Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Blue Dahlia- Blog Tour and Review

Blue Dahlia
Vivian Winslow
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: October 16, 2014

Purchase: Amazon US 

Blue Dahlia is the first book in the second trilogy of Vivian Winslow's Gilded Flower series, featuring Lily Baron's free-spirited twin sister, Dahlia.

New York socialite Dahlia Baron is falling for her Latin lover, Rodrigo Cruz, the scion of the Mama Linda Latin foods empire, and hopes to take the relationship to the next level. But there's is a dark secret that she must deal with first in order to truly give her heart to him. When Dahlia visits the man from her past, will the undercurrents of her emotions let her go to Rodrigo or will they pull her back to the one person who stands between them?

Mature readers only. 18+

Blue Dahlia (Gilded Flower, #4)Blue Dahlia by Vivian Winslow
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dahlia is happy in her relationship with Rodrigo and is planning to move to Miami to solidify her future with him. She knows that there is a pretty big something in her past that is keeping her from being able to move forward with Rodrigo, so she travels to California in an attempt to tie up the loose ends. When she gets there she realizes that things are going to be more complex than she anticipated.

It was hard for me to connect fully to Dahlia because while she has obviously suffered some serious loss in her life, but the way she leaves Rodrigo completely blindsided was pretty tough to sympathize with. Her motives were good, but the whole thing still felt a little thoughtless at times. Shane is a character, who also wasn't really developed fully enough for me to understand the full appeal. These characters are obviously very sexually compatible, but it seemed like the only real change for either of them was the passage of time. It is tough but realistic that in relationships people are often hurt through no fault of their own, but it is still tough to witness. I haven't read the previous books in this series, so it is possible that I would have had stronger context and base understanding of these characters if I had.

*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review

Vivian Winslow was born and raised in Southern California. Before becoming a writer, she made a career out of moving around the world every couple of years thanks to her husband’s job. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two elementary school age children, and is grateful to finally have a place to call home for more than two years. New York is the perfect city to indulge her love of shopping, the arts and especially food.

If she’s not at home writing or running around the city with her kids, you’ll most likely find her indulging in pizza on the Lower East Side or having a cocktail at her favorite bar in Alphabet City. That said, she’s still a California girl at heart and would gladly trade in her heels for a pair of flip-flops to catch a sunset on the beach. .

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