Huxley carries invisible scars from a near-fatal car accident. He sleepwalks through a job at his father’s company, marking time until he can quit and pursue his own dreams. Everything changes the moment he makes eye contact with a stranger while riding to work. It’s as if he’s been shaken out of his stupor, and Huxley vows to find the man. Thanks to a thieving ex-lover, PHuxley carries invisible scars from a near-fatal car accident. He sleepwalks through a job at his father’s company, marking time until he can quit and pursue his own dreams. Everything changes the moment he makes eye contact with a stranger while riding to work. It’s as if he’s been shaken out of his stupor, and Huxley vows to find the man. Thanks to a thieving ex-lover, Paul’s florist shop is on the brink of closing down. He needs to milk Valentine’s Day for all it’s worth—and the irony that a day dedicated to love might help undo the damage of a failed relationship is not lost on him. When Huxley finds Paul at his shop, both men feel an instant attraction. Before long, they’re falling hard, but Huxley holds back. If Paul knew all the baggage he’s carrying, he might run. Paul’s gut tells him Huxley is hiding something. Huxley looks like a keeper, but Paul can’t go through another disastrous romance. When Valentine’s Day arrives, will they have anything to celebrate?...
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the valentine s day resolution Reviews
I thought this was sweet.I LOVED Huxley’s determination to tackle his amaxophobia – fear of riding in a vehicle – after a near fatal car accident that happened to him almost a year ago. It must be pretty hard for him but Huxley didn’t give up. Duly noted he started to want to live again after he got a glimpse of Paul when Huxley was off to work, but still, it made Huxley wanted to get back in the saddle again, which was GOOD.I also liked how Huxley slowly but surely dealt with his day-to-day job as a CEO. At first Huxley was just trying to get under the radar but then he finally showed what he was capable of. Good for you, Huxley!Paul was okay. He was nice. Plus he was a florist ^^. The romance was lovely. But I liked this book for Huxley, I guess.Oh, Paul’s friend, Carson definitely stole the spotlight!! I want a book about him, please!A Guest Review for The Blogger GirlsThe ARC is provided by the publisher for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.
Two men in trouble, both wounded emotionally, might not be ideal partners, but as it turns out, Huxley and Paul have got just what it takes to help each other deal with their individual pasts and their common present. Their story is one of waking up from a routine that left them vulnerable, freeing themselves from the shackles of their self-imposed restrictions, and a certain degree of coming of age as they learn to deal with the demands of their daily lives in a more constructive way. It’s a great demonstration of the fact that self-delusion can be as harmful to personal growth as external obstacles. Though I have to say that there are plenty of those in Huxley and Paul’s path as well. The result is an emotional journey with a few twists and turns, one that had me eagerly turning pages as I was crossing my fingers for things to go well.Please find my full review on Rainbow Book Reviews.
I don't know why but something was missing for me. A lot took place but something about the tone of the book kept things that should've been serious too light.
Reviewed for Hearts On Fire ReviewsHuxley is a rich kid who’s life is controlled by his father. He’s working at one of his father’s companies, riding out the time until his father will release his trust fund and he can go do something else. He doesn’t do anything at the job, doesn’t care and puts up with crap from Bob, a manager. Doesn’t matter to him, he exists in a state of gray and just wants do something else. He sees a therapist because since a bad car accident with his mother he is unable to drive or even be a passenger in a car. Huxley isn’t living, he’s existing. Through the window of his back seat ride, he sees Paul and is immediately entranced. The man looks alive, he looks vibrant, he looks…happy? All the things Huxley doesn’t feel. Of course, Paul has some giant problems of his own due to trusting the wrong person and he’s desperately trying to keep the florist shop, Floribunda, from closing. He took over from his parents, who are enjoying a well-earned retirement, and he doesn’t want to admit how stupid he was. There are some great secondary characters in Carson, Paul’s best friend; the employees at Oilton Foods (once Huxley acknowledges anything there), especially Sherrilyn, and great in a bad way, Bob. I liked that Bob is a nasty piece of work but he isn’t a caricature. He is the odious manager who makes your life miserable. He tries very hard, and sometimes very successfully, to do that to Huxley. Carson is such a good friend and he’s so interesting. “If you hurt him, I will cut you.” He’s also pretty fierce. One of the most heart wrenching characters is Roger, Bob’s son and Huxley’s high school tormentor. A bully and a target both, you want to hate him until you see the why. I would love to see a story where he gets to be happy. “Push out the air. Let in the air.” He’s trying. Huxley does make an effort to meet Paul and become friends, which took effort on his part. As he and Paul get to know each other, Huxley begins to take an interest in the job he’s been ignoring and starting to make a difference at Oilton Foods. He listens to his people and begins to pull them forward, much to Bob’s rage. There is a misunderstanding that could have been solved if Huxley just said something, but it was something that I could see why he didn’t want to. However, I thought Paul was totally justified in misunderstanding it. But again, Paul, ask him! Going to give a quick shout-out that during one conversation Huxley asks Paul, “What should I be reading?” and Paul’s response: “The Burke series by Andrew Vachss. No question. It’s dark but redemptive.” That series is one of my favorites, and like Paul, I’ve reread it I don’t know how many times. Usually no one knows what I’m talking about so it was awesome to see it here. I liked this very much, including how it ended. I found the characters realistic and likeable, the writing smooth and I believed the connection between Paul and Huxley. I also very much enjoyed seeing Huxley grow up.
Full review available at: https://optimummblog.wordpress.com/20...I loved The Valentine’s Day Resolution by Ava Hayden. It sucked me in and wouldn’t let me go. The book is wonderfully written and nicely edited. I loved both Huxley and Paul although I wanted to shake Huxley and Paul a couple of times and may have yelled at my Kindle a time or two. But they both made me smile and also laugh and just made me feel. This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it won’t be the last. Hopefully, I enjoy her other books as much as I enjoyed this one. I liked her writing style and the way she unfolded her facts like how she didn’t tell us the exact facts about the near fatal car crash but revealed glimpses of them through Huxley’s nightmares.I loved getting to watch Huxley progress as a character. He starts out after the accident just going through the motions in his life and job. His father has installed him as CEO and President at one of his companies. And he has to prove himself if he wants his father to release his trust fund money. He primarily lets his COO Bob do whatever he wants with the company much to the displeasure of the other associates at the company. I loved that Huxley started to wake up after meeting Paul and that Paul was the motivation he needed to re-join the living. But he is harbouring a secret that he is working with a therapist on that has a deadline of Valentine’s Day also. And he’s embarrassed by his limitations and doesn’t want Paul’s pity.Paul has been having a hard time lately. His boyfriend embezzled all of the money from his family’s flower shop, and he is too ashamed to tell his parents that their beloved flower shop is in jeopardy of closing. He’s hoping that he can make enough during their busiest day of the year, Valentine’s Day, to keep them afloat and get them back on track. But that means working insane hours with only one helper and accepting any and all jobs that come in. Including the jobs the new hunk that keeps coming in and ordering different arrangements and gift baskets. But Paul doesn’t have any extra time to date even if he would like to. And Huxley is definitely somebody that he would like to get to know. But Paul has reservations about Huxley. He has a feeling that he’s hiding something from him which leads to a misunderstanding and might cost them their new relationship.I also loved the supportive characters. Paul’s best friend, Carson, is a drag queen when he isn’t running his own custom built-ins business. He’s very flamboyant, and a riot and he makes sure that Paul is taking time to eat during his busy days and nights. I also liked Bishop, Huxley’s driver, and how he went from being an employee to being a friend. And the various people at Huxley’s office that start to be friendlier as he becomes more alive and outgoing.***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***
Oh this was a just a really lovely, charming book! I was in the mood for something short and sweet and I got that with The Valentine's Day Resolution by Ava Hayden. Yeah, I know it's July not February, but really, it's always a good time for love. Sorry, couldn't resist, but really, this book was just all kinds of good. Two characters who I was really rooting for, secondary characters that were funny and added a lot to the story, and a romance that's worthy of Valentine's Day. Huxley Herrington is going through the motions, day after day, working at a job that he feels like is a chore rather than a joy. The only person he really talks to every day is his driver, Bishop, and occasionally his sister. Oh, but he does talk to his therapist regularly. He needs to because he suffers from some pretty severe and debilitating PTSD resulting from a car accident which killed his mother and left him unable to drive. Even sitting in the back seat as he's driven to and from work every day is an ordeal. His father seems to be holding his trust fund hostage so for the time being he's stuck working for his father and being in charge of their supermarkets, Oilton Foods. It's a job that he doesn't enjoy and he does as little as possible that he can get away with. Until one day he sees a man, just for the briefest of moments, and things begin to change. Paul Vandenberg owns the flower shop, Floribunda. It's been in his family all his life and after his parents let him buy them out, it's his baby to take care of. Only thing is ... the shop's not doing so great. Not after a greedy ex-boyfriend siphoned off all the cash he could get his sticky fingers on. Paul is working himself to the bone trying to keep his head above water and not let his parents down. The last thing he needs in his life is a distraction and when Huxley walks into his shop, Paul is more than distracted. I REALLY enjoyed these two. They were at turns vulnerable and brave, sweet and shy, funny and serious. They bumbled and stumbled and were awkward and so damn adorable. Huxley is bound and determined to be able to drive by Valentine's Day and Paul just wants to survive the busiest day of the year and the one that can make or break him. There is a tiny bit of angst, but it gets resolved quickly and in the best way. I really liked how Hayden showed Huxley growing, how the change in his outlook changes everything about him. How he grows bolder at work, takes risks and takes charge. And Paul, he's so sweet and caring. These two were perfect for one another. The secondary characters, Carson and Bishop and Huxley's sister, Alexandra, all added depth to the overall story line. This was a really nice book that left my heart all warm and fuzzy and with a smile on my face. I highly recommend you check it out! *this review will also be posted on www.diversereader.blogspot.com
Originally posted at Just Love Reviews: https://justlovereviews.com/2017/08/0...Never underestimate a book that looks more fluffy than angsty. Angst does not necessarily mean a book is written well, and something that looks super sweet does not mean it is a brainless, poorly written mess. The simpler the book, the better the writing needs to be for it to stand out.Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way… I really really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a bit odd that there was a Valentine’s Day type book coming out in August, but the V-Day aspect of it was not what you’d think given the title. It was actually done very smartly. The ol’ bait-and-switch, but not in a bad way.The end game with this book is Valentine’s Day, but it’s more about how Paul and Huxley are dealing with their own personal demons. This sounds more dramatic than it was. If you like more angst/drama in your books you might not like this as much as I did. I enjoyed that it had its angsty moments, but it was more about the MCs getting over it than dwelling on it. Also they really just enjoyed each other in the book instead of there being a lot of conflicts.There was good character development in this book, but I feel like there was more for Huxley than there was for Paul. We get to meet Huxley in the middle of his transition after the car accident, so he’s getting more confident and changing more in the book. Huxley was a pretty nervous guy about work and his car accident, but I liked that he had the confidence to ask Paul out. This was a nice change from the super confident one pursuing the timid one (something I do enjoy, but changing things up can be fun!). It turns out that asking Paul out was the catalyst Huxley needed to start making bigger changes in his life, to really heal from the accident.There were quite a few secondary characters in this book, but they were really great additions to the story. They really helped the plot develop and aided in both Paul’s and Huxley’s personal growth, so they added a lot more depth to the book than I think there would have been without them. Even Huxley’s coworkers turned into a really cool addition to the plot. There is a “minor” incident or two involving homophobia, so if that really bothers you then you might be able to skip those sections because it is kind of obvious who is doing it.Overall I really enjoyed this book. The writing was really good, the pacing was on point, I liked the characters, and even though it was more of a lighthearted type of book it had a depth that made it a really good read.
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words reviewRating: 4.5 stars out of 5For the full review visit http://wp.me/p220KL-bdqFrom that review: 'The Valentine’s Day Resolution by Ava Hayden was such a delight to read. Not only did I fall in love with the characters but the way in which the author brought Huxley slowly back to life, small step by step in every part of his life made this story a real joy to read. You can understand Huxley, a man bound by his past and his fears. Several changes slowly start to pull Huxley out of his boxed in life and into something marvelous. And these are small steps, but ones to be cherished (not that he realizes the steps that he's taking at the time). But while Huxley's still unaware that he's moving forward, the reader and the people around him are and we/they are cheering him on.'for all our reviews, author interviews and such, visit us at http://scatteredthoughtsandroguewords...
Huxley has some emotional scars that are causing him to just sleepwalk through life, until he spots Paul opening his floral store. Paul made one mistake and it could cost him his family business. Paul has decided he can’t trust his instincts any more, but when he meets Huxley he starts falling fast, but he feels like Huxley is hiding something. Both of these guys had some major baggage that they were bringing into the relationship, but neither were willing to talk about them, so one miscommunication cost them their relationship, but Huxley and Paul both realize they have to be willing to put it all on the life for it to pay off.
A sweet love story - exactly as described in the blurb so I got just what I wanted!