Review & Guest Post: Fistful of Roses by Lea Griffith

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Review & Guest Post: Fistful of Roses by Lea Griffith

Sophie wants something she’s never had … his love. Ryan needs something he’s afraid to hold on to… her.

Sophie Hanson has done the unthinkable—she’s fallen in love with her boss. She wasn’t prepared for the punch of his gaze or the feel of his arms around her. The fact that he’s her boss notwithstanding, she wants him with a force that is becoming harder to ignore.

Ryan Locke wants the unthinkable—Sophie Hanson. That she’s his employee is quickly becoming irrelevant. Employer-employee relationships are a landmine but he’s willing to overlook the danger in the face of his overwhelming desire for her.

Sometimes love isn’t enough.

Overcoming that employer-employee barrier isn’t the only issue. A depth of feeling neither have experienced before isn’t the only issue either. Sometimes the hidden things that come to light can ruin a love before it’s had a chance to begin.

Title: Fistful of Roses
Author: Lea Griffith
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: , Retribution, Bulle to the Heart, Starry Night
Series: What a Woman Wants, #1
Published by Liquid Silver Books
Source: Author
Published: April 28, 2013
Pages: 161
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Purchase your copy: Amazon
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-flames

Lovers of office romance stories will thoroughly enjoy Fistful of Roses by Lea Griffith! This warmhearted contemporary romance is a fun, fast-paced read that draws you in with compelling characters.

Since the day Sophie started working at ATC, she has been attracted to her boss, Ryan Locke. Now, after six months on the job, Sophie notices that Ryan is seeing her not only as an employee but also as a lover too. However, Sophie is going through some hard times since her mom is dying and she is estranged from her brother, Gavin, and beginning a forbidden relationship with her boss just complicates her life further. The author realistically describes Sophie’s feelings, and her interactions with her dying mom that are so intense and poignant you will be wiping tears from your eyes.

Ryan, a former SEAL, is a delectable alpha male who cannot rein in his desire for Sophie or his animal instinct to protect Sophie, which causes him to behave badly from time to time, but not to the point of becoming unlikeable. The mounting sexual tension between the two burns up the pages so much  that their first sexual encounter is the perfect combination of sexy and romantic. Just when you think Ryan and Sophie are on their way to happiness, Ryan discovers Sophie’s secrets and he accuses her of many awful things, breaking her heart. When Ryan realizes he is wrong about Sophie, the plan he executes to get Sophie back will leave you smiling.

Fistful of Roses is a memorable and captivating romance that will keep you hooked to your e-reader to the perfectly romantic ending.

I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of an honest review for The Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Lea Griffith


The Difficult Thing About Roses

Fist Full of Roses

First of all, thanks so much Vanessa and all the lovely ladies at The Jeep Diva for letting me visit today. Any time I can visit such an awesome site and such lovely reviewers is a good time.

So today, I figured I’d talk about difficult things and also chat a little about one of my new releases, Fistful of Roses. It’s a spicy contemporary romance that begins in the office and extends way past the high rise doors.

One of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do since I began writing occurred while I was whipping this book into shape. Yes, whipping—it liked it so no worries J. My hero, Ryan Locke, is a total alpha male. Sexy, confident and assured he’s also a bit broken on the inside as most alpha males tend to be. Stubborn, complex and yeah, vulnerable at his soft, squishy middle, he tends to act first and try to clean up the mess later. Throughout the course of this book I constantly felt I had to rehabilitate Ryan and no matter what way I tried to tell his story he refused to let me tell it.

I wanted to love him. He didn’t care if I did or not. “It’s not always about you, Lea,” he informed me.

Okay. Feelings not hurt. (And this is me lying)

He wanted to be the one who delivered his story to my readers and by God he wasn’t taking ‘no’ for an answer. Ryan determined he wanted the heroine of Fistful of Roses, Sophie Hanson, and come hell or high water, she was going to be his and she was going to like it—AKA love him. My thoughts and feelings had no bearing on his story—he was pretty adamant.

So I let Ryan tell his story and yeah, he broke my heart.

Before it was all said and done, I was left with a hero not even I liked very much but one I had fallen a little bit in love with. You see, I’m a sucker for a man who messes up. And boy did Ryan Locke mess up BIG TIME. I wanted to help him fix it and yet, Ryan being the alpha that he is, refused to let me. I told him I had to rehab his persona for my readers and it was going to be tres difficult. He didn’t care.

“It’s my story,” he said. “And I have to fix this with Sophie.”

Beautiful words. Words every woman probably wants to hear after having a bomb dropped on her head by the man she’s given her heart to. He totally owned it. But I had my doubts he could ever fix anything with Sophie. He demanded I back off. I tried to polish him up anyway. It was impossible and in the end I decided I had no choice but to let him fix it. After all, my characters chose me to tell their stories. They are my stories only in that my characters share them with me and allow me to pen them. I can’t live their lives for them, they must do it on their own and so I let Ryan have his lead. I stepped away and let him and Sophie love, laugh and cry all by themselves.

In the end, there was a wealth of pain but even more love and I felt like a proud mama watching her baby chicks take flight for the first time. And it was worth it to because I didn’t compromise myself trying to make Ryan be something he wasn’t—perfect. He ended up more of a man to me because he held his own and took responsibility. I won’t say whether Sophie gave him absolution. You’ll have to read the book for that, but I will say that I’m proud of myself as a writer for not stepping in and going the easy way. I could’ve polished him up pretty for you, but trust me, he’s much hotter flawed.

Fist Full of Roses

So that’s my difficult thing. Letting my characters tell their story without interrupting, guiding or directing them. I may have sweat more with this book than any other I’ve written. But in the middle of a picture of many gray roses, I found the perfect red one. It hit chords inside of me and wrenched my heart, but I think it came out just the way it was supposed to and I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks, Vanessa, for having me and letting me spill my words into your readers’ minds. I look forward to visiting again.

Fist Full of Roses

Lea Griffith began sneaking to read her mother’s romance novels at a young age. She cut her teeth on the greats: McNaught, Woodiwiss, and Garwood. A firm believer that love makes the world go round, she still consumes every romance book she can put her hands on,

but now she writes her own.

Lea lives with her husband and three teenage daughters in rural Georgia. Two dogs, a cat, and a Betta fish named Coddy George complete a family always in motion. When not working at the EDJ, she’s usually at her keyboard, using every spare second to write. Science fiction, paranormal and contemporary romance, oh my!

Nothing is off-limits when it comes to her writing.


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31 Responses to “Review & Guest Post: Fistful of Roses by Lea Griffith”

  1. Anne

    Congratulations on your latest release. I wish I had a boss like Ryan, my current boss is over 70 and trust me there is no sexual tension between us.

  2. Lori Meehan

    Congrats on our newest release it sounds really good.

  3. Joanne B

    Congrats on the new release. Fistful of Roses sounds fantastic. Can’t wait ti read it to see more of Sophie and Ryan. I like that Ryan wanted to fix things with with Sophie without your help.


  4. Heather

    I think you are right – some men are hotter a little flawed. In a book like yours it makes your own HEA a little more attainable to realize flawed is still attractive and loveable.

    • Lea Griffith

      I agree 100%. I like a man who gets it all right all the time but I LOVE one who messes up like we all do sometimes–and then does everything he can to fix it.

  5. susan platt

    congrats on your newest release! It sounds so good, putting on my wishlist! I love boss/employee romances.

  6. DebraG

    I have some roses right now sitting on my kitchen table. They are so beautiful

  7. BookLady

    Congratulations on the publication of Fistful of Roses! It sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on “whipping the book into shape”.

    • Lea Griffith

      Thanks so much for stopping by The Jeep Diva and taking time to read my post. And I hope that you love reading it as much as I loved writing it ;D

  8. Mary Preston

    I do love it when characters mess up, especially if they are just so gorgeous you have to forgive & understand.


  9. Meghan Stith

    This looks so great! Thanks for sharing with us! I adore that cover as well.
    Books like this make me wonder whether the author had any influence from friends and family while writing it.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

    • Lea Griffith

      You’d probably be surprised how much authors draw from their own experiences or their loved ones/friends. I write scifi and paranormal as well, so while I may not have firsthand experience with gene splicing or things that go furry in the night, I think that absolutely the type of forgiveness Ryan wants from Sophie is something all relationships have experienced to some degree. Maybe not exactly their circumstances but yeah… ;D

      I love it when people get all introspective and stuff–thanks for your comment!

  10. dragonkeep62

    Congrats on the new release.Thanks for the chance to win.


  11. Lea Griffith

    Thank you for taking time to visit and you’re very, very welcome.

    Love the email handle btw! Dragons are yummeh…

  12. bn100

    Interesting info about the character

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  13. cassie polla

    Sounds wonderful! Thank you!
    cassiepolla (at) yahoo (dot) com

  14. Jennifer Crawford

    Yay giveaways and new releases! I love new authors. Thanks!

    • Lea

      It is my sincerest hope you love reading my books, lol! And thank you for stopping by and entering.

  15. Natasha

    Sounds really good!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com