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Friday, May 21, 2010

Bridesmaid Blues by Lainey Bancroft

Bridesmaid Blues by Lainey Bancroft
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (106 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Orange Blossom

Trisha Ellison hopes a trip to the San Jose flower market will help her find a bloom exotic enough to suit her picky sister. When events unfold that send Trisha to the market with The Flower Basket’s hunky new driver, Rico Martinez, Trisha wonders if she’s also found a solution to avoid attending her sister’s wedding solo.

Raised by a grandmother soured by servitude to affluent white Californians, Rico Martinez steers clear of fair-haired, filthy rich young ladies. When perky wedding planner Trisha requires more than just his floral expertise to make the wedding she's planning a success, what's a sympathetic gentleman to do? Especially since he's falling for her--big time. Until he discovers she isn't just a simple, dog-rescuing wedding planner, but the sister of the bride…and daughter of Almendra's most affluent man!

Ms. Bancroft’s addition to the Flower Basket series was a complete delight!

A lot of characters are introduced in the first chapter of Bridesmaid Blues which might confuse some, but remember that this is a series which follows the Flower Basket florist shop and the ladies who run it. I'm sure as we read subsequent stories that we will find out what happens to each of these characters.

Trisha Ellison's sister Talia is getting married and she is one Bridezilla to be reckoned with, but Trish does her best to smooth everything out. In addition to being at her sister’s beck and call, Trisha runs an online graphic design company. You can tell from the beginning that she's sweet and accommodating and you wish she'd find the right guy.

Enter Rico.

Rico Martinez has taken the job of delivering flowers for the Flower Basket until he can settle his grandparent’s property and return home. He’s a sweet guy, disillusioned by life in LA and trying to find his place. With his grandparents gone, he's now 100% on his own. He doesn’t know quite what to think of Trisha. She talkative and perky. She comes from one of those families where his grandfather worked as a landscaper all his life. The author described her sexy Latin hero with a heart of gold so succinctly that you may wish to take him home.

Trish comes from a wealthy well connected family though she’s decided to live on her own instead of being supported by her father. She knew her sister would never approve of Rico, his heritage and profession. Rico comes from a Hispanic background. He expects people to look down on him but Trish seemed to be different.

At times I seriously laughed out loud. For instance, this line: 'naked and covered in cellulite.' If you want to know what that’s all about, you’ll have to read it.

Ms. Bancroft is a terrific writer. This was my first time reading one of her works and I was completely riveted and read it almost from beginning to end in one sitting. She can sure write a beautiful, sweet romance-great descriptions and emotions. This story was so sweetly romantic it gave me chills. Two thumbs up!