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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Review: Love's Forbidden Flower by Diane Rinella

Title: Love's Forbidden Flower
Author: Diane Rinella
Publication: November 28, 2012
Publisher: Midnight to Six
Source: Author/Publisher
Genre: Adult/New Adult edgy romance
Audience: 17 and up

Synopsis: 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: My first thoughts were "Is Lily in love with her brother?" and "I have to keep reading for an explanation." Lily’s feeling for her brother are forbidden. She tries not to focus on how society will view her feelings. If she thinks about it too much it will destroy her.  Lily is unsure as to Donovan’s feelings but his actions say that he feels the same about her as she does him. I was very interested to see how things pan out for lily and Donovan. Their relationship is very strong and when you put their kinship aside you see a very loving relationship. This is a wonderful story with themes I imagine no other author would touch. Don’t be afraid to pick this one up because of taboo themes. You will not be disappointed by this read.  Follow the tour to see what other bloggers are saying about Love's Forbidden Flower.

Author Bio:
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. Thank you, Ashna, for this wonderful post. All the best to you!

  2. What a beautiful cover! This book sounds very interesting especially with a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hiding thrown into the mix.

  3. Ooohhh I want to read this one!! And the cover is very beautiful!! I'm definitely adding this to my wish list! I don't have an e-reader so I'm so crossing my fingers for a print copy!! :) Awesome giveaway and thank you for a chance to win this great book!

  4. This sounds very interesting, and definitely different from the usual sort of books we see advertised all of the time. I'd definitely like to check this book out sometime.

  5. I love the cover, I will be adding it to my list. Thank you. (=

  6. Huh? Sounded great till you said brother. I might have to check this out just to see how she pulls this off!

  7. Definitely one I'd enjoy. I've got to admit though when I read VC Andrews "Flowers in the Attic" as a YA this subject definitely made me very uncomfortable so I'm curious to see how I'll react with nearly 40 more years under my belt.

  8. I love the cover and the idea of the story. Great review too! <3

  9. Wow I really love this book the review is awesome.

  10. Wait?! What?!!?! He's her brother!?!? That sucks. I hope this book has a happy ending.

  11. This sounds like a very interesting read! I really can't wait to read this one. Thank you for sharing the honest review.

  12. What a tough topic... I think if done right, this could be a great book. Very risky move. Thanks for the review!

    Christina @ Ensconced in YA

  13. This sounds a lot like Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, which was a pretty good read. This topic always makes me uncomfortable, but that's what makes a book great. I'll give it go!

  14. I received this book as a First Reads from Goodreads and agree that if you suspend your squicky feelings and just look at Lilly's and Donovan's relationship as a couple it does seem like a really sweet and loving relationship. It's a kinda long book, but I give props to Diane for tackling a rarely-touched topic a la VC Andrews in Flowers in the Attic (and subsequent books). I've also heard there's a sequel in the works...