Don't Touch My Petunia (The Holloway Girls, #2)3.5 Stars

Published September 25th 2018 by Zebra Shout

This is the second story about the Holloway Girls, this one being about Juliette. Even though it is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. In the small town of Pine Cove, the Holloway family have been known for their magic for generations. Juliette’s gift is a green thumb, she can make things grow beautifully, healthy and strong. She is also able to make potions into perfumes using various plants and flowers. Logan has returned to town after serving in the armed forces. His uncle, who owns the flower shop where Juliette works, hires him to do renovations while he is on vacation. There is a past between Juliette and Logan and there are fireworks between these two. Juliette constantly pushes him away as he tries to draw them closer together. There were times I got really frustrated with Juliette thinking she was too hard on Logan and needed to open up a bit more, but as I learned about their past, I was able to understand why.

Tara Sheets brings us a heartwarming story filled with humor, love, and a special dose of magic. Pine Cove sounds like a quaint, beautiful seaside town, making the story even more charming, and a place I would love to visit. I really enjoy the Holloway Girls and look forward to reading the next book in the series, about Kat and her love of animals. The publisher, Zebra Shout, generously provided me with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

About the Book (From Goodreads): Pine Cove Island is the kind of enchanting place where anything is possible . . . 

The Holloway women each have a special gift, passed down through generations, each one a little different. Juliette possesses a magical green thumb, which makes her job managing the local florist shop a dream. She may be a bit wild, but she knows what she wants: to save enough money to buy the shop from her boss. Then in marches Logan O’Connor, more annoyingly handsome than ever, turning all her plans upside down.

Logan hasn’t been back on Pine Cove Island since he was eighteen and broke Juliette’s teenage heart. Now it turns out he’s her boss’s nephew–and will be spending his days remodeling the shop and barking orders. At her. 

For the sake of the business, Juliette will have to ignore their simmering attraction and work with Logan. But that doesn’t mean she has to make things easy for him. Because no one knows better than she that one tiny, perfectly planted bit of garden magic could uproot Logan’s own plans and keep him out of her way. And nothing would make her happier. At least that’s what she thinks . . .

Tara SheetsAbout the Author: Tara Sheets is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. Her debut novel, Don’t Call Me Cupcake, is a winner of the 2016 Golden Heart® award sponsored by Romance Writers of America®. It is the first in The Holloway Girls series, available from Kensington Publishing.

Tara began her career as an author in the Pacific Northwest, inspired by the rain and the misty mountains and the rivers of Starbucks coffee. She now lives in the warm, wonderful South where she can stand outside with no coat on, and she finds that pretty inspiring too.

When not writing, Tara enjoys life with her book-loving family and a book-eating dog named Merlin. Come visit her at www.TaraSheets.com or on Twitter via @Tara_Sheets.