Friday, April 19, 2019

"A Bouquet of Love" by Janice Thompson

About this book:

  She didn’t expect to fall in love—but roses aren’t the only thing blooming on Galveston Island.
Cassia Pappas has found herself in a nearly impossible situation. She wants to spend her time immersed in her new job at a Galveston Island floral shop, arranging blooms and brightening occasions with her lovely creations. But her huge Greek family–especially her father–has other ideas. They’ve all relocated to Galveston to open up a new family restaurant location on the Strand– directly across the street from the Rossis’ popular pizza place–and they want Cassia’s full participation.
To make matters worse, as Cassia is trying to develop a strong professional relationship with Galveston’s premier wedding coordinator, Bella Neeley, her own father is intent on stealing all of the Rossi family’s faithful customers. Not exactly the best way to get into Bella’s good graces!
Still, at least Alex, that hot delivery guy from the nursery, is always hanging around the flower shop . . .

Series: Book #4 in the “Weddings by Design” series. Reviews of #1 Here, #2 Here, and #3 Here! (Does feature characters from the author’s previous series, “Weddings by Bella” and “Backstage Pass”)

Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned & quoted; Prayers & Thanking God; Church going; Talks about God; ‘H’s are not capitalized when referring to God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessing over food; Mentions of thanking & praising God; Mentions of those, events, & places in the Bible; Mentions of churches/chapels, church going, worshiping, Sunday school classes, youth groups, sermons, services, pastors; Mentions of faiths & Christians; Mentions of blessings & being blessed; Mentions of Heaven; Mentions of nuns, a priest, & a convent; A few mentions of miracles; A mention of a Bible study group; A mention of a godsend; A mention of guardian angels;
             *Note: Mentions of a man looking like Adonis; A few mentions of a food being the devil’s food; A mention of dancing with the devil; A mention of a devilish grin; A mention of demonic spirits; A mention of thinking a family is evil; A mention of an evil look in someone’s eye; A mention of Zeus; A mention of a God-forsaken place.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘heck’, a ‘shoot’, two forms of ‘shut up’, and four ‘stupid’s; Mentions of curses (said, not written); Some sarcasm & eye rolling; Mentions of thinking a family is in the mafia, has machine guns, & mobsters (including a couple mentions of murders); Mentions of being killed (teasing, barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of thinking someone was kidnapped; Mentions of hunting & hunters; A few mentions of hatred; A couple mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of gossip; A mention of a machine-gun sound; A mention of an abusive father; A mention of a (historical) kidnapping; A mention of a bar;
             *Note: Mentions of TV channels, celebrities, movies, & fictional characters; Mentions of singers & songs; A few mentions of a social media platform; A couple mentions of car brands; A mention of a designer.

Sexual Content- Cheek & hairline kisses, a nose kiss, a forehead kiss, not-detailed kisses, five barely-above-not-detailed kisses, and three boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed kisses; Remembering kisses (barely-above-not-detailed); Wanting to kiss; Touches, Embraces, & Nearness (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing & Smelling (barely-above-not-detailed); a form of ‘babe’ and two forms of ‘hot’; A few mentions of seeing a couple kissing; A few mentions of married couples kissing; A couple mentions of a battle of the sexes; A couple mentions of a misunderstanding of thinking a girl is pregnant out of wedlock; A couple mentions of guys being called yummy; A mention of a woman “distracting” a man in historical times; A mention of a compromising situation; A mention of dressing like a Greek virgin; A mention of a “come hither” look; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: Mention of some women’s ample bosoms & weights; A couple mentions of a woman’s perfect figure; A mention of estrogen; A mention of an eating disorder.

-Cassia Pappas, age 23
                                1st person P.O.V. of Cassia
                                                        347 pages

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My personal Rating-
What a wild ride to finish off this series! It’s no secret that I love the name Cassia and I also love Janice Thompson books, so this book had the makings of a winner for me. I will admit that I did feel wore out at times with Cassia’s family and the feud, but I really liked the ending—even though it was bittersweet!

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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