brett has returned to Briar Creek. As much as he wants to avoid this small town and everyone in it, that is an impossibility. He is a man on a mission and that mission is his career. He has no time for distractions and that is exactly what Ivy is. However, as fate would have it, Brett and Ivy will be thrown together once again. Will Brett be able to resist the charming Ivy? You’ll just have to read to find out.

Overall, I thought this book was a cute and easy read. I liked Ivy. I thought she was sweet. But, I will admit that I did have a bit of a love/hate relationship with her crush on Brett. I will explain more in a bit. Brett… I was not a huge fan of his in the beginning. It was obvious that he liked Ivy, but he was very standoffish towards her. I did warm up to him a bit more once I understood his job and what happened at the last place he worked. I think that Brett and Ivy had some really good chemistry. They had excellent pull and were both really stubborn. They both worked too hard and didn’t make or want to make time for relationships.

I did have a few issues with this story, but my biggest one was that I wanted more from these characters. While I thought that they had good chemistry, I think their relationship took too long to build. Please don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a slow building romance, but this was way too slow. Also, Ivy has been pining over Brett for such a long time and I can understand how it would have been head for her to just give up on her crush, but honestly, it annoyed me that she kept pursing Brett. I needed to see more from him. Why did she like him so much? He sent her so many mixed signals, that it left my head spinning.

Despite my issues with Brett and Ivy, I did like this book. It was a quick and easy read. It was a light romance with a sort of friends to lovers quality to it. This book was sweet, with some light steamy moments. There was some drama and angst, but again on the light side. If you’re looking for a sweet, light read, then this is just what you’re looking for.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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