Review: Tiger Lily (Gilded Flower #3) by Vivian Winslow

September 10, 2014 Review 0

Review: Tiger Lily (Gilded Flower #3) by Vivian Winslow

Weary from battling a hostile takeover attempt of her family’s company, Lily seeks a distraction in Todd, an erstwhile bartender with a large trust fund and magical tongue. Meanwhile, a connection seems to be developing between Lily and Alejandro, a wealthy and gorgeous Cuban-American, whose brother, Rodrigo, is dating Lily’s twin sister, Dahlia. When Alejandro unexpectedly rebuffs Lily one night, she is deeply dismayed. But, after seeing Alejandro’s picture with a gorgeous Latina model in the gossip pages, Lily thinks it wasn’t just a misunderstanding. When the sisters and brothers reunite in Aspen for a ski weekend, will Lily’s heart remain frozen or will the fire between her and Alejandro rekindle and melt away the ice?

Title: Tiger Lily
Author: Vivian Winslow
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Calla Lily, Gilded Lily
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: 15 July, 2014
Genres: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Pages: 83
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Stars: two-stars
Flames: four-flames

 

The final installment of the Gilded Flower trilogy was much like the first two.  I read a LOT of erotica: much of it is more romantic, but I also like the stories that are not guaranteeing romance or an HEA.  My feeling about this trilogy is that the author wanted to write more of a romance, character-driven story but got lost in the repetitive and all too familiar (by the third encounter in book 1) flow of the intimate scenes.  Every scene felt the same, only the names and locations had changed, and there wasn’t a great show of growth for Lily throughout the series.

In fact, for me, the most clever device was in the titles and the changing lilies that each was meant to signify.  Here we are at Tiger Lily – bold, brash yet wonderful flowers that have a delicacy that is belied by the tenacious nature of the plant itself.  Did Lily manage to grasp any of those qualities? Not for me. Her seeming impotence when faced with a difficult choice – the manipulations of her parents and those around her should have been worth some true moments of anger. Her inability to act like an adult, and not a randy 14 year old with the self-control of a 2 year old where men are concerned.  4 or 5, perhaps it was 6 I lost count, men in a short period of time: none with her thinking beyond a one night event, all behaving in remarkably similar manners – after the second or third encounter they cease to be intriguing or enticing, and start to sound rote.

I wanted to like this series – but after 3 books, I don’t know Lily as well as I would have liked, and really I don’t want to know more.  She isn’t for me – her choices are bad, foolish and repeated often.  Yes, she gets a happy ending, but that felt forced and untrue to me: too many issues left unresolved and unsettled: her relationship with her parents, the real chat with her sister before “all was well” that was really needed to settle their issues from book one.  The repeated sex scenes, all feeling similar and lacking any solid voicing to give a sense of presence or being there, along with a lack of acknowledgement in any substantive way to the stupid decisions about her own health and safety with the random unknown men.  I had lost patience with Lily in book one, hoped for some redemption in two, and actually thought that the chance at an HEA would give me a different feeling about her here – but it didn’t. She didn’t grow or change, in fact her sister showed the most growth, infinitesimally, until her ‘devastating secret’ which felt more like a plotting device to read the next series than an actual secret that could affect lives.

Overall – I wouldn’t read this again, and I’m not really interested in keeping up with the Baron’s, in this or another story.  And that is sad, because there was potential to show growth and development with real emotion yet it was put to the back burner for sexual escapades that TOLD us were earth shattering but didn’t feel it in the least.

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