Red Dahlia (Gilded Flower #6) by Vivian Winslow
Released: December 3, 2014
Reviewed by Sarah
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Having discovered her mother’s and Shane’s devastating betrayal, a determined Dahlia seeks to find what was taken from her and to chart a new life for herself. With the help of Vi’s friend, Englishman Thomas Squires, a dashing and enigmatic clandestine operative, Dahlia chases leads across London and Paris. Will Dahlia be able to right the wrong and allow herself to love again?
If you haven’t read the second book, Black Dahlia, then stop reading now. Here’s a quick recap of where the story went in the second book. Shane died, leaving Dahlia sullen and somewhat flailing while trying to figure out a new future—again—after the one she thought she’d finally have was ripped away. She went to an island to regroup and find some peace. When she begins to move on she’s thrown another curveball, perhaps more significant than Shane’s demise. He daughter, who she thought died at birth, is alive. Not only did Shane know and keep it from her, her own mother orchestrated the whole ordeal.
This last installment picks up with the search for her child. She truly has to go through both a physical and emotional journey to look for her lost girl. Her best friend, Vi, connects her with a private investigator and the globetrotting begins again but this time with a purpose. I can remember back in the first Gilded Flower book how atrocious I thought Dahlia to be and now as her story wraps up, I may like her more that Lily. She’s materialized as a strong woman with somewhat of a free spirit. Not always approaching situations with the appropriate means she does always have the best intentions. Interestingly, I realized towards the end of the book this final piece is less of a romance for Dahlia and a man and more of her love for a child; however, there is a great and somewhat subtle ending for D too.
Also, Vi’s backstory emerges with much intrigue. So now the curiosity for her trilogy overwhelms. I also suspect Rosa, a frequent partier/cousin in Miami, will have her own trilogy in the future.
Rating: 4.5 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.