No Flowers Required (A Love Required Novel) [NOOK Book]

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Flower shop owner Alexa Conroy had it all before the recession hit and her customers fled to cheaper shopping grounds. Desperate to make ends meet, she sells her dream home and moves into the rundown apartments above her shop. When she spots six feet of sexy distraction--complete with muscles, piercings, and tattoos--ripping up flooring, Alexa knows the karmic windfall she's...
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No Flowers Required (A Love Required Novel)

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Overview


Flower shop owner Alexa Conroy had it all before the recession hit and her customers fled to cheaper shopping grounds. Desperate to make ends meet, she sells her dream home and moves into the rundown apartments above her shop. When she spots six feet of sexy distraction--complete with muscles, piercings, and tattoos--ripping up flooring, Alexa knows the karmic windfall she's due just landed on her doorstep.

And the attraction's definitely not one-sided.

Dillon James, reluctant heir to the corporation about to foreclose on Alexa's shop, is not about to jeopardize their scorching chemistry by admitting he's not the building's handyman. But with only weeks until her business goes under and his identity is revealed, Dillon must find a way to convince Alexa cooperation isn't a dirty word, help her save the shop from his brother's greed, and persuade her that he's not the enemy…or risk losing the only woman who's seen the real him.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622669677
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/20/2012
  • Series: Entangled Brazen
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 281
  • Sales rank: 8,166
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


By day, multi-published author Cari Quinn saves the world one Photoshop file at a time in her job as a graphic designer. At night, she writes sexy romance, drinks a lot of coffee, and plays her music way too loud. When she's not scribbling furiously, she's watching men's college basketball, reading excellent books and causing trouble. Sometimes simultaneously.
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  • Posted September 8, 2012

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    B+ rating....

    My Review:
    *sigh* This was just a fun book to read.

    Dillon...oh my...he's tall and ripped and tattooed and just oh-so-sexy. Oh, and yeah, unfortunately he's also lying. In his defense, he never meant to lie. It just kind of happened when Alexa refused to listen to him as she was diving into his pants and then it was too late. I love his character. He's kind of at a crossroads. He's had to come home to join his brother to take over their parent's business, but things haven't been good between him and Cory for a while....which has made him reluctant about the business side of things. As a result, he's spent his time in the company doing the hands-on of the reno's on their properties. That's why Alexa assumed he was a handyman.

    Alexa has her own set of issues. She inherited the flower business that she loves, but with it came a HUGE pile of overdue bills. As a result, she's had to sell her dream home and move into a small apartment above her store....all of which is owned by Dillon's family. She doesn't realize the connection because Dillon has a different last name from the rest of the family. She's on the verge of losing everything and her stress levels match that desperation. When she spots Dillon and his obvious desire for her, she jumps on the chance for something good and fun and not stressful. She just wants it to be fun so she refuses to hear what Dillon has to say. Then she spews on about the family discount business which is killing her flower store...not realizing that Dillon is part of that family and brother to the Cory that she despises.

    There was so much I truly loved about this book. I loved Dillon's roof-top garden and the ambience it provided especially at the end. The watercolor scene- perfection. I loved Dillon's work with the charities and that he's truly just a good guy...wanting to help. I loved the glimpses of Jake and Nellie from No Dress Required. And I truly loved watching Cory and Dillon together with their very tenuous relationship. I'm crossing my fingers that Cari is writing Cory's story next, because I want to know more about him. No Dress Required covered a very small moment in time. I liked that this relationship took longer to build and develop.

    Overall, this book is why I read romance. It was fun and entertaining and featured two characters that I could truly love and cheer for when it came to finding their happily ever after.

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Very sexy story! Great chemistry between the characters and now

    Very sexy story! Great chemistry between the characters and now I want
    to read more about his brother.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2012

    Great Read!!

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters were very well written & the plot keep me interested. The sex scenes were amazing. Alexa was a strong willed determined woman who wanted to nothing more than to succeed. She is thrown into a different lifestyle while trying to save her business. I found her funny & loyal. I thought Dillion was a very caring guy, but I didn't like that he lied to Alexa. He could have made a bigger effort to tell her. That being said I found him extremely sexy that he worked with his hands. Cory was kinda an ass but I'm looking forward to reading his book. MY favorite scene was when Alexa was showing him her tattoo. It was funny & sexy. I also liked the auction. I thought it was cute. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a good romance.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2012

    Carri Quinn blew me away with NO FLOWERS REQUIRED! I loved this

    Carri Quinn blew me away with NO FLOWERS REQUIRED! I loved this book! This book had a perfect mix of humor and romance. The characters were lovable. The plot was engaging and perfectly paced. I started this book and devoured it one sitting. I couldn’t put it down. I really enjoyed the female lead Alexa. She was a strong character that made me laugh and I was really rooting for her and her flower shop. And Dillon…oh my. I can’t say enough about this guy. One of my favorite male characters to date. Sexy, determined, and incredibly thoughtful, his character totally swept me off of my feet. This book sort of reminded me of the movie You’ve Got Mail, but much hotter! NO FLOWERS REQUIRED was a sweet and super sexy feel good book from start to finish. I highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys romance. Five stars!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2012

    I'm a huge fan of this author, so I went in knowing I was going

    I'm a huge fan of this author, so I went in knowing I was going to get a
    steamy, awesome read and I wasn't disappointed. It was funny, very sexy,
    and the writing is top notch. And that cover?! ZOMG. I don't think I've
    spent a better three bucks all week.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2012

    No Flowers Required is an absolutely amazing read! It was just t

    No Flowers Required is an absolutely amazing read! It was just the right length, full of character and passion. I thought both Dillon and Alexa's characters were perfectly flawed and written. The secondary characters fit in nicely with the storyline and never overtook any scene, and there wasn't so much going on that you couldn't follow everything. No Flowers Required, in my view is the absolute perfect, romantic read. For those that like a steamy sex scene or two without it being too raunchy, this book is for you

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    Good read

    Litttle over 400 pages and kept me interested the whole time.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2013

    like very much

    the story was good, the author incorporated how small businesses struggle during bad economy and still can maintain self respect and find hot and strong man to lean to.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

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    When you¿re down on your luck, you¿ve sold your dream home to tr

    When you’re down on your luck, you’ve sold your dream home to try to save your business, and you feel like the local big box store is sucking your life right out of you, what’s a girl supposed to do? You start doubting your abilities, you start wondering if there is really hope. Then you meet the handy man for your building, and oh man, he is a handy hunk.
    This delightful handy hunk has a secret though. His family owns that big box store that’s eating up all of the small business in town, including putting the screws to the newest tenant in the building. 
    Lust at first sight grows as the handy hunk wants to see the little specialized flower shop and its owner succeed. Only thing is, he’s not up front about the family business. 
    This is a story every woman wants in reality… someone to love them, and support them in their dreams. It’s a spirited quick read that is hard to put down. I couldn’t wait to see how Dillon was going to get out of the whole he was digging himself in. I kept rooting for him, and the ending was just perfect!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2012

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    Alexa isn¿t a damsel in distress, but it¿s true, she could use s

    Alexa isn’t a damsel in distress, but it’s true, she could use some help saving her flower shop - maybe even a miracle at this point. She’s doing everything she can to survive the slow business - including selling her home to save it. If only the she had a bit more time before the impending foreclosure.

    When she meets Dillon James a seemingly hard working handyman, she realizes that she could use a little more in her life than just work. The attraction is palpable between them and soon, her desires for a non committed fling turns into more.
    Dillon enjoys Alexa’s company and wants her to succeed. He enjoys getting to know her and fears that if Alexa find’s out he is her nemesis heir, she will kick him out of her life for good.
    Can Dillon hide who his family is and help Alexa in every way possible? Will he be able to win her heart and then tell her truth of his identity?

    While reading No Flowers Required, it played like a Movie in my head. The scenes were easy to follow, the dialogue fun and sometime surprising. When I finished the book I smiled, I felt like I had read a modern day fairytale with both the prince and princess on equal playing grounds and rescuing each other in their own way.

    I thoroughly enjoyed No Flowers Required. Both Dillon and Alexa have good hearts and intentions. They worked well together and helped each other grow. Even though Romance is technically a new genre for me, I had no problems adjusting to it with this light hearted, fun read full of physical and emotional chemistry. I appreciated that the story did not follow the stereotypical couple tantrums that I seem to be reading more of. Rather than stomping feet and running off - refusing to communicate - the couple, although heated and reluctant - tried communicating and LISTENING to each other.

    Because of this maturity and openness as well as an excellent story, I feel that No Flowers Required is a cut above the average book bouquet. Earning itself five skullies - a must buy book!

    Recommended audience: Adult book (18 and up) with adult situations. The sex scenes are tastefully written.

    Would I read it again? Yes




    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    Amazing!

    Loved it! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    Another hot book from Ms. Quinn!

    Ms. Quinn has created another winner with a hot couple like Dillon and Alexa. Their chemistry exploded off the pages and from the first moment they see each other, they almost can't keep their hands off each other. Even though the sex is way hot, the plot is solid and kept me interested until the very end.

    With a solid plot line and some unexpected twists and turns (especially at the end) I really enjoyed this book! Ms. Quinn has a very easy reading style to her writing and paired with scenes that were page turners, I couldn't put this story down. We revisited old friends from No Dress Required and Ms. Quinn also piqued my interest with Cory, Dillon's brother (OMG, can't wait for that book!) and all around, this was a great book to end my summer with.


    -- Highly recommended! --

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2012

    Awww....what a lovely story. I do wonder if Noelle and Jake had


    Awww....what a lovely story. I do wonder if Noelle and Jake had their story written somewhere? Bet it was a doozy. I loved Alexa & Dillon. A woman in charge of her own life. Her own mistakes. Her own challenges. A guy willing to let her own those things and still try to find a way to help. Not because she cant do it on her own. I would love to read Corys story. All in all, I really liked this book. And would like to read more of Cari Quinn.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Hot!

    Recommend 100%

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2012

    I loved Nellie and Jake, so I was more than excited to see what

    I loved Nellie and Jake, so I was more than excited to see what else Mz
    Quinn had in store for her best friend, Alexa. And my goodness she
    exceeds expectations. Alexa and Dillon are feisty, fiery and fantastic.
    From the minute they get into each other's air space you can feel the
    attraction crackle between them. Between the lies, the flowers, and the
    environmental angles all I have to say is Mz. Quinn really knows how to
    shake things up on the all around. And the ending? Oh yeah. This is an
    amazing followup to No Dress Required. And I CANNOT WAIT for Cory's story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

    It was a sweet story, however, it seemed like it was lacking som

    It was a sweet story, however, it seemed like it was lacking something, I just can't quite name it right now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Very good

    This is book two in a series. I didnt read book 1 and was not lost. The story was hard to get into at first. By chapter 3 or 4 the story turned out great. Alexa ownes a flower shop that is struggling. She got it from her old boss and is trying to keep it going but the value hardware store gets most of the towns business. Alexa also rents an apartment in the building. Her sink has a leak and she goes looking for the handy man. When she sees Dillon she is attracted. They fight tge attraction a little. Dillon really likes her, but scared she will not like him once she finds out he is the heir to the hardware store. He wants a real woman not the gold diggers in town. When Alexa finds out who he is, she freaks but ends up understanding why he didnt say anything. Kristy D

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  • Posted November 14, 2013

    Really enjoyed this book...  When Alexa inherited the flower sho

    Really enjoyed this book...  When Alexa inherited the flower shop from her friend it was deeply in debt and she was willing to sacrifice everything to keep it alive.  She sold her home and moved into a dingy apartment above the shop.  Leaky faucets and spiders greeted her and she was even sleeping on a blow up mattress. Along comes "handyman" Dillon and he fixed her faucet and they had an impromptu romp in the rain... Turns out to be a case of false first impressions and you will have to read the rest of the story  to find out what happens... Well written and a good story... I hope there is a second book about Dillon's uptight brother... Read and enjoy!!!

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  • Posted October 28, 2013

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    As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by PussyWillow 4 out of

    As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by PussyWillow

    4 out of 5 Licks

    The second book, No Flowers Required is about Alexa (sister to Jake and BFF to Noelle) and Dillon. This story is filled with humor and sexiness, the first time Alexa meets Dillon you can feel the heat, I mean shirtless, tattooed, bald sexy man who would not feel the heat? Alexa is struggling with her small business and unbeknownst to her Dillon is one of the heirs to big company in competition with her business. I like the realism to the storyline in that a lot of small companies fight to stay afloat. Dillon is super sexy, sweet and caring he wants to help everyone and that includes Alexa and her business. The scene where Alexa finds out Dillon's been keeping secrets was so heart wrenching. I love the ending when they are bidding over the watercolor painting, it gave me the warm fuzzies.

    Highly recommend this series, all books are well written, they can be read together or as stand alones.

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  • Posted August 4, 2013

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    Loved the enemies to lovers trope. Both funny and very sexy. No

    Loved the enemies to lovers trope. Both funny and very sexy.

    No Flowers Required was my first Cari Quinn read, and it won't be my last. This story was so engaging, full of heart and humor that flowed from page to page. If you're looking for a very romantic story about enemies to lovers, a hidden identity, a prickly heroine and a sensitive hero, then the story of Alexa Conroy and Dillon James is definitely for you. This book can be read as a standalone.

    Alexa was definitely a fighter and she was determined to keep her shop going even when she felt like she was fighting a losing battle of overdue bills, losing staff and dwindling customers. Her tenacity was one of the things I loved about her, but she was also trying to keep the store going in memory of deceased her friend and mentor who had left it to her in the first place. That showed she had a big heart. A reviewer mentioned Alexa's utter lack of business sense as one of the pitfalls of her character, I both agree and disagree. She was a floral designer to begin with. It wasn't that much of a surprise that she had no real clue how to run a business. Was she a fool for not recognizing that people in an economic downturn didn't want to loosen their belts for some exotic plants, yes. I agree that she was incredibly stubborn to ask for help, but at least she accepted it. I saw it as a part of her character arc that she had to come to realize that she didn't have to steamroll everyone out her way. It also lent credibility to her budding feelings for Dillon, her willingness to open herself up and let someone in, only to set her up for the fall.

    Dillon James was damn near perfect. What I loved about him was his compassionate and quiet nature. Despite coming from a family that had it made, he preferred to get down and dirty, use his hands for manual labor and give back to the community. The exact opposite of his pencil pushing brother, Cory. Dillon's green thumb, volunteer charity work and skills as an artist showed the softer side of his tough guy exterior with his hot, inked body and piercings. His character arc was also well executed in that he went from being uncertain or reluctant in his role as a partner in the family business to discovering who he was and what was really important to him. I give the hero a lot of credit for being the one to tell her instead of her finding out some other way. Another plus point for him for not allowing Alexa to distract him with sex to fulfill her own (selfish) needs.

    Dillon and Alexa had amazing chemistry together. I thoroughly enjoyed their witty banter and that the sex wasn't the only thing moving their relationship forward. They communicated and became friends. His encouragement helped to boost her self-confidence, though I am still non the wiser as to why it was so battered to begin with. Dillon was surprisingly a hopeless romantic at heart. The sex scenes were all incredibly hot! My favorite one had to be the game of "Hide and Go Seek the Hidden Tattoos". The author wrote the scenes with a sensuality that made the scenes more than just an outlet carnal lust. The ending was absolutely perfect for the pair, and I rejoiced in the fact that the author brought them full circle. I can't wait to read Cory's story, and I hope to see glimpses of this couple in the next book as well. I need to know they actually made it.

    Rating: 4.5 rounded up to 5

    Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author for the purpose of an honest review.

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