Falling in love with a Bennet is not an option.
My mother has summoned me home to take my place at Bower Bouquets, and as the heiress, I’m expected to do as I’m told. I’m expected to sit by her side as she does her best to decimate the Bennet family and their flower shop, Longbourne. I’m expected to play by her rules, or she’ll ruin me too.
But the day I crash into Marcus Bennet changes everything. And the kiss seals the deal. If my mother finds out, I’ll lose everything—my family, my life, my security. Worse, she’ll make sure the Bennets pay for my mistakes.
Falling in love with a Bennet is not an option.
But I might not have a choice.
Mum’s The Word is EVERYTHING I wanted in the final book of Staci Hart’s Bennet Brothers series. The story line, the characters, the writing – all of it allowed readers to truly see who Maisie Bower and Marcus Bennet are and why, despite all the obstacles, including their last names, the soulful connection they share from their initial interaction made them both take risks and go all-in in a relationship that would either restore them or destroy them.
I adored Maisie and the progression of her character. It’s clear at the beginning of the story that her self-esteem is lacking due to her mother’s neglect and the hurtful words she uses to put Maisie in her place, but as the book continues, Hart illustrates the growth of Maisie’s backbone and the way she slowly builds herself back up in order to no longer cower at her mother’s condescending comments. She definitely is a work-in-progress – one that will be faced with and put in difficult situations -but Maisie understands the difference between right and wrong and refuses to allow her mother to destroy anyone else, especially the Bennets.
Marcus is a man of principle…a man of morals and he held steadfast to his beliefs as he worked to prevent his family’s business from going under; I appreciated the fact that he valued honesty and total disclosure, and even though there were times where I felt he saw things too narrowly and reacted too quickly in a black and white manner, he’s an amazing manner who understands the value of family and hard work. He doesn’t see Maisie as a Bower, as someone who he detests…he sees her as someone who makes him want things he never thought he would and feel everything that comes with falling in love.
Marcus and Maisie’s connection – it didn’t feel like lust at first sight because it was deeper than their physical attraction. It was at the soul level and Hart built upon it as the story went on. What’s happening between them seems fated…seems necessary to their happiness, to their future, to their existence. And it allows readers to be completely invested in these two characters getting everything they wanted and needed. Marcus and Maisie’s ‘soulful’ bond is illustrated in the way they feel when they’re together, in the intimate moments when they share more than their bodies with each other. To me, there’s nothing sexier than a couple who is connected on every level.
I ADORED Maisie and Marcus’ story – the interactions between Marcus and his brothers/parents; Maisie’s relationship with her father; the contrast of Maisie and Marcus’ family dynamics and how it shaped them; how they changed one another by just being them and found a soul mate who gets them on every level.
Mum’s The Word is definitely one of my most favorite Staci Hart stories!
5 Poison Apples
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. Almost.
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.
They say there’s no such thing as perfect.
But I’ve built my life to perfection—the perfect boyfriend, the perfect apartment, the perfect career planning celebrity weddings. My job—my only job—is to make sure every event is absolutely and completely perfect.
What’s not perfect? Kash Bennet.
And I wish I didn’t find that so appealing.
I could have told you every perfectly imperfect thing about the gardener at Longbourne. Like his hair, lush and black and far too long. Or his nose, the flat bridge of a Greek god, bent a little like it’s been broken. Or his size. Beastly. Roped and corded with muscles, gleaming with sweat and peppered with dirt. There’s no escaping him, not if I’m going to use his family’s flower shop for my events.
But nothing is what it seems. And in the span of a heartbeat, my perfect life is turned inside out. They say the best way to get over somebody is to get under somebody new. When Kash offers his services to the cause, it sounds like the perfect plan.
What’s not part of the plan? Falling in love with the gardener.
But they were right—there’s no such thing as perfect.
And I’m the fool who finds out the hard way.
Gilded Lily is available for a little while longer in Kindle Unlimited!
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. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.