G. Bianco, 2019
Hi everyone! I’ve got a different kind of Multi-Review for today! I’ll be honest, I got so distracted by Staci Hart’s The Bennet Brothers Series and was too busy waiting for the next book to be released that I completely forgot to write down my initial thoughts of them. Therefore, I didn’t have enough material to write full-fledged reviews of each book. So once I finished the Pride and Prejudice-inspired series, I thought “Why not just do a giant review of the entire series in one post?” So here we are! Below will be summaries and my thoughts on each book and then I will rate both the book individually and the series as a whole!
NOTE: These summaries and reviews are as spoiler-free as possible, so you can read through them without ruining too much of what happens throughout the series! Also, these books can work as stand-alones, but I definitely recommend reading through all of them.
1) Coming Up Roses (The Bennet Brothers #1)
Summary: Everyone hates parts of their job. Maybe it’s the paperwork. Maybe it’s the day-to-day grind. Maybe it’s that client who never knows what they want, or the guy who always cooks fish in the microwave. But not for Tess. She loves every corner of the Longbourne Flower Shop, every flower, every petal, every stem. She love the greenhouse, and she love Mrs. Bennet, her boss. She loves creating, and being a florist. She doesn't hate anything at all. Except for Luke Bennet. The Bennet brothers have come home to help their mom save the flower shop, and Luke is at the helm. His smile tells a tale of lust, loose and easy. He moves with the grace of a predator, feral and wild. A thing unbridled, without rules or constraint. When he comes home to save Longbourne, Tess almost can’t be mad at him. Almost. He doesn’t remember that night she’ll never forget. That kiss, touched with whiskey and fire. It branded her like a red-hot iron. But it meant nothing to him. Everyone hates part of their job, and Tess hates Luke Bennet. Because if she doesn’t, she’ll fall in love with him.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this novel! It was funny, steamy, and a really good start to the series! I found one of the plotlines a bit too shocking, but the way Tess and Luke rediscover what they liked about the other and shift from enemies-to-friends-to-lovers is really enjoyable to read about. Overall, I enjoyed it and was intrigued enough to continue with the series (clearly lol)!
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
2) Gilded Lily (The Bennet Brothers #2)
Summary: They say there’s no such thing as perfect. But Lila built her life to perfection—the perfect boyfriend, the perfect apartment, the perfect career planning celebrity weddings. Her job—her only job—is to make sure every event is absolutely and completely perfect. What’s not perfect? Kash Bennet. And she wishes she didn’t find that so appealing. She could have told you every perfectly imperfect thing about the gardener at Longbourne. Like his hair, lush and black and far too long. Or his nose, the flat bridge of a Greek god, bent a little like it’s been broken. Or his size. Beastly. Roped and corded with muscles, gleaming with sweat and peppered with dirt. There’s no escaping him, not if she’s going to use his family’s flower shop for her events. But nothing is what it seems. And in the span of a heartbeat, Lila’s perfect life is turned inside out. They say the best way to get over somebody is to get under somebody new. When Kash offers his services to the cause, it sounds like the perfect plan. What’s not part of the plan? Falling in love with the gardener. But they were right—there’s no such thing as perfect. And Lila thinks she’s the fool who finds out the hard way.
My Thoughts: I loved the romance between Kash and Lila! I really enjoyed Lila’s strong and determined personality and the contrast with Kash’s laid-back nature. I also felt like there was a lot of focus on Lila and Kash’s struggles within themselves and how they approach relationships and the way it plays into their relationships was really fun to see. I loved the way it integrated aspects from the first novel into this story and the whole wedding planning backdrop added some juicy drama that was so much fun!
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
3) Mum’s the Word (The Bennet Brothers #3)
Summary: Falling in love with a Bennet is not an option. Maisie’s mother has summoned her home to take her place at Bower Bouquets, and as the heiress, she’s expected to do as she’s told. Maisie is expected to sit by her side as her mother does her best to decimate the Bennet family and their flower shop, Longbourne. Maisie’s expected to play by her mother’s rules, or she’ll ruin her too. But the day Maisie crashes into Marcus Bennet changes everything. And the kiss seals the deal. If her mother finds out, Maisie will lose everything—my family, my life, my security. Worse, she’ll make sure the Bennets pay for her mistakes. Falling in love with a Bennet is not an option. But Maisie might not have a choice.
My Thoughts: I love a good forbidden romance, so add in an oppressive family legacy, twisted secrets, and meddling relatives and you have a fantastic story in my opinion! Marcus has always been the quiet, serious brother throughout the series so giving him his own series really helped him shine and made readers see a different side of him. It was also really cool to see Bower from a non-Bennet perspective and I think it brought the series full circle. I was eager to finish it to see what was going to happen, yet didn't want the story to end!
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Overall: I feel like the first book was very good in setting up the entire series. It allowed for the other books in the series to be more plot driven and not waste time on backstory. I think for the biggest plot twist, my favorite had to be Gilded Lily, but I loved the forbidden romance between Marcus and Maisie in Mum’s the Word! Overall, where I think Coming Up Roses was more plot driven and Gilded Lily was more character driven, Mum’s the Word was a nice mixture of both. Overall, the series was 4 stars for me and I highly recommend that if you’re looking for a fun rom-com series to check it out! I can’t wait to read more of Staci Hart’s books in the future!
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