Book Reviews

Bloom by N.R. Walker at BlueHeart Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 13-March-2024

Book Blurb

Keats McCulloch opened his florist shop in Sydney two years ago and he’s living his dream. Even though running his own business leaves little room for a personal life, he is very single, sometimes lonely, but otherwise happy.

Linden Acres has sworn off men for all eternity. Armed with his cheating boyfriend’s credit card and a floriography list, he decides to buy him the perfect farewell gift. The biggest, prettiest bouquet of ‘murder flowers’ his money can buy.

Keats convinces Linden to avoid possible jail time and go with a more subdued, somewhat passive aggressive bouquet of black roses and basil leaves. After all, nothing else says you’re dead to me and I hate you with such elegance.

Keats finds Linden hilarious and charming, and Linden thinks Keats is kind of wonderful . . . It’s too bad he’s sworn off men forever. Yet their paths cross again and again, as if fate was planting seeds in the hope that one will bloom.


“I’m more of a green carnations kind of guy.”


Book Review

“All you need is a little love to bloom.” ~ unknown


Keats Mccullough, of 'Bloom' by N.R. Walker, loves being the proprietor of his dream floral shop. He has terrific, loyal employees who are also good friends. However, Keats needs someone to share his life with, but with his insane schedule, he has no time to find someone.


When Linden Acres comes into Keats's shop with steam coming out of his ears, Keats greets him, ready to help. Linden wants to buy his cheating ex flowers to show how he feels about him, but his floral choice borders on illegal, so Keats helps Linden redirect him to select something more subtle that still portrays the desired sentiment.


Keats likes Linden from the start, but even if Linden feels the same, Keats doesn't want to be a rebound lover; he needs the real thing, so he decides it's best to let go of the idea. Besides, he doesn't expect to see Linden again.


Linden is impressed with Keats, the handsome young man with an author's name, his ingenuity, and wealth of flora knowledge. He wants to get to know Keats better, but after his most recent relationship disaster, he squelches that idea. However, Linden begins to make excuses to return to the flower shop. Before he realizes it, Linden falls for Keats and Keats for him. 


'Bloom' is an endearing Hallmark-like story. Even though predictable, Linden and Keats were such engaging characters that the happy ending was most welcome. Thanks, N.R., for the warm, fuzzy feelings. 




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 206 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-February-2024
Price $5.99 ebook
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