Welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal 🙂 I have Vivian Winslow’s The Violet Trilogy here today and OMG IT’S OVER I CAN’T EVEN. You can enjoy the review, read about the book and enter the giveaway and I’ll just be around here crying 😥
Appearing in The Lily and Dahlia Trilogies of Vivian Winslow’s incredibly steamy 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.
Wild Violet (Book 1): 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.
Hidden Violet (Book 2): With her hidden past about to be exposed, Vi turns to her longtime friend and confidant, Thomas Squires, for help. Yet, they may just risk exposing their feelings for each other in the process. When Lily’s engagement to Alejandro is threatened by ex-lover Gustavo, Vi is forced to come clean with her best friend and possibly destroy the lives of those she loves. Now that her secrets are no longer hidden, Vi faces the most difficult challenge yet—how to build a new life for herself outside of the shadows.
True Violet (Book 3): Things are heating up for Vi in Dubai, and it’s not just the desert climate. Vi is starting to come into her own—having the hottest sex of her life and poised to take over her father’s multinational conglomerate. Yet, her suspicions are confirmed when she uncovers a plot to destroy not just her but her best friends’ lives. With an unlikely ally, Vi seeks to ruin those behind the plot. Will Vi be able to have it all and find her lasting happiness in the arms of the man she loves?
* Each trilogy of The Gilded Flower Series may be read independently, though the background from the earlier trilogies may be helpful to the reader. The Lily Trilogy is the first in the series, followed by The Dahlia Trilogy and then The Violet Trilogy. The entire Gilded Flower Series is now available.*
I highly doubt I’d ever be able to express the sheer barrage of emotions I felt while I read this book. Violet Rai has been the most mysterious in the trio of friends. And I also just knew from the start that she’d be my favourite character.
And. She. Is.
With everything that’s revealed in the Lily and Dahlia trilogies about Violet, a few things were made pretty clear: She was secretive on purpose. She was a commitment-phobe. And probably the most important of all: She’d been burnt badly before.
Wild Violet (Book One) basically tracks how Violet was in college. She was a Math major and that shows just how smart she was, if not determined. And as the name suggests, she was fucking wild. The book begins in an excellent place, with Vi in a dance class, and being wooed by a certain Andrés Costas. Now here’s the thing about Andrés. HE SUCKED. And that’s saying something because the chemistry he had with Violet was enough to burn a house down. (Mine, specifically). But gah. I never liked him, somehow. He had this condescending edge to him that I hated, honestly, and I couldn’t look beyond that, so maybe that corrupted my judgement. Nonetheless, Violet got into some serious stuff because of Andrés’ influence and again, I kind of sort of blamed him for it. Unfair, I know, but that was the way I was thinking.
Hidden Violet (Book Two) featured a lot more about Vi and her sketchy past, and was probably my favourite of the lot. Here, Violet turns to Thomas Squires for help and HOLY SHIT THOMAS SQUIRES. He’s always been my favourite man from all the men we’ve seen in the entire series, and with good reason. He’s smart and witty (as a detective I suppose he has to be) but he’s also kind and compassionate. And I think we got to see a lot more of this pair in Hidden Violet but yet, to me it wasn’t enough. I wanted more and more and more of Thomas and Violet because GODDAMN THEY WERE PERFECT TOGETHER.
And the final book of the trilogy was True Violet (Book Three) which true to its name, shows us the true side of Violet Rai. She was independent and strong and fantastic. She partially took over her
tyrrant father’s business and she did it quite well, might I add. But she also was brave enough to accept her mistakes and face the consequences of the choices she had made in her life. And I loved that. I loved that she didn’t shy away from anything she did and actually helped Lily and Dahlia as she had all along. The book had so many twists and turns and unexpected everything! And also, we met Samir whom I loved. NOT MORE THAN THOMAS but I by the end of the book, I really, really loved Samir. He was pragmatic and hot and the sexiest CFO I’ve had the pleasure of reading.
Towards whom Violet’s heart guided her is for you readers to find out but if I may say so, I was really, truly happy for her and as a reader, I was content with her choice. It was meant to be. By the end of the book, I had melted into a pile of mush onto my bedspread 🙂 All in all, I’m sorry to see the story of these three best friends end (I really, really loved them all, GODDAMIT) BUT Vivian Winslow is just truly remarkable in her ability to write and I’m eager to read all her headstrong women and swoon, panty-melting men 🙂
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Up for Grabs!
- (4) x $10 Starbucks Gift Card
- (2) x ebook copies of The Lily Trilogy by Vivian Winslow
- (2) x ebook copies of The Dahlia Trilogy by Vivian Winslow
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 and her incurable wanderlust. 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 fashion, 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 eating at the newest restaurant in her beloved 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.