Blog Tour & Review – Love on the Vine by Roxanne Smith

Blog Tour & Review – Love on the Vine by Roxanne Smith

LOVE ON THE VINE
by Roxanne Smith
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pub Date: 7/18/2017
 

Synopsis

Love is in bloom . . .
Straightforward Kay
Bing has never been one for subterfuge, although she did embellish
her resume just a bit to land a design job at Free Leaf Concepts, a
cutting edge botanicals firm. Determined to make a good first
impression, she’s exploring the highly secure company greenhouse
when her assistant—the much too attractive Oliver Pierce—confides
that he’s actually working undercover to investigate whether Free
Leaf has created a potent new street drug. Kay doesn’t believe it
for a minute—until someone plants designer mushrooms in her salad.
Suddenly she and her sexy colleague are teaming up to unearth the
roots of a dangerous operation . . .
Oliver not only has
a personal stake in the investigation, his entire career in law
enforcement is on the line. Stubborn, sensible Kay is a distraction
he can’t afford, but as they dig deeper into the case, they
discover a chemistry that’s too heated to deny. When even one wrong
move could be deadly, Oliver may have to risk it all to keep Kay from
harm—and convince her they should be partners for good.

Excerpt

The Free Leaf Concepts building was a narrow silver spire that stabbed into Little Rock’s hazy blue downtown sky like it was trying to pick a fight with the clouds. Aggressive, bold, but innovative and inspiring, too. Everything was chrome and shiny outside, as if they wanted to blast their clients in the face with the good stuff the moment they walked into the foyer. It worked. The lobby was a spectacle. The concrete and shiny metal of the outside world, from the dirty sidewalks to the old brick grandfather buildings lining the streets, were a million miles away as soon as Kay stepped through the mirrored doors, etched with Free Leaf’s chrome leaf emblem.
Crimson chrysanthemums were arranged around copper sculptures and red velvet couches in the waiting area. The fixtures and lighting were all shades of gold and honey. It was vibrant, masterfully done, and Kay wanted to touch everything.
“I’ve never seen chrysanthemums that shade,” she breathed to the receptionist when she came to gather Kay. “I mean, red is common enough, but that…Well, that’s not red. That’s fresh blood. I’ve seen fresh blood, I would know.”
The receptionist’s eyes widened slightly. Kay cleared her throat and stood up straight. She might look like a particularly wise fourteen-year-old, but Neve had taught her a thing or two about commanding herself. Kay had spent the last year taking orders and doling them out under her mentor’s watchful eye. With Neve backing her, Kay had never lacked for confidence. Now, there was no mean lady over her shoulder, daring someone not to take the five-foot-nothing Kay Bing seriously. She was on her own here. She couldn’t just rely on Neve—she had to be Neve.
The receptionist watched her curiously. Kay held back a heavy sigh. She’d never been good at first impressions. She offered the receptionist a bland smile. “Never mind. Long story. Hi, I’m Kay Bing. You should be expecting me. Or, at least, someone should.”
The woman smiled back. She had on a turtleneck dress with cap sleeves in a shade near exact to the sofa, and a clear clipboard tucked against one jutting hip. “I’m Brit. And you’ve probably never seen chrysanthemums like that because that particular shade was manufactured in house. We have a remarkable botanist. His lab takes up the entire third floor. Please, follow me.”
Kay tried hard to keep her excitement in check, but it thrummed through her like an electric guitar. “In house?” she repeated. “You have your own botanist? Wow. You know, I dig the monochrome, but a few pale yellow tulips would really—”
 
 

Samantha’s 5 Star Review

Reviewed on behalf of 3 degrees of fiction (formerly 2 girls who love books blog). I loved this book, I loved the characters, the story, the romance…everything. It is very rare I finish a book and have no small faults in mind but this book did it. I did not want to put it down and read it within two days, I was reading it on my dinner breaks, my bus journeys and as soon as I got home. Roxanne Smith manages to balance all the elements in the storyline perfectly, there is just the right amount of character padding and romance between the two main characters; Kay and Oliver. In most of the novels I have read the author never manages to get the balance, it is either over the top sexual or leans too far into the investigation, forgetting the characters. I found the end of the investigation and the outcome a complete surprise and a lovely twist. When I first started reading the book I thought that Neve would end up being my favourite character with her sharp tongue, no holding back attitude but I found that Kay grew on me more and more as the story went on. Genuinely could not recommend this more, thoroughly enjoyed it.

About the Author

A Florida native, Roxanne Smith has
called everywhere from Houston to Cheyenne home. Currently residing
in Roswell, New Mexico, she’s an avid reader of every genre, a cat
lover, pit bull advocate, and semi-geek. She loves video games, 
Doctor Who, and her dashing husband. Her two kids are the light of her
life and provide ample material for her writing.
 

Giveaway

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