Reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Synopsis: When Lily has had enough of trying to prevent a hostile takeover of the family business, she decides she needs some time for herself. Her attention goes to Todd, a bartender with plenty of money who wants to spend it on a lady like her. He’s not bad in bed either, so he provides a distraction from the other men who have annoyed her along the last two novels.
Lily however finds she is getting on with Alejandro, a wealthy Cuban-American who has it all, looks, power and of course wealth, but he also has a brother, Rodrigo who is currently dating her sister Dahlia.
Review: After a disastrous romance over the past couple of novels, Lily thinks she might have fallen in love when she dates Alejandro. He is the man with everything she wants, yet her discovery of a photo of him being photographed with a model makes her think he isn’t the man for her after all. What I liked the most was how Lily got even with her sister as she is watching what is going on between Dahlia and her lover – the other brother and is enjoying her sister’s reaction. For a woman who has spent her whole life being spurned and used by men, she seems to have made a full recovery and grown into a strong woman. I suppose it could be something to do with being left to run a business – or it could be those men who have been bad to her.
- Lily’s dating one brother, Dahlia’s dating the other brother – it’s a hoot!
- Alejandro being a silver-tongued devil.
- The difference two novels makes to a woman like Lily.
Summary: As Lily has grown as a woman, this makes her more desirable to men, and the reader. I loved reading how she overcame all her problems only to be confronted by more later on. She can be seen as a crusader for women the world over, and still have a considerable sex drive – good on her! I found this story to be as sensual, hot and as good as the last two and look forward to reading the next installment.
Buy: Tiger Lily (The Gilded Flower Series Book 3)
Synopsis: Gilded Lily saw Lily Baron, daughter to a media empire find her true sexual awakening, whereas here, Lily has to rush back to New York to see her father after he had fallen ill. As he is unable to keep the business going smoothly, it is up to her to take the helm and take a chance on making a go of the Baron Media family business. There are pitfalls though, and also temptations. The question is whether she can resist them…or let them take over.
Review: Now that Lily is the CEO of Baron Media Enterprises she has no time for having the fun she encountered in the first novel. Instead she is propelled into the harsh and difficult world of running a business and having to make a family friendship work with betraying sister, Dahlia who we remember stole and slept with her fiancé, Jack. It isn’t easy for Lily to try her hardest, but it seems she does it for her father in the hope to build a strong family bond she can keep together. In taking on the family business (bear in mind she didn’t have much choice) she loses her independence and the enjoyment she felt when she was a free woman. When Gustavo, the man she used to have as a lover comes back into her life, she sees him as limiting and constricting . He is the sort of man who thinks a woman needs a man around her and acts in a very sexist way that turns her off. plus, he’s a married man – so she has no intention of continuing the affair. Vivian writes Gustavo as a man who stops at nothing to get what he wants, being a high flyer. There are only a couple of men in this novel, Gustavo being one, and Antonio being the other, both are devastatingly sexy and alluring and this doesn’t stop us reading through how Lily feels about them.
- The conflict within the story.
- Lily’s sister Dahlia – remember her? She still has to make peace with her after her betrayal.
- Gustavo still tries to persuade Lily he is the man for her.
Summary: Although this has our heroine turning in a different direction, she can still have men flocking around her. She is a very desirable woman who has had the chance to show how businesslike she really is and even if others don’t like her being the head of the business at the time, they have to put up with it. I found it exciting to have a woman at the helm of a normally male run business and felt for her and what she was going through in every chapter. I am now looking forward to the next book in the series…hoping it is as steamy as this one.
Buy: Calla Lily (The Gilded Flower Series Book 2)
Reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Synopsis: When Lily Baron catches her fiancé Jack in bed with her sister the day before the most important day in her life – her wedding day, she leaves for Rio alone which would have been her honeymoon destination. Things aren’t all bad though as she soon meets the enigmatic and sensually sexy hotel masseur, Marcelo who unleashes a sexual passion she never thought she had with the man she would have married. It’s a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire for her though as she starts to get interested in another man, who is totally loaded, called Gustavo de Lima – her only problem is he is married.
Review: This is a good premise for a novel. After being cheated on, does a woman who felt such awful emotions for her fiancé help a married man cheat on his wife? I suppose it depends on the person, but Lily gets a deep sexual thrill being with men who turn her on, something she never got with Jack, so as she is free of him and not in a serious relationship, I think she might have forgot what a relationship means and the commitment involved. What is interesting is that for the woman who has everything, money, beauty and social status, she doesn’t have a man who would do right by her.
- Jack’s her childhood sweetheart and it’s awful to think that he would do that to her – but it’s amazing how many of these kind of relationships don’t tend to work out.
- The intense sex scenes between her lovers.
- The question of whether she would do the decent thing and not be Gustavo’s bit on the side.
Summary: I liked the idea of an independent woman out for thrills and sexual exploration. After all, that’s what her would be husband, Jack wanted to do with her twin sister. There are the concepts of right and wrong to consider and whether she would like it if she all of a sudden got into a serious relationship again only to have her man cheat on her the same way Jack did. As this is an erotic novel, the same can’t be said for Lily as she is caught up in the sexual thrills of being with a man who pushes her buttons and makes her feel good about herself in bed. The way Winslow weaves a story is as erotic as it is sensual and I would definitely recommend reading more by this writer.
Buy: Gilded Lily (The Gilded Flower Series Book 1)