Top 5 Books With A Flower Theme
This is a meme hosted by Devouring Books, and each week they provide a prompt or topic to inspire a book Top 5. This weeks suggestion is “books about plants/flowers (Can be on cover, in title or plot)”, and for once not a single book immediately sprang to mind. Thankfully Goodreads came to my rescue, yet again.
As always I’m featuring books that I’ve read and enjoyed.
White Rabbit (The Kingmaker Saga #1) by London Miller
I’m mentioning the first book in this series, though the theme of flowers, or specifically blue roses, runs throughout the series. They were one of the ways that Uilleam wooed Karina, after his greed and corruption destroys her, they become the chilling calling card of the sinister Belladonna. A romantic suspense series, with a complex plot, two powerful and determined main characters and a love that spans the eons, these books are some of my all time favourite reads.
London Miller has a magical way with words and the ability to make you love-hate-love her characters, simultaneously wanting to kill them and hug them at the same time.
Genre – Romantic Suspense
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42640242-white-rabbit
As an investigative journalist, Karina Ashworth’s job involves delving into New York’s black market of criminals and mischief where sin is almost too tempting to ignore.
When she crosses paths with a man whose smile is a little too cunning—and his power a little too vast—she learns very quickly that dancing with the devil is far more enjoyable than she had ever imagined.
But Uilleam Runehart is not at all what he seems, and as a notorious fixer with a thirst for power, he’ll do anything to obtain his title.
How much would you pay to be a king?
The Romeo Effect (Cupids #4) by Lila Monroe
So for my second choice I’ve picked a light and fluffy rom-com with a heroine who owns a florists. Seth is a professional matchmaker who definitely meets his match in April, particularly since she is far more interested in him than she is the guy who is paying Seth to engineer a meeting for him with April. Lila Monroe’s books are always a guaranteed mood lightener and can usually be relied on for giggles alongside a great story.
Genre – Contemporary Romance / Rom-Com
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50862568-the-romeo-effect
Seth Harding is a real-life cupid. If you get trapped in an elevator with a handsome stranger, or stranded on a moonlit cruise with the man of your dreams, chances are, it’s not fate bringing the two of you together, it’s Seth somewhere, pulling the strings.
At least, that’s what I find out, when someone hires Seth to help win my heart. It would be romantic… if he weren’t all wrong for me. And Mr Right…?
Well, he might just be the guy behind the scenes.
Suddenly, my faith in soulmates is hitting a major complication. Seth is cynical, and argumentative… and seriously irresistible. Soon, the sparks between us are impossible to ignore. But can this hopeful romantic really find love with a man who engineers happily-ever-afters for a living? And when all the tricks and tests are stripped away, what makes two people truly meant to be?
In the Garden of Discontent by Lily White
This author provides the next two books in my list. At first I thought I was cheating by using a title that suggested flowers rather than included them, but the moment I read the blurb I realised I didn’t need to cheat at all. The garden in question was a bed of flowers that the hero Noah planted and grew over the plot of land where Ensley buried all her dark secrets. The ones you wouldn’t want any child to have. So dark she couldn’t even share them with the boy who loved her.
In a truly sweet and loving gesture he planted the flowers to show that even where there has been pain and sorrow, beauty and love can still flourish.
The book, in true Lily fashion, puts it’s characters, and the reader, through the wringer. Your emotions are never quite the same after reading her books.
Genre – Romantic Suspense/ Dark Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51472555-in-the-garden-of-discontent
This is a love story.
Dirty, terrifying, and raw.
But a love story nonetheless because it is so beautiful.
Ensley: Noah Carter was the type of guy that every girl wanted.
Gorgeous. Talented. Smart and kind. He was the world that revolved around me even though I didn’t deserve him.
But then something went wrong. He snapped maybe, just lost his mind.I found him the night my family died, their blood staining his hands.
I put him in prison. I got my revenge. But then years later he found me again…
…and stole me away from my life.
Noah: You couldn’t know Ensley without wanting to strangle her. She was beautiful, she was wild, she was the girl next door. I grew up with her by my side. I watched her destroy herself while I held on. I protected her when she had been blind to the danger that surrounded her. I let her go once only to find her again. She would see me this time no matter what.
DISCLAIMER: This book deals with sensitive subject matter that may be difficult for some readers.
The Vanity of Roses by Lily White
So another Lily White book, and here the Roses in question are actually a family. This was definitely on the lighter end of the Lily scale, more romantic suspense than the usual psychological suspense/romance that she normally torments us with.
Genre – Contemporary Romance / Romantic Suspense
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50731598-the-vanity-of-roses
That hadn’t always been his name.
When we were children, he was nothing more than a servant boy in my family.
He was an amusement to me.
A weak soul who refused to fight back.
It was so easy to take advantage.
But then my father died, and I was stolen. The family moved on without me. Until I was penniless with no place to go.
I returned to the Rose Estate not knowing Callan was the head of it.
He’d honed his body and temper in the underground fighting ring. The scars only made him more beautiful.
Now I’m trapped by a seductively dark man who has nothing but vengeance running through his veins.
I’d always wanted him to fight back, but you know what they say:
Be careful what you wish for.
Delirium (Atom & Evil #1) by Myra Danvers
Totally cheating with this one, but a fantastic book always deserves a mention. The heroine’s name is Iris, which is a flower, so I’m claiming this one. OMG she is one kick-arse heroine and I either want to be her or snog her, I just can’t decide which.
Unapologetic and strong, she dominates this story. The world building is pretty phenomenal too.
Genre – Science Fiction Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43882482-delirium?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=8vHlGKeT8Z&rank=3
“We’ll never be done, you and I.” He pushed off her desk. Closed the distance between them with prowling steps, clenched fists, and oh, so much determination. “Too much unfinished business to ever call it over.” He stopped a few steps away from uncomfortably close. Braced his palm on the wall behind her head, forearm brushing the side of her throat. “’Sides”—he licked his lips, glanced down her shirt—“we never got our hate fuck, baby girl.”
Iris knows he’ll come.
He’ll come lookin’ for what she stole, what she refused to give up when everything went to hell. Won’t find it, of course. There’s nothing left but a pipe full o’the good stuff and the dregs of the past that refuse to die.
Do you have 5 books you loved that have a flower theme somewhere in them? If so do share, leave a comment and let me know!