Blooming (Otter Bay #4) by Sean Ashcroft

Blooming is a return to the Otter Bay series for another sweet addition. Instagram pals that unexpectedly meet in real life can't help but fall in love.

From the blurb:

Instagram crush. Instant fling.

The last thing amateur food photographer Milo expects to find in the sleepy town of Otter Bay is the cute boy he’s been crushing on from Instagram. 

He’s in town to help his pregnant sister, not to look for a fling, but his best friend is right—it’s been so long since he got laid that they’ll be reissuing his v-card any day now. It doesn’t hurt that cat foster dad Xander also makes the best cinnamon rolls Milo’s ever had in his cute little bakery, or that he’s unbelievably hot in person. 

Xander never dreamed that his Instagram crush would walk right into his bakery, but here Milo is. Gorgeous, sweet, a little awkward, and even more Xander’s type than he could’ve imagined in his wildest dreams. Xander’s still reeling from a weird breakup, and Milo doesn’t have time for love. 

What’s the harm in a casual, no-strings-attached fling? 

Blooming is the fourth book in the Otter Bay series, but can be read as a standalone. It contains several adorable kittens, the world’s best cinnamon rolls, all the feels, steamy scenes, Milo’s oral fixation, flowers, photography, and true love conquering all.

SNik's Review:

Fourth in series (Otter Bay), but can be read as a standalone. Friends to lovers. Found family. Dual POV.

Bakery owner Xander fosters cats and is friends with a man he’s never met, but they share all the time on Instagram. When salesman and amateur photographer Milo is visiting Otter Bay he happens to meet his Instagram pal, but Xander and Milo never expected to meet in real life and for their online flirting to become something more.

Milo is only in town for a few weeks, so whatever they have can only amount to a fling, but feelings grow from their friendship quickly and Milo and Xander have to decide if they are willing to make the jump to a committed relationship.

Both Milo and Xander are both likable characters and their interactions are sweet when they are sharing their interests. I enjoyed all the time they spent communicating and the longing for each other, as well as the kissing and steamy times.

Blooming was a lovely read with little angst (as well as a few cameos from others in the series) and an HEA that was just meant to be.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blooming is currently available as an e-book and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription