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Pine Cove Island is the kind of enchanting place where anything is possible . . . The Holloway women each have a special gift, passed down through generations, each one a little different. Juliette possesses a magical green thumb, which makes her job managing the local florist shop a dream. She may be a bit wild, but she knows what she wants: to save enough money to buy Pine Cove Island is the kind of enchanting place where anything is possible . . . The Holloway women each have a special gift, passed down through generations, each one a little different. Juliette possesses a magical green thumb, which makes her job managing the local florist shop a dream. She may be a bit wild, but she knows what she wants: to save enough money to buy the shop from her boss. Then in marches Logan O'Connor, more annoyingly handsome than ever, turning all her plans upside down. Logan hasn't been back on Pine Cove Island since he was eighteen and broke Juliette's teenage heart. Now it turns out he's her boss's nephew--and will be spending his days remodeling the shop and barking orders. At her. For the sake of the business, Juliette will have to ignore their simmering attraction and work with Logan. But that doesn't mean she has to make things easy for him. Because no one knows better than she that one tiny, perfectly planted bit of garden magic could uproot Logan's own plans and keep him out of her way. And nothing would make her happier. At least that's what she thinks . . . Praise for Tara Sheets' previous book, Don't Call Me Cupcake "I loved this book! Beautifully written and the story has stayed with me." --Jude Deveraux "Funny, sexy, charming and full of practical magic. . . . Fans of Sarah Addison Allen will love this novel." --RT Book Reviews


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Pine Cove Island is the kind of enchanting place where anything is possible . . . The Holloway women each have a special gift, passed down through generations, each one a little different. Juliette possesses a magical green thumb, which makes her job managing the local florist shop a dream. She may be a bit wild, but she knows what she wants: to save enough money to buy Pine Cove Island is the kind of enchanting place where anything is possible . . . The Holloway women each have a special gift, passed down through generations, each one a little different. Juliette possesses a magical green thumb, which makes her job managing the local florist shop a dream. She may be a bit wild, but she knows what she wants: to save enough money to buy the shop from her boss. Then in marches Logan O'Connor, more annoyingly handsome than ever, turning all her plans upside down. Logan hasn't been back on Pine Cove Island since he was eighteen and broke Juliette's teenage heart. Now it turns out he's her boss's nephew--and will be spending his days remodeling the shop and barking orders. At her. For the sake of the business, Juliette will have to ignore their simmering attraction and work with Logan. But that doesn't mean she has to make things easy for him. Because no one knows better than she that one tiny, perfectly planted bit of garden magic could uproot Logan's own plans and keep him out of her way. And nothing would make her happier. At least that's what she thinks . . . Praise for Tara Sheets' previous book, Don't Call Me Cupcake "I loved this book! Beautifully written and the story has stayed with me." --Jude Deveraux "Funny, sexy, charming and full of practical magic. . . . Fans of Sarah Addison Allen will love this novel." --RT Book Reviews

30 review for Don't Touch My Petunia

  1. 4 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    2.5 Stars I did like the chemistry between Juliette and Logan, just wished they weren’t always thinking of all the ways they were wrong for each other for most of the book. Juliette frustrated me a lot. She wanted the flower shop and yet never said anything to Romeo. Then she gets super mean saying a bunch of things to Logan that she didn’t mean just because things don’t go right in her plans? Plans she never communicated with anyone else? That’s just crap. I did enjoy Logan even though he basical 2.5 Stars I did like the chemistry between Juliette and Logan, just wished they weren’t always thinking of all the ways they were wrong for each other for most of the book. Juliette frustrated me a lot. She wanted the flower shop and yet never said anything to Romeo. Then she gets super mean saying a bunch of things to Logan that she didn’t mean just because things don’t go right in her plans? Plans she never communicated with anyone else? That’s just crap. I did enjoy Logan even though he basically led Bella on just because he never paid attention to anything that came out of her mouth. He was pretty sweet to Juliette and honest with his feelings, and she still pushed him away. Parts of Don’t Touch My Petunia were funny, and the Holloway women’s magical powers were interesting, but I liked the first book, Don’t Call Me Cupcake, a lot more. A copy was kindly provided by Kensington Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Reviewed for Wit and Sin Tara Sheets has the magic touch when it comes to sweet, utterly charming romances. I adored her first Holloway Girls book, Don’t Call Me Cupcake, and was pleased to find the enchantment didn’t wear off with Don’t Touch My Petunia . Juliette has a magical connection to plants that someone with a black thumb like me envies. She’s vibrant and endearing, but she also had a vulnerable side that tugged on my heartstrings. Aside from her cousin Emma, everyone she has ever love Reviewed for Wit and Sin Tara Sheets has the magic touch when it comes to sweet, utterly charming romances. I adored her first Holloway Girls book, Don’t Call Me Cupcake, and was pleased to find the enchantment didn’t wear off with Don’t Touch My Petunia . Juliette has a magical connection to plants that someone with a black thumb like me envies. She’s vibrant and endearing, but she also had a vulnerable side that tugged on my heartstrings. Aside from her cousin Emma, everyone she has ever loved has left Juliette so she guards her heart fiercely. She relies on no one but herself, has walls a mile high, and is wary of change. Only someone like Logan could manage to scale those walls around her heart. Logan is the perfect hero without coming off as cardboard. He’s patient, kind, quiet, strong, and though he doesn’t take any flak from Juliette, he doesn’t scare easily when she resists change or her self-preservation instincts kick in and she tries to push him away. They have great chemistry that shows from the start as they banter and bicker, then slide into love. Their romance made me sigh more than once and there are so many sweet moments I don’t want to spoil by revealing. I really enjoyed watching them heal from the ghosts of their pasts with each other’s help and I liked them together so much that I hated having to put the book down. A cast of lively secondary characters round out the book but never take the focus off of Juliette and Logan. I love the world of Pine Cove Island, the charm of the shops and the welcoming residents who each have their own fun quirks. I’m so glad Ms. Sheets will keep the magic going and give new Pine Cove Island resident Kat her own book because I don’t want to leave this place behind. If you enjoy sweet romances with a touch of magic, you’re sure to delight in reading Don’t Touch My Petunia . FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    nick

    4.5/5 It's another hit from Tara Sheets! I am absolutely loving The Holloway Girls series. It has everything that I ask for in a good romance series with delightful characters and a swoony romance, and more with the touch of magic. As with Don't Call Me Cupcake, Don't Touch My Petunia charmed me from the first page. I just want to shout out my love for these books from the top of a rooftop! The Holloway Girls are special - they possess just a touch of magic in them. Emma, the heroine of the first 4.5/5 It's another hit from Tara Sheets! I am absolutely loving The Holloway Girls series. It has everything that I ask for in a good romance series with delightful characters and a swoony romance, and more with the touch of magic. As with Don't Call Me Cupcake, Don't Touch My Petunia charmed me from the first page. I just want to shout out my love for these books from the top of a rooftop! The Holloway Girls are special - they possess just a touch of magic in them. Emma, the heroine of the first book, could bake charmed cupcakes. Juliette, the heroine of Don't Touch My Petunia, has a magical affinity for plants - she is able to heal and grow any plant that she wants. I adored Juliette's character, especially how close to Mother Nature she was. I thought her deep bond with nature was written beautifully - you could just feel how important it was to her. She worked at the local flower shop and had many aspirations. She was passionate, driven and was a sweetheart. Juliette was easy to grow a connection to and even when she was being bullheaded and blinded by her ambitions, I felt deeply connected to her. She was hard to dislike because her personality was lovely and endearing. Logan, her love interest, was just the perfect balance to her. At the age of 18, after breaking Juliette's heart, he went off to the military. After several tours, he was back on Pine Cove Island to settle down at his grandfather's house. At the same time, he was also helping out with renovations at the flower shop as a favor to his uncle. I loved Logan so much! He was the quiet but deep kind of hero. I found it refreshing that the author wrote a hero who actually wanted to settle down and start a family because reading about heroes with commitment issues can become old real fast. He was also struggling with a mild form of PTSD after having been in the service for so long. I felt for him and was happy that he had someone to talk to in the form of Juliette. The chemistry between Juliette and Logan was a strong and all-consuming element throughout Don't Touch My Petunia. The first scene at the flower shop where the book title was used as a clever pun had me in riots! I thought the two of them were just the perfect for each other. Juliette didn't intend on falling in love with him. But we all know how that goes in fiction! There was just a bit of animosity between them in the beginning as Logan made changes to the shop that weren't in her plans. The banter and the growing bond between them made me a very happy romance fan. As with the first book, the sex scenes were fade-to-black, but that did not take away from the chemistry one bit. I so loved these two adorable human beings together and wanted so much for them to find their happily-ever-afters. This series also has a strong focus on friendship and family. I love the close bond between Juliette and Emma, who are cousins. We also get to see more of their two hilarious (and often inappropriate) friends in Don't Touch My Petunia, and I swear, I was laughing out loud whenever they had a scene. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that there is going to be another book in this series. I'm not going to say who it is, but you meet her in this book. I can't recommend this book and the Holloway Girls series highly enough. I don't like to do book or author comparisons, but I truly think readers who love Jill Shalvis are going to just adore Tara Sheets' style as well. Please pick these books up and fall in love with this debut series just as I did! :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Saly

    3.5 stars I liked this better than the first one as the romance worked better for me. h is gun-shy not willing to let love in seeing what it did to her father to lose her mother. H comes back to town after years in the army and wants a quite peaceful life and to settle down. H is petrified of her growing feelings for him and behaves very childishly to be honest but a nice, sweet read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sofia Lazaridou

    4.5 out of 5 stars I loved don't call me cupcake and I knew I had to read, Don't touch my Petunia. I liked DCMC more though. Juliette was the reason why I didn't enjoy the book as much as I wanted. She was constantly pushing Logan away and fighting with him. She even gave another woman a potion to make her win him over when she should have been getting jealous. It was a huge disappointment. I felt like Logan was way more invested in their relationship than she was. I liked the promise of the stor 4.5 out of 5 stars I loved don't call me cupcake and I knew I had to read, Don't touch my Petunia. I liked DCMC more though. Juliette was the reason why I didn't enjoy the book as much as I wanted. She was constantly pushing Logan away and fighting with him. She even gave another woman a potion to make her win him over when she should have been getting jealous. It was a huge disappointment. I felt like Logan was way more invested in their relationship than she was. I liked the promise of the story and the hero, but the heroine felt lacking and got on my nerves. She didn't talk to Logan about her plans and dreams and yet she expected him to know all about them and make them come true. To be fair though, she realized that she was wrong and that she actually loved Logan towards the end of the book and she did a selfless thing that I wasn't expecting and made me realize that she had some good qualities and that she cared for him and wanted him to stay. Logan was a good hero and he wasn't perfect, but I felt more sympathetic towards him. Overall the book was good and I liked it. It might not be as good as book one, but in the end, you will love the main characters and the story. I wonder if Kat is a part of the family and doesn't know it and if she knows that she has a gift with the animals. I can't wait for her story! I liked her as a person and I want to see more of her.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bette Hansen

    This story is so cute and so much fun to read! Tara Sheets brings us a heart touching story filled with humor, love, and a special dose of magic. While part of a series this story stands completely on it's own. When it comes to plants, Juliette has a magical green thumb so owning the florist shop she's been working for is her biggest dream. When the current owner's nephew and Juliette childhood crush shows up threatening Juliette's plan her hackles rise to full alert! These two have a bit of hist This story is so cute and so much fun to read! Tara Sheets brings us a heart touching story filled with humor, love, and a special dose of magic. While part of a series this story stands completely on it's own. When it comes to plants, Juliette has a magical green thumb so owning the florist shop she's been working for is her biggest dream. When the current owner's nephew and Juliette childhood crush shows up threatening Juliette's plan her hackles rise to full alert! These two have a bit of history but now way will Juliette give in to the attraction between them. At least that's the plan! This is a wonderfully written book and one I definitely recommend.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    3.5 stars If a guy was going to fondle her petunias, the least he could do was act like he cared. Well, I was immediately hooked after that opening line. This book is as cute and fun as I expected it to be. I love the magical elements that's incorporated in the story; Juliette, the heroine, has a 'gift' with plants the same way her cousin Emma (book 1 heroine) has a gift with the baked goods she makes. I love seeing her going head to head with Logan, the guy she used to crush on when she was a t 3.5 stars If a guy was going to fondle her petunias, the least he could do was act like he cared. Well, I was immediately hooked after that opening line. This book is as cute and fun as I expected it to be. I love the magical elements that's incorporated in the story; Juliette, the heroine, has a 'gift' with plants the same way her cousin Emma (book 1 heroine) has a gift with the baked goods she makes. I love seeing her going head to head with Logan, the guy she used to crush on when she was a teenager and who also broke her heart. The reason why I can't give this a solid 4 is I was sort of meh on the conflict of the story. I felt like it could've been easily resolved had Juliette took time to properly communicate why she was mad to Logan instead of biting his head off and abruptly broke things off with him. Other than that, I'm totally charmed by the story, and I'm gonna check out the first book soon! E-ARC is received thanks to the publisher via Netgalley.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ann Lorz

    Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot.... We are only on book #2 but I can tell you already that this is going to be a fun series. I just love the whole idea of it. The small-town, along with the romance and the fun idea of magic just makes for a good book. Or a Hallmark movie. Either one, I'm glad I get to enjoy it. Don't Touch my Petunia is like I said book #2 of the Holloway Girls series. A little Charmedish, right! Both do have magic in it. But unlike C Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot.... We are only on book #2 but I can tell you already that this is going to be a fun series. I just love the whole idea of it. The small-town, along with the romance and the fun idea of magic just makes for a good book. Or a Hallmark movie. Either one, I'm glad I get to enjoy it. Don't Touch my Petunia is like I said book #2 of the Holloway Girls series. A little Charmedish, right! Both do have magic in it. But unlike Charmed there hasn't been and demons running around in the story. Just pigheaded people. I really liked Juliette in the first book. She seemed that all she cared about were her flowers and cousin. You learn so much more about her and how she ticks in this story. The girls has layers. Not all of them reasonable or even nice at times. As much as I liked her she was a issue for me at times in the book. Because of her hurt, past and present she lashes out at the wrong person, Logan. He does nothing to deserve her actions but yet it still happens. I don't want to get into to much because it's better being read for yourself and learning all this. The good part is that her bad behavior doesn't last for long. It does take away slightly about how I felt about her but since I'm more of a hero driven reader I was okay with it. I can't say much about Logan other then I really liked him. He's a great guy who it seems has always done the right thing. All he got, he deserved. Good man! As a whole the story was good. I enjoyed the new characters that entered the story and I'm looking forward to what's next. I do wish that the author had more of Emma in the story and Hunter isn't in the story at all and I don't even remember his name being said throughout the book. Since this is a new series I would have liked a little cross over between the characters. It was almost like...your story is done, move on! When I read and enjoy a series I want to really get to know the characters and have them in my life. I know as series get bigger and the author adds more books into it some characters get lost but this was only book two. I know it must sound like I had a few issues, well I did. It didn't take about away my enjoyment of the story but it did make it only say a three star book. I am looking forward to the next book. I want to see how this series goes on. Follow me on: https://www.facebook.com/RomancingThe... https://twitter.com/Romancingreader ARC received for a honest review

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bec_BookMagicReviews

    Review Posted at HarlequinJunkie.com Juliette Holloway works hard to save enough money in hopes of buying the shop where she works from her boss when he finally retires. However, it seems Juliette isn’t going to have things as easy as she thought when she learns that her old crush, Logan O’Connor — who just happens to be her boss’s nephew — will be doing the renovations for the store, especially after she begged him to stay years ago. Will Logan be able to convince Juliette to take a chance on hi Review Posted at HarlequinJunkie.com Juliette Holloway works hard to save enough money in hopes of buying the shop where she works from her boss when he finally retires. However, it seems Juliette isn’t going to have things as easy as she thought when she learns that her old crush, Logan O’Connor — who just happens to be her boss’s nephew — will be doing the renovations for the store, especially after she begged him to stay years ago. Will Logan be able to convince Juliette to take a chance on him or is Juliette’s cynicism for love and happy ever after too high for her to give Logan a shot? Read More

  10. 4 out of 5

    Isha Coleman

    Don't Touch My Petunia (The Holloway Girls, #2) by Tara Sheets   The Holloway Girls are the perfect way to turn a frown right side up. Sheets lights up the heart with these irresistible stories of laughter, love and family. Emma had her chance to bake up some magic, now it's Juliette's turn to spread some love. Don't Touch My Petunia uses whimsy to wake up the heart and wisdom to appeal to the mind. Prepare to get lost in the addiction that is Tara Sheets.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amber Machado

    So excited to read this😁

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amy Lynn

    Another beautifully written, romantic and lighthearted read by Tara Sheets. Juliette, a women with mystical powers to influence nature, is running Romeo's florist shop for years and is excited at the opportunity to someday run the business as her own. Logan has been away for years, but is asked to come back as he is left his grandfathers house after his passing and his uncle asks him to do some renovations on the florist shop. The chemistry between Juliette and Logan is electric and magnetic. The Another beautifully written, romantic and lighthearted read by Tara Sheets. Juliette, a women with mystical powers to influence nature, is running Romeo's florist shop for years and is excited at the opportunity to someday run the business as her own. Logan has been away for years, but is asked to come back as he is left his grandfathers house after his passing and his uncle asks him to do some renovations on the florist shop. The chemistry between Juliette and Logan is electric and magnetic. They can not avoid each other no matter how hard they try. Will their attraction grow to love?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I was introduced to the main character Juliette,  in the first book of the The Holloway Girls series     Don't Call Me Cupcake, featuring her cousin, Emma.  The world of this small Pacific Northwest town on the waterfront,  the townspeople and many of the small businesses were developed.  The characters, particularly, Emma's cir This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I was introduced to the main character Juliette,  in the first book of the The Holloway Girls series     Don't Call Me Cupcake, featuring her cousin, Emma.  The world of this small Pacific Northwest town on the waterfront,  the townspeople and many of the small businesses were developed.  The characters, particularly, Emma's circle of friends felt real to me. Both cousins have magic, which is my favorite. Juliette is more solitary than Emma, or at least it felt so. Even when she was with the circle of friends, she disconnected and often didn't share the truth or her actual feelings with them.  Juliette is wonderfully talented and capable, but I'm never happy when a character is dishonest with themselves, much less others. Logan is her childhood crush, come back to town after serving for years in the armed forces. She was much younger and they were neighbors, so it was more like siblings' activities then.  He left to see the world. Now he has seen it and is trying to figure out what to do. He is starting with renovation in the flower shop of his uncle where Juliette is the manager. Besides the shop construction, there is the preparation for Emma's wedding and some celebrities in town. Honestly, those things all feel like distracting details buzzing around the lies Juliette is trying to tell herself.  I was so relieved when she finally released her actual feelings, although with some new lies,  but then finally started being her true self.  Logan was more straightforward and did well with being patient. I have to wonder if there is more of this town since both Holloway girls have had their story, but will there be another long-lost cousin? There is another book listed for 2019 -  Don't Give Me Butterflies. Excerpt: If a guy was going to fondle her petunias, the least he could do was act like he cared. Pawing at them with a big meaty ham fist while he stared absently out of her shop window was not cool. Juliette Holloway frowned, swiping a lock of dark hair behind her ear. It was going to be a long day at Romeo’s Florist Shop, and she still had two more flower arrangements to put together before the morning rush. She leaned over the counter and called across the room. “Excuse me.” The guy messing with her petunia plant didn’t move or turn around. He had broad shoulders, and his head almost reached the top of the door frame. In jeans, a gray T-shirt, and a baseball cap, he looked like one of those NFL athletes—completely out of place surrounded by the delicate summer blooms and hanging fuchsia baskets. She called again, louder. “Hello?” Nothing. He just kept running a giant hand over the fragile purple flowers. Juliette bristled. The plant was her newest project. Normally, she could make anything grow and thrive. Like all Holloway women before her, she was born with a special gift. Hers was garden magic. A customer had given her the potted petunia after rescuing it from an office cubicle. The poor thing had been halfway to the grave, but she’d nurtured it back to life. And now some linebacker was mauling it. She marched across the room and tapped the man firmly on his back. It was a rock-hard, muscular back. He was probably one of those gym guys who spent all day pumping iron. “Can you please not touch that?” He swung around and pulled an earbud out of his ear. Loud, thumping music spewed from his headset. Even with a baseball cap and mirrored sunglasses, he looked vaguely familiar. Strong jaw with a light stubble, high cheekbones, full lips. A tiny prickle of recognition tiptoed down her spine. She gestured to the pot of flowers. “Please don’t touch my plant.” He frowned and pulled the other earbud out. “What’s that?” Juliette sighed. Gym rats. Brains in their biceps. She enunciated each word carefully. “Don’t. Touch. My petunia.” His lips twitched. “I . . .” She closed her eyes, ignoring the flush of embarrassment creeping up her cheeks. Way to set yourself up, genius. Maybe he didn’t notice. “I’m not usually so forward.” His deep voice hovered on the edge of laughter. Okay, so he noticed. Big whoop. Whoever he was, he was immature, and she didn’t have time for this. She grabbed the plant and turned away. The hem of her flowy skirt caught on the edge of a low shelf, and she yanked it free before escaping to the back counter. “Have we met before?” he called. She threw him a glance. He gave her a slow smile that sent a jolt of physical awareness from the top of her head to the tips of her blue painted toenails. “I feel like I know you.” For a pickup line, it was pretty bad. But he had a million-dollar smile and knew how to use it. The face. The superhero physique. All he needed was a cape or a giant hammer, or something. He probably didn’t have much practice with pickup lines because he didn’t need any. He sauntered toward her. There was something familiar about the way he walked—like he owned the world—but she couldn’t place him. When he reached the counter, she was glad to be on the other side. It wasn’t that she felt threatened. At five feet nine inches, she was comfortable with tall people. But this guy towered over her, and when he looked at her like that, it was . . . unsettling. He took off the baseball cap and mussed his tawny hair. Juliette sucked in a breath. Then he removed the sunglasses and fixed her with a gaze as deep and dark as the earth after a rainstorm. Something inside her cracked open, and a trickle of long-forgotten feelings threatened to bubble to the surface. Logan. She took an involuntary step back, trying to hide her surprise by leaning casually against the wall. Supercool. She was an iceberg of cool. Except she misjudged the distance to the wall and stumbled. “That bad, huh?” His mouth kicked up at one corner.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marsha Spohn

    Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf I had such a good time with Don’t Touch My Petunia, and I’m having an absolute blast with The Holloway Girls series. If you haven’t discovered this world yet I would so recommend you pick up the first story, Don’t Call Me Cupcake and dive right into this magical, funny, flirty series. Juliette has a “magical” touch with growing things, in the garden she’s got that green thumb down to a fine science, or charm. Her dream is to very soon now be able to buy the floral sho Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf I had such a good time with Don’t Touch My Petunia, and I’m having an absolute blast with The Holloway Girls series. If you haven’t discovered this world yet I would so recommend you pick up the first story, Don’t Call Me Cupcake and dive right into this magical, funny, flirty series. Juliette has a “magical” touch with growing things, in the garden she’s got that green thumb down to a fine science, or charm. Her dream is to very soon now be able to buy the floral shop from her boss, for it’s the beautiful growing plants and flowers within that hold her heart and her special touch. Life was good, until Logan stepped back into it and tossed a monkey wrench in her plans… and maybe broke her heart all over again. He almost destroyed her during her younger, more trusting days and she would not give him that power once again. This time she had the power to make his plans go astray if she truly wanted to… but she’ll have to be careful and keep her guard up. Logan could slip right back into her heart so easily, and Juliette has to keep reminding herself that she doesn’t want him back… maybe. With laugh out loud moments, and tender ones as well, I easily fell back into this world. I liked both Juliette and Logan, they made mistakes – in the past and in the present – but they worked together. Their romance was rocky but always with an underlying attraction and affection that neither could deny. If at times, Juliette expected others to know her mind without even telling them of her plans – well, that was her one flaw. I loved the community of Pine Cove Island, and I hope we have many more stories in the future from this small town. I enjoyed Don’t Touch My Petunia and would recommend it and the series to any Romance reader who loves quirky characters, some with a touch of magic and a love worth fighting for. *I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

  15. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 10/5/18. A cute romance! I liked the childhood-crush-all-grown-up aspect of the story; it made Juliette and Logan's romance a lot of fun to read. The decoy relationships here were little more than a distraction--it was crystal clear that Logan and Jules were going to be a "thing" from page one--but seeing Logan's crush on food grow stronger every time he went out with Bella thanks to the potion she bought from Jules was highly amusing. I'd feel sorry for the Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 10/5/18. A cute romance! I liked the childhood-crush-all-grown-up aspect of the story; it made Juliette and Logan's romance a lot of fun to read. The decoy relationships here were little more than a distraction--it was crystal clear that Logan and Jules were going to be a "thing" from page one--but seeing Logan's crush on food grow stronger every time he went out with Bella thanks to the potion she bought from Jules was highly amusing. I'd feel sorry for the headache it gave him, but he kinda deserved it for continuing to agree to see her, so... ;) (Seriously, though--what was Juliette thinking with surfer dude? I mean really...) Juliet's magic felt more integrated here than her cousin Emma's did in her book, which was a plus. Once again the conflict and black moment felt a bit more contrived than they had to (why hadn't Juliette told anyone--her boss and/or the guy she was falling for/working with there might have been ideal candidates--that she wanted the flower shop. if that was her life's dream? Not that they couldn't have guessed, but honestly, why should they have to???) and Juliette seemed like a perfectly responsible adult until the last 15% or so of the story, which made that whole bit seem a little off. Still, the resolution was sweetly satisfying, and the teaser for Kat's story (the bits here with her and Edgar the crow and Hank the (canine) Tank were some of my favorite parts) will pretty much ensure that I'll be making another trip to Pine Cove Island in the near future... (#2 in the series but should also work fine as a standalone if you haven't read Don't Call Me Cupcake yet.) Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Ok i think i enjoyed this one even more than book 1. Tara's writing style is easy and engaging, which I really liked. And of course this one caught me with the banter between Logan and Juliette. I enjoyed the chemistry between them. Initially, they but heads but of course they can't resist the connection they have. I loved seeing Juliette and Emma's set of friends again. They're an interesting crew for sure! Their interactions made for some fun scenes. These ladies say the most outlandish things Ok i think i enjoyed this one even more than book 1. Tara's writing style is easy and engaging, which I really liked. And of course this one caught me with the banter between Logan and Juliette. I enjoyed the chemistry between them. Initially, they but heads but of course they can't resist the connection they have. I loved seeing Juliette and Emma's set of friends again. They're an interesting crew for sure! Their interactions made for some fun scenes. These ladies say the most outlandish things. We also get introduced to the C of book 3 Kat, whose magic seems to be animal related. I'm intrigued to learn more about her cuz i'm wondering if she's a long lost Halloway girl. Getting to know Logan and Juliette was great and we get alternating POVs here, which I like. I think Tara Sheets also did a wonderful job of tapping into Logan and Juliette's internal conflicts. The scene with the before and after the tree incident whew that hit me in my feels. I have to say though, I didn't always like some of Logan's bossiness. When she was going on the date with Brock on the motorcycle without the helmet, I got he was worried but Juliette's an adult capable of making her own decisions and him bodily removing her from the bike bugged me too much. Alsooo Juliette totallyy overreacted in my opinion after Romeo's decision, which Logan had nothing to do with. How you gonna get pissed off at Logan for not knowing something you didn't tell him in the first place???? That was a bit much. Be made at Romeo sure, but Logan was actually innocent in all this. Anyhoooo, it all worked out beautifully. I loved it. I'm looking forward to book 3.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    Review also found at https://kristineandterri.blogspot.com... ** I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!** I took a gamble on this story as it is the second in a series of which I had not read the first installment. All I can say is that it made me wish I had read the first as I enjoyed this one immensely. I will need to make a point to go back and read it! This story was packed with every emotion imaginable in its short Review also found at https://kristineandterri.blogspot.com... ** I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!** I took a gamble on this story as it is the second in a series of which I had not read the first installment. All I can say is that it made me wish I had read the first as I enjoyed this one immensely. I will need to make a point to go back and read it! This story was packed with every emotion imaginable in its short 304 pages. While it was a true romance it was also full of humour and a little bit of magic. I particularly enjoyed the whole "houseboat" crew as I found them extremely funny in how clueless they were. I imagine a lot of us would be just a let down should we meet our favorite celebrity heartthrobs. Although most were clueless, I was intrigued by Kat who I felt had a story of her own, and sure enough, when I got to the end of the book I found that the next story will focus on her. I loved Logan from the beginning as well as Juliette for the most part. Aside from her childish behavior (in my opinion) when the story reached its peak, she was a fun character. Her quick retorts with the cast and crew of the Houseboat reminded me of myself when I am not impressed with peoples behavior or personalities. Sheet is a new author to me but I really enjoyed her easygoing writing style. I am adding her to my list of author to be on the lookout for when selecting future reads. I definitely want to read Kat's story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan McClintock

    Juliette Halloway and her cousin Emma are the last of the Halloway’s on Pine Cove Island. The Halloway women have, for generations, had magical powers that they use for the good of the inhabitants of Pine Cove. Juliette’s power involves being connected to nature, specifically flowers. She can make plants grow and flourish. She is also able to make soaps and other toiletries from her plants that can influence people in positive ways. Logan O’Connor was the boy next door that Juliette crushed on a Juliette Halloway and her cousin Emma are the last of the Halloway’s on Pine Cove Island. The Halloway women have, for generations, had magical powers that they use for the good of the inhabitants of Pine Cove. Juliette’s power involves being connected to nature, specifically flowers. She can make plants grow and flourish. She is also able to make soaps and other toiletries from her plants that can influence people in positive ways. Logan O’Connor was the boy next door that Juliette crushed on as a child, but crushed her heart when he left for the service. He is back after several tours in Afghanistan and wants to settle back in Pine Cove. Logan is put in charge of the remodel of the florist that Juliette manages. What starts as antagonism becomes love. It is sweet romance (there is sex, but done in a PG rated way), the secondary characters were charming, and I did want to read Kat’s book. What kept this from being a five star book, Juliette. Juliette was annoying and irrational when it involved Logan. I just wish that she was a stronger character. In both the first and second book of this series, I loved the male protagonist, and was mildly annoyed by the female. I received an arc of this book by NetGalley for my honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bookgyrl

    The second book in the Holloway girls series! I do hope the covers will change as I think they are not suited to the books. This is about Juliette, the cousin of the heroine of the first book, and Logan. Juliette had a huge (unrequited) crush on Logan when she was in her teens but he was 4 years older and left the island for the military. He is back and wants to settle. Juliette is annoyed with Logan changing things at the flowershop where she works, at the request of his uncle (the owner). She h The second book in the Holloway girls series! I do hope the covers will change as I think they are not suited to the books. This is about Juliette, the cousin of the heroine of the first book, and Logan. Juliette had a huge (unrequited) crush on Logan when she was in her teens but he was 4 years older and left the island for the military. He is back and wants to settle. Juliette is annoyed with Logan changing things at the flowershop where she works, at the request of his uncle (the owner). She has the gift of nature. Somehow this book did not move me as the first. Juliette was rather annoying and hostile to Logan, who was nothing but kind to her. She kept it up too long for my liking. The tone of the book is light and sprinkled with some magic. Kat will be next! Overall a solid romance. I requested and received and ARC via Netgalley and this is my honest and voluntary review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Brooks

    Juliette takes her green thumb seriously. She endows all of her projects with a little magical oomph! She is also stubborn and ambitious and can be blinkered to everything else. Logan was Juliette's teenage love. When he left town he joined the military and has now retired to his grandfathers house and undertaking a variety of renovations at Juliette's shop as a favour. Logan is definitely a still waters run deep kinds guy. He wants the whole enchilada; wife, family, white picket fence. Juliette i Juliette takes her green thumb seriously. She endows all of her projects with a little magical oomph! She is also stubborn and ambitious and can be blinkered to everything else. Logan was Juliette's teenage love. When he left town he joined the military and has now retired to his grandfathers house and undertaking a variety of renovations at Juliette's shop as a favour. Logan is definitely a still waters run deep kinds guy. He wants the whole enchilada; wife, family, white picket fence. Juliette is trying to be in charge of everything! She hates it when Logan moves things around without her permission! The sexy-times take place behind closed doors so no in your face lovemaking, more the make it up yourself variety.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Smith

    I really love this series. I love the magical gifts the Holloway women have. Juliette has a way with plants and nature. When she is in the wood the description is just ethereal and magical. Logan is back in town Juliette's teen crush. Things are going to get pretty interesting for Juliette. She can feel the change coming, but is she ready for it? I just gobbled up this book. I couldn't put it down. The quirky characters and the town are a big drawing point. I'm completely intrigued by the new co I really love this series. I love the magical gifts the Holloway women have. Juliette has a way with plants and nature. When she is in the wood the description is just ethereal and magical. Logan is back in town Juliette's teen crush. Things are going to get pretty interesting for Juliette. She can feel the change coming, but is she ready for it? I just gobbled up this book. I couldn't put it down. The quirky characters and the town are a big drawing point. I'm completely intrigued by the new comer and I'm so glad she's getting a book next. I really can't wait for the next book. I can't recommend this series enough. It had heart and humor with a touch of magic.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shannan

    The story flowed well. It read well on it's own though it might've read better if I'd read the first story. The characters are fairly well fleshed out and the plot was well developed. Logan and Juliette had wonderfully nuanced if rough history and it's played back on by both characters connecting what happened when she was fourteen to current twenty seven year old her. The addition of chaos that came from having a reality show being filmed in and around their hometown combined with her friends an The story flowed well. It read well on it's own though it might've read better if I'd read the first story. The characters are fairly well fleshed out and the plot was well developed. Logan and Juliette had wonderfully nuanced if rough history and it's played back on by both characters connecting what happened when she was fourteen to current twenty seven year old her. The addition of chaos that came from having a reality show being filmed in and around their hometown combined with her friends and the upcoming nuptials of her cousin added amusing twists and quirks to the story. Definitely a fun read

  23. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This is my first book to read by this author and honestly I am not sure I will read any more. The story line is very good with an former military man coming home to make a life for himself while dealing with PTSD. Juliette is the main female character working as a florist, who is beautiful, charming, and...magical? This story would have been a good romance story without the magic added. That was just a bit strange to me and totally not needed to make a great contemporary romance. I do not like t This is my first book to read by this author and honestly I am not sure I will read any more. The story line is very good with an former military man coming home to make a life for himself while dealing with PTSD. Juliette is the main female character working as a florist, who is beautiful, charming, and...magical? This story would have been a good romance story without the magic added. That was just a bit strange to me and totally not needed to make a great contemporary romance. I do not like to retell the story as so many reviewers do as I just think it spoils it for future readers that can resist reading the reviews with spoiler alerts. I think the author is a good writer and the characters were interesting, funny, and well developed I just felt it brought the book down by making Juliette have magical powers with the earth and flowers. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    4.5 Stars!! I adored this story. I took off a star because the heroine was starting to bug me by how many times she rejected and pushed the hero away. But I confess, what Juliette did for Logan near the end more than made up for her previous actions. This story was funny, sweet, sexy and with a hint of the paranormal. I highly recommend this story and the first one in the series but they’re stand alone and can be read out of order. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest revi 4.5 Stars!! I adored this story. I took off ½ a star because the heroine was starting to bug me by how many times she rejected and pushed the hero away. But I confess, what Juliette did for Logan near the end more than made up for her previous actions. This story was funny, sweet, sexy and with a hint of the paranormal. I highly recommend this story and the first one in the series but they’re stand alone and can be read out of order. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story to the point I laughed out loud alot.The dialog is sharp and witty.My favorite type of cheer up book!.It seriously brightened up my day ...and not all rom com does ....most try to hard and fall flat.Ms.Sheets however does not disappoint but delivers great characters you want to be friends with in real life ,living in a place you wouldn't mind calling home.I love when I can put myself in the make believe world and feel like I'm right there when the events take place I thoroughly enjoyed the story to the point I laughed out loud alot.The dialog is sharp and witty.My favorite type of cheer up book!.It seriously brightened up my day ...and not all rom com does ....most try to hard and fall flat.Ms.Sheets however does not disappoint but delivers great characters you want to be friends with in real life ,living in a place you wouldn't mind calling home.I love when I can put myself in the make believe world and feel like I'm right there when the events take place .Kudos to the Holloway Girls.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    I absolutely loved this book. Juliette and Logan are such great characters, well thought out and engaging; you can't help but like them. The side characters are fun, the location is perfect, and the surroundings are described so perfectly. I didn't want this book to end and simultaneously needed to know what was going to happen. I completely recommend this book. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley but all opinions are my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Seana

    I loved this book, am loving the series! Tara Sheets is able to tell a story that is at once charming, funny, sexy, heartfelt, and unforgettable. I want to live on Pine Cove Island. I want to be friends with Juliette and Emma. I think that’s the best thing you can say about a book. I want to crawl between the pages and live there <3

  28. 5 out of 5

    Seana Kelly

    I love this author and her books! She writes characters I long to spend time with. They are bright and funny, but above all good people. You won't find any alphaholes (at least not as the romantic interest) in these books (thankfully)! You will, however, find funny, intelligent, caring women and hot, hunky, thoughtful men <3

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shruti

    I really, really liked this one and it’s nice twist on the classic enemies to lovers and childhood crush tropes. Something about this one really resonated with me and it’s probably how relatable Juliette was.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jacki

    4.5☆ Cute and fun What I liked: The writing style The characters Part of a series: The Holloway Girls Standalone HEA Epilogue I'm looking forward to reading Kat's story. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC from NetGalley.

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