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    Love this series!

    I am absolutely in love with this series!! Ms. Hart's talent with words is out of this world.  I love the play on flower names in her titles and how relevant they are to each story! Mum's the Word is the story of Marcus and Maisie. A chance meeting, an instant bond and then to find out that the obstacles between the two of them is almost insurmountable. Marcus has made it his mission to save his family's business.  He will stop at nothing to beat the Bower family in a frivolous lawsuit brought against them.  He is the planner, the organizer, the straight-laced business genius. Maisie has come home to once again be under her mother's thumb.  To dance to her tune and play by her rules.  All Maisie wants is to be happy and to contribute something meaningful to the world. Marcus and Maisie's chemistry is beautiful to behold and steamy to read.  That first kiss between them has got to be one of the most swoony scenes I have read in a long time. It's lovely to see the whole Bennet family again!  It's lovely to see the dynamics between all of them and how they stick up for each other! Another phenomenal story from the talented mind of Staci Hart!! Well done!
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    My favorite Bennet brother is here!

    When I started seeing blurbs and info about this book, I kept seeing Staci telling us “your favorite Bennet brother is almost here”. Now I had a hunch she was probably right about that from what I already knew, but BOY was she right!! I’d tell her to get out of my head, but…ha, no I wouldn’t ;) Marcus is absolute perfection. Smart, logical, honest, and loyal to a fault with passion burning hot just beneath the surface (at least for the right woman), he’s everything I’ve been hoping for – plus a little more! I really, REALLY loved this book (yes, really)! Since I read the series slightly out of order, I can absolutely tell you that all three of these books are stand-alones (I know some people worry about that, and I get it!). Although I feel that you get the most richness from the overall community story threads if you read them in order. I promise you; it’s not necessary – particularly here. If this is your first foray into the world of the Bennet family, you’ll find nothing lacking, and will not be disappointed. So - why did I love Mum’s the Word? Well, the reasons are many, but the overarching theme is the relatability and richness of both the characters and the story. Staci Hart has SUCH a way with words – and an amazing attention to detail that brings her stories instantly to life. You’ll be hooked from the first word - just be warned. We pick up with the Bennet family reaching the peak of their messy, unpleasant lawsuit with the wicked witch Evelyn Bower of Bower Bouquets. Bower will sacrifice anything and everything to take down the Bennets and their family flower business, Longbourne. Marcus Bennet has invested everything he owns and everything he is into saving his family’s legacy. He’s en route to a meeting on this very subject when he’s bowled over (literally) by Maisie, an adorable woman with whom he feels a deep and instant connection. After making dinner plans for that night, they go their separate ways. A more perfect meet-cute there never was! Alas, we are soon to find out that Maisie is Margaret Bower, Evelyn’s daughter. Though Marcus knows from that initial encounter that she is nothing like her mother, they both know that a relationship between them is asking for all sorts of familial trouble. Although technically Marcus and Maisie were not themselves enemies, I think this is a most excellent spin on the enemies-to-lovers trope. The family histories and intertwined relationships going back generations are given to us at such well-timed moments to truly enhance their place in the story. The emotion of all the characters in this tale came through with every page – including the secondary characters – making this book simply unputdownable. The boisterous cast of Bennet siblings are such a fun range of personalities, and I just loved Maisie’s amazing dad. Mum’s the Word is a true winner, classically combining “forbidden” romance, exceptional character depth, witty dialogue, and sexy fun. What a perfect read! I’m sad that the Longbourne setting has come to a close, but I’m SUPER excited that there are still two Bennet siblings waiting in the wings to share their stories! My general rating rationale: 3 – Perfectly fine story, perhaps some minor editorial errors. Entertaining. Typically with this rating I feel like there could have been MORE – be it believably/relatability, character development, internal dialogue, explanations or depth, richness to the overall storyline, etc. May lose a bit of engagement here and there but always finish reading. 4 – A very good book. Engaging, with well-developed characters, a great plot, relatable scenarios; keeps you invested to the last page. Would recommend to reader friends. 5 – Can’t say enough amazing things, loved the characters, fabulously detailed plot, a quick hook, intense investment in both story and characters (including supporting characters) throughout the book. Will tell anyone who will listen that they should read it.
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    Extra romantic Romeo and Juliet

    Unbelievably pretty. This forbidden lovers story is so passionate and romantic, it made me sigh like a lady from a bygone era. The writing style is yearning and earnest. All the supressed feelings of two forlorn lovers from opposite sides of a feud run rampant in every paragraph. I could feel the pull of fate in their first connection. Marcus and Maisie are struck by a powerful emotion when they meet in a serendipitous and unerasable way. It's cute and sweet, yet also deeply meaningful by its erratic occurrance, its fleeting permanence till they must break apart again. There is this old-fashioned quality to the words and heartfelt sentiments reminiscing of Austen times. The insta-love feels more like it is meant to be to change the world. At least, the world of the Bennets and the Bowers. These two families couldn’t be more different. Warm and joyful against cold and vindicative. Yet Marcus and Maisie make so much sense together. I loved these wonderful characters. He is a rock in difficult times. His pride and comfort is to help his family. Whereas she is goodhearted, but her only source of love has been her father as oppossed to her conniving mother. I was moved by her relationship to her dad. He is a good man and the scenes they shared are so sweet. On the other hand, the exchanges with her mum are vicious and left me staggering with disbelief that there could be a mother like that. I absolutely loved the intense relationship the couple develops in secrecy, always struggling with their selfish feelings in the face of the war their families are waging over flower shop domination and some devious past. However, love prevails and they fight to save Longbourne and their own freedom. These characters shine with their own personality, especially Maisie as she finds her own courage and goals in life under the atrocious spell her mother has cast her entire life. Love and support lie at the foundation of this story, in the trust they have and is tested in one final swoop of drama at the end of a long chain of challenges and threats. The Bennets stand out too with their unwavering affection, good will and light-hearted tease. I can highlight the beautiful writing that paints such a gorgeous romance, and the author’s sensibility to address a daughter's journey to overcome conditioning and distress to claim her own persona. I loved everything, including the little outburst of heartbreak that led to a historical comeback for this most favourite couple of mine in the series.
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    I loved Marcus, Maisie, & the entire Bennet brood!

    NO SPOILERS! Mum’s the Word was a funny, sexy, and swoon-worthy standalone romantic comedy in the Bennet Brothers series!    I really enjoyed the storyline. The plot was different than expected, and took some turns that I didn’t always like, but I was still very pleased with the end result. And I was especially happy to have finally gotten the answers in regards to the fate of Longbourne.    The characters were the true heart and soul of the story. Marcus Bennet and Maisie Bower were amazing in every way, and I loved them dearly. They were extremely lovable and had wonderful personalities. Marcus and Maisie had instant chemistry together, and while it seemed like their relationship went from zero to sixty in a second flat without much buildup, I still enjoyed how it progressed from beginning to end. Staci Hart endeared me to the entire Bennet family starting in Coming Up Roses (Bennet Brothers Book 1), then in Gilded Lily (Bennet Brothers Book 2), and finally she made me fall in love with them all over again in Mum’s the Word. Seriously, I adored this family and loved them with all of my heart. Marcus and Maisie’s story wasn’t without trials and tribulations, but through it all, they found their happily ever after and I was more than pleased with the outcome.    Mum’s the Word, the entire Bennet family, and the Bennet Brothers series were exceptional and provided endless amounts of humor, drama, and swoon-worthy romance! I absolutely loved the world and characters Staci Hart created in the Bennet Brothers series, and I would highly recommend each and every standalone: Coming Up Roses, Gilded Lily, and of course, Mum’s the Word!
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    Beyond amazing!

    What can I say about Mum’s the Word? Well Staci Hart saved the most epic for last! I mean this whole series is absolutely stellar… but with Mum’s the Word, I was utterly blown away. I fell in love more with Marcus as he fights to save his family's legacy. You have Maisie who wants nothing to do with hers. But the instant connection of these two was beyond spell binding. My heart melted and shattered for these two. With everything going on, the strain that these two are experiencing absolutely kills you. But their connection is something so passionate and one of a kind. As this story flows, your mind is beyond blown away as things play out. The twists and the omg moments had my jaw on the floor. But that ending… oh my stars! It was stunning! Overall, this book was a great ending to these Bennett boys. I loved every word. Every moment. Every twist. Hart has a way with words that will wrap you up into her world and have you begging for more. If you haven’t started this series, you need to. Because they are all amazing in their own way!
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