Monday, January 26, 2015

The Lily Trilogy by Vivian Winslow - Book Review

**I was given a copy of this trilogy in exchange for an honest review**

The Lily Trilogy is three books in the Gilded Flower series by Vivian Winslow.They can be read as stand-alones from the rest of the series.

The Lily Trilogy tells the story of Lily Baron, a blonde, beautiful New York socialite with endless amounts of money. She has, in her opinion, the perfect life. Until one fateful day when her sheltered little bubble just bursts and leaves her a broken woman.

Hurt and betrayed, Lily decides she's going to move on with her life by taking a trip. A trip that will change her life... but for better or for worse? You'll have to read the trilogy to discover the answer.

So I'd like to start off with some of the likes and dislikes I had with this trilogy. Here we go...

Likes: Short, easy read. Lily's take charge attitude after what happens(not letting it bring her down too much), the descriptions of the locations she travels to.

Dislikes: Lily's parents, Lily's fiance, Gustavo, the over-abundance(in my personal opinion) of adult content(which I have no problem with as long as that's not the entire plot), certain wording during the sexy scenes, some of the grammar that needed fixed.

Okay, so the trilogy is, as I stated above, a short, easy read. You can probably get through all three books in a day or less, depending on what you have going on. I guess you could call these more novellas than actual novels, but that's a bit irrelevant, I suppose.

Lily, for the most part, isn't a bad character. She is a woman scorned, but she doesn't sit around moping about it too much. She decides she's going to travel and attempt to move on, and I liked that about her. Although after she lands in Rio, which is where she heads on her vacation, she does get a little bit hermit-like, holing up in the hotel instead of exploring. That does change eventually, though. I also thought she took things a bit too far with her constant hooking up with men. I assume it was to feel something after being hurt and betrayed, but I thought she got a bit carried away.

Lily's parents, mostly her mother, are kind of unlikeable. Her mother just seems like a cold-hearted bitch who doesn't care about her daughter's feelings. Lily's father just seems a bit indifferent to it all. Neither is really redeemable in any way.

Lily's fiance is the whole reason the story takes off in the direction it does. He's basically an asshole, and I don't think anyone would like him.

Gustavo, a character Lily meets in Rio, is probably one of the most annoying, obnoxious characters I've ever read in a book. He really grated on my nerves, especially with his attitude towards basically everything. He's rich, good-looking, and basically expects everyone to fawn over him like he's some sort of god. Blech.

I don't want to spoil anything or give too much away, so I'll try and keep the rest of this short. Plot-wise, I felt the book started off strong enough, but started to fizzle once Lily reached Rio. It seemed like the main plot of the story got pushed aside, and the adult content took over. I felt like every other chapter had sex in it, and it lasted forever. Now, I have no issues with sex in novels, or any kind of adult content. However, I felt it was a bit too much, and I would've liked a little more main plot(Lily's life and things of that nature) and less of the sexy times.

Another thing that bothered me was the wording used for the sex scenes. There are certain words/phrases that I just cannot deal with when reading erotic/romance novels. Unfortunately for me, the Lily trilogy had a bit too many of them, and it sort of took away my enjoyment of the books.

Overall, the trilogy wasn't bad, but I think, personally, it could have been a smidge better. I did like it, for the most part, but I was expecting a little more out of it and was kind of disappointed. I'd rate the Lily trilogy a total of 3 out of 5 stars.

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