Forbidden Rose (Wildflowers #2) by Vivian Winslow
Released: February 29, 2016
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Vivian Winslow
Reviewed by Sarah
Rosa Cruz, the fiery and ultra-sexy heiress of the Mama Linda Latin foods empire, is determined to create something on her own and not rely solely on her family's name and legacy. For her new upscale restaurant in the trendy Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, she enlists the help of her childhood friend, the hot, young Cuban-American chef, Eliseo Perez, who's already made a name for himself on the New York culinary scene. Despite Rosa's reservations about a forbidden workplace romance with her new employee, not to mention longtime friend, the chemistry between them is undeniable. When the cooking starts, things quickly heat up in the kitchen and the bedroom. But with Eliseo's troubled past coming back to haunt him, can Rosa and Eliseo hold onto love and keep the restaurant from going up in flames?
Rosa is ready to step out from the shadow of her brothers and make a name for herself. To combine her passion in the kitchen with the family business, she’s set to open her own restaurant. Before she can make her dream a reality, she must find a chef with skills who can deliver on her idea of Spanish cuisine. After searching through NYC’s gastronomic who’s who, she decides to hire Eliseo.
Eliseo has dealt with the egos of chefs while remaining a sous. Ready for a new adventure and even some notoriety of his own, he is willing to return to his hometown even when it means accepting the family drama which comes with it.
I have read all of the works from Vivian Winslow and this one has quite a bit of a different feel to it. Although there isn’t as much sex in this story as in previous ones, Rosa and Eliseo still have crazy good chemistry. I love that they have a bit of built in history because they were childhood friends. In the past stories, I’ve learned to not try to figure out what man the heroine will end up with because I’m not always right. In this one we learn pretty quickly. This made for a nice change because then the focus is truly on the formation of the bond and how it increases in significance while traversing through the mind fields of their lives. There’s quite a bit of angst because both individuals are rather passionate and independent; those characteristics alone are interesting just vying for friction from being so similar. Fortunately we get to see how the couple navigates their families, work, and pasts to create a future.
This is another solid story from Winslow. Plus we get to see how some of the past couples are doing. It’s a win-win romance.
Rating: 4 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.