The Gilded Flower Series
by Vivian Winslow
Gilded Flower, #1
After catching her fiancé Jack in bed with her sister the day before her wedding, New York socialite Lily Baron escapes to Rio, her honeymoon destination—alone. There, Marcelo, the dark and sexy hotel masseur, releases a heated passion Lily had never experienced with Jack. When Lily meets handsome and powerful Brazillionaire Gustavo de Lima, she can hardly resist him. There’s just one problem. He’s married. In this uber-sensual city, will Lily’s reluctance to be with a married man, in light of her own fiancé’s betrayal, give way to her burning desire for Gustavo?
Gilded Flower, #2
Having experienced a profound personal and sexual awakening during her solo honeymoon to Brazil, New York socialite Lily Baron rushes back to New York upon hearing the news that her father has fallen ill. Now, Lily must take the helm of the Baron Media empire and fend off a high-stakes hostile takeover attempt. With the fate of the company hanging in the balance, will Lily be able to resist the advances of the luring, unwanted suitor in the boardroom as well as the bedroom? Things get steamy in this highly anticipated sequel to Gilded Lily.
Gilded Flower, #3
Weary from battling a hostile takeover attempt of her family’s company, Lily seeks a distraction in Todd, an erstwhile bartender with a large trust fund and magical tongue. Meanwhile, a connection seems to be developing between Lily and Alejandro, a wealthy and gorgeous Cuban-American, whose brother, Rodrigo, is dating Lily’s twin sister, Dahlia. When Alejandro unexpectedly rebuffs Lily one night, she is deeply dismayed. But, after seeing Alejandro’s picture with a gorgeous Latina model in the gossip pages, Lily thinks it wasn’t just a misunderstanding. When the sisters and brothers reunite in Aspen for a ski weekend, will Lily’s heart remain frozen or will the fire between her and Alejandro rekindle and melt away the ice?
Gilded Lily Calla Lily Tiger Lily
*NOTE: This is a combined review of the first three books in the series*
These are short little fast paced stories (less then 85 pages each). However, there is a whole lot going on. Lots of hot sex and several sexy men grace these books. There is also some family drama and the main character doing a whole lot of self discovery.
Lily Baron goes through a lot in a short amount of time. Not only in the man department, but also with her sister, her parents, and her family’s company. Many of these are intertwined with each other. Through each ordeal Lily learns from her mistakes and becomes stronger for it. I really enjoyed her character. I won’t go into the men in her life too in depth to keep from spoilers but I will say that they are ALL hot and I liked how things ended. I hope to get to see more of Lily in her sister Dahlia’s stories.
Like I said before, these are really fast paced so you won’t get a huge drawn out story line. With that being said, I think the author did a great job of portraying the important parts of the story to give the most impact. In these short stories, it’s all about the important events and not a lot of ‘fluff.’ I really enjoyed these stories and look forward to more in the series. 4 out of 5 palm trees!