The Gilded Flower series by Vivian Winslow
Date of Publishing (Gilded Lily): May 18th, 2014
(Calla Lily): June 21st, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Erotica
My Rating (Gilded Lily): ★★★
(Calla Lily): ★★★
After catching her fiancé Jack in bed with her sister the day before her wedding, New York socialite Lily Baron escapes to Rio, her honeymoon destination—alone. There, Marcelo, the dark and sexy hotel masseur, releases a heated passion Lily had never experienced with Jack. When Lily meets handsome and powerful Brazillionaire Gustavo de Lima, she can hardly resist him. There’s just one problem. He’s married. In this uber-sensual city, will Lily’s reluctance to be with a married man, in light of her own fiancé’s betrayal, give way to her burning desire for Gustavo?
Having experienced a profound personal and sexual awakening during her solo honeymoon to Brazil, New York socialite Lily Baron rushes back to New York upon hearing the news that her father has fallen ill. Now, Lily must take the helm of the Baron Media empire and fend off a high-stakes hostile takeover attempt. With the fate of the company hanging in the balance, will Lily be able to resist the advances of the luring, unwanted suitor in the boardroom as well as the bedroom?
See now this, THIS is what I’m talking about. Only a day ago, I was talking about what a smut slut I was becoming. And here is the proof.
You see, Vivian Winslow’s Gilded Flower series is custom made for shameless hoes. Like me, ya know? It’s like this woman knows exactly what I like to read when it comes to, ahem, erotic literature.
There’s no two ways about the fact that Lily Baron has her worst nightmare come to fruition right in front of her eyes—her twin Dahlia schemxin’ with her fiancé Jack. And Dahlia isn’t even remorseful! And their mom thinks it’s perfectly okay for a woman in a high-class society to have an infidel husband.
So, yeah. Familial support this woman does not have. And so, Lily does what every jilted bride should do—she goes off on her honeymoon. Alone.
Sexual Exploit #1
Todd. TODD. Oh god, Todd. Ooh, Todd.
Yeah. This was pretty much me (and Lily) during their time together. But, I’ll talk about Todd in my review of Tiger Lily because that’s when we really discover the oral sex God that is Todd.
Sexual Exploit #2
Marcello—the hotel masseur in Rio—is one of the most confusing characters I’ve ever read. He’s highly unprofessional (despite his claims stating otherwise) and if I ever met him, I’d take full advantage of said unprofessionalism. Know what I mean?
I mean, what women would refuse an absolutely hawt masseur who is concerned about YOUR needs, who will rock YOUR world and not ask for reciprocation? We NEED these kinds of men in the world, dammit!
Lily learns an entirely new, undiscovered side to her that she could have never known with Jack.
“Oral sex with Jack was like a sale at Bergdofs–twice a year and not really worth the time.”
Sexual Exploit #3
Lily meets Gustavo de Lima exactly when she needs to. They share a completely physical relationship but Lily feels more for Gustavo. She feels more than just a fuck buddy to him. And here’s the thing.
He does too.
But the thing about Gustavo? He’s married.
And his wife believes Lily is the whore in their marital bed.
“Remember I’m Brazilian. We take care of our women.”
Ya bruh. You take care of two.
In all honesty, I didn’t expect Lily to be with Gustavo once she came to know of his marital status. Considering the thing, that happened with her, it’s almost with disappointment that I say that I didn’t like that part one bit. Sure he’s hot and you know, Mr Big-Ass Money in Brazil but ungh. I just can’t get over the fact that Lily of all people could do that.
And when at the end of Gilded Lily, when she receives the phone call that changed her life (quite literally, too!), it is only a matter of time that Gustavo shows up at New York too.
But is it Lily he’s come for? Or is there more to Gustavo than we see?
Almost-Sexual Exploit #4
Alejandro is my favorite of all the men in this trilogy. He’s kind and sweet and hard working and dedicated and really, really hot.
Even though there hasn’t been a sexual exploit (yet), Alejandro strikes me as the type to be dominating yet considerate. The kind of guy to ease you into anal sex, you know?
Although there’s a lot of sex in these books, I honestly loved the banter that Dahlia and Vi—Lily’s friend—bought into the book. Both fun characters and they’re going to be getting their own books soon too!
Gilded Lily and Calla Lily have it all: Sexual frustration and relief, hot alpha males, love and laughs that all come together to make a story that is truly unforgettable in its genre. Go read it ad you can even kick me in the shins if you don’t like it.
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.
*I was provided a free ecopy of this book in exchange of an honest review. This does not however–in any way–influence my views of the book and the content of my review*