Author: Shannon Guymon
Series: Love and Flowers Trilogy #1
Release Date: June 1, 2014
Garrett Murphy is used to rejection. As a child, he was rejected by his mother and as a man he was rejected by Jane Kendall. Going without love has turned Garrett into a man who doesn’t trust in a woman’s heart. So when he meets Rayne Nyman, she’s too good to be true. She’s beautiful, talented and sweet. She also happens to be a world renowned pianist. He knows there’s no way she’d ever want to stay in Fircest with him when she could be living the life she was born to. Rayne is determined to prove him wrong and show him that love can be forever but when she comes under fire and her life is put in danger, she might not have the chance.
I read this series out of order… I read Dreaming of Ivy first and then really wanted to know the back story for the characters and came back and read Falling for Rayne. So I knew how things were going to end up, but it did not spoil the story for me at all! I loved getting to know Garrett, Becket, Asher, Rayne, Ivy & Cloe.
Rayne has spent most of her 26 years living the life her parents have chosen for her. She drew the line at marrying Liam – the son of her best friend who she had been “dating” (if you could call it that) for years! (Note: I loved the appearances by Liam in the story because he really shows us what a great guy Garrett is by contrast:) When she refused to marry Liam, she got in a big fight with her parents, and a few months later her parents were killed in a car accident. Only eye witnesses are pretty sure it wasn’t an accident. And Rayne has now inherited A LOT of money after the death of her parents… and she needs to figure out who is after her and her sister, Ivy. The obvious suspect is Graham Mitchell – her half-cousin who has been creepy-in-love with her for years and has let her know that it is legal for half-cousins to marry in California.
Rayne, Ivy and their “bodyguard” Cleo are hiding out in Fircrest until they can figure out who is after them. Rayne is fixing up her grandmother’s house when she first meets Garrett Murphy, owner of Murphy Landscaping. Garrett is an ex-marine and is different in every way from the spoiled, rich guys Rayne has known. She feels an immediate spark… I loved the chemistry between Garrett and Rayne!
I love how Garrett could have been intimidated by her money and her international fame as a pianist, but instead sees her for who she really is… and I love that Rayne is learning how to take risks and is discovering what it’s like to really be alive! And neither of them lets the other get their way all the time.
After you read this book, I highly recommend going on and reading Book 2 in the series, Dreaming of Ivy!
Rating: 5 stars
Content: Clean, no language, some mild violence