When in Bloom
Fighting Type One diabetes since childhood, Jude Sebastian runs to prove he can live a normal life, until epileptic seizures begin to change his life. Even with Dawson, his Medical Alert Golden Labrador, at his side Jude finds daily life difficult. He ...more
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One thing that I do have to give the author props for big time is that even though there is medical talk in this book, (and what I would consider a fair amount of it), I wasn’t lost with it. It was explained in a way that a person who has no experience with the medical issues ...more
This was the only book in the series I read, and it worked well as a standalone, even though it includes characters from the previous books.
This was... nice. A little bland. A little non-exciting. Until the climax, which was out of left field and didn't make a whole lot of sense. Nice banter, nice MCs, nice story flow. Just a little on the bland side.
I liked ...more
We meet Jude Sebastian in the ...more
Jude is a diabetic and epileptic. Elliot is a doctor who recently returned from a combat zone and is dealing with ptsd.
I loved both of these characters and their emotional connection. Even before they admitted love they were so connected body mind and soul. Exactly what everyone dreams of.. finding someone who embraces you for who you are, physical and mental issues included. However, I do wish that the book had ended with Jude topping elliot bc he had ...more
This was also the first book to really stir any emotion in me. And wow, did it ever. I was crying ...more
When in bloom is a beautiful romance between two men with handicaps. I loved both of these men and their fight to have a normal life and love. Jude owns the flower shop in town and has type one diabetes and seizures. He is a sweet man and very careful to monitor his health. He meets Elliott when I he is at the clinic to try to see why he is having more problems after getting an insulin pump. Elliott is coming for an ...more
This is a terrifically written touching, beautiful romance between Jude and Elliott. Jude is the owner of the local florist shop, that we met in a previous book. Elliott is the sexy doctor who just transferred into town. Of course they are drawn to one another. This story includes Jude having Type-1 diabetes with seizures and Elliott suffering from PTSD with storm related episodes. Luckily Jude has Dawson a trained alert dog and Elliott was adopted ...more
PTSD is discussed in this story, with war triggers.
I had not read the previous books in this series, but didn’t feel like I was missing much. Dennis did a great job at allowing a reader who just picked this story up to really know the characters.
Jude is such a kind soul. He exudes softness – and it’s not only because he had a medical dog, Dawson, who is also adorable. Jude has this calmness about him.
Elliott is a war vet, ER doctor who decides he needs a new pace to help him continue ...more
Really liked this fourth story in the Southern Charm series! A wounded warrior, Elliott and Jude a florist with a heart of gold with his own health issues, meet and feel a connection immediately. Jude helps Elliott through a PTSD episode, and shows him how caring he is. Elliott, taking a job in the clinic in town, helps Jude through a health crisis and almost gets killed in the process. Getting through this helps both men to admit their love and begin a life together. Was great to ...more
The story explores issues relating to type one diabetes, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress and medications. We also get to see a working medical alert dog, a Labrador.
I had not read any earlier books in the series but several businesses run by gay men are visited during the course of this tale, so the flower shop which gives this one its title must be the latest in the sequence. Well done Nicole Dennis, When In Bloom ...more
In each book, one of the main characters deals with an illness or condition that affects their everyday lives. We have seen severe allergies, OCD, and migraines. In Bloom, both characters have issues to overcome. Jude has both epilepsy and type I diabetes. Elliot suffers from PTSD.
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I know that most HEA M/M books kinda follow the same recipe, but Ms. Dennis sure knows how to take it and spice it up. I've thourghly enjoyed each one of her books in this series and I'm looking forward to reading more.
The climax was a little too soap-opera-y for my liking, but overall this was the best one out of the bunch.