His Flower Queen is the story of a casino mogul, Gabriel “Gabe” Alexander, and Regina “Nina” Connors, a PR maven, who is hired by Gabe and his partner David Carrone, to do PR for their casino Royal Courts. Problem is, Nina doesn’t know that Gabe is part owner of the resort where she’s recently been hired. Their relationship begins with a hint of scandal.
Gabe is married, technically separated, however he’s never mentioned any of this to Nina. They continue to see each other for months and it isn’t until Nina is offered the job in Las Vegas that their relationship begins to unravel. Not only does she find out that her boyfriend is her boss, she also finds out that the guy she’s been madly in love with is married. There’s a whole lot of drama in this story and if that’s your cup of tea then you will be satisfied with His Flower Queen.
This was my first time reading Ms. Hart’s work and while the writing was good, despite a few grammatical issues, the subject matter wasn’t intriguing for me. I didn’t enjoy the way Nina was portrayed. I prefer my heroines to be a bit firm in their demeanor and feisty throughout the duration of the book. Gabe basically lied to Nina from day one and the reader gets this epic hotel scene where the couple fights and she threatens to leave but in the next few pages they’ve made up and she’s willing to give him another chance. I was no longer invested in the characters after that exchange.
I suppose my moral compass got in the way of me enjoying the story. In the world today, there are many people who are separated and dating but I would hope that the majority of them share their status with the person they’re seeking to “start over” with. A relationship that is built on lies doesn’t have a solid future, in my opinion. As always, I’m in awe of authors that share their talents with the world at large. If an author can evoke emotion they’ve done well. I won’t let this story detract me from enjoying any of Ms. Hart’s future work. As I stated, the writing style was great and easy to follow but the story itself, wasn’t enjoyable enough for me to give it more than three stars.
-Reviewed by Natalie