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Monday, September 24, 2018

Sweet, Charming & Magical: Don't Touch My Petunia by Tara Sheets

DON'T TOUCH MY PETUNIA

by Tara Sheets
Series: The Holloway Girls #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Zebra Shout
Publication Date: September 25th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷
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It's another hit from Tara Sheets! I am absolutely loving The Holloway Girls series. It has everything that I ask for in a good romance series with delightful characters and a swoony romance, and more with the touch of magic. As with Don't Call Me Cupcake, Don't Touch My Petunia charmed me from the first page. I just want to shout out my love for these books from the top of a rooftop!

The Holloway Girls are special - they possess just a touch of magic in them. Emma, the heroine of the first book, could bake charmed cupcakes. Juliette, the heroine of Don't Touch My Petunia, has a magical affinity for plants - she is able to heal and grow any plant that she wants. I adored Juliette's character, especially how close to Mother Nature she was. I thought her deep bond with nature was written beautifully - you could just feel how important it was to her. She worked at the local flower shop and had many aspirations. She was passionate, driven and was a sweetheart. Juliette was easy to grow a connection to and even when she was being bullheaded and blinded by her ambitions, I felt deeply connected to her. She was hard to dislike because her personality was lovely and endearing.

Logan, her love interest, was just the perfect balance to her. At the age of 18, after breaking Juliette's heart, he went off to the military. After several tours, he was back on Pine Cove Island to settle down at his grandfather's house. At the same time, he was also helping out with renovations at the flower shop as a favor to his uncle. I loved Logan so much! He was the quiet but deep kind of hero. I found it refreshing that the author wrote a hero who actually wanted to settle down and start a family because reading about heroes with commitment issues can become old real fast. He was also struggling with a mild form of PTSD after having been in the service for so long. I felt for him and was happy that he had someone to talk to in the form of Juliette.

The chemistry between Juliette and Logan was a strong and all-consuming element throughout Don't Touch My Petunia. The first scene at the flower shop where the book title was used as a clever pun had me in riots! I thought the two of them were just the perfect for each other. Juliette didn't intend on falling in love with him. But we all know how that goes in fiction! There was just a bit of animosity between them in the beginning as Logan made changes to the shop that weren't in her plans. The banter and the growing bond between them made me a very happy romance fan. As with the first book, the sex scenes were fade-to-black, but that did not take away from the chemistry one bit. I so loved these two adorable human beings together and wanted so much for them to find their happily-ever-afters. This series also has a strong focus on friendship and family. I love the close bond between Juliette and Emma, who are cousins. We also get to see more of their two hilarious (and often inappropriate) friends in Don't Touch My Petunia, and I swear, I was laughing out loud whenever they had a scene.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that there is going to be another book in this series. I'm not going to say who it is, but you meet her in this book. I can't recommend this book and the Holloway Girls series highly enough. I don't like to do book or author comparisons, but I truly think readers who love Jill Shalvis are going to just adore Tara Sheets' style as well. Please pick these books up and fall in love with this debut series just as I did! :)

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