Thursday, 11 April 2013

Book Review: Love's Forbidden Flower by Diane Rinella - BLOG TOUR

Today I have my stop on this tour for Love's Forbidden Flower, a review about forbidden love and a happy ever after. Plus as always, a giveaway at the bottom.

Title: Love's Forbidden Flower
Series: Forbidden Flower #1
Author: Diane Rinella
Publisher: Midnight to Six
Release Date: 28th November 2012
Genre: Edgy Adult/New Adult Romance
Format: eBook
Source: provided by Author via Xpresso Book Tours for an honest review

PLEASE NOTE: this book is intended for 17+ readers and is considered an Adult/New Adult edgy 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 Review

Wow, where to start. I really loved the writing style of Ms Rinella and found it so very easy to read and such an emotional roller-coaster. The taboo subject matter of this book was tough to put at the back of my mind while trying to read this intense love story. Society does not accept and genetically it cannot happen, but sibling love and romantic relationships do exist. This book covers the love story and I really felt for Lily throughout; I could imagine her broken heart over and over again.

Lilyanna (Lily) a 16 year old and her brother Donovan, a 17 year old, have had a connection like no other. They have been best friends since they were born and have been able to tell each other all of their secrets. But something has changed. In the last month or so, their feelings have escalated and turned intimate. When they muck around with the football or whisper secrets, their heart rates increase and breathing quickens. Knowing it is forbidden; they hide their feelings and try to continue.

New Year’s Eve comes around and they are determined to be together, but Donovan has second thoughts and stands Lily up. Devastated, destroyed and heart-broken, Lily doesn’t understand what has changed and why Donovan would so blatantly do a 180 on his feelings. Donovan has turned into his evil twin and is hurting everybody he comes in contact with.

Refusing to admit or reject his feelings, Donovan continues on his warpath and Lily tries to have a normal life once again. Donovan leaves and goes off to college and this give the household the reprieve they needed from the moody and angry Donovan. Lily decides to stop moping and gets a highly desired job in a bakery. Her dreams appear to be coming true, finding her dream job over the Summer and a new love in Christopher, an Englishman new to the country.

Donovan is always in the back of her mind and her feelings never dissolve, but her love for Christopher increases and soon they are inseparable. Donovan also tries to move on and finds some girls, but they are never the same of Lilyanna.

Will Donovan and Lily finally ignore society’s negativity and be together? Will their love last? What about Lily and Christopher, is it a forever love?

This book has such an intense emotional romance that you can’t help but keep reading to find out if Lily will find her true happiness in the end. Poor Lily and her delicate heart, I am not sure how she survives throughout with the tug-of-war, but MAN at the end I went “OOOOHHHHH” what a read. I can’t wait for the sequel Time’s Forbidden Flower.


About the Author

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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Tour Giveaway

One (1) signed copy of Love's Forbidden Flower and Bookmark (US ONLY)
Five (5) eBook copies (INTL)

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1 comment:

  1. Katie, Thank you so much for this wonderful, and well thought out, review. I really appreciate the time you took to read, review, and post. The fact that you enjoyed it is a bonus.

    All the best to you,