*** Please note: This is a New Adult Romance involving two siblings who struggle with their emotions. This is not a work of erotica. Unlike Flowers in the Attic, it does not contain rape or abuse.***
The heart cares not what society forbids.
Lily nurtures a secret love for a flawless man-the one who is her soul mate. Donovan is gorgeous, charismatic, and delights in all of Lily's talents and quirks. Their innate knowledge of each other is almost telepathic. Together they interlock like fine threads creating luxurious silk.
But society dictates this picture-perfect adoration is the ghastliest of all possibilities.
As Lily embarks on a quest for the romance the heavens intended, her suitor turns reluctant. Desperate to uncover why Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hiding decayed from a tender-hearted gentleman into a ferociously self-serving, arrogant bastard, Lily is prepared for battle when it comes to the salvation of her soul mate. However, Donovan traps Lily in a mental game of chess, leaving her to question his sanity. When Lily's revelations about Donovan's destructive alter ego lead to an inconceivable truth, can she help Donovan survive fate's cruel joke?
Impassioned, witty, and deeply moving, Love's Forbidden Flower is filled with stunning controversies that will forever haunt your heart.
|Publisher:||Midnight to Six Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.71(d)|
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A beautiful, taboo love story that has been tastefully crafted. I heard about this book when it was heralded by a marriage equality group. I have read several books on taboo subjects and, bar far, Love's Forbidden Flower is exceptional! The writing is lyrical and eloquent and the story is simply phenomenal! I can see why so many people rave about this book. The other books I have read on the subject have either been porn or have implied that people need to be dysfunctional to have feelings for a relative. Love's Forbidden Flower treats people with respect. Major kudos!!!
I read this after reading another popular book with a similar subject. That book angered me with its message, so I was very hesitant to pick up this one. I am so glad I gave it a chance! Basically, do not compare Love’s Forbidden Flower to any other book regardless of subject matter. This has to be the most original story I’ve ever read, and I never saw the twist coming. I also was uncertain how it would end until I reached the last page. The subject is tastefully handled, common issues are addressed respectfully, and nothing in this story is justified by disfunction. This is real, and the emotions and situations represent the bulk of these real life couples. If you read the negative reviews, it is pretty obvious that was the issue for them. We begin with a 16 year old Lily and her 17 year old brother Donovan. In the first chapter we see Lily suddenly develop feelings for Donovan she never expected. (Yep! Bam! Right out of the starting gate! It’s a smart move that this poor author has been bashed for. Right away I knew what I was in for. If I could not handle the fact that these two fell for each other just like every other teenage couple then I should just move on.) Lily is a freethinker. She is 16 and acts it. She is also mostly accepting of her feelings. However, Donovan is not so sure of who he is, mostly because of who his father wants him to be. It gives Lily and Donovan a nice contrast. Lily and Donovan have an incredible connection, and it is clear these two have something far deeper between them than love, lust, or gene sharing. Donovan clearly loves Lily, but painfully casts her aside. This is where we get a second love story. Not a triangle! A second story between Lily and Christopher. Christopher is basically who Donovan would be if his father would stop imposing ideals on him. Again a wonderful contrast. The book will lift you up with laughter, then crash you down with tears, only to lift you up again. The end gave me beautiful chills. For those of you skittish of the subject, I actually forgot Lily and Donovan were brother and sister. However, if that concept really frightens you, you might want to read something else. Yet, if you check out the reviews, many say they changed their minds about the subject while reading this book. It takes one hell of a writer to get people to look at the world differently. Which leads me to the writing! The romance flows and flowers, the wit is sharp, the day to day is far from mundane. The characters each have distinct voices. I could hear the British accent without the annoying things some authors do of spelling words how they are pronounced. Instead this author got the speech pattern right. These characters, through the joy and tears they brought me, are now old friends. I miss them, and look forward to more. This author, she has a new #1 fan! Somethings are unanswered, but not enough to where you are left hanging. This can be a stand alone read, but I am very anxious to see where the next part is going. There is a hint of past lives, and it makes me feel like Lily is an old soul. It would explain so much about her.
Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Love’s Forbidden Flower is a stunning and mesmerizing debut from Diane Rinella. The author has an incredibly graceful writing style—one that just pulled me right into her multilayered plot with strong well-drawn characters. Finding your soul mate should be cause for celebration. But, what happens when your soul mate is your older brother? Beautifully told through a first person point of view, the author introduces us to Lily, a high school student. Lily is a captivating character whose complex feelings for her brother, despite being socially unacceptable, just drew me to her character. After Donovan is especially cruel to her, Lily demonstrates exceptional strength in starting her life over. As one relationship ends, the possibility of new relationship starts when Lily meets Christopher, the love of her life. Christopher takes Lily on dates, spending quality time getting to know her as they fall in love. Thanks to the intricacies of the various relationships in this story, it is hard to figure out which couple to cheer for: Lily and Donovan or Lily and Christopher. Honesty, I wasn’t sure what to think about reading a love story that contains a sibling romance. As a reader though, I do like to push my comfort zone and not once did I feel uncomfortable while reading this story. Love’s Forbidden Flower turned out to be so much more than what I was expecting. Rinella’s beautiful prose, memorable characters, plot twists, and happy-for-now ending make Love’s Forbidden Flower an emotionally gripping, page-turning romance that leaves you wanting to revisit these characters again and again. I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Everyone loves reading about characters finding their soul mate. And we love it even more when there are obstacles keeping the soul mates apart - whether it be class (Pride & Prejudice), or warring families (Romeo & Juliet) - but what if you find your soul mate and the obstacle dividing you and your heart are social norms?? Love's Forbidden Flower is not an easy read. It deals with a taboo subject and definitely would not be everyone's cup of tea. But I have to tell y'all, I was riveted from the first sentence. "Today, somewhere among the roses and petunias, my sanity squirted out of my brain and fertilized the backyard." - Lilyanna Before I discuss the characters, I'd like to describe the writing. This story, as I said, deals with a topic that many would choose not to discuss. But the writing is so eloquent and lyrical, it made reading about Lily and Donovan easier. The love, anger, confusion is all rendered so poetically I tended to forget that I wasn't reading the average love story. Lillyanna seems a typical teenage girl. She goes to school, hangs out with friends, and has a close relationship with her brother, Donovan. Donovan is your average teenage boy, a football player, planning for college and is very close and protective of his sister. The two's bond goes beyond that of siblings. They are bound in a way that seems extraordinary. I'm guessing you're seeing where this is going. One afternoon, during a game of touch football, Lily realizes her feelings for her brother go beyond sisterly love. And these feelings are reciprocated. However, neither gives in to their feelings. And once Donovan leaves for college, he tells Lily to move on, which Lily does. She meets Christopher, a charming yet awkward young man recently arrived from Manchester. A romance blooms and the couple seems quite attached and in love but Lily's soul still longs for Donovan. Yet she tries to move on. There is tension because of Lily's love for Donovan and Donovan's jealousy of Christopher. All is relatively well for Lily until Christopher returns to England. The story of these tangled lovers is told beautifully. I hated to see how Lily and Donovan suffered over their love due to the pressures they felt over society's ideas. Through it all, they both maintain that the other is their soul mate and that they've traveled this road before. In fact, Lily even prays that in the next life, this barrier to their love be removed so that they can embrace their love. And through all their tribulations, their love for one another never dims. I also admired the strong bond and love between Lily and Christopher. Even Donovan recognizes it and encourages it. The story comes together nicely and ends satisfactorily. However, the author is working on a sequel to the novel which chronicles the siblings' journey to understand their recurring attraction to one another. I really enjoyed Love's Forbidden Flower. I connected with the characters and commend the writing. Ms. Rinella has written an extraordinary, if unconventional, love story. And I will read more from her.
OBVIOUSLY I AM IN THE MINORITY HERE! Where to begin; I will easily provide the good, the bad, and the truth..IMO..of course. Everyon that knows me can easily confirm my obsession with dark, twisted, taboo reads, this one for some reason left me incomplete. With that being said, what I did like about the book is the slow simmering transition between Christopher, Donovan, and Lilly. How I was easily able to picture in my head the love these 2 men possessed for Lilly. And how Lilly was able to grow within her own skin. She didn't let life's challenges interfere with her passions. I immensely enjoyed each character, Lilly was never whiny nor naive, Christopher was eccentric, sweet and romantic, and Donovan was easy to love when he was being nice and genuine. The bad, which isn't much, is the fact that every conversation had no resolution, everything seemed so vague and incomplete. There were a few times in which I had to re-read a few sentences to get the gist of things. In addition, it felt that some scenes jumped from one scenario to the next. For example, one minute Christopher is with Lilly and the next he's in England. I felt cheated for those precious moments when chris and lilly could of had a more in depth connection, as opposed to her saying how much she loved him. To be honest, I didn't feel the overwhelming love that these characters held for one another. Nothing was resolved nor aired out, things just escalated to the point of madness. There are so many unanswered questions that need to be addressed, and that left me riddled with mediocre thoughts and feelings. Overall, I enjoyed it. Did I love it? NO... only because I wanted more, I wanted to be consumed by this book, and feel every emotion these character's possessed. Unfortunately, for me that wasn't the case, I didn't connect with their tumultuous struggles and internal battles... Would I continue with the series? Definitely.... Maybe I will get all my answers and in book 2.