elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Lucky Starflowers by Kate Pavelle (017-02-23-2016)

This book was a surprise. Kudos for an unusual premise--cross-dressing professional poker player meets struggling gay florist--and a realistic plot, given that far-fetched premise. Kudos, also, for never resorting to the trite and formulaic. Everything seemed fresh and original. Pittsburgh loomed so large as the setting that I looked it up online and considered it as vacation destination. Most wonderful of all are the work milieus. Although the gambler/casino thrill and fear were well done, they didn't hold a candle to the small-business owner angst. This love affair survives or fails not because of misunderstandings that strain credulity but because of economic realities. This book drives home the difficulty of making a living from a small business and the panic the surrounds a sink-or-swim business risk. It was wonderful to see the struggles of a small-time florist facing a mostly red balance sheet and trying to come up with plans to resuscitate a business on the brink. Again, kudos for no deus-ex-machina that rescues Theodore from his miscalculations.

Lucky Starflowers by Kate Pavelle
Bisexual Contemporary Romance
Series: A Steel City Story
Paperback: 334 pages
Publisher: Mugen Press; 1 edition (February 12, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1942920032
ISBN-13: 978-1942920038
Amazon: Lucky Starflowers (A Steel City Story)
Amazon Kindle: Lucky Starflowers (A Steel City Story)

Theodore and his cousin Rickey inherited their aunt’s flower shop, Starflowers. They decide to run and improve it with their families’ financial support. Starflowers gives Theodore’s life meaning after a depressing breakup. Focusing on work is easy when he’s absolutely sure there’s no space for a man in his life. If he did allow for a boyfriend, it would be someone boring and everyday. Someone unlike the exotic Attila. He’d have a cubicle job, wear a cheap suit, and drive a Kia. Sam Grey is a professional gambler who got caught counting cards one too many times, and consequences can be severe. He got beaten up, robbed, injured, and ends up homeless in Pittsburgh, living out of his Porsche. His temporary job helping with the Valentine’s Day craze makes him yearn not only for the perky florist, but for a slower, friendlier way of life. When the shop runs into financial trouble, Sam’s dangerous and exotic skills might be just the thing to help Theodore and show him he’s not just a deadbeat moocher who’s “just passing through.”

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