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Review: HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT by Aimee Brown

Updated: Dec 18, 2022



ABOUT THE BOOK:

Dax Hartley has made flowers his entire life, just like his late father did.

When his dad's old florist’s shop is up for sale, he has to have it. Only problem is, he'd need to sell a kidney to afford it. The reality showBattle of the Blossomsis the perfect opportunity to win the money he needs, but when his childhood crush blows back into his life, distractions risk taking his eyes off the prize. He needs his head and heart to start working together to ensure he doesn't miss the opportunity of a lifetime.

Hollyn Matthews has made some colossal mistakes in life.

When she's dumped just as she's expecting an engagement ring, she knows she's put her heart into the wrong man. Hoping for a second chance at being a grown-up, she moves home to stay with her brother and his best friend Dax, a boy whose memory faded as she ran away from her past. Facing the hurt she left behind means facing some home truths about herself, but there’s one boy who has always loved her, if only she’d take the time to notice him.


REVIEW by Christina Boyd:

At last! Author Aimee Brown’s latest He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not just released. I had the opportunity to read this as a beta reader and I loved it then but I love it more now in its published form.


Dax is a florist who has loved Hollyn since he was a teenager. When Hollyn’s long term boyfriend college professor —‘manther…old guys who date much younger women. Man plus panther’—breaks her heart, she returns to her hometown broke, homeless, and without a job. Her brother River offers her a room in his apartment—but that also means she’ll be sharing the apartment with River’s best friend Dax.

“He’s no longer the skinny, dorky kid who used to help River terrorize everything did. This guy is cool, tattooed, bearded, smells nice, looks nicer, and he brought me flowers. I’d say his dorky days are behind him. Well done, puberty. I applaud you.”

Dax hires Hollyn as his floral assistant and when they end up competing in reality floral competition, the stakes increase—that prize money would allow him to buy the floral shop that once belong to his deceased father.

“I think he feels like his life purpose is on the line. He wants to use this money to buy back his late father’s florist shop. He was just a kid when his dad passed and I watched his whole world collapse that day.”

Brown is a great storyteller. She knows how to make the heart pitter-patter.

“Dax,” she says, stepping closer, her voice hardly more than a whisper as she closes her eyes. “Do it now. Kiss me now.”

And these characters? Swoon. I loved the “Flower Boy.” Easy to recommend He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not. Further, this would translate well to film. Hear me, NetFlix gods? Stories like this are why I love romance genre.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Aimee Brown is a romantic comedy/contemporary romantic comedy author. Happily Ever After’s keep her going in a world less than likable at times. She’s been married for twenty-five years and has raised three kids. She’s lived in four different states, has a house full of pets, and houseplants, and can usually be found reading, writing, cleaning, or watching her favorite shows over and over.

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