Publication date: April 1st 2014
My rating: 3.5 stars
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Cricket Creek, Kentucky, is a sweet river town known for its baseball, shopping, and weddings. After the recession, business is finally bouncing back, but old insecurities—and heartaches—are slower to heal…
Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, Gabby Goodwin had more to prove than the rest of Cricket Creek. Even now, as the successful owner of the local flower shop, she hasn’t forgotten her humble beginnings. So when her high school crush, the former class bad boy, walks back into her life, she keeps him at arm’s length, protecting her heart—and her pride.
Reese Marino gave up most of his wild ways years ago, graduating from college and becoming part owner of his uncle’s pizza parlor. The fact that Gabby still treats him like a troubled teenager drives him mad, but that’s not the only thing about the sassy florist driving him to distraction. Despite Gabby’s reluctant attitude, Reese is determined to win her over and show her that love often blooms right where you least expect it.
Wildflower Wedding is two heartwarming romances set in a small town with very little drama or angst; a feel-good story to pass an afternoon away. This is part of a series, but it’s not necessary to read the previous books to enjoy this installment.
Gabby grew in Cricket Creek in the wrong side town, one of the poor kids living in the trailer park. Even though she’s now owns a successful flower shop some of the old hang-ups from her upbringing still hold strong; like falling for the wrong guy, the one who’ll love and leave you. When bad boy Reese Marino moves back to town, her long held crush comes roaring back. He always showed her his sweet side, but Gabby stayed away knowing his reputation with the girls and for stirring up trouble. It seems Reece has made a lot of changes, but still she’s cautious.
After his father’s abandonment Reese went through a time where anger and hurt fueled his actions. When things got out control his mother sent him away to live with her brother, Uncle Tony, in Brooklyn. Reece made something of himself during that time by going to the Brooklyn Culinary Institute and he’s now back in Cricket Creek with his Uncle Tony and his mother opening up a family restaurant. Growing up he’s always had a thing for Gabby, but she always kept him at arm’s length. Reece could understand it back then, especially when he was nothing but trouble, but he’s not that troubled teen any longer. Will she open up her heart and be able to see it?
Uncle Tony has his own baggage after his discovering his wife was cheating. Even a few years later he’s still bitter and hurt. Trish, his landlord has recently moved to Cricket Creek as well and suffered a similar blow. Can these two put aside their pain and trust issues enough to be happy? There’s definitely a palpable attraction and draw between the two of them.
I really enjoyed both of these romances, but if I had to pick I guess Tony and Trish’s appealed to me just a little more being they were older and had experienced marriage. I’m not divorced, but I’m no stranger to the struggles you can face as a married couple and can imagine the pain of betrayal that both Trish and Tony were struggling to get past. Plus, they had a bit of an antagonistic relationship to start off and I adored the fun push and pull between these two.
I did love that for the most part these couples dealt with their issues and reservations maturely and there wasn’t any over the top drama or third party involvement. Thank goodness! I’ve had my fill for a while of angsty, drama filled reads lately! Wildflower Wedding is a sweet, and at times spicy romance sure to leave you happy and satisfied in the end.
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