“What lies beneath my veiled perfection is the ugly truth—my truth, my reality, my destiny.”
Vivian Graham has an acceptance letter into Harvard, a badass tattoo, loyal friends, ties to marijuana, a penchant for Dunkin’ Donuts, and her pesky V-card.
Everyday she takes the Red Line to her job at The Green Pot in Boston while her friends enter the coveted, black iron gates to higher learning. The ramifications from a tragic accident have put her life on hold while time marches on for everyone around her.
After graduating from Harvard Law, Boston native, Oliver Konrad, moves to Portland to start his career and his life. Three years later, after a horrific discovery, he returns home to trade in his three-piece suit for leather work boots and his suburban home for a condo in Cambridge.
All he brought back to the East Coast was an aversion to pillows and secrets he keeps hidden behind a mysterious locked door. Oliver’s days are predictable and his nights are lonely until he meets Vivian on the subway. Her long raven hair, green eyes, and mile-long legs are achingly sexy, but the way she “innocently” fingers and licks her Boston Kreme doughnut can only be described in two words—complete torture.
When their paths cross at every turn, laughter is abundant, friendship is easy, and love is unintentional. However, their future seems improbable.
*This book contains adult situations and explicit content, 17+
Once in a great while, you stumble upon a book by an author you have never heard of and find yourself completely and utterly charmed by their story and writing. Idle Bloom was a complete surprise for me. I laughed, I cried…l wanted a doughnut after I was done.
Vivian is a landscape nursery assistant. She had to put off her dreams of going to Harvard to pay off some medical bills, and that’s how she ends up at the Green Pot, where she meets Oliver. Oliver is a graduate of Harvard Law, but mysteriously left the west coast and the law behind to become a handyman at his brother’s landscaping business. Neither is looking for more than friendship, but what soon develops between them that alters their lives forever.
There’s a lot to be intrigued about by this book. Why is Vivian a 20-something virgin? Why did Oliver come back from Portland? Why doesn’t he like pillows? Vivian and Oliver are an odd pair, but odd in such a way that I had to know their entire story, which made it hard to put this book down. You get little snippets throughout the book as to why they have become the way they have, and you just won’t be satisfied until you know it all.
I was mesmerized and completely enchanted by this story.
The characters in this book are intricately written and completely adorable. I loved Vivian’s spunk and wit, and her unabashed love of Dunkin’ Donuts. And Oliver is such a mystery, but also absolutely loveable and real. This book made me cry, which is a tough sell, but it happened. You’ll want to have tissues handy, but don’t let this deter you from reading a beautifully told and well written story that will stay with you. 5 stars.
I do not say this lightly, but Idle Bloom has got to be one of the best books I have read this year. It’s a beautiful love story between two broken people who finally get a chance to heal with one another’s love. As I expected, I definitely shed quite a few tears several times. What I did not expect was how much I laughed while reading the book because it’s not a romantic comedy; rather, Vivian and Oliver have fun and laugh with one another and their laughter is contagious. This emotional rollercoaster ride made for an immensely enjoyable reading experience.
Both Viv and Oli have baggage from their past. While some of Viv’s baggage is visible, she reveals her internal baggage to Oli early on in their relationship. Upon hearing the circumstances surrounding her tragic accident I felt a mixture of relief (that it wasn’t due to a sexual assault) and sadness (because of the actual incident and how it scarred her). While I may have had mixed feelings surrounding her accident I had no doubts regarding how I felt about her and Oli’s relationship – it was beautiful. Even when it was painful or hurtful, their love was beautiful and watching it grow and deepen as they faced far more obstacles than they should have was an experience I look forward to repeating when I read Idle Bloom again. Equally enjoyable was the freaking hot sex they had … frequently … and thoroughly. It and their laughter helped to balance out the overwhelmingly sad circumstances that were the cause of Oli being broken. It has been quite a while since I have felt such sympathy for a character in a book. Oli’s loss was devastating and I found it very easy to understand his reactions. Although both of their pasts are unbelievably sad, I loved the realism with which Ms. Ann wrote them.
I must admit that as the end of the book neared, I questioned whether or not Oli and Viv would get their happily ever after. There was so much that hadn’t been said or done and I found myself running out of pages with no resolution in sight. Yet Ms. Ann did the unthinkable – she gave Oli and Viv’s story an absolutely perfect ending for them and did so without making it feel rushed or contrived. The author maintained the realism of the characters and managed to leave me wishing this book was the first in a series instead of a standalone so I could have more time with Oli and Viv. Idle Bloom is an excellent book that has secured its spot on my re-read list and I cannot wait to check out more of Ms.
Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.
With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.
After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.
When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.
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