Friday, April 12, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Love's Forbidden Flower

Love's Forbidden Flower 
by Diane Rinella
Publication: November 28th 2012
by Midnight to Six
Genre: Edgy/New Adult Romance

The heart cares not what society forbids.

Lily nurtures a secret love for a flawless man—the one who is her soul mate. Donovan is gorgeous, charismatic, and delights in all of Lily’s talents and quirks. Their innate knowledge of each other is almost telepathic. Together they interlock like fine threads creating luxurious silk.

But society dictates this picture-perfect adoration is the ghastliest of all possibilities.

As Lily embarks on a quest for the romance the heavens intended, her suitor turns reluctant. Desperate to uncover why Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hiding decayed from a tender-hearted gentleman into a ferociously self-serving, cocky bastard, Lily is prepared for battle when it comes to the salvation of her soul mate. However, Donovan traps Lily in a mental game of chess, leaving her to question his sanity. When Lily’s revelations about Donovan’s destructive alter ego lead to an unconceivable truth, can she help Donovan survive fate’s cruel joke?

Impassioned, witty, and deeply moving, Love’s Forbidden Flower is filled with stunning controversies that will forever haunt your heart.

My Thoughts:

What to say about this book? First of all, as it says in the description, the subject is edgy. Definitely not for everyone.

Lily and Donovan are in love and are perfect for each other. That would be amazing if there wasn't a little problem... Lily and Donovan are sister and brother.
(no spoilers here since we find out about this in the second page of the book)

Of course, and as I always do for being a sucker for nice covers, I jumped blindly into this one. So, when I started it I felt a little shocked and thought about leaving it unfinished.

Although I decided to give it a chance, I continued and I really enjoyed it. 

The writing is beautiful, the characters are complex and emotional, very interesting and special in different and unique ways.
Lily is passionate and strong willed, she knows what she wants and tries to achieve it.
Donovan is the rational one, a little scared to show his feelings and act according to them and Christopher is funny, caring and charming.
Donovan and Lily's mother is funny too, her obsession with British men is weird though. And their dad... well ... always pushing Donovan to be the best and do what he wants instead of what Donovan likes, I didn't like him whatsoever but I guess he adds to the story.

This delicate subject is treated in a good way, so that it flows smoothly and it's not that shocking or disturbing.

I would recommend this book, it's different. But you need to be aware of what you are getting into :)
Happy reading!

Enjoying San Francisco as a backdrop, the ghosts in Diane’s 150-year old Victorian home augment the chorus in her head. With insomnia as their catalyst, these voices have become multifarious characters that haunt her well into the sun’s crowning hours, refusing to let go until they have manipulated her into succumbing to their whims. Her experiences as an actress, business owner, artisan cake designer, software project  manager, Internet radio disc jockey, vintage rock n’ roll journalist/fan girl, and lover of dark and quirky personalities influence her idiosyncratic writing.

She is currently completing the sequel to Love’s Forbidden Flower.

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  1. Hi Rhomy,

    Thank you for the lovely review. I appreciate your time and words. Thank you so much for reading. It truly means a lot.

    All the best,

    1. YW! I really enjoyed your book! Looking forward to reading the sequel!

  2. Not sure if I'd like it, but I applaud the author for doing something edgy.

  3. Another great review :). The cover is pretty.



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