Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Blog Tour: Red Dahlia by Vivian Winslow

I received a copy of Red Dahlia in exchange for my review.

Dahlia was left reeling after discovering the truth that was hidden from her by both her mother and her husband Shane, that their daughter, Marissa, was alive and hadn't died like Dahlia had been told. Searching for her takes Dahlia to England, where she meets Thomas, a friend of Vi's, and discovers far more about Vi than she ever knew before. Meanwhile, Lily is still being hounded by her ex, Gustavo, and when Dahlia runs into him things take a turn no one had expected. But sometimes going back to the beginning is all that it takes to be happy...

This is the sixth book in the Gilded Flower series, and the third in Dahlia's story, and personally I think that you do need to read all of the books, in order, to make sure that you fully understand the story. The story itself shows messy love lives, and I think that's what makes the series so great; the characters aren't perfect and the relationships they have are far from perfect, but it feels like you're there in the story.

What I really liked about Red Dahlia was that it did seem to be less about sex. There were still sex scenes in the book, and the other books weren't just about sex either, but I thought that the rest of the storyline got more engagement this time. Dahlia's storyline has had a lot of shocks, in all three of the books, and this tied up several of them, as well as bringing Dahlia back to her normal self.

The interaction between Dahlia and Gustavo was good, and actually I think it showed a lot about Dahlia's character and just how much she is willing to do for other people. It also showed more about Gustavo's character, then again I decided I didn't like him way back when Lily was with him.

There was more about Vi revealed in this book as well, which hasn't done anything to make me less curious about her, and in fact, since Thomas the PI was introduced as well, I've just become more intrigued as to what exactly she's doing...I can't wait for her books to see what will happen then.

I think that the ending to Dahlia's story was satisfying...I can't really say happy because in one aspect of her life there wasn't really a happy solution for anyone (though the love life aspect gets a massive thumbs up!) but I do definitely feel that the way that that issue was resolved was the right way.







Red Dahlia
Vivian Winslow
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: December 03, 2014

Purchase: Amazon US 


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?

Mature readers only. 18+






Excerpt

Red Dahlia
Gilded Flower Series
By Vivian Winslow

Prologue


My Dearest Dahlia,

I hate that I’ve waited so long to tell you this. Hell, I hate myself for what I’ve done. This is the tenth letter I’ve written you. Each time I promise myself I’ll send it, but I don’t.

She’s still alive, Dahlia! Our daughter, Marissa, is alive. Remember when your mother arranged her transfer to the NICU in a nearby hospital and told you she died a few days later? It wasn’t true.

I visited her everyday that she was there. Then one day, she was gone. A nurse told me that she had been transferred to another hospital, but I couldn’t figure out where. I contacted your mother who came to see me with a lawyer. She offered me a lot of money if I’d give her up. At the time I refused. I couldn’t do that. But you ended things when I went to see you later that day to tell you what happened. You were done with me. Your mother was right. I was a complete fuck-up and loser. I felt like shit. It was my fault you were in such bad shape. I was never there for you. How could I be there for our baby? I couldn’t be the father I wanted to be. I was broke, and she told me she would revoke your trust fund and leave you penniless. I couldn’t do that to you.

You think your parents gave me money as some consolation prize if I dropped out of your life. They were also buying my silence. I signed my life away to them. If I ever told you about Marissa, your mother swore I’d pay and my family would suffer. Back then my mom couldn’t pay her rent and the government was giving her a hard time about survivor benefits. Somehow, your mother magically made the issues disappear. Her influence was that deep, but I don’t need to tell you that. I knew that she would make my life miserable if I ever told you the truth.

I hit bottom after you left. It took me a long time to clean up and figure out what I was going to do with my life. Once I did, I realized my goal was to make things right for you and our daughter. If only I had worked it out sooner, maybe it would’ve been different for us. I regret giving up the two of you. A better person would’ve refused your mother’s offer. But I wasn’t that man then. I don’t know if I can ever convince you of how much I love you and will always love you.

I’ve tried to find Marissa. I even hired an investigator, but came up with nothing. Your mother doesn’t want her found.

Maybe, if we find each other again, we’ll be able to search for her together.

All my Love,

Shane

About the author


Vivian Winslow was born and raised in Southern California. Before becoming a writer, she made a career out of moving around the world every couple of years thanks to her husband’s job. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two elementary school age children, and is grateful to finally have a place to call home for more than two years. New York is the perfect city to indulge her love of shopping, the arts and especially food.

If she’s not at home writing or running around the city with her kids, you’ll most likely find her indulging in pizza on the Lower East Side or having a cocktail at her favorite bar in Alphabet City. That said, she’s still a California girl at heart and would gladly trade in her heels for a pair of flip-flops to catch a sunset on the beach. .

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