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FORBIDDEN ROSE by Vivian Winslow
Lily clears her throat again. “So, you want to tell me what you have going on with your new chef?”
Rosa can hardly mask her surprise. “Who told you?”
“Your face,” Lily chuckles into her glass. “You look like some lovesick schoolgirl when you look in that direction.”
Rosa shakes her head and in a low voice says, “You are sworn to secrecy.”
Lily makes an X over her heart. “Absolutely.”
“I’m in love.” Rosa immediately purses her lips, hoping to swallow up the words that just fell out of her mouth.
Her sister-in-law hugs her. “I’m so thrilled for you. You deserve to find someone who makes you happy.”
“Yeah, except it won’t work.”
“He works for me.”
“And? If you’re really in love, there has to be more a deal breaker than that,” Lily insists.
“It’s just . . . it’s complicated. In any case, it’s over.”
Lily snaps her fingers. “1, 2, 3. Like that?”
“I don’t believe you. If you really love him, then you have to find a way to make it work. Like I did with your brother.”
“But you two didn’t have so much baggage or family drama.”
Lily tilts her head at Rosa, as if to say, “Look at who you’re talking to.” Between a double-crossing Brazilian ex-lover who nearly ruined their wedding, and an interfering mother, she’d brought plenty of baggage to the relationship.
“But you made it work.”
“Real relationships based on real love always require work. There’s no getting around it.”
“Yeah, but . . . .”
“You’re finding excuses, Rosa, because you’re scared. I turned down your brother at first because I was scared. Consider your life, not as a series of moments, but in a larger context. If you can see yourself with him, experiencing something profoundly satisfying in the long term, I’d say it’s worth the risk. Whatever problems you have in the moment will always resolve themselves in time.”
Rosa leans against the stone pillar, taking a real cocktail off the tray of a passing waiter. She knows Lily’s right. But how to make it work without compromising the restaurant? That’s the question she can’t answer.
Lily kisses her sister-in-law’s cheek. “Unfortunately, I have to go talk to that couple over there.” She nods in the direction of an older gentleman and woman looking admiringly at the sculpture. “Just remember what I said. And keep in mind, a man who could do what he did to your neck may be worth keeping in your life.”
She winks as she walks away. Alejandro separates himself from a conversation as soon as he notices his wife heading toward him. Rosa can’t help but smile at the gesture. That’s commitment.
“If I remember correctly we met somewhere around here,” Juan says approaching Rosa. In his hands are two freshly made doughnuts. The idea that he may break his daily calorie intake by eating one of them makes her grin.
Rosa looks out toward the water and nods. “I think you’re right.” She takes one of the doughnuts out of his hands and takes a bite. The scent and taste of the pastry reminds her of the morning she spent with Eliseo. What she wouldn’t give to relive that time. Maybe when he asks, “Are we?” She’d respond with, “No, we’re not finished.”
“You have a bit of . . . ,” Juan runs a finger over her lip to gather a bit of the guava jelly. He licks his finger.
It’s like a scene from a predictable romantic comedy. The hot leading man standing with a gorgeous woman, who doesn’t realize just how beautiful she is to him, reminiscing over their first flirtation over a warm doughnut. Of course a kiss is expected to follow, maybe a laugh at the memory of how that night was the first of many nights together that led to them falling in love without realizing it—your typical romance trope. It’s all fantasy, Rosa realizes. A very beautiful one, but a fantasy nevertheless.
** I received an ARC in exchange of an honest review **
After being reading NA/NA is really good to have the chance to read an Adult story, so, Forbidden Rose is an Adult Contemporary Romance book written by Vivian Winslow, also, it's the second book in the Wildflowers Series BUT it can be read as a STANDALONE —guess what, I did that. You can be spoiled by a few things —I don't know how much because I haven't read the first; it doesn't matter of course, and I already put the first one in my list.
A book that plunges us into an amazing love story between a twenty-five-years-old girl, Rosa, and a thirty-years man, Eliseo. I have to tell you —the chemistry between them is so tangible, not kidding, and it’s pretty awesome how the author can make you feel it —what they’re feeling. Also, the sexual tension that exists, wow, such some good moments. BY THE WAY, it has explicit scenes, so if you don’t like that, I can’t say much.
About the mains character—because there are more—,Rosa is a powerful woman, completely independent, she really likes to have fun, and her relation with her family is a stronger one, of course there are moments of disagreement between them, but normal things, you know. In this book we can see how she makes her dreams come true—creating her own restaurant. Here’s when a guy from her past comes into, Eliseo. What can I say? I liked him —not loved but really liked him. He’s… sexy, and loves to cook —he’s a chef—, in his past he’d made some mistakes but from them you learn, anyway, his character is also one of those that while more you know, more you like, and understand.
As I usually say, what is a good love story without drama? And this one, omg! Not a lot —but it has. This time related with Eliseo’s past. Pff, of course I'm not telling anything about, because YOU have to read it.
Overall, as always, I enjoyed, and mostly had good time reading it. What I loved the most was the Spanish parts —when they speak in Spanish, why? I speak Spanish and for some reason I still don’t understand why I was fascinating by reading some of it between all that English, however it was just a little. Anyways, I highly recommend this book, it’s writing in third person, so, had the opportunity to know both POV was good —there were others “POVs” but in general it was just both of them. Also, I want to read the other series, but I think I'd be better if I read the first book in this.
Title: Blossoming FlowerSeries: Wildflowers, #1
In the wake of the collapse of her father’s business empire, Flor, the gorgeous twenty-one year-old daughter of disgraced former Brazillionaire Gustavo de Lima, is forced to forge her own path in life.
Flor decides that none of it—the private jets, the vacation homes and the luxury cars—were real. Or at least they really didn’t matter. The only thing that’s real for Flor is her love of horses and her desire to go to veterinary school.Heading into her final year of college, Flor seeks out the help of an unlikely benefactor to secure a summer internship working with horses. Arriving at the secluded Belo Horizonte ranch, Flor is awed not only by the majestic beauty of the place, but also by handsome cowboy and skilled horse trainer, Collin Taylor. Yet nothing is quite as it appears on the surface.
When the hidden past is revealed, will love end up blossoming for Flor?
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