The Lily Trilogy (The Gilded Flower Series Books 1 – 3)
Lily Baron is crushed when she walks in on her fiancé Jack having sex with her sister the night before their wedding. Heartbroken, and needing to get away from the elite social circles she belongs to she decides to go on her Rio honeymoon alone to pull herself together.
When I started reading about Lily I initially didn’t connect with her character at all. She struck me as a socialite who was just worried about what everyone thought, and was devoid of any real personality. I am happy to say my opinion of her changed as she spent time in Rio. She began to show some strength and independence which made her character much more attractive.
Winslow is writing a character that is on a path to self-discovery. In Gilded Lily it is a discovery of her sensual side. When she begins a short affair with a married man named Gustavo, she finds a side to herself she didn’t know existed. It seems like Lily is on her way to making bigger discoveries. As a reader I am anxious to see her take charge of her life and challenge what is expected of her. This is a short read, and to me it is a setup for bigger things. I enjoyed the story so far, but I am more excited to see where Winslow takes it next.
Lily has taken over at the helm of the family business since her father’s stroke. The business is struggling a little, and there is the possibility of a takeover on the horizon. What takes her off guard is the man who wants to buy her out.
I was impressed with the way that Lily threw herself into the family business to help her father; it showed the strength of her character. On the romantic front she is in shambles. Gustavo has reentered her life and turned it upside down. I find myself rooting for Lily in hopes that she finds what she is looking for in life.
There were some twists and turns in this book thanks to Winslow. She was easily able to display the turmoil that Lily was going through. Lily steps up to run the business, but I think she is unsure if that is what she wants to do in life. Romantically her relationship with Gustavo is on equally shakable ground. There is no doubt they have feelings toward each other, but I have to question whether he is good for her. Once again readers are left at the edge of the cliff wondering what is in store for Lily.
Lily has weathered the storm of a hostile company takeover, but she has come out of it a little battered. She takes time out with her sister and best friend to vacation, gather herself and figure out what comes next. Her relaxing time away changes when she comes face to face with the handsome man who turned her down a short time ago.
Lily is finally starting to take control of her life and getting rid of all the things that are hindering her. Every time we encounter Lily she isn’t changing who she is at the core, but she is moving forward and learning who she is and what she needs to be happy. I love the fact that this character is resilient.
I was so excited to see how things turned out for Lily, but there were times I was really afraid she would compromise who she was deep down inside. I must admit Winslow really kept me guessing until the end! I was surprised at how much I ended up connecting to Lily’s character throughout the series. There was drama, heat, and excitement in this series, but what really drew me was Lily’s transformation. In the end that is what kept me coming back for more. I loved how things turned out for Lily, and now I must say my attention has turned to Dahlia. Lily has found what she was looking for, but will her twin find happiness? I look forward to seeing more from Winslow very soon!
Publication Date: August 23, 2014
THE COMPLETE LILY TRILOGY OF THE GILDED FLOWER SERIES — Contains all three books: Gilded Lily, Calla Lily, and Tiger Lily.
“THIS trilogy made my Summer! It was a perfect, erotic and exotic escape . . . Whether you’re stuck at home working this summer or out on vacation AT a beach, this is a perfect, steamy, page-turning read! 5 stars!” – Booknatics
“. . . perfect read if you are looking for something short, fun, hot, and steamy. I have enjoyed the Gilded Flower series and I am hooked.” – Book Happiness
“This series is a must read and is a great contender for the Brit Nanny Reads Best Reads 2014!” – Brit Nanny Reads
Gilded Lily (Book 1)- 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?
Calla Lily (Book 2) – Having experienced a profound personal and sexual awakening during her solo honeymoon to Brazil, New York socialite Lily Baron rushes back to New York upon hearing the news that her father has fallen ill. Now, Lily must take the helm of the Baron Media empire and fend off a high-stakes hostile takeover attempt. With the fate of the company hanging in the balance, will Lily be able to resist the advances of the luring, unwanted suitor in the boardroom as well as the bedroom? Things get steamy in this highly anticipated sequel to Gilded Lily.
Tiger Lily (Book 3) – Weary from battling a hostile takeover attempt of her family’s company, Lily seeks a distraction in Todd, an erstwhile bartender with a large trust fund and magical tongue. Meanwhile, a connection seems to be developing between Lily and Alejandro, a wealthy and gorgeous Cuban-American, whose brother, Rodrigo, is dating Lily’s twin sister, Dahlia. When Alejandro unexpectedly rebuffs Lily one night, she is deeply dismayed. But, after seeing Alejandro’s picture with a gorgeous Latina model in the gossip pages, Lily thinks it wasn’t just a misunderstanding. When the sisters and brothers reunite in Aspen for a ski weekend, will Lily’s heart remain frozen or will the fire between her and Alejandro rekindle and melt away the ice?
DON’T MISS THE DAHLIA TRILOGY OF THE GILDED FLOWER SERIES. ALL THREE BOOKS (BLUE DAHLIA, BLACK DAHLIA AND RED DAHLIA) NOW AVAILABLE.
ALSO AVAILABLE – WILD VIOLET AND HIDDEN VIOLET, THE FIRST TWO BOOKS OF THE VIOLET TRILOGY OF THE GILDED FLOWER SERIES. COMING SOON – TRUE VIOLET, THE FINAL INSTALLMENT OF THE VIOLET TRILOGY OF THE GILDED FLOWER SERIES