Book Review: Budding Attraction by Saxon James

Budding Attraction

Author: Saxon James
Series: Divorced Men’s Club, book 3
Publisher: Independent (November 16, 2022)
Romance, Adult contemporary romance, M/M romance



I’ve never thought much about Orson Naples.

He’s a cute guy who I’d seen around town a few times, but then one day he up and left and didn’t reappear until a few years later. No one knows where he went or what he was doing, all this gossipy town knows is that he’s a widower, owns the florist, and is friends with that divorced group that hang out at the Killer Brew all the time.

But then one day I step into his flower shop and go from rarely thinking about him, to him constantly being on my mind.

There’s a restlessness to him that I’m dying to unlock answers to.

And his eyes linger on me a little too long for a straight man …


Ford Thomas is a pest. A delightful one. A tempting one. But I’m too old for games.

The ones I’ve played in the past have always led me to trouble which is why I vowed to settle down and live a quiet life.

So when Ford walks into my shop all uncontained energy and flirty quips in a pair of heavy work boots, I know I should show him the door.

I don’t need fun. I don’t need experiences.

Especially when those experiences have me questioning things I thought I knew about myself.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Gosh I sure love this series. 🙂

I’ve been waiting for Orson’s book since book 1 (Roommate Arrangement) and reading his contributions to the Divorced Men’s Club group chat.

There’s something that’s just so soft about this book. It deals with some heavy topics, like grief and moving on after the death of a spouse, and does so while managing to be wrapped up in a warm hug and several layers of dry humor and witty banter.

The chemistry between Ford and Orson is at times hot, hilarious, and cozy AF. Their banter is AMAZING and I found myself with a stupid grin on my face through most of the book, haha. And I LOVE how openly they communicate! It’s really refreshing to see a romance where there’s no major drama (at least, not any that lasts…) caused by miscommunications and misunderstandings that could be easily cleared up if the MCs would just TALK TO EACH OTHER. Ford is the ultimate cinnamon roll wrapped up in a hot tattooed mechanic package, and then Orson has so many hidden surprises beneath his mild-mannered and laid-back demeanor.

Each book I read in the series is somehow better than the last, and Orson and Ford are my favorites (currently, anyway… I will perish if I don’t get Art and Joey’s book soon!!!)

This is the third book in the Divorced Men’s Club series, and can be read as a stand-alone. That being said, you should really just read the series in order because the books are all AMAZING.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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