The Bouquet List: a Weddings in Westchester novel

The Bouquet List: a Weddings in Westchester novel

by Barbara DeLeo

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Overview

After a too-close call with death, Yasmin Katsalos is checking somethings off her Bouquet List—things to do after you thought you were going todie. Fun fashion choices? Check.Purple hair and a cute diamond nose stud? Check,check. Now she's on to item #5: a flirty fling with a man who's tall, dark,rich...and totally out of her league.

And restaurateur Lane Griffiths definitelyfits the bill.

Lane isn't just out of Yasmin's league. He's also her brother's bestfriend and therefore off-limits. Now that they're working together onrenovations for her family's wedding hall, however, Yasmin has plenty ofopportunities to bewitch, bother, and boldly seduce. He's reserved. She'srelaxed. The only thing they share is a spark of attraction that's too strongto resist. But is Lane just another item on her bouquet list... or has Yasminfound something on her list that will last?

Each book in the Weddings in Westchester series is a STANDALONE storythat can be enjoyed out of order.
* The Bouquet List
* The Wedding Wager
* Four Weddings and a Fling

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633750722
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 09/15/2014
Series: Weddings in Westchester , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 212
Sales rank: 468,096
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Barbara DeLeo's first book, co-written with her best friend, was a story about beauty queens in space. She was eleven, and the sole, handwritten copy was lost years ago much to everyone's relief. It's some small miracle that she kept the faith and now lives her dream of writing sparkling contemporary romance with unforgettable characters.

Degrees in English and Psychology, and a career as an English teacher, fuelled Barbara's passion for people and stories, and a number of years living in Europe gave her a love for romantic settings.

Discovering she was having her second set of twins in two years, Barbara knew she must be paying penance for being disorganized in a previous life and was determined to get it right this time. It's amazing what being housebound with four preschoolers will do for the imagination and she decided it was time to follow her writing dream. Funnily enough, those first manuscripts had not a single child in them.

Married to her winemaker hero, Barbara's happiest when she's getting to know her latest cast of characters. She still loves telling stories about finding love in all the wrong places, but now without a beauty queen or spaceship in sight.

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The Bouquet List

A Wedding In Westchester Novel


By Barbara DeLeo, Lewis Pollak

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Barbara DeLeo
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-072-2


CHAPTER 1

"Do you have an invitation, miss? Only wedding guests can come in at this time of night."

The lanky young boy in an oversize doorman's uniform stepped into Yasmin Katsalos's path at the gates of the Aegean Palace, the wedding hall her parents had owned in Beauville, Westchester County, New York, for the past forty years. Behind him, well-dressed guests milled about in the courtyard while boys in miniature suits and girls in princess dresses chased each other in the soft light of dusk. The rich aroma of spit-roast lamb carried on the breeze, and the familiar sound of a jaunty bouzouki band played in the distance.

Yasmin finally let herself sigh in dizzy relief. She was home, and there was a time only a few weeks ago when she'd thought she might never see this place, or her parents, again.

Pulling her gaze from the wedding scene, she peered closer at the guard. "Stratis, is that you?" She dropped her backpack and threw her arms around her father's young godson. "You've gotten so big!" She laughed. "And when did you start working here? Last time I saw you was in the Greek school Christmas pageant playing a palm tree!"

Stratis stood stiff beneath her hug and when she leaned back, his eyes widened. "No, I don't believe it! Yas? Oh my God. I didn't recognize you with your ... your hair and ... the nose stud. And when did you stop wearing glasses?"

Yasmin touched the purple streaks in her glossy black hair. Not purple exactly, more a rich, deep lilac, almost the exact shade of the amethyst deceiver, the little mushroom she was so fond of, and the irony made her smile. There'd be no more amethyst deceiver in her near future, and the thought of that, and her whole new look, caused her heart to do a half pike, double backflip.

The hair and the nose stud were the first two items on her bouquet list, the list of things she wanted to do in her life after surviving dengue fever, and she couldn't wait to get started on the rest. Putting her PhD on hold was third and learning a new language was at four. Seducing a tall, dark man out of her league was five — some things on her list scared her more than others, but she'd have attempted none of them in her quiet and conservative old life BD — before dengue.

Now everything was different.

"I've been doing research work in Borneo for a little bit, but I'm back earlier than I'd planned so I thought I'd surprise Mom and Dad. Are they around?"

Stratis shook his head. "Your mom's not here, and the last time I saw Mano he was in the restaurant threatening to fire one of the new waiters for wearing his pants too low. Want me to take your bag upstairs while you go find him?"

"Upstairs?"

He nodded toward the nearest building. "Your mom and dad moved into the old apartment a while back so they could rent their house as part of the wedding package. You didn't know?"

Her chest hollowed. She'd been in Borneo for eighteen months, but her parents hadn't mentioned anything about moving to the apartment. Things had been tough at the Palace for a while now, which was part of the reason she hadn't told them she'd been so sick, but she hadn't realized things had gotten this bad.

"No, I didn't know they'd moved. Thanks for taking my bag, Stratis. I'll go look for Dad and catch you later."

Stratis picked up her backpack and headed up the stairs to the apartment that overlooked the entranceway while she walked through the courtyard. Everything was as she remembered. Statues of Greek gods were dotted around the perimeter while a pink fountain in the middle changed its colored light to synchronize with the movement of the water. If she hadn't just traveled in a cab from LaGuardia Airport, she could be fooled into thinking she was in Greece. Well, maybe Greece in the 1980s. The decor had never quite kept in step with the decades, but there was more to it this time. Some of the bright turquoise and yellow pots that held tumbling geraniums and basil in every available space were cracked, and the whitewashed wall covered in brilliant purple bougainvillea was peeling. Whether the decor hadn't been modernized because there wasn't enough money, or the other way around, the Aegean Palace wasn't what it used to be. This sight, combined with the news that her parents had moved into the apartment, made Yasmin even more anxious to find her father.

If she weren't in such a hurry, she'd have gone to say hello to Monty, the parrot who was just as much of an institution as the Dionysus mosaic on the ground and the plastic grapevines adorning the front of the restaurant. There would be time to chat to Monty later, but right now she couldn't wait to see her dad.

As soon as she entered the restaurant in its conglomeration of gold and black decor, she spotted him. He was standing with his back to her, arms flailing wildly as he harangued a waiter in Greek. The emotion she'd kept bottled inside the last few weeks overpowered her, and she rushed up behind and threw her arms around him. "Baba!"

"Panagia!" he called out and spun around. Then, just like Stratis, he froze. "Yasmin! Kori, is that you?"

Instead of squeezing her close in one of his bear hugs that she'd missed so much, he took a step back and his horrified gaze swept from the top of her head, to the diamond glinting in her nose, and down to the Doc Martens boots she wore on her feet. And then to her dismay, his eyes filled with tears.

"It's okay, Dad," she said in a rush. "I should've told you. Something happened in Borneo and I wanted a fresh ..."

He cut her off before she could deliver the speech she'd prepared on the plane about how the fever had affected her, how the list she'd written was changing her already. She should have known that seeing her like this would be a shock.

"It's your mother," her father choked.

"Mom? What's happened? Where is she? Is she okay?"

Her father's enormous chest rose, then fell, beneath his tight black waistcoat. "She has gone to Greece." He vigorously crossed himself. "And thanks be to Panagia that you have come to help me bring her back," he said, swiping at his eyes. He dropped his voice as if he was suddenly conscious of his outburst. "Come to the back office and I will explain everything."

While the wedding crowd began to move inside for what was probably the arrival of the bride and groom, Yasmin followed her father across the courtyard and into one of the offices. Her mother was in Greece without him? That had never happened before. A relative must have fallen ill. Perhaps her mother's sister Maria. Her parents had run this place for forty years, but she couldn't imagine her father coping on his own. Especially when times were so tough.

When they were seated in the office, Mano cleared his throat and stroked his salt-and-pepper mustache. "Your mother doesn't believe in the Aegean Palace anymore."

Yasmin, blinked, trying to make sense of what he'd just said. "What do you mean? Mom loves this place."

"Things have been very tough. Those O'Malleys. Pah! Pah!" He paused and pretended to spit twice over his shoulder. "Those criminals steal so much of our business and I promise your mother that I will turn things around. She shouts at me and tells me this is another one of my schemes with the hairy brain and that she will not return until either this place is sold or the pigs have flown and it starts to make money again. And then she just orders a cab and leaves. She does not understand that I borrowed the money for the renovations so the Palace can finally be successful."

Yasmin drew a breath and reached for her father's hand. "Have you told Nick and Ari?"

Mano's face paled further. "Your brothers know your mother has gone to Greece, but they don't know the whole story and they mustn't. I will not have their careers spoiled because your mother has her crazy thoughts. I will go to Lesbos tomorrow to bring her back and then it will all be forgotten."

"You're leaving tomorrow? Who'll run things?"

"I've explained everything to Grace and she has it all in hand. And Lane is doing the renovation, of course."

"Lane Griffiths?" She knew of Grace, the wedding planner for the Palace, but she hadn't seen Nick's best friend for years. "What renovation?"

"Yes. He is a good boy and he is very successful with so many restaurants. I've asked him to help redesign the restaurant and the menu so people start booking with us instead of those dirty O'Malleys."

"Kyrie Katsalos." A young waiter had poked his head around the door and the look on his face suggested he was afraid it might be chopped off. "That new boy has dropped the wedding cake on the floor and the mother of the bride has fainted."

"Panagia mou!" Mano shouted and lifted both arms to the heavens. "What have I done to deserve this madness?"

The waiter was gone in an instant and when Mano dropped his hands he picked up a pair of glasses, held them up to his face, and squinted at Yasmin. "You can't be working here with that hair and that thing in your nose. We have standards to maintain. Grace is good with the Greek mothers but they will be nervous that your mother isn't here, so you will need to soothe them. And not look like a karagiozis from the carnival."

"Baba, I need to tell you something." He wouldn't understand any of the things on her list, but she at least needed to tell him she'd been sick.

He dropped the glasses and rummaged through the pile of papers on the desk. "Not now, koukla. You can tell me everything when I bring your mother home by the end of the week. Where is that damned to God airplane ticket? I'm getting an early cab in the morning. Do whatever Lane asks and let me know if there are any problems. I will give you his number so you can meet and he can explain what he has planned." He stood up. "Now I must go and clean Mrs. Konstantinopolous and that wedding cake off the floor." He walked around the desk and kissed her on both cheeks. "You are a good girl, and I know you'll make me proud," he said on his way out the door.

He hadn't even asked why she was back. Or how long she was staying. How could she fulfill her list when he expected her to fit right back into the role of a good daughter? And if she had to stay and supervise things while her father was away, she would certainly not "do whatever Lane asks." She'd been telling her parents for years the Palace needed to be dragged kicking and screaming into this century. She had her own ideas how to go about it.


* * *

At eleven o'clock the next morning, Yasmin stood in the doorway of an old English tea shop and inhaled the scent of fresh-baked goodies. What did Lane look like now? She'd phoned him and left a message to meet her here to discuss what they were going to do. He'd always been an earnest guy, focused and serious like Nick, always aloof and a bit superior — the sort of kid you'd expect to see carrying a briefcase to his own wedding. But there was something completely mesmerizing about him as well — his piercing eyes, his knowing smile; just a glance her way when she was a girl and she'd been a puddle of teenage crush.

As her eyes became accustomed to the low light in the tearoom, she stopped still. Was that him? A dark-haired guy in a charcoal suit sat at a booth in the back, but he hadn't noticed her. He was too busy looking at a laptop screen, his brow creased and his fist slowly tapping his chin.

He had a strong profile, a jaw that curved in a tight arc, and skin the burnished tan of honey. His dark brown hair reminded her so strongly of someone that she had a sudden sense of déjà vu, but couldn't quite pin down who it was.

When she took a step into the room, he looked up, and in that instant her heart skipped a beat. Her pulse quickened, her palms became clammy, and she had to remind herself to put one foot in front of the other. The past came tumbling back, and for a moment it felt as though she were transported back in time, unable to speak when he was near. Back then he'd hardly acknowledged she existed, and now he was looking directly at her.

He stood at the booth, his head nearly touching the light hanging above him before he stepped forward. "Yasmin," he said. "It's been a long time." Goose bumps flew across her arms and raced up the back of her neck. His voice was low and slow, the hypnotizing tone of a late-night radio host talking only to her while she was lying alone in her bed ...

Stop it!

"Thanks so much for meeting me here," she said, trying to appear cool and collected. Moving closer, her gaze rested on his, and she held out her hand at the same time that he dipped his face to kiss her cheek. In a clash of fine suit cloth and fingers, her hand collided with his stomach as his lips touched her ear when she twisted her face in surprise. A blush started to burn its way across her cheeks, but without looking at him or acknowledging the blunder, she slid into the booth opposite, the brand of his lips still warm on her skin. "Thanks for meeting me here," she said as her eyes finally landed back on his face, before she realized she was repeating herself. "There's a wedding on at the Palace today and I didn't want to get under everyone's feet. It was all a bit of a surprise when Dad told me about leaving for Greece last night."

He sat too and regarded her with his head tilted slightly to the side. Those piercing blue eyes. "I never would've recognized you."

She let out a nervous laugh that sounded all schoolgirl breathless, and was glad to find the waiter ready to take their order.

His brow creased and he looked at her more intently. "Are you okay? You've gone all red."

She loosened the neckline of her new Chinese collar dress and cleared her throat. She picked up the menu and flicked through it, glad of an excuse to look away. "Fine ... I'm fine, thanks. A pot of tea, please," she said to the waiter who'd appeared beside her. "And is that scones I can smell?"

"Sure is. Right out of the oven. Would you like one with jam and cream?"

Her stomach gurgled in anticipation. "Yes, please."

"Black coffee for me, thanks," Lane said and pushed his computer aside. "Interesting place." He looked around as the waiter left.

Yasmin clasped her hands on the table. "Since the coffee in Borneo wasn't the best, I got used to drinking tea. Isn't this place cute? My uncle Leo, our cook, told me about it."

He twisted the other way, then fixed his gaze back on her. "It has ... atmosphere. It's all a bit dark and dreary as if it's the middle of an English winter outside."

Of course, he was an expert on restaurants; maybe this had been a bad choice.

"So, how have you been?" she said, breezily. "Dad said you've got a great chain of restaurants."

"Had." He still looked as serious and aloof as she'd remembered, and his intense stare still made the skin on the back of her neck tingle. "I've just sold them and have a very large project starting in a couple of months."

"What's that?"

"I was given the opportunity to create my signature restaurant in the newest Prescott Hotel. It's the sort of thing I'd always had as an ultimate goal, but didn't think I'd achieve until my mid-thirties."

"The Prescott Hotels? I've heard that guy's ruthless."

"He is, but he picked my restaurant out of a pretty impressive lineup so I'm ready to put everything into it. Doing this job for your dad was good timing because the hotel won't be ready until the end of summer, and I hate not working."

She tucked a piece of hair behind her ear. "Look, I know Dad asked you to oversee the changes, but now that I'm here I'm happy to take over."

He frowned as if she'd asked him to embezzle money from his grandma, but still spoke with that voice as smooth as liquid chocolate. "Your father asked me to do a little more than advise on decor. He asked that I manage the finances and oversee all the restaurant changes. Trust me, it's easy to pay thousands of dollars for very little impact, and he wants his investment maximized. And with all due respect, you haven't had industry experience."

She put her palms flat on the table and straightened her spine. He didn't need to know why she was back, or that she'd been sick. He just needed to know that she wanted to be in charge of this project, get creative, and help her parents at the same time.


(Continues...)

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kdjohnston73 More than 1 year ago
THe Bouquet lIst is my absolute favorite kind of read!! I love friends to lovers romances so much! And I loved the idea of a "bouquet list"! This was a fun read and I really enjoyed getting to know Yasmine and Lane! 
CCarroll More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read. It is full of surprises and one delicious guy that we all our list - Tall, dark, rich, and totally out of our league. Except there's one problem. He is her brother's best friend and a complete opposite of everything that she wants. The author created a light-hearted read. We follow these characters on their road to self discovery along with a little bit anxiety mixed in. I honestly didn't know what it would take to get these two together. But the opposites attract action is in full force! She's all for it. After all he is on her bouquet list. He is doesn't want to mess up anything with her family but when he fell, he fell hard! He is just so sweet! Full of sweet chemistry and ending that leave you on the edge just a little bit, the story is delightful and leaves you wanting to check out the next in the series "Weddings in Westchester". I can't wait!
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
Lane and Yasmin, a total opposite of characters, were just the type of storyline that I love. He is her brother's best friend and she has had a crush on him forever. I truly love when the crush first realizes that they are attracted to their best friend's sibling and have that "Yowza" moment. Lane is as straight-laced as they come, very serious, very successful, very by the book. And Yasmin is now a free spirit type living in the moment. Although they are opposites and not what the other wants, they cannot help themselves falling for each other. But I enjoyed their balancing each other out and helping the other live fuller. There were several really cute parts in this book that made me grin, like their first meeting after a long separation, Paulo's first appearance, their first alone business meal. Lane and Yasmin were a very cute couple who learned to work together as a team and were successful at it. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a cute love story. I was a sucker for Lane and his strict, rigid, business persona. but I loved when be started opening up and unravelling for her. almost like her need to feel alive was rubbing off on him. and likewise I love that she had this need to feel alive after what she went through, and it almost felt like he was opening her up. I didn't like how she felt like everything was her fault. or how her dad dismissed her in the beginning, because of her looks. almost like everyone just overlooked her. if fault needed to be placed, blame her. it was like a go to in the storyline. even more, I really liked the "forbidden" aspect of my best friends little sister. who doesn't love the attraction we shouldn't have but can't resist? this was a good book, a bit lengthy at time, but I loved how the author pulled it all together at the end.
Lauraluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
Charmingly sweet! I truly enjoyed this book and it's own adaptation of a bucket list! An adorable story of how opposites attract! After having a death scare in another country, Yasmin returns home to help renovate her parents Wedding Hall in hopes to bring more business. She has many ideas for it but she has to work alongside Lane Griffiths, her brothers' best friend. They don't exactly see eye to eye but one thing she can't deny is the way she's attracted to him, which brings her to #5 on her "bouquet list" - seduce a tall, dark, and handsome man that's out of her league! Lane Griffiths is a successful restauranteur who is utterly gorgeous and very sensible. When he first sees Yasmin, he is shocked to see what a beautiful woman she has turned into and the attraction he feels for her, however he's determined to stick to the friends route. Her family means more to him than his own and he doesn't want to mess that up but..... he can only withstand so much temptation! When the sparks fly and feelings get involved, Lane and Yasmin are in for a whirlwind having to make hard decisions of what they each really want out of life.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
The Bouquet List by Barbara DeLeo is a sweet story. I absolutely love the the characters Yasmin and Lane they fit together perfectly and went from friends to lovers. This story has family, happy and sad times, great romance and love. I highly recommend this book for any romance reader it is that enjoyable. This is my first book by this author and I am looking forward to reading more by Barbara DeLeo. I received a complimentary copy of this book, from publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
MELHUTCHINSON More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read with a Greek family! Barbara DeLeo definitely knows how to put a fun twist on a bucket list story. Yasmin is a young lady that has recently had a life changing event happen to her and she has decided to spend more time with her family because of this enlightenment. Yasmin is part of a fun loving Greek family that runs a wedding hall. When the family decides that it is time to make changes to their wedding hall, they put Yasmin on tasks with her brothers best friend, Lane. Yasmin is immediately drawn to Lane's good looks, which happens to be #5 on her bouquet list. To have a fling with a tall, dark, handsome man. The only problem with Lane is that he is her brothers best friend and has been off limits forever. Lane is a very successful man that has always had a thing for Yasmin, his best friends sister, but has never let anyone know about his crush. When Lane and Yasmin are pushed together in their project at the Katsalo's wedding hall, things begin to heat up between the two of them and they find it hard to not give into their feelings. While the wedding hall renovation progresses, so does Yasmin and Lane's relationship. The two of them show a great love for the Katsalo family by how much passion they put into their work and I loved that about these two. You could definitely tell that love ran deep in that family, even for Lane. This was such a great read and the story line flowed really well. I could not wait to find out what was going to happen between Yasmin and Lane! Great read! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing. Thank you!
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
This was a fun, quick read. After nearly losing her life to dengue fever, Yasmin makes a "bouquet list", the things she would like to do now that she has been given a second chance. Up until her illness, Yasmin followed her traditional Greek family's expectations. All of the things on her list are things that take her out of her comfort zone. Number five is seduce someone tall, dark, handsome, and out of her league. Enter Lane... Yasmin's brother's best friend. Lane is a restauranteur who has a break between projects and agrees to help Yasmin's family remodel their wedding venue. He knows that Yasmin is off-limits and doesn't want to jeopardize his friendship or his relationship with Yasmin's family. However, the pull and chemistry between the two is strong. I loved the dual POV since you get to see the perspective of both main characters. The connection with the characters was strong throughout the book and once I started, I wasn't able to stop. The family dynamics were so interesting, not just between Yasmin and her family members but also Lane and Yasmin's family. I loved the writing style and I am hoping there are more books in this series! *I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
The Bouquet List is a cute novella with a fairly good message that life is to short to put off things until tomorrow. Yasmin is a scientist that has had Denge fever which left her a renewed lease on life. Lane is a successful businessman, best friends with Yasmin's brother, and calming influencing on Yasmin. They mix their history (she had a crush on him as a teen), a commoin goal of making over her parents greek resteraunt/wedding hall, and attraction to each other. They achieved their happily ever after by learning to communicate with each other.  I liked this book but I didn't love it. I was well written but I struggled to connect with the heroine. Lane was a great hero, a calm oppositte to the flighty Yasmine.  I was given a free copy of the book for an honest review. 
love2dazzle More than 1 year ago
"The Bouquet List" by Barbara DeLeo was very disappointing to me. I have been loving these Bliss novels, but I just couldn't get into this one for the life of me. The main characters weren't developed very well at all. I feel like they were a little all over the place. Yasmin decides to create a list called "The Bouquet List" of all the things that she wants to do because she has learned that life is too short. Yasmin survived a terrible illness and she doesn't want to tell her family what to go through. For some reason Yasmin thinks that she isn't good enough for Lane but he is on her bouquet list of things she would like to accomplish. Lane is a super serious guy but Yasmin helps him to open up. Yasmin has known him for a long time since he has been her brother's best friend forever. Lane decides that he wants to be more serious with Yasmin but she takes it the wrong way and feels like he is trying to rule her life like everyone else. I just couldn't get into this story. I was super bored. I feel like the characters weren't interesting at all and the plot was boring. There wasn't anything that kept me connected to the story. It felt like the typical opposites attract romance but there was nothing exciting about it at all.
TraciDouglass More than 1 year ago
The Bouquet List is a sweet contemporary romance about a woman who’s survived a deadly disease and comes out on the other side with a plan to do all the things she never had the time or nerve to do before. Number five on that list?  Date a man who’s talk, dark, rich, and completely out of her league.  As the heroine, Yasmin Katsalos is smart, funny, and charming in her attempts to seduce her older brother’s friend—and a man who fits her needs perfectly—hero Lance Griffiths. Their chemistry is realistic and appropriately hot for this category romance and you cheer for them both as they wind their way through the maze called love. A quick, fast, well-written take on the friends-to-lovers trope, handled well by author DeLeo. A nice addition to the Entangled Red-Hot Bliss imprint. 
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
After a close call with Death, Yasmin Katsalos starts to check things off her bouquet list, instead of it being a bucket list for men; it’s a bouquet list for women. She got the purple hair and the nose ring- now on to have a fling with a handsome, sexy older man—and who fits that bill but her older brother’s best friend. Lane. Lane is super serious but Yasmin helps to get him to unwind; Yasmin seems to be all over the place but Lane helps Yasmin to calm down and focus. They seem to bring each other’s best points out. Not to say there isn’t some drama  when Lane finds out why Yasmin chose him to sleep/start a relationship with. Yasmin really had feelings for Lane but was afraid that she would loose Lane and she just wanted to live in the moment , to cram everything in so that if she was to die tomorrow, then she knew she did everything she needed to do and could die knowing she did it all. The ending of the book brought tears to my eyes. It was truly a sweet moment. I highly recommend this book to read because Lane and Yasmin are a great couple and their rocky road to happily ever after is what you need to read after a rough day at the office. My Rating: 4 stars ****----**A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review**
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
When Yasmin has a brush with death, she invents her own bucket list, known as her bouquet list. She returns home as a different person. She is now on her fifth desire, a flirty fling with a man who's tall, dark and out of her league. Lane, her older brother's friend meets all of these requirements. He is also helping Yasmin help save her parents restaurant/banquet facility. Lane finally succumbs to Yasmin, until he finds out that he is just a check mark off of her list. Loved the chemistry between these two and all the Greek culture and food. I received this book from NetGally for an honest review, loved it so much that I bought my own copy. Highly recommend for a fun romance read
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This wonderful romance is the story of Yasmin and Lane. When Yasmin returns from Borneo after experiencing a brush with death from illness, she finds her family's wedding business suffering and is determined to help make it over into a thriving business again. When Lane, her brother's friend and restaurateur is partnered with her to help with the redesign she can't help but think he'd make a great number on her bouquet list, things she wants to accomplish with her new lease on life. But while seducing an out of her league man seems like a good challenge, her feelings for Lane and his for her become something more - is she willing to change her list for a chance at a future with Lane? I really enjoyed this book! The greek heritage added wonderful details to the setting, with the food descriptions, language and overall family dynamics. Yasmin is a feisty and fun woman, having decided with her new lease on life that she's going to do all the things she's always wanted to do, with or without anyone's approval. Her character sparkles and is exactly the opposite of anything Lane ever thought he'd want - and yet he is enchanted by her. Lane is a handsome, determined, staid businessman - dedicated to his career and interested in helping out this family that has been there for him since he was a child. Seeing the new Yasmin he can't help but be attracted to her and her bold seduction of him wins him over quickly. The sexual chemistry between them is sizzling and the love scenes are well written and steamy! I enjoyed how different their characters were and how they both needed to learn to compromise in order to make their relationship work. Overall I found this to be a very entertaining read, with engaging characters, an interesting plot, humorous and witty dialogue and a delightful romance. 4 stars!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
After surviving a life threatening illness Yasmin returns home to live her life on her terms. She has come up with her own version of a bucket list and is determined to complete it. This is a great fun read that gives us a little glimpse into the the Greek culture. While the story takes place in the US the references to the heroines Greek heritage are fun and an integral part of the story. The book has great pace, interesting characters, and a fun story. I recommend it.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars The Bouquet List was a fun and enjoyable read. Both Yasmin and Lane drew me in from the moment I met them. They had amazing chemistry and I loved seeing them come together. Loved the heroines Greek heritage references, coming from a Greek family Barbara DeLeo was spot on with the way she portrayed the families expectations for their daughter to behave and I couldn't help but compare Yasmin's family to my own =D The Bouquet List is a fun and quick read that will leave you with a heart full of love.
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
The Bouquet List is a charming romance using the tried and tested formulas of friends to lovers and older brother's best friend. And being a Red Hot Bliss, the intimacy isn't entirely left up to your imagination. Yasmin Katsalos has a bouquet list - a list of things she plans on doing as she's not going to die. Returning home to help out with her family's restaurant renovation, she discovers her brothers best friend will be working with her. Lane Griffiths, the man who meets her criteria for #5 on her list; a fling with a man who’s tall, dark, rich and totally out of her league. Lane was a sweetheart, yet comes across as set in his ways and a little straight laced at first, but I loved Yasmin's live-for-the-moment attitude and how she encouraged him to loosen up a little. They have a lovely chemistry and are perfect for one another, except he craves the stable family dynamic that Yasmin and her brothers grew up with and he never had whilst she dreams of a family who follow her wanderlust. I was surprised when Lane fell just how hard he plummeted, but I can't deny the man stole my heart. “You’re a hard woman to resist, Yasmin Katsalos, but a kiss or two between old friends never hurt anyone, did it?” With fun, romance and frustration, Barbara Deleo has kicked of the Weddings in Westchester series nicely. I did think it was a touch slow burning at first, but if a sweet touching romance that leaves you with a smile on your face is what you're after, then I recommend. 3.5 stars. Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews. Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion