Friday, July 4, 2014

Book Review: Gilded Lily by Vivian Winslow (Gilded Flower #1)

Gilded Lily

By: Vivian Winslow

Gilded Flower Book #1

Reviewer: Sandra Long

Lily is a rich girl, newly graduated from college and getting ready to be married when, the night before her wedding, she catches her fiancé and her twin sister in the throes of hot sex. Broken hearted and angry, she calls off the wedding but not the honeymoon. It has been her lifelong dream to go to Rio and she decides since the trip is already paid for, she will go alone.

On the plane to Rio she meets an extremely handsome man who seems like an older man to her ( he is 38 to her 23 ) but she still finds him attractive even though she is not in the mood to talk to anyone. At the airport he offers her a ride to her hotel and seems to be following her. He told her that a beautiful woman alone in Rio was not safe but she fakes being married and tells him that her husband was just detained in the USA and will arrive shortly. She continues this charade at the hotel.

The first few days she does not leave the hotel, but really doesn’t need to as they have everything she wants for the time being. She eats her meals alone, lays out by the pool and has a daily 90 minute full body massage. Her masseuse was an extremely handsome young man whose massage technique included manual stimulation of her private parts to produce intense orgasms that she enjoyed so much she went for a massage every day. She wanted desperately to have an affair with him but he said no, it would cost him his job. 

The handsome stranger from the plane sees her at the hotel pool and tries to have a conversation with her but she is determined that she will not give in to her attraction to him because he is married. Near the end of her first week she finally decides to venture out into the town to eat lunch at a local restaurant. Again she runs into the handsome man from the airplane who now knows her name and knows there is no husband. He invites her to eat with him rather than both eating alone and she agrees. 

He then invites her to a party at his penthouse that night and she reluctantly agrees. His driver picks her up, again protecting her safety he tells her, and brings her to the penthouse but she soon learns she is the only guest. She spends the evening with him, learns his name—Gustovo—and he tells her that he and his wife have a don’t ask/don’t tell marriage so he feels comfortable in seeing other women when his wife is not around. Lily is very tempted but goes back to her hotel without having sex with him.

The following day she is tense and disturbed, talks to her best friend back home and learns that this handsome stranger she has been seeing is actually one of the richest men in the world. She goes for her massage but even that does not stop her frustration in trying to decide what to do about Gustovo. 

He calls and invites her to go with him for a 2 day get-away at one of his mansions. Just a 2 day mini-vacation she convinces herself and she goes.Their time together is what she has been wanting her entire adult life and never had with any other man, including her fiancé. But their time quickly comes to an end when his wife arrives unexpectedly at the hide-away and Lily’s family calls to tell her that her dad has had a stroke and she is needed at home to run the business—there is no one else. 

What will happen with these two ? Gustovo has told her that he has never felt for another woman what he feels for her, and her feelings for him are the same, but each has family needs that must come first—or do they ? This first book left me feeling like I had missed out on something, like there should have been more. Well written, but too short. 

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 spent most of the last two decades abroad, Vivian Winslow currently resides in New York City with her husband and two grade school-aged children. Her stories are heavily influenced by her ex-pat experiences. The Gilded Flower Series is her first foray into erotic romance.