Crónicas de uma Leitora: REVIEW | RED DAHLIA | VIVIAN WINSLOW

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REVIEW | RED DAHLIA | VIVIAN WINSLOW







Red Dahlia
Vivian Winslow
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: December 03, 2014

Purchase: Amazon US 


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?

Mature readers only. 18+




Excerpt

Red Dahlia
Gilded Flower Series
By Vivian Winslow

Prologue


My Dearest Dahlia,

I hate that I’ve waited so long to tell you this. Hell, I hate myself for what I’ve done. This is the tenth letter I’ve written you. Each time I promise myself I’ll send it, but I don’t.

She’s still alive, Dahlia! Our daughter, Marissa, is alive. Remember when your mother arranged her transfer to the NICU in a nearby hospital and told you she died a few days later? It wasn’t true.

I visited her everyday that she was there. Then one day, she was gone. A nurse told me that she had been transferred to another hospital, but I couldn’t figure out where. I contacted your mother who came to see me with a lawyer. She offered me a lot of money if I’d give her up. At the time I refused. I couldn’t do that. But you ended things when I went to see you later that day to tell you what happened. You were done with me. Your mother was right. I was a complete fuck-up and loser. I felt like shit. It was my fault you were in such bad shape. I was never there for you. How could I be there for our baby? I couldn’t be the father I wanted to be. I was broke, and she told me she would revoke your trust fund and leave you penniless. I couldn’t do that to you.

You think your parents gave me money as some consolation prize if I dropped out of your life. They were also buying my silence. I signed my life away to them. If I ever told you about Marissa, your mother swore I’d pay and my family would suffer. Back then my mom couldn’t pay her rent and the government was giving her a hard time about survivor benefits. Somehow, your mother magically made the issues disappear. Her influence was that deep, but I don’t need to tell you that. I knew that she would make my life miserable if I ever told you the truth.

I hit bottom after you left. It took me a long time to clean up and figure out what I was going to do with my life. Once I did, I realized my goal was to make things right for you and our daughter. If only I had worked it out sooner, maybe it would’ve been different for us. I regret giving up the two of you. A better person would’ve refused your mother’s offer. But I wasn’t that man then. I don’t know if I can ever convince you of how much I love you and will always love you.

I’ve tried to find Marissa. I even hired an investigator, but came up with nothing. Your mother doesn’t want her found.

Maybe, if we find each other again, we’ll be able to search for her together.

All my Love,

Shane

*glares at the screen* eeekk it’s past midnight already??? I only had two cups of coffee today, give me a break Wednesday, I deserve one!

*sigh*

So, Red Dahlia! It was great to read a more light and closure episode of Dahlia. After such rage and sadness with the second one, the last bit of Dahlia’s story is more action packed and had more feelings.
Unlike the other novels from the series, this one had some mystery and it was nice to see Dahlia’s life take shape once again. She is a very sympathetic character, very loyal to her sister and friend. Vivian Winslow’s plot is starting to mature and taking shape. At the beginning her writing and plot were mostly erotic, but with the second instalment of this series she proved she could write beautiful things with plenty of feelings.
In Red Dahlia she takes a risk and makes the plot about a mystery and an investigation without losing focus of Dahlia’s life. The third book is more about letting go of the past than the second one. In the second one you could feel the struggle and the emotional turmoil that was Dahlia’s mind. It is amazing how Dahlia suffers, she lost her husband, her child and she learns to let go and accept the future for what it is.
Also Gustavo and Dahlia’s mother are clearly the villains and Gustavo is one of those villains that will disgust you until you throw up your guts. Dahlia’s mom… what a heartless cruel bitch!

Even though I have said it before, I am kind of proud of myself for taking a chance to say that Vivian Winslow was slowly rising as a writer and while she is exploring new things and new themes, it’s becoming clear that she is creating an identity and slowly finding herself and her voice. It’s always a risk when you bet on an author because they can let you down sometimes, but really all the elements were there. Winslow has got all figured out to create a really good novel and while some reviewers are way more excited than I am with their reviews, I always find a new kind of delight when reading Winslow’s novels, whether it is an emotional roller-coaster that will leave you sobbing or a sex scene that will make your cheeks burn hot, just like that scene.
Also I only have three states are a reader the: I worship you, you are my God’s level; the:  I like this author, I want more and then: I want to offer this author a nice cup of cyanide tea. And while Winslow is still in the: I want to read more, I am rooting for her to climb my Godlike level.

Now, I’m off to bed, I can’t feel my bones! (and I just said this with a very sexy scottish accent)
On the bright side tomorrow there will be bacon… and probably sexy dragons!





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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