Review of the Dahlia Trilogy by Vivian Winslow

Hello readers,

Today I’m featuring The Dahlia Trilogy from the Gilded Flower series. I have reviewed each book individually so please continue reading to find out what I thought about each book.

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Blue Dahlia (Book 1 of the Dahlia Trilogy) – New York socialite Dahlia Baron is falling for her Latin lover, Rodrigo Cruz, the scion of the Mama Linda Latin foods empire, and hopes to take the relationship to the next level. But there’s a dark secret that she must deal with first in order to truly give her heart to him. When Dahlia visits the man from her past, will the undercurrents of her emotions let her go to Rodrigo or will they pull her back to the one person who stands between them?

My review:

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I’m pleasantly surprised with the fact that the book is fast paced, easy to follow, and begins with a promising plot. Definitely appreciative of the fact that the story moves along quickly and doesn’t drag on.

The characters are easy to understand and are so believable I could picture myself being friends with these women. Vivian did a wonderful job at creating fun, upbeat characters that add to the plot instead of taking from it.

The opening scene introduces us to Dahlia—a take no-nonsense type of woman—who is self-assured and knows exactly who she is and what she wants. Upon further reading, we uncover that she has a mission to complete and some final doors to close. I’m immediately intrigued by Dahlia’s mission, and when Shane finally comes into the picture I’m mystified. I’m wondering who he is and why she’s there to meet with him.

The way Vivian describes him makes me wish he was real. Hot surfer type. Yeah, I can totally picture him in my head. The tension between Shane and Dahlia keep me on the edge of my seat the entire time, and when they finally take steps further I’m struck by a mix of emotions. On one hand I’m thrilled that she gives into temptation, but at the same time I can’t help but feel bad for Rodrigo.

By this point I’m not sure who I should be rooting for? Rodrigo? Shane? If left to me I wouldn’t know who to choose. Seriously, how do you choose between two equally hot guys with amazing qualities? Especially when they both love you?

Talk about a dilemma.

The sex scenes were varied and, well, hot. Had to fan myself a couple of times.

By the end of the book I was completely under the spell of Dahlia’s world and wanted nothing more than to continue reading to find out what the next chapter held for her.

Overall, I enjoyed Blue Dahlia very much.

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Black Dahlia (Book 2 of the Dahlia Trilogy) – Grieving from a tragic loss, a deeply depressed Dahlia retreats with her sister Lily and best friend Vi to a sun-soaked Indonesian paradise to heal. There, she meets soulful surfer Kai, who’s seeking to escape from the demons of his own past. Can the spiritual and physical connection between them put back together the pieces of Dahlia’s shattered heart?

My review:

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First chapter opens up…and it’s my worst nightmare. Dahlia finds happiness—and closure, with Shane, and in a flash it’s gone. I can honestly say I did not see that coming. I’m heartbroken over this turn of events, but at the same time ’m left guessing where Dahlia’s headed next. How will she get her life back on track?

I’m intrigued. Anxious. And hopeful that she will find her happy ending.

The story moves along and, well, she’s unable to fill the void. Until Sebastian pays her a visit that is. It seems to me like Dalia might have moved on a little too fast. However, I’ve never been struck down by grief the way she was so who is to know how I would’ve dealt with that kind of pain and suffering, and anger.

Dahlia’s relationship was so sweet and great for her. He was one of the best added bonuses in a book, ever. The way he helped ease her out of her despair. The way he got her enjoying life again. I totally loved how they were there for one another, repairing their sense of helplessness and upgrading it to something less confusing and painful. Although I knew their brief relationship would end eventually, I was still hopeful they’d see one another again. Maybe in the near future? But even if they don’t, it doesn’t take away from the actual story, but leaves me with a good impression.

Sometimes, when you’re down on your luck and feeling miserable, it’s good to have a guardian angel willing to help set you back on your feet.

The ending? Talk about sending me into another tailspin! I was definitely not prepared for that added twist at the end. I wasn’t expecting Shane’s betrayal either. I had such a good impression of him and his poor judgment made me see him in a new, less favorable light.

Overall, this was a fantastic read. It kept me invested from beginning to end.

Two thumbs up for Vivian Winslow.

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Red Dahlia (Book 3 of the Dahlia Trilogy) – Having discovered her mother’s and Shane’s devastating betrayal, a determined Dahlia seeks to find what was taken from her and to chart a new life for herself. With the help of Vi’s friend, Englishman Thomas Squires, a dashing and enigmatic clandestine operative, Dahlia chases leads across London and Paris. Will Dahlia be able to right the wrong and allow herself to love again?

My review:

~~~ This review contains no spoilers ~~~

In the third installment to The Dahlia Trilogy, we find our heroine engrossed in another mission. This time there’s a lot more at stake. She has a lot of things motivating her forward, including her anger at the people who betrayed her. But she won’t allow her pain to get in the way of what she has to do.

She deals with her problems and most of her emotions head on, putting up a brave face no matter what. I like that about Dahlia. She isn’t all talk. She doesn’t let her fears cloud her judgments either. When she gets something stuck in her head she goes for it.

When she needs to close that door with Rodrigo, she sets out to do just that. And yes, I loved how she rocked his world right before they part ways.

There’s plenty of steamy, sexy, temperature rising scenes for those erotic romance lovers—such as myself. Drama and a little suspense for those who want a little more out of a well-written story.

I love happy endings and Red Dahlia doesn’t lack one.

Dahlia certainly knows how to handle herself and I’m glad that in the end she finds the best way to resolve every issue in her life and closes several doors to her past, leaving room for others to open up to a better, brighter future.

Loved the Dahlia Trilogy, and will most definitely be moving on to other books in the series.

About the author: IMG_0828

Vivian Winslow was born and raised in Southern California. Before becoming a writer, she made a career out of moving around the world every couple of years thanks to her husband’s job. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two elementary school age children, and is grateful to finally have a place to call home for more than two years. New York is the perfect city to indulge her love of shopping, the arts and especially food. If she’s not at home writing or running around the city with her kids, you’ll most likely find her indulging in pizza on the Lower East Side or having a cocktail at her favorite bar in Alphabet City. That said, she’s still a California girl at heart and would gladly trade in her heels for a pair of flip-flops to catch a sunset on the beach.

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