Title: Forbidden Rose
Series: Wildflowers, Book 2
Publisher: Self- Published
Author: Vivian Winslow
Genre: Erotica, Contemporary Romance
★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!
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?
Forbidden Rose took a second to get use to, with the notch turned up a bit. I loved getting to know each of the characters in this read.
Rosa is such an independent woman, she doesn’t want to disappoint anyone, including herself. She takes life by the horns and goes with it.
Eliseo is an amazing chef, all because he took the time to realize he needed to get his life together. Coming back home from Miami, he knew he needed a change, but didn’t realize how much change would come to him when he moved.
This story not only paints a beautiful picture of the characters, but it makes you long for a trip to Miami. The plot is well developed, the story is one that you will feel like you personally know the characters. Come get lost in Miami with this read, just like I did. Now to wait for the next book in the series. Take me on a trip Vivian! I love it.
About the Author
Elizabeth Ann Hayes writes Romance under the pen name Vivian Winslow. Elizabeth was born in San Diego, California but has spent most of her adult life as the consummate wanderer. Her nomadic life took her abroad to Paris, Madrid, London, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and São Paulo. After eleven moves across four continents over a span of seventeen years, her journey brought her back to New York City in 2011 where, despite the chaotic pace, she’s managed to make it home for herself and her family.
Since 2014, Elizabeth has published nine novellas in her Gilded Flower Trilogies as well as three installments of Wildflowers, a contemporary romance series. These standalone novels are female-driven with strong, beautiful and intelligent women as well as diverse characters, reflecting her own multi-cultural heritage. The inspiration for her books comes from a strong desire to break the mold in the genre, which largely portrays women as weak, subservient and having low self-esteem. Believing that stories have the power to influence attitudes and shift perspectives, Elizabeth writes in order to challenge this paradigm. She doesn’t mind being considered a feminist although she believes balancing the roles of men and women in literature honors both the masculine and feminine in everyone. But more than anything, her sincere hope is that her books foster the reader’s connection to their unique strengths, gifts and desires.