BLACK DAHLIA IS THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF THE DAHLIA TRILOGY OF THE GILDED FLOWER SERIES.
Grieving from a tragic loss, a deeply depressed Dahlia retreats with her sister Lily and best friend Vi to a sun-soaked Indonesian paradise to heal. There, she meets soulful surfer Kai, who’s seeking to escape from the demons of his own past. Can the spiritual and physical connection between them put back together the pieces of Dahlia’s shattered heart?
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?
OH DEAR LORD THESE TWO BOOKS!
The only reason I’m featuring both Black Dahlia and Red Dahlia together is because I wanted to end my year with a bang. And even though I’ve tried hard to schedule these two as the very last review of 2014, I still have another review for the 31st…#EpicFail
Black Dahlia begins with something that was horrible. I couldn’t get past it and I had to literally read the prologue again and again to realize what had happened. For something that was a sure shot to me, the prologue was a shocker. It was painful and unexpected and I hated that Dahlia had to go through that. NO ONE in love—hell, no one EVER—should have to live through something like that and I just about set the book down, not wanting to pick it up for fear of what I knew was coming. Denial, pain and anger.
Black Dahlia was exactly that. Dark, brooding and filled with grief. When Vi and Lily suggest a little getaway to Dahlia, she finds herself being taken care of by a man I really wish it had worked out with for her. But obviously, home is home and she had to return to California.
I think the major part that called out to me was the fact that it is possible to conquer pain. It takes time and friends and love. And I was so, so happy that Dahlia seemed to be moving over her pain, when suddenly an unexpected twist in the story made me want to kill someone.
Virtually, of course.
Black Dahlia, like all its predecessors, leaves you hanging with a major twist and a lot of curiosity. And once you finish reading it? Pfft. You HAVE to read the rest 🙂
One thing I’ve learnt? Vivian Winslow is really good at giving her readers constant doses of mini cardiac arrests.
When I finally got around to reading Red Dahlia, I was (kind of) aware of what I was getting myself into. Time and time again, Miss Winslow has shown the capability to resolve all plot holes and give the reader some sort of closure. And for the first time since I’ve started reading the Gilded Flower series, I was genuinely scared of whether or not Dahlia would get the ending she deserved.
But of course, my fears were unnecessary. She got the peace in her life she deserved and the man she should have been with all along too!
Red Dahlia was more suspense than erotica. There were a lot of things about a lot of characters that I learnt and I’m amazed by how smoothly a lot about Vi was incorporated too. Absolute brilliance! I’m so, so excited to read Vi’s trilogy 😀
As usual, Miss Winslow has done an amazing job. Time and time again I fear that she won’t be able to give me what I want—which is really cruel, because I don’t know what I want out of this series too—but she delivers perfectly and manages to make me a very happy girl in the process too!
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.