Blossoming Flower (Wildflowers #1) by Vivian Winslow
Released: October 19, 2015
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Vivian Winslow
Reviewed by Sarah
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?
If you’re a fan of the Gilded Flower series, then this is right up your alley with a few familiar faces but the focus surrounds the infamous Gustavo’s daughter, Flor. Flor is a young adult who has had to endure more than her fair share of trials and tribulations in her life. With a philandering, dubious father and a manipulative mother, she’s now trying to stand on her own all the while figuring out who she is and what she wants. During her summer break from school, she chooses to work on a ranch as a means to avoid her family but to also get perspective on her situation while determining her future.
This book is interesting from the beginning but it has a slow build until you get an idea of where it’s going. If you are looking for some hot and heavy romance, you won’t get it until the last 20% but the author does like to tease a bit throughout. Truly the focus is on Flor’s journey of coming into her own. She’s trying to figure out what makes her happy while coming to terms with emotions and disappoints from her past. For the most part, the story is told from Flor’s perspective. On occasion it will abruptly change to other’s perspectives for short periods of time. This can be a bit mystifying for the in the short term but Those other points of view are integral to understanding the whole story as well as setting up the series. Intriguingly by the conclusion of this book, the narrative leaves quite a bit open to revisit Flor again in future. It seems to finish on perhaps a “happy for now” note. Knowing the next story is about Rose, I wonder how/if Flor will integrate into her story.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.