Late Bloomer

Posted April 19, 2024 by Carole in Reviews / 4 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Late BloomerLate Bloomer by Mazey Eddings
Narrator: Ellie Gossage
Published by Macmillan Audio, St. Martin's Griffin on April 16, 2024
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Length: 9 hours 31 minutes
Pages: 400
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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A sexy, sapphic, opposites-attract romance with Mazey Eddings' signature sparkling voice!

Winning the lottery has ruined Opal Devlin's life. After quitting her dead-end job where she’d earned minimum wage and even less respect, she’s bombarded by people knocking at her door for a handout the second they found out her bank account was overflowing with cash. And Opal can’t seem to stop saying yes.

With her tender heart thoroughly abused, Opal decides to protect herself by any means necessary, which to her translates to putting almost all her new money to buying a failing flower farm in Asheville, North Carolina to let the flowers live out their plant destiny while she uses the cabin on the property to start her painting business.

But her plans for isolation and self-preservation go hopelessly awry when an angry (albeit gorgeous) Pepper Boden is waiting for her at her new farm. Pepper states she’s the rightful owner of Thistle and Bloom Farms, and isn’t moving out. The unlikely pair strike up an agreement of co-habitation, and butt heads at every turn. Can these opposites both live out their dreams and plant roots? Or will their combustible arguing (and growing attraction) burn the whole place down?

This was good! When Opal wins the lottery, she decides to make a change and buys a flower farm. Her plan is to move there to inspire her creativity so she can paint shoes to sell. There is one big problem with her plan and that is the fact that the flower farm already has a resident – Pepper. Pepper is still dealing with the death of her beloved grandma and has no plans to leave the flower farm. Pepper and Opal were both very interesting characters and I wanted to see good thing happen in their life. The situation that brought them together was a little odd but I decided to just go with it. I enjoyed watching these two find themselves and each other at the flower farm.

I listened to the audiobook and thought that Ellie Gossage did a great job with the story. I never had any trouble knowing which character she was representing. I thought that she brought just the right amount of emotion to her performance and I found her voice to be quite pleasant. I am certain that her performance added to my overall enjoyment of this delightful story.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to others. It was a very enjoyable novel and despite the fact that it is not my favorite from this author, it was a very solid read. (My favorite Mazie Eddings book is still Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake!) This author has proven herself to be quite versatile writing contemporary romance, YA romance, and queer romance. She does such a great job of representing mental health issues and neurodiverse characters. I can’t wait to read more of her work!

I received a review copy of this book from Macmillan Audio and St. Martin’s Griffin.

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