WARNING: I might lose my mind over how much I loved the characters—all the characters—of this book. This is supposed to be a review post, but I canna guarantee that it won’t be filled with gushing about my OTP and Poppy Barron. You have been warned.
In the wake of the collapse of her father’s business empire, Flor, the gorgeous twenty-one year-old daughter of disgraced former Brazillionaire Gustavo de Lima, is forced to forge her own path in life.
Flor decides that none of it—the private jets, the vacation homes and the luxury cars—were real. Or at least they really didn’t matter. The only thing that’s real for Flor is her love of horses and her desire to go to veterinary school.
Heading into her final year of college, Flor seeks out the help of an unlikely benefactor to secure a summer internship working with horses. Arriving at the secluded Belo Horizonte ranch, Flor is awed not only by the majestic beauty of the place, but also by handsome cowboy and skilled horse trainer, Collin Taylor. Yet nothing is quite as it appears on the surface.
When the hidden past is revealed, will love end up blossoming for Flor?
Sometimes, running makes you a hero.
In Flor’s case, it brought her to Belo Horizonte ranch, a secluded and beautiful piece of heaven. And with her love for horses and her need to escape from the mess that was her old life, she settles in wonderfully with the absolutely amazing cast of people she finds working there.
While reading this book, I discovered instantly that I loved Flor de Lima. Her father Gustavo might have been a dickhead, but she was an amazing example of what I love to see in a NA woman. She was delicate and yet, when the situation called for it, she was fierce. She demanded to be heard almost as much as she couldn’t help but be seen. And most importantly, I love that she recognised what was toxic for her and didn’t stick to it; instead she chose to keep it from contaminating her mind and heart, and she chose to run.
Another character whom I completely did not expect to fall for was Poppy Baron. You may remember this woman as Lily and Dahlia’s manipulative, scheming mother, and so did I. At least until before I started reading this book. Poppy was…different in this book. I won’t reveal her connection to Flor, but here’s what I’ve learnt: People change. They may not make up completely for their past sins, but they try. And in trying, maybe they are redeemed. I’m not completely over what she did to her own children, but she was an absolute force of nature in Blossoming Flower, and I’m not going to think twice about saying that I am waiting to read more of this woman.
My new BAE, ladies and gents: meet Collin Taylor. This horse boy/ranch hand/absolute hottie OWNED me from the minute he entered the book. And from the looks of it, he also owned Flor, so he has two of us now if ever decides he wants to up his game. Their chemistry was slow and bubbling from the beginning—kind of a slow burn until the time they both, um, explode. Up until then, I loved the fact that they actually got to know each other before jumping into bed. They enjoyed each other’s company and all the while, I was all like KISS KISS KISS and they were al like, ‘yo whats’ up, you cool, girl.’
There are a shit ton of characters I’d love to see more of. There’s Eddie (Collin’s best friend), Suzzanne (the mystery) and of course Paco (the mystery #2). Wildflowers is a serious so hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more of not only these characters, but also Collin and Flor. The end was kind of open-ended for a HEA, but also leaves the reader with a lot of hope. My favourite type of ending 🙂
With Blossoming Flower, I know for sure that Vivian Winslow can easily tackle both adult and new adult characters with her usual finesse and unique writing style. Her characters have a special place in my heart, owing to the fact that her women face the world head-on and her men are the soonest, classiest men ever (even and especially if they’re the bad guys). Personally, I’m very very excited for the rest of the series—if only I could know when they’re going to be in my hands, dammit!
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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.