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The Florist by Serena Yates

 
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The Florist by Serena Yates

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Book Series
Workplace Encounters
About the Author
I’m a night owl and start writing when everyone else in my time zone is asleep. I’ve loved reading all my life and spent most of my childhood with my nose buried in a book. Although I always wanted to be a writer, financial independence came first. Twenty-some years and a successful business career later I took some online writing classes and never looked back.

Living and working in seven countries has taught me that there's more than one way to get things done. It has instilled tremendous respect for the many different cultures, beliefs, attitudes and preferences that exist on our planet.

I like exploring those differences in my stories, most of which happen to be romances. My characters have a tendency to want to do their own thing, so I often have to rein them back in. The one thing we all agree on is the desire for a happy ending.

I currently live in the United Kingdom, sharing my house with a vast collection of books. I like reading, traveling, spending time with my nieces, and listening to classical music. I have a passion for science and learning new languages.
Publication Date
January 06, 2016
Pages
121
ISBN
1634760239 (ISBN13: 9781634760232)
When freelance florist Dylan White gets a call that a good friend has died and left him a flower shop, Dylan isn’t sure he wants the commitment. Still, he travels to Florida to speak with the law firm, where he meets defense attorney Sean Mellick in the corridor. Sean makes a point of “running into” Dylan again, and Dylan eventually agrees to a date.While romance blooms between the two men, their careers aren’t going as smoothly. Dylan faces employee resistance and sabotage, and then inexplicable expenses leave him on the verge of bankruptcy. An offer to sell that sounds too good to be true makes him suspicious, and he asks Sean for help. Though they’ve had very little time together, Dylan and Sean need each other to work through the issues and plant the seeds for the future they both want.

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The gypsy and the lawyer
(Updated: January 14, 2016)
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Creating fully developed characters and plot lines within the confines of a novella is often extremely difficult. Writing a well rounded satisfying novella is definitely a skill in itself. In The Florist, Serena Yates presents the reader with many subplots and to some extent, I felt that impacted badly on the flow of the story and the attachment developed with the characters. Sometimes, I think, less is more.

Dylan White is a free spirit and a qualified florist. He has no interest in settling down in one place and has thus far managed to avoid doing so. When he receives a phone call informing him of the death of a friend he's been out of touch with for many years, Dylan is surprised to find that he has inherited his friend's entire estate. A thriving florist shop and a home in Florida are the last things Dylan expects to own. Moving to Florida to see his friend's legacy first hand seems his only option. Whether to stay and make it work or sell up and continue his gypsy lifestyle will be the hardest decision he's ever had to make.

Sean Mellick is a defense attorney in a middle size law firm. He is beginning to question his career choice as he finds himself working with clients he's finding harder and harder to defend. When Dylan White enters his life as a client of one of the partners, Sean can't believe his luck. Dylan is exactly his type and thinking of ways to keep running onto him and ask him out become Sean's new priority.

When Dylan's flower shop becomes the victim of fraud, Sean is there to help the man he is fast falling in love with. Coincidentally Dylan's problems and Sean's clients seem to be inextricably linked and working together to save Dylan's shop becomes their top priority. I found things got a little too coincidental at this point and solving Dylan's problem felt rushed and somewhat unrealistic.

The Florist was a light, quick read and entertaining in its way, but there were too many coincidences and leaps of faith for me to highly recommend it.
JB
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