Friday, July 25, 2014

Gilded Lily by Vivian Winslow. A review by Sky.

Gilded Lily by Vivian Winslow
First installment in the, Gilded Flower series. 
71 pages | Erotica 
Blurb: 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?
Sky's thoughts: 
A bitter-sweet but oh-so-naughty trip to Rio! 
Lily and her
fiancé Jack are both considered New York City royalty, both coming from wealthy family's who own large corporations. Their every move is watched and scrutinized under the eyes of the locals. Lily knows this, and knows that girls, especially, in the city have eyes on her, waiting for her to screw up so they can swoop in and take Jack for themselves. Every girl including her own sister, apparently.

A day before their big wedding, Lily catches her own flesh and blood under the covers with her soon to be EX fiancé. Lily's mother begins to talk her out of canceling the wedding, preaching that all men are the same and that in their family, marriage is a business. With the amount of influence both families have in the city, her parents had foreseen this marriage as a great alliance. Dollar signs. 

While heart-broken and discouraged, Lily sustained her dignity. However, she had to get out of the city, and fast, it was time to cope and move on. Two tickets to Rio meant for the honeymoon taunted her, but seeing it as an opportunity to begin the healing process, she jumps on a plane and lands in Rio. 

Only, quiet time on the beach and spas was not the only therapeutic treatment she found herself in. Here walks in; tall, dark, young, and damn sexy Marcelo, the hotel masseur. Just with the roll of his hands on her bare skin was enough to sate a passion she never experienced with Jack. (I love the small pecker quips between her and best friend, Vi.!! LOL)

More flustered and frustrated by the day due to the lousy prior events, Lily finds herself going to visit Marcelo quite often, and things take a heated turn when she throws her inhibitions out the spa and refuses to hide her intimate parts with a towel. Sensing her tension and frustration, his hands begin to stray.
 I absolutely loved this scene. Can't we all admit that at one point or another we have fantasied going to a spa for me-time, and what would make it all the more worth it is some tall, hot, man who REALLY knew how to use his hands? Marcelo brought out that long-lost, Big O from Lily by the single touch of his hands in just the right places.  
Oh, Marcelo, Brazilian Magical Hand King! Squee!

I was really hoping for Marcelo to win over her heart ultimately, but big-time Brazillionaire, Gus, stepped in the way! Actually, he was on her flight and pestering her as she was walking off into the airport. I loved her for standing her ground despite his attempts to womanize her at first by acting like the perfect gentleman LOL. But later, they meet again, and he's more domineering than Lily had believed. And married! 

After tricking her into a dinner-party which turned out to be just the two of them alone, Lily made a smart decision and left his ass immediately. But Gus was not willing to stop. He really is a gentleman --- and HOT as hell!-- and very smooth in how he carries himself and treats his women, but trouble arises when things are taken too far. The book only gets hotter and hotter but I would be a spoil-sport if I say anything more! By the end of the book, though not a cliffhanger, we stand wondering what will become of Lily after some devastating news and heads back to NY. 

You know that quote, "reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are" ? THIS is exactly that! Vivian put together the perfect vacation we all fantasize of, with solid characters and steamy situations. Brilliant! 
THIS trilogy made my Summer! It was a perfect, erotic and exotic escape from my crazy, busy summer at work and definitely gave me some AWESOME daydreaming material LOL! Whether you're stuck at home working this summer or out on vacation AT a beach, this is a perfect, steamy, page-turning read! 5 stars!
I have reviews coming up for the next two books in the series! Thank you SO much, Vivian, for the opportunity to read this! 

Buy links: 99 cents on all sites!!!

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Oo, look! An excerpt! 

Gilded Lily
The Gilded Flower Series
By Vivian Winslow

Chapter 1

            “I walked in on them, mom. You think I don’t know what my own fiancé looks like?” The thought of her fiancé and sister’s naked bodies intertwined was seared on Lily’s mind. It was almost like looking in a mirror— watching her twin sister, Dahlia, betray her with the man she loved. The man she was ready to pledge her life to.
            “Well, you know how your sister is, it could’ve been anyone,” her mom replies.
            “But it wasn’t just anyone. It was Jack, and on the night before we’re supposed to get married!”
            “Darling,” her mother says, patting her head like a two-year old child who just dropped her lollipop. “You can still get married. It’s not too late. Men are all the same— it’s time you learn that.”
            Lily looks up from her pillow at her mother and around her room, still the same since she went away to boarding school eleven years ago. Pink and purple with a large, canopy bed, a bed “fit for a princess,” her mother had always said. And for all intents and purposes she was a princess, living a privileged life in New York City— the best schools, the right friends, and the (former) perfect fiancé.
            “What are you saying, mother? That it’s ok for Jack to screw anyone he wants?”
            “Oh, honey. Men have needs. It’s pure biology. Doesn’t mean he wouldn’t make a good husband and father.”
            “Are you saying Dad cheated on you?” Lily sits up, wiping away her tears.
            Her mother turns away for a moment and picks up a family photo on the nightstand. “It’s the unspoken rule here on the Upper East Side, Lily. With the house in the Hamptons and the chalet in Aspen comes infidelity. I thought you’d had some clue. But it’s my fault. I’ve kept you sheltered because I hoped for a different life for you than mine.”
            “But why didn’t you tell me sooner? I never imagined Jack would cheat on me.” Lily falls back onto the bed.
            Her mother faces her and raises an eyebrow. “Jack is no different from his father. His family has a lot of money and influence in this city. Even more than we do. Our two families would make an incredible alliance.”
            “So that’s all this was to you, some sick power game?”
            “Marriage is business, Lily, not love. And in New York, power isn’t just about how much money you have, but the friends you can count in your corner. You want love, go have your own affairs. After what he’s done, Jack can’t expect fidelity. Just try to be more discreet than he was.”
            “But it was love. I’ve loved him since the first day I laid eyes on him,” Lily says, remembering how he offered to share his umbrella with her when they walked out of Intermediate French one afternoon.
            Her mother caresses her hair. “I know honey. That was your first mistake.”

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