adult - 18+ Angst Level Book College/University Contemporary Friends to lovers Gay Halloween Heat Index m/m May/December May/December Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat New Adult Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Part of a Series Purchased

Bloom Box by Cate Ashwood (Heartsville)


If there’s one thing William Sullivan knows less about than how to run a business, it’s flowers. When Will is left carrying responsibility for the flower shop he’d leased for his cheating ex-boyfriend, he is sure it will lead him into financial ruin.
Just when he’s about to abandon all hope, in walks Milo Hart—young, overflowing with energy, and perhaps best of all, a genius when it comes to flowers. Will hires him on the spot and they begin a working partnership that might be Will’s only saving grace. The more time they spend together, the more Will’s feelings for Milo evolve and Will must choose between keeping things strictly business, or taking a chance to let love bloom.


William just dumped by his long term boyfriend for cheating on him (over and over) and now he’s stuck with a lease on a flower shop that he’d bought for his boyfriend to run. He’s depressed, knows nothing about flowers, already has a job and is feeling very overwhelmed when Milo comes in looking for a job.

Milo is still in school, majoring in business, needing work for the summer. He used to work in a nursery and is a lover of flowers. Together he and Will manage to get the shop up and running and on time.

While spending so much time together they also fall in love. But Will is sure Milo will forget him when he goes back to school and can a 16 year age difference really work in the long run anyway?


There could have been a lot of angst in this story, but there wasn’t. It was sweet and moved along at a nice pace. Not too fast, not too slow. The sexual tension built and then released in a super hot frottage session in Will’s apartment!

Milo is a great character – open, brave, smart, funny and clumsy as hell! He and the more staid and sober Will are a good match, yin and yang.

I really enjoyed their story and was so happy with the ending – a very, very solid HEA.

I highly recommend this book and the series!

5 of 5 stars


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