Thursday, 12 February 2015

Blitz: Hidden Violet by Vivian Winslow

I received a copy of Hidden Violet, book 7 of Gilded Flower and book 2 of the Vi trilogy, in exchange for my review.

With her darkest secrets about to be exposed, Violet heads to Madrid to search out her old flame Andres and get some answers. For five years Andres has been waiting for her, and now that his marriage is coming to an end, hhe hopes Violet will be his again. But Violet is harbouring feelings for another man, a man that very recently made his intentions clear. Meanwhile, Lily and Alejandro's wedding is put in jeopardy when Gustavo makes yet more moves to win her back.

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Oh Violet! What have you got yourself into now! Violet was always a mysterious character in Dahlia and Lily's trilogies, and now she has her own it becomes clearer why. The details of her busienss are now clearer and some of the lines a little blurred. Though I'm still finding myself intrigued to know the answers to what exactly happened. There were some neat ties with Dahlia's story though in regards to just who it was that was a little on the dodgy side.

 Interestingly, considering her previous profession, Violet didn't spend a lot of time in bed with men in this book. In fact, she seemed to spend most of her time avoiding going to bed with one. The tension between Violet and Thomas worked well, especially when he laid his cards on the table and Violet refused to accept it.

There was an update on Dahllia and Lily as well, and certain things came back to haunt them both, putting the wedding in jeopardy. When it all came to light it did take me a moment to twig exactly what it was about, but again I thought it tied up previous events nicely. Plus the three girls together had me giggling in places with their banter!

Completely random point as well, but every time that Thomas said 'love' I had to read his words in a Yorkshire accent. He is British, and most of the time in my head he just spoke normally in my head, but every now and again it came out a bit Northern...showing my roots obviously!

Challenges: Winter COYER, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (1 Point)


Vivian Winslow

The Vi Trilogy, #1

The Gilded Flower Series, #7

Genre: Erotic Romance
Wild Violet is the first installment of The Vi Trilogy of the Gilded Flower Series.  Appearing in The Lily and Dahlia Trilogies of the Gilded Flower Series, Violet Rai, or Vi, is Lily and Dahlia Baron’s sharp-witted BFF, who is always up for a party and a hot guy.  But, in The Dahlia Trilogy, there are hints that Vi’s world is quickly coming apart, and her dark secret is about to be exposed. 

In this flashback story, Vi, the strikingly beautiful daughter of an Indian business magnate and English supermodel, is enjoying a privileged lifestyle in New York City while a college student at NYU.  Yet, in her senior year, Vi learns that her strict and traditional father intends to force upon her an arranged marriage and a career working for his conglomerate in Dubai.  When Vi is paired with sexy Spaniard, Andrés Costas, in her ballet class, not only does she find herself falling for him, but he introduces her to a shockingly different world—one that offers her the prospect of escaping her father’s plans, but at a price. 


Chapter 29
Vi takes a few deep breaths. She never prepared herself for the moment when she’d have to confess everything to her friends. Keeping secrets seemed natural for her, a form of self-protection, at least that’s how she saw it. As her life began to unravel, she couldn’t help but wonder if she had lived more openly, more honestly, whether she would’ve been able to avoid the trap that comes with leading a double life. What she didn’t foresee is that the price you pay for living such a life is that you cheat yourself and those who love you out of knowing you fully. Yet Vi can’t regret any of this. It’s done. All she can do now is seek forgiveness.
“I don’t know where to begin,” she says, leaning her arms on her legs, looking sincerely at Lily.
“Begin with how you got started in the business,” Lily says firmly.
“I knew a guy who did it.”
“That’s too vague. What’s his name?”
“Andrés Costas.”
“Wait, I know that name,” Dahlia interjects.
Vi nods, “I’m sure you do.”
Lily pauses. “You were at NYU?”
Vi nods. “He was in a dance class I was taking the summer before senior year.”
“And he just said, ‘hey you wanna be my pimp?’” Lily replies sarcastically.
Vi gives her a warning look. “Not like that. I never pimped him out. We started hanging out for a while. You might even say we dated.”
“You had a secret boyfriend?” Dahlia asks.
“Boyfriend is a stretch. We couldn’t be exclusive, but we kind of were. I wasn’t seeing anybody while we were together.”
“How long was that?” Lily grills.
“About six months.” Vi looks up at the ceiling, realizing how bad it all sounds when she’s saying it out loud. “But it wasn’t like we were dating like you and Jack were. We just hung out at my place, or went out occasionally to some local bar. It was easy and nice to have a friend.”
“And have you had any boyfriends since?”
“That’s irrelevant.” Vi grows defensive. “It has no bearing on what’s going on now.”
“I beg to differ,” Lily argues. “You’re supposed to reveal what you’ve been keeping from me.”
“No boyfriends,” Vi says flatly.
“Except Thomas,” Dahlia butts in.
Her friend gives her a warning look.
“What about Thomas?” Lily asks curiously.
“Nothing!” Vi replies, becoming frustrated by the turn in the conversation. “Aren’t we supposed to be discussing other things?”
“Thomas is someone else we only learned about this year.”
“And you’ve known each other a long time,” Dahlia adds. “He’s so in love with you, he doesn’t even bother hiding it when I bring it up.”
“You talk about me to him?” Vi is incredulous.
Dahlia shrugs her shoulder and feigns innocence. “Just briefly. I can tell the way you get all flushed and excited when he comes up that you feel something too.”
Vi shakes her head. “It’s not the same. We’ve known one another since we were young. That’s all. It would never work between us.”
“Why not?”
Vi runs her fingers along the armrest of her chair. “We’ve seen each other at our worst.”
Lily and Dahlia both begin to speak, but Vi holds up her finger. “Wait. I know some say that’s a good thing, but for us, it’s why we’d fail. I’m too jaded, and war broke him. I’m not going to fool myself into thinking our love could save us.”
“Oh my god, you just said it!” Dahlia squeals.
Vi looks away. “It was merely an expression.”
Lily scoffs. “Lying to yourself isn’t going to make the feelings go away.”
“That’s enough about Thomas. Let’s move on,” Vi tells them.



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.