Blue Dahlia (Gilded Flower #4) by Vivian Winslow
Released: October 16, 2014
Publisher: Vivian Winslow
Reviewed by Sarah
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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 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?
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.
You’ll remember Dahlia from the Gilded Lily trilogy. She wasn’t one of my favorite characters then because of the way she tried to prevent a disaster marriage for her identical twin, Lily. Dahlia has always been more of the rebel sister. When she was younger, she left the nest partially to get out from under her parents’ thumbs. I suspect the intent was also to agitate her morally questionable mother. Sadly, I have found that D seems to have similar values even if she doesn’t want to admit it.
Before committing to move to Miami with Rodrigo, she has to clear up something from her past. She decides to ask her husband for a divorce herself and in person. By going she opens herself up to a painful past and someone she feels was tainted by her family, more specifically her conniving mother. What will happen when she faces her events from long ago?
This is surprisingly one of the more tame installments in the Gilded Flower series. I don’t expect that to last long at all. It sets everything up for a showdown in Miami. I’m curious as to whom Dahlia will choose because both men, Rodrigo and Shane have some great qualities. I even initially thought they were both too good for her. After reading this, my dislike for Dahlia has lessened quite a bit. I think her parental influences have molded her into a character with questionable morals but I realize now she tends to do what she does with good intentions even if it raises a few eyebrows. I can’t wait to see how her story unfolds.
Rating: 4 Stars
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