Monday, April 4, 2016

Forbidden Rose by Vivian Winslow

Rosa Cruz, the fiery and ultra-sexy heiress of the Mama Linda Latin foods empire, is determined to create something on her own and not rely solely on her family's name and legacy. For her new upscale restaurant in the trendy Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, she enlists the help of her childhood friend, the hot, young Cuban-American chef, Eliseo Perez, who's already made a name for himself on the New York culinary scene. Despite Rosa's reservations about a forbidden workplace romance with her new employee, not to mention longtime friend, the chemistry between them is undeniable. When the cooking starts, things quickly heat up in the kitchen and the bedroom. But with Eliseo's troubled past coming back to haunt him, can Rosa and Eliseo hold onto love and keep the restaurant from going up in flames?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4.5 hot and delicious stars

Having read the Gilded Flower series – which I loved, I was very excited to read this story about the Cruz sister, Rosa – and get to see more of Lily and Dahlia in particular. Remembering how my emotions rose and fell during those books, I made sure I had a tissue to hand!

It took just a few minutes to get back into the world of these fabulous characters, based mainly in Miami. It was certainly a lot more than a friends to lovers story – although the romance was both loving and as chemistry laden as could be. The cooking scenes were delicious, and the whole opening a new business side of things was interesting – with fun bits like the PR session. I loved the family dynamics – and Rosa made some discoveries of her own about her feelings for her mother as she started to understand the kind of parenting that Eliseo had experienced. I love stories which give characters such insights into themselves via the revelations of others. As the drama increases, it is pretty tense for a while, but thankfully the reader's trust in Ms. Winslow is not misplaced. The story as a whole is very satisfying.

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 and her incurable wanderlust. 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 fashion, 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 eating at the newest restaurant in her beloved 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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Forbidden Rose (Wildflowers #2) by Vivian Winslow to read and review.

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