REVIEW: Coming Up Roses by Staci Hart

Everyone hates part of their job, and I hate Luke Bennet.

Coming Up Roses, an all-new must read enemies to lovers romantic comedy from Staci Hart is available now!


Everyone hates parts of their job.

Maybe it’s the paperwork. Maybe it’s the day-to-day grind. Maybe it’s that client who never knows what they want, or the guy who always cooks fish in the microwave.

But not me. I love every corner of the Longbourne Flower Shop, every flower, every petal, every stem. I love the greenhouse, and I love Mrs. Bennet, my boss. I love creating, and I love being a florist. I don’t hate anything at all.

Except for Luke Bennet.

The Bennet brothers have come home to help their mom save the flower shop, and Luke is at the helm. His smile tells a tale of lust, loose and easy. He moves with the grace of a predator, feral and wild. A thing unbridled, without rules or constraint.

When he comes home to save Longbourne, I almost can’t be mad at him.


He doesn’t remember that night I’ll never forget. That kiss, touched with whiskey and fire. It branded me like a red-hot iron. But it meant nothing to him.

Everyone hates part of their job, and I hate Luke Bennet.

Because if I don’t, I’ll fall in love with him.


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My Review

As an English teacher, I adore modern retellings of literary classics, and Pride and Prejudice is one of my absolute favorites, especially when Staci Hart works her magic and crafts her own contemporary version of a beloved story.

What I find most intriguing about Tess and Luke’s love/hate relationship at the onset of the story is the fact that Luke has no idea why Tess garners such disdain for him, but it’s all about first impressions with Tess and she can’t see past the arrogant, irresponsible, and trouble-making guy who broke her heart all those years ago. But thankfully, Luke proves Tess wrong, coming through in big ways for his family’s floral shop and taking the time to get to know who Tess is and just how perfect a match they really are.

Both Tess and Luke are dynamic characters whose past, in a lot of ways, dictate their present. Tess doesn’t trust easily, doesn’t take risks, and doesn’t step outside of her comfort zone because she’s afraid to get hurt; it’s her fear and her inability to live in the present that holds her back, but when Luke reenters her life, a new Tess emerges – one who is happy living in the moment with him and taking a chance of a man who she judged wrongly due to one interaction that he didn’t remember.

I love how Luke is perceived to be the under achiever…to be unreliable and unstable because he proves that notion wrong and then some. Because Hart provides readers with Luke’s perspective, we’re able to get inside his head to hear his internal musings about Tess and the reasons behind his actions when it comes to his ex. This firsthand insight is valuable for readers to truly see just how incredible he is.

The Bennets are a rowdy bunch and that’s what makes them such an endearing family. When their family floral business needed all hands on deck, that’s exactly what the Bennet siblings do, which is how Luke storms back into Tess’ life, throwing her off-balance and unearthing an array of dormant feelings about a shared encounter that Luke doesn’t remember. The way this family comes together and the love that shines through even when they’re arguing makes me more than a little excited to read about the other members of the Bennet family!

4.5 Poison Apples


About Staci

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.


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