The Little Shop of Hopes and Dreams, Fiona Harper

The Little Shop of Hopes and Dreams (Mills & Boon M&B)

 

The Little Shop of Hopes and Dreams, Fiona Harper
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
This is the third book I’ve read about a business dealing with wedding/marriage proposals, and each one has started from the same point and gone in very different directions. That’s what is so great, how authors have such different ideas about stories, even if the brief is the same. I’ve been to art classes where 12 people will follow a step by step painting and yet produce 12 very different works at the end. Originality always comes through.
So, poor Nicole, her business really needs this  latest job if its to survive, but then she meets the man who’s about to get proposed to…and finds out he’s the new years dream kiss mystery man. That wouldn’t matter so much, he wasn’t going out with this lady then but – wow – the attraction is still there on Nicole’s side, and she’s determined not to let it show. Fate and Alex though seem to have other plans. I love Nicole, she’s been hurt in the past by a jerk who she’d dated for two years, then just when she thought they were on the brink of getting engaged he dropped the bombshell and dumped her, looking for someone who fit the social grouping he’s in…grrr…that must have been devastating, especially as she’s worked so hard on herself to fit in with others. A real blow to her confidence and since then she’s avoided dating and focussed on her business.
Alex, wow – what a heartthrob. He’s not only a good looking guy but a decent one, and though he feels a pull to Nicole he tells himself its not really there, that he’s with Saffron and he’s just helping Nicole with her magazine article by letting her work with him for another full day. Its one of those times where Nicole can’t tell the truth without giving away the job she’s doing, and of course confidentiality is essential so she finds herself roped into another day working with Alex, and then another…meanwhile Saffron’s ideas go from giant to enormous, and Nicole can’t seem to steer her in the direction Alex would like, maximising the chance of a Yes – the Yes and publicity that would follow that her business needs to survive. The lies keep growing, she can’t tell either Alex of Saffron the truth and she’s getting really stressed about the whole thing. Her two friends have money invested in her business though so it’s not just herself depending on the success of this job. Saffron is a media star and she knows the job will attract the publicity they so dearly need.
Its a fun read, a bittersweet one at times and I really felt for Nicole especially when everything hits at once. That was tear-jerking in just the way I love. Once Nicole had gone down the path she did I couldn’t see what she could do either – if it was just her the business depended on then maybe – but her friends need their money protected too.
Stars: Four, a really enjoyable read.
ARC supplied via Netgalley and publishers.

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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