Title: When in Bloom
Series: Southern Charm 04
Author: Nicole Dennis
Length: Novel (52K)
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (February 20th, 2015) Available for early download January 23rd 2015
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: Could the personal challenges of a former Army doctor and a brilliant florist get in the way of a chance at life and love?
Fighting Type One diabetes since childhood, Jude Sebastian runs to prove he can live a normal life, until epileptic seizures begin to change his life. Even with Dawson, his Medical Alert Golden Labrador, at his side Jude finds daily life difficult. He owns the floral shop, Flowers in the Breeze, and designs everything from simple bouquets to elaborate themes for weddings and celebrations.
At the Shore Breeze Clinic, Jude comes across a man clearly suffering with a PTSD episode. A new arrival in the small town, Doctor Elliott Sheffield, a retired Army Ranger doctor is looking for a second chance after what he saw in the Middle Eastern deserts.
Wanting a normal relationship, Jude tries to deny his disorders, but something is happening. He can’t regulate his sugars and his disorder worsens. When he returns to the clinic, Dawson alerts him to an oncoming seizure.
Will the personal issues and challenges of both men get in the way of a chance at love?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes referencing PTSD, seizures and diabetes.
Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/when-in-bloom
Review: This is book 4 of the southern Charm series but stands alone just fine.
When in bloom is a beautiful romance between two men with handicaps. I loved both of these men and their fight to have a normal life and love. Jude owns the flower shop in town and has type one diabetes and seizures. He is a sweet man and very careful to monitor his health. He meets Elliott when I he is at the clinic to try to see why he is having more problems after getting an insulin pump. Elliott is coming for an interview and is caught in a storm that triggers his PTSD Jude recognizes the symptoms and he and his alert dog comfort Elliott and get him through it.
I loved that this story wasn’t about two perfect men. They both have their issues and still can find love though it is such a challenge. There are a couple twists and a really sad part with one of Elliott’s patients dying of aids. I cried my eyes out. There are lots of sweet yet emotional moments in this book and some fun, sweet and sexy ones as well. I loved getting another peek at Malcomb, too.
My only real issue is it brings up some of the unsolved mysteries from the other books, and there is another mystery connecting the others, that was mentioned then dropped. I am hoping it will all come out in the final book and I hope that’s not too soon, since I love this series.
If you like sweet romance, broken me, handicaps, cute cats and dogs, and some sexy sensual man-sex this is for you!