Review: Big, Blooming & Wild!: Greenhouse Effect

Big, Blooming & Wild!: Greenhouse Effect
by Nia K. Foxx

Horticulturist Jennifer Wilde of the Institute of Big Basin Wildlife (IBBW) knows a visit from the company’s new CEO can’t be good news. The man is rumored to have left a trail of ex-employees in his wake. Determined to deliver an A-1 presentation, she’s far from prepared for the instant attraction she feels for the sexy executive. One thing’s for certain, she’s never gone in for office romances and she won’t start now.

Wik Redwood is in “heat,” or more accurately in pollen. His urges are definitely impacting everyone around him and if he doesn’t mate soon… The bottom line is he needs to find the right woman, and fast. An accidental crossing of paths has him setting his sights on a certain rubenesque scientist who makes his roots tingle. He’s determined to have her yielding to the Botan way of loving.

I wasn’t too sure about how this story was going to play out because I’d never heard of a plant shifter – how would that work? Very well, thank you. I’m not too sure what inspired Ms. Foxx to attempt this story but I’m extremely glad she did. From the get-go Ms. Foxx had me giggling and it only got better from there.

I enjoyed Jennifer, the heroine. She’s focused, successful and not about to jeopardize her career with a fling, no matter how flustered a guy makes her feel. So when she met Wik, it was a lot of fun to see her fall. She’s smart too and I thought her personality was very well developed.

I have to give kudos to the author for how she used dialogue in this book. When Jennifer had to come to terms with her attraction to Wik, Ms. Foxx used the friendly repartee between her and her co-worker, Diane, to push the story forward. I found it filled with sparkling wit, humor and a naturalness – giving it a very real feel. I had a lot of fun.

Wik was fascinating. He’s a very determined man and what he reveals to Jennifer not only surprised her but me too. Oh, not that he’s part plant but what else he reveals. It was an “awww” moment. Well, not right away, but once she believes him it is. I liked how his character acted – “she’s mine, I WILL have her” – and then proceeds to do everything wrong. He was so cute. OK, Diane corrects that in the story but I can think what I want. Wik is a hunk. And what he can do with his …um…I will say that the title should be changed from Greenhouse to Hothouse because when Wik and Jennifer do get together, it’s very sexy and steamy.

I cannot stress how much fun this story is. It left me with a smile and a better appreciation for certain puns. If you want to enjoy a unique twist in the shifter universe and experience a hot time reading, then Greenhouse Effect is the story I’d recommend.

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Reviewed by Xeranth

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