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Who will catch a lifetime of love? Winning the annual wedding bouquet design competition may be the closest Kady Lawrence gets to the altar. She has to come in first or risk losing the shop that’s been in her family for generations. Her main competition is Jasmine Matthews. But it’s Jasmine’s son who’s caught Kady’s attention. Kady has no inkling Dylan’s a DEA agent on a ca Who will catch a lifetime of love? Winning the annual wedding bouquet design competition may be the closest Kady Lawrence gets to the altar. She has to come in first or risk losing the shop that’s been in her family for generations. Her main competition is Jasmine Matthews. But it’s Jasmine’s son who’s caught Kady’s attention. Kady has no inkling Dylan’s a DEA agent on a case in Cypress Pointe, and Dylan wants to keep it that way…until Kady’s targeted. Determined to keep her safe, Dylan risks a lot more than blowing his cover…he risks losing Kady forever.


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Who will catch a lifetime of love? Winning the annual wedding bouquet design competition may be the closest Kady Lawrence gets to the altar. She has to come in first or risk losing the shop that’s been in her family for generations. Her main competition is Jasmine Matthews. But it’s Jasmine’s son who’s caught Kady’s attention. Kady has no inkling Dylan’s a DEA agent on a ca Who will catch a lifetime of love? Winning the annual wedding bouquet design competition may be the closest Kady Lawrence gets to the altar. She has to come in first or risk losing the shop that’s been in her family for generations. Her main competition is Jasmine Matthews. But it’s Jasmine’s son who’s caught Kady’s attention. Kady has no inkling Dylan’s a DEA agent on a case in Cypress Pointe, and Dylan wants to keep it that way…until Kady’s targeted. Determined to keep her safe, Dylan risks a lot more than blowing his cover…he risks losing Kady forever.

59 review for The Bridal Bouquet

  1. 4 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    Have I ever said that I love Harlequin Heartwarming books? Ha! I really do. I love that I know exactly what I'm going to get- a sweet, clean romance. I do believe this is an author that is new to me. I haven't read any of the other books in this series and now I really think I need to. I'm putting them on my TBR list for sure. I loved Kady. There was something so human about her and her need to find acceptance and support from the people she loves. Kady made some bad decisions earlier in life, but Have I ever said that I love Harlequin Heartwarming books? Ha! I really do. I love that I know exactly what I'm going to get- a sweet, clean romance. I do believe this is an author that is new to me. I haven't read any of the other books in this series and now I really think I need to. I'm putting them on my TBR list for sure. I loved Kady. There was something so human about her and her need to find acceptance and support from the people she loves. Kady made some bad decisions earlier in life, but now she is trying to prove that she is reliable and trustworthy. I love her smarts and her determination. The whole florist/flowers vibe was fun! I wish I could go to a convention like this just to see what people created with flowers. I bet it would smell heavenly! This book was a clean romance with a touch of suspense and danger. It kept me interested from beginning to end. Content: Clean. Some mild violence, drug use. I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katie W

    This is Book 3 in the series, but it can stand alone. At least, I think it can, because I haven't read the others and I didn't feel lost at all. Speaking of that, I need to read these others because I really savored this book and would love to get to know some of the other characters better. This cover is perfect! Kady is trying to convince her parents that she has what it takes to take over the family floral business, as they are ready to retire and sell. Although she is determined to win the an This is Book 3 in the series, but it can stand alone. At least, I think it can, because I haven't read the others and I didn't feel lost at all. Speaking of that, I need to read these others because I really savored this book and would love to get to know some of the other characters better. This cover is perfect! Kady is trying to convince her parents that she has what it takes to take over the family floral business, as they are ready to retire and sell. Although she is determined to win the annual bridal bouquet contest, meeting her main competitor's son complicates matters. Dylan is an undercover DEA on an important case, using his mother's floral convention as a cover. Don't get me wrong--I love a good romance, but when there are other elements involved, it really draws me in. With a mystery and some suspense involved, this story really turns into more than the light, fluffy read, like I was expecting--there's more meat to the book. I really liked the wedding bouquet and flower descriptions and it makes me curious to know the meanings of more flowers. The setting (Florida) is also nicely done, as are the characters. There is some depth to the characters, their interactions, and their feelings. I enjoyed knowing that Kady has made mistakes in her past, but is working really hard to prove that she's changed and I couldn't help but to admire her. This is a great read for those who enjoy a clean, contemporary romance with some suspenseful threads woven in. Content: mild romance; mild violence. Clean! *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Suze Lavender

    Kady has to win the wedding bouquet design competition at the annual floral convention, it's the only way her parents will ever have faith in her. She works at the family flower shop and is a talented florist, but her parents still can't see how good Kady is. They favor their son Will, who can do nothing wrong in their eyes. They are planning to retire and are giving Kady an ultimatum. She only has a few weeks to prove herself while they are on a cruise. Winning the competition is one of their c Kady has to win the wedding bouquet design competition at the annual floral convention, it's the only way her parents will ever have faith in her. She works at the family flower shop and is a talented florist, but her parents still can't see how good Kady is. They favor their son Will, who can do nothing wrong in their eyes. They are planning to retire and are giving Kady an ultimatum. She only has a few weeks to prove herself while they are on a cruise. Winning the competition is one of their conditions. Kady's biggest competitor Jasmine will also be at the fair. She's never been able to beat her before, will she be able to do it now? Her rival has brought her son this year and by coincidence he and Kady know each other. Dylan is a cop on an undercover mission and he isn't allowed to tell Kady anything about himself. They like each other, but will they have a chance once Kady finds out the truth? The Bridal Bouquet is a sweet and romantic story about two people who are perfect for one another. Kady is strong, independent and resilient. She's a talented woman and flowers are her passion. I loved reading about her creations. Tara Randel describes them in such a wonderful vivid way, which is one of the many charms of her story. Dylan immediately likes Kady and he's happy he's at the convention with his mother because he wants to spend time with her. He's a real gentleman and I loved the way he treats the important women in his life. He and Kady have great chemistry and I could easily picture them as a couple. I like it when characters have something special together and that's definitely the case in this story. The Bridal Bouquet isn't only a cute and lovely story, there's also some adventure. Dylan is on a case and somehow his personal and business life are intertwined. Tara Randel writes about the emotional side of his work as well as the practical one and I liked that angle. I loved that he also has a connection to the flower business and his reason to be at the convention is fun. The Bridal Bouquet is a quick and easy read and it's very enjoyable. I think it's an amazing read with a heartwarming theme.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)

    Why did I not know about this series before now? This is the third book and I haven't read the first two. What rock have I been hiding under to have missed them? This is a romance/suspense book. Kady wants to succeed with her family's florist shop. She knows that by expanding their clientele into the wedding market she can help the business flourish. Her plans are to enter and the convention design competition to attract brides. Of course, the when you are not looking or expecting romance, it se Why did I not know about this series before now? This is the third book and I haven't read the first two. What rock have I been hiding under to have missed them? This is a romance/suspense book. Kady wants to succeed with her family's florist shop. She knows that by expanding their clientele into the wedding market she can help the business flourish. Her plans are to enter and the convention design competition to attract brides. Of course, the when you are not looking or expecting romance, it seem to find you. Dylan is undercover to find the drug dealer who killed his partner. He is keeping his job as a DEA agent a secret, to disguise himself as someone helping his mother at the convention. There is more going on in this story. It seems as if there are secrets upon secrets. Then a few more are revealed. As a reader, you know most of the things going on behind the scenes, just waiting for the characters to discover them. For me, it helped to cheer them on and hope that everyone is happy when it all comes out in the open. I really can't say a lot more, because I like this book and am giving it a high recommendation. It has some kissing, detective work, and mild violence

  5. 5 out of 5

    Myra Wardhana

    It was the title that did me in first and from the moment Dylan met Kady, I was hooked and cannot stop to keep on reading. Love the mix of little bit of suspense and romance in the book and beside, who could resist a determined girl like Kady who loves flowers and want to keep her store after her parents want to shut it down? Almost want to be mad that at the end Kady lost again to Dylan's mother, Jasmine at the flower competition. Really rooting for her to win first place. A delightful book to rea It was the title that did me in first and from the moment Dylan met Kady, I was hooked and cannot stop to keep on reading. Love the mix of little bit of suspense and romance in the book and beside, who could resist a determined girl like Kady who loves flowers and want to keep her store after her parents want to shut it down? Almost want to be mad that at the end Kady lost again to Dylan's mother, Jasmine at the flower competition. Really rooting for her to win first place. A delightful book to read indeed, makes me want to re-read it again and again.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Kady is trying to convince her parents that she can run the family flower business , since they want to retire and travel. But because she did some screwing up in her past, they don’t trust her. When her “perfect” brother (who isn’t perfect, by the way), sticks up for her, they agree to give her a trial period. She needs to win the wedding bouquet design competition. When she meets a guy, sparks fly, till she finds out his mom is her biggest rival. Then bad things start happening, and Kady is in Kady is trying to convince her parents that she can run the family flower business , since they want to retire and travel. But because she did some screwing up in her past, they don’t trust her. When her “perfect” brother (who isn’t perfect, by the way), sticks up for her, they agree to give her a trial period. She needs to win the wedding bouquet design competition. When she meets a guy, sparks fly, till she finds out his mom is her biggest rival. Then bad things start happening, and Kady is in danger. I liked this book; it was a romance, but with some mystery and danger that stepped it up.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sophie (Blogger)

    I have been getting into wedding books lately mainly due to the story lines and also who doesn't like a wedding?! This book is slightly different from your normal wedding book as it features a DEA agent and a sweet woman who still hasn't found the one to be waiting for her at the end of the alter. Kady is someone who wants a happy ending but she hasn't got it yet, she is trying her very best to make the most of the floral business that belongs to her family. Trying to explore more options she br I have been getting into wedding books lately mainly due to the story lines and also who doesn't like a wedding?! This book is slightly different from your normal wedding book as it features a DEA agent and a sweet woman who still hasn't found the one to be waiting for her at the end of the alter. Kady is someone who wants a happy ending but she hasn't got it yet, she is trying her very best to make the most of the floral business that belongs to her family. Trying to explore more options she branches out into weddings, hoping to get more clients and jobs from this new venture. When Kady runs into Dylan, she is drawn to him as he is confident and handsome, everything you want in a man. Although he is keeping something big from Kady which could jeopardise their relationship before it has even started. I loved Tara's writing, with this being the first one I had read. Her sweet yet exciting tone made reading her book even more enjoyable. My favourite character from the book would be between Kady and Dylan, I just can't decide. I like Kady as she is driven and passionate about her job and wanting to be the best she can. I also like Dylan as even though he is hiding a part of his life from the closest people around him, he is doing it to protect them, which makes him a caring character, one which is perfect for Kady and him for her as well. The Bridal Bouquet is a sweet, romantic story that has handsome DEA agents, amazingly strong women and an wonderfully written story that will make you wish it wouldn't end. I would recommend anyone who loves a unique love story and of course a wedding! If I had to sum this book up in three words, they would be Sweet, Romantic and Unique.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Snehal Dalvi

    The book is about Kady Lawrence, a florist who runs The Lavish Lily in Cypress Pointe in Florida. She has to win the Wedding bouquet competition at the annual florist convention this year, so that she can continue to run the shop thus winning her parents trust that she can take the floral biz to a new height and establish herself in the wedding industry. She’s tired of losing to Queen Jasmine since last four years in row in the floral convention. Dylan Mathews works with DEA and is on a mission i The book is about Kady Lawrence, a florist who runs The Lavish Lily in Cypress Pointe in Florida. She has to win the Wedding bouquet competition at the annual florist convention this year, so that she can continue to run the shop thus winning her parents trust that she can take the floral biz to a new height and establish herself in the wedding industry. She’s tired of losing to Queen Jasmine since last four years in row in the floral convention. Dylan Mathews works with DEA and is on a mission in Cypress Pointe, he wants to find Esposa and send him in jail no matter what. Living with his own guilt of losing a friend who saved Dylan while on duty. Kady meet’s Dylan in the typical romantic situation where the hero saves the heroine from trying to messup her work, and as for kady she is left dumbstruck by Dylan after it. Dylan doesn’t want Kady to be in trouble so he keeps her in dark about his identity. While somehow he doubts that Kady’s brother Will may be involved in the case he is dealing with. Instead he finds something else will is keeping from Kady and his Family. Unknowingly trying to keep Kady safe Dylan falls in love with her and Kady feels the same way for him. A certain situation leads Kady to find the truth about Dylan thus inturn disappointing her. Leading to her and Dylan not being on talking terms. The book is a clean romance novel and can be read as a stand-alone book as well. The book depicts the usual boy meets a girl and falls in love, the story though is a simple read for anyone who loves romance novels. Rating: 3.5/5*

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Brooks

    4 1/2 STARS! In this fourth book of her “The Business of Weddings” series, Tara Randel lands us smack dab in the middle of an action packed adventure! There’s romance, there’s deceit, there’s family drama, there’s criminal activity … what more could we want? Florist Kady Lawrence is in it to win it at this years bridal bouquet competition at the florist’s convention! She’s got to save The Lavish Lily which has been in her family for generations, but to do so, she has to prove that she’s capable of 4 1/2 STARS! In this fourth book of her “The Business of Weddings” series, Tara Randel lands us smack dab in the middle of an action packed adventure! There’s romance, there’s deceit, there’s family drama, there’s criminal activity … what more could we want? Florist Kady Lawrence is in it to win it at this years bridal bouquet competition at the florist’s convention! She’s got to save The Lavish Lily which has been in her family for generations, but to do so, she has to prove that she’s capable of reinventing the shop with her wedding designs. Dylan Matthews is an undercover DEA agent with the pretense of helping out his Mom at the convention in order to scope out the area around Cypress Pointe, FL because they have intel that the drug dealer they’ve been after for awhile now is in the area. He doesn’t intend to meet someone and fall for them while he’s there, but that’s what happens when Kady crosses his path. Only she doesn’t know that he’s undercover, and she also is in for a surprise in that he’s the son of her biggest competition for the prized bouquet title!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    A sweet romance with a touch of romantic suspense--a fun read! I enjoyed Kady and Dylan's story--a florist and a DEA agent don't seem like an obvious couple, but they definitely worked! I liked watching them fall for each other--and really liked watching poor Dylan getting sucked into helping his mother and Kady at the big florist convention (especially when his mom takes pictures and sends them on to his three--three!--brothers! Poor guy :)) The suspense part was nicely plotted; things fall into A sweet romance with a touch of romantic suspense--a fun read! I enjoyed Kady and Dylan's story--a florist and a DEA agent don't seem like an obvious couple, but they definitely worked! I liked watching them fall for each other--and really liked watching poor Dylan getting sucked into helping his mother and Kady at the big florist convention (especially when his mom takes pictures and sends them on to his three--three!--brothers! Poor guy :)) The suspense part was nicely plotted; things fall into place once a few key facts are revealed and there's a few tense moments along the way. Kady was a little unreasonable about not knowing Dylan's secret--really, it's his job, and they really didn't know each other all that long at that point, so he really had no choice--but fortunately she realizes it soon enough and they manage to get to their HEA anyway. Now how about stories for Dylan's three hunky brothers? :) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    LAWonder10

    THIS WAS A DELIGHTFULLY, REFRESHINGLY, "CLEAN" STORY ABOUT A WOMAN OBSESSED ABOUT WINNING A FLORAL CONVENTION ENTRY. IT WASN'T JUST VANITY. SHE HAD A LOT DEPENDING ON IT. IT WOULD AFFECT THE REST OF HER LIFE! I TOTALLY LOVED IT! KADY WAS OFTEN PRESSURED INTO A RELATIONSHIP BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS...SHE DID NOT HAVE A GREAT TRACK RECORD IN CHOOSING QUALITY MEN TO BECOME INVOLVED WITH. NOW AT THE AGE OF 30, THIS WAS THE LAST THING ON HER MIND...HOWEVER WHEN A HANDSOME SON ARRIVES ON THE SCENE AS AN ES THIS WAS A DELIGHTFULLY, REFRESHINGLY, "CLEAN" STORY ABOUT A WOMAN OBSESSED ABOUT WINNING A FLORAL CONVENTION ENTRY. IT WASN'T JUST VANITY. SHE HAD A LOT DEPENDING ON IT. IT WOULD AFFECT THE REST OF HER LIFE! I TOTALLY LOVED IT! KADY WAS OFTEN PRESSURED INTO A RELATIONSHIP BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS...SHE DID NOT HAVE A GREAT TRACK RECORD IN CHOOSING QUALITY MEN TO BECOME INVOLVED WITH. NOW AT THE AGE OF 30, THIS WAS THE LAST THING ON HER MIND...HOWEVER WHEN A HANDSOME SON ARRIVES ON THE SCENE AS AN ESCORT FOR HIS MOTHER, KADY HAS SECOND THOUGHTS...SECOND THOUGHTS UNTIL SHE MAKES A SHOCKING DISCOVERY! THE BRIDAL BOUQUET IS MOSTLY PREDICTABLE BUT IT IS SUCH A FUN STORY AND WRITTEN SO WELL, IT IS A JOY JUST TO RELAX AND READ! THERE IS ADVENTURE AND A LITTLE MYSTERY INVOLVED, PLUS A COUPLE OF "TWISTS THROWN IN THE MIX"! THE CHARACTERS ARE VERY CHARISMATIC AND REAL. THE BACKGROUND SCENES ARE EASILY ENVISIONED. THE BOOK COVER AND TITLE ARE WELL CHOSEN. *THIS BOOK WAS SENT TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW, OF WHICH I HAVE GIVEN.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lissy Peace

    This is a terrific story. I look forward to reading more in The Business of Weddings. I am a new reader to Tara Randel and I loved her quick style of writing. This story moved fast, there was a lot of love and action. True to the Heartwarming storylines, there's no sex, but there certainly was a lot of temptation. Tara builds the excitement throughout the story with a dramatic ending. The reader certainly falls for Dylan Matthews and cheers for them at the end. There is also a lot of thriller in This is a terrific story. I look forward to reading more in The Business of Weddings. I am a new reader to Tara Randel and I loved her quick style of writing. This story moved fast, there was a lot of love and action. True to the Heartwarming storylines, there's no sex, but there certainly was a lot of temptation. Tara builds the excitement throughout the story with a dramatic ending. The reader certainly falls for Dylan Matthews and cheers for them at the end. There is also a lot of thriller in this storyline with Dylan after a drug dealer who has been evading the DEA and local authorities and how he supports his mother at a floral convention only be continue to pursue Esposa, the drug dealer. Great story, I look forward to reading more from Tara Randel. Grab a copy, you'll love it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    I loved reading The Bridal Bouquet! The characters were well written and I liked almost all of them, with the exception of the ones you aren't supposed to like. The romance between Kady and Dylan was so sweet! I loved watching them getting to know each other and see their feelings for each other grow. Dylan's brothers were also a lot of fun and wished there were more scenes with them, since I loved every scene with them. Needless to say, I hope that they will someday have their own stories. If y I loved reading The Bridal Bouquet! The characters were well written and I liked almost all of them, with the exception of the ones you aren't supposed to like. The romance between Kady and Dylan was so sweet! I loved watching them getting to know each other and see their feelings for each other grow. Dylan's brothers were also a lot of fun and wished there were more scenes with them, since I loved every scene with them. Needless to say, I hope that they will someday have their own stories. If you enjoy clean romance with a little bit of suspense, you should love The Bridal Bouquet. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Beth Carpenter

    Kady is in the wedding business, but it's not all beautiful flowers and happily ever afters. She's taken a while to focus, and now that she finally knows what she wants and where she's going, her parents might take it all away. She needs to win the prize for best bridal bouquet in the floral convention in order to show her parents she's going in the right direction. Meanwhile Dylan is pursuing an agenda of his own, catching the criminal that killed his partner and wounded him. Their lives overla Kady is in the wedding business, but it's not all beautiful flowers and happily ever afters. She's taken a while to focus, and now that she finally knows what she wants and where she's going, her parents might take it all away. She needs to win the prize for best bridal bouquet in the floral convention in order to show her parents she's going in the right direction. Meanwhile Dylan is pursuing an agenda of his own, catching the criminal that killed his partner and wounded him. Their lives overlap at the convention, and Kady becomes entangled in the net. A charming blend of romance and suspense, the Wedding Bouquet kept me reading past my bedtime.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christy

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