Thursday, July 17, 2014

Calla Lily (Gilded Lily #2) by Vivian Winslow

Title: Calla Lily (Gilded Lily #2)
Author: Vivian Winslow 
Release Date: 21 June 2014
Series or Standalone: Series
Genre: New Adult Erotica
Rating: ♥♥♥

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.

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My thoughts:
This installment of the series seems to be focused on learning the truth: why Lily’s sister did what she did, the financial status of Baron Media, Gustavo de Lima’s role in the future of Baron Media, and who is giving him information on Lily.

Ever since her trip to Rio, Lily has experienced a sexual awakening, and has taken to hooking up again with Todd, until a chance encounter with Gustavo lands them back together again (in a way). Lily decides to chance being the other woman, until she learns the reason why Gustavo is in town (and perhaps in her life). After that betrayal, Lily and friends are bound for a quick trip to Miami, where Lily meets Alejandro, brother of Dahlia’s newest love interest. Sparks fly between Lily and Alejandro, but will there be anything more between them?

I liked this installment, but not as much as the first one in the series (Gilded Lily). I was hoping for more drama and angst between Lily and Gustavo. There was some drama, but it was over so quick it’s like it never really happened; I get that Lily is finding her groove sexually now that she’s no longer with Jack, but she’s bed hopping too frequently and with too many guys in such a short span it’s a little off-putting; not to mention no one is using any kind of protection; I’m sorry, but the rhythm method has never been all that successful. The sex scenes are hot, except for when Lily licks her breasts. I’ve never found that to be hot (but of course I’m not a guy, so what do I know?)

Overall not a bad story, but again, I thought I was going to be reading a continuation of Lily and Gustavo’s story.
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

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