Thursday, April 4, 2013

Blog Tour: Love's Forbidden Flower by Diane Rinella Review and Giveaway


Hello everyone!! Happy Thursday to you! I am happy to be participating in the Love's Forbidden Flower Tour today. I have my review of the book and a giveaway for an ebook copy! For the full tour schedule click on the banner above.

  • Publisher: Midnight to Six Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2012
  • Source: eBook provided by Xpresso Book Tours
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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, cocky 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.

 My Thoughts

This book was one of those that I was not at all sure what to think of. For one, I will tell you right off that the forbidden love is one between brother and sister. I think that it should be known going into it. See, I totally didn't get that from the synopsis, so when I started reading it caught me off guard. It's not that I am against reading a book with that topic as I have read other books that involved a brother/sister love that is beyond family love such as Forbidden and Flawed, but not knowing it was about that, it was a little hard for me to get in the right mindset for it. Now that's not to say that I didn't like the book, it just took a little while to get into after the confusion at first. I was really back and forth with my feelings throughout the book too, but overall I thought that it was good and I am looking forward to the sequel Time's Forbidden Flower.

Lily wasn't a character that I ever liked. I wanted to, I was hoping to, it just didn't happen. She was very forward with her thoughts and emotions. She wasn't scared to say how she felt or what she wanted. At times she was a bit pushy and irritating. She would never just let something go. Some would call her passionate. No matter what it was she wanted, whether it be her career choice, her feelings for her brother, or her feelings for anyone else, she would just get right to the point and be assertive about things. I don't think it was a bad thing, but it did bother me at times. She was also so back and forth about her feelings. She is in love with her brother, but she's in love with Christopher. Christopher is everything she wants and makes her happy, but she is so obsessed with her brother Donovan that she can't let go of him in her mind.

Donovan was intriguing to me. It's obvious that he has the same feelings as Lily, but he has some dark secrets that are making him push her away. I thought that he was being a total jerk to her most of the time. It's not to say that I thought he should engage in a relationship with her, but he didn't have to be so mean and cold. And it wasn't just to her, it was to other people too. He was so back and forth from being overly sweet and too nice almost, to someone I wouldn't want to be anywhere near because he's a bomb about to go off. We do learn a little about why he is that way, but I still think it was extreme.

We also get a bit of their parents, and this is where things kind of bothered me a bit. We get that their dad is the "manly man" and wants Donovan to play sports and be tough and all that and that their mom is trying to be more of a friend to Lily than a mom most of the time, but it's not like they have some super dysfunctional home life or anything. I mean, I don't know a whole lot about this subject, but it seems to me that most of the time it's because the siblings parents are crazysauce or something so they have to take care of the house and each other so they function more like a couple than brother and sister, where that isn't the case here. I think that this story is going to take a turn in the next book though that will bring us deeper into the whole situation and maybe give more insight.

This type of story is one that should really be able to suck you in and make your emotions a crazy mess, but this didn't grip me the way I wanted it too. The story seemed a bit too drawn out for me. I liked the relationship between Lily and Christopher and I totally loved that he was awkward, and funny. I just thought maybe we needed a little less of some of it. I know that we needed to see how in love they were too since that is a major part of it all, but it could have been condensed I think.

There were some parts in the book, had I been invested in the characters, that I might have gotten teary eyed and perhaps even cried. I think that it was very well written, but it was just hard for me to even try to understand. I really do think that there is much more to it that will be brought to attention in the next book. I am interested in where things are going to go. I read the synopsis for the second book and it kind of makes some of the things about this one that confused me a little less unsettling. I went into this expecting one thing and got something completely different, but it was still a good book.




AUTHOR BIO
Enjoying San Francisco as a backdrop, the ghosts in Diane’s 150-year old Victorian home augment the chorus in her head. With insomnia as their catalyst, these voices have become multifarious characters that haunt her well into the sun’s crowning hours, refusing to let go until they have manipulated her into succumbing to their whims. Her experiences as an actress, business owner, artisan cake designer, software project  manager, Internet radio disc jockey, vintage rock n’ roll journalist/fan girl, and lover of dark and quirky personalities influence her idiosyncratic writing.

She is currently completing the sequel to Love’s Forbidden Flower.

Author Links: Website ~ Goodreads ~ Facebook ~ Twitter


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29 comments:

  1. I really like books that has forbidden love, but I've never read one that is focused on a brother and a sister. I would have been caught off guard too because of the synopsis. This one is a "maybe I'll read it" book for me.

    Leigh
    Little Book Star

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    1. That was my initial problem with it. I just didn't know what it was going into it. I have read books about it knowing that's what it was, but I was thrown off when I started this. I think had I known, I would have enjoyed it a little more.

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  2. Ooh, this is so interesting! I was drawn into this one by the title and while the synopsis was a little vague, I thought it was probably something taboo like that...I tend to like that kind of stuff, so I'll try to get to this one!

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    1. Yeah, once I started reading, I was like "I should have figured it out by the synopsis". It really is vague though, so it's not like you would automatically think that it's about that!

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  3. I'm thinking this one wouldn't be for me. Great review Amy!

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    1. I enjoyed it, but it's not a book for everyone.

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  4. Hmmm...it seems based on the synopsis that Donovan's extreme mood swings are b/c of this "Jeckyl & Hyde" issue? That's what I was picking up, at least. The story sounds sort of interesting to me, but also a bit confusing.
    I'm glad you liked it, despite the parts that didn't work as well for you. Nice review!

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    1. I definitely did have some issues with it, but it was still good and I am interested to read the next one which I believe is 10 years after this one.

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  5. hmm not too sure about this one. I was really surprised that I was able to get so into Flawed but I think you nailed it with it being about siblings who have come to function as a couple because the adults are just not up to par. I couldn't imagine this happening in a normal household, but I guess it could, why not? The kids are the crazysauce, Amy! LOL Fabulous review, happy to see that even though you had a lot of issues, you liked this one overall. I hope the next one gets you more emotionally attached.

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    1. I think that if I hadn't tried to get all psychological with things so much I would have enjoyed it more, but I was constantly over thinking things, and Lily really did drive me nuts. Even though Donovan was a complete jerk sometimes (most of the time) at least he tried to be somewhat rational about things where as Lily had the whole "eff that" attitude about it all!

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  6. Wait...brother? I;m not sure if I can read this without feeling all weird. I like psychological thrillers but this sounds...idk.

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  7. Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Hmm, the brother/sister thing is throwing me off a lot.

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  9. Amy, thank you for this very well thought out review! You have brought out some wonderful points, and I appreciate your time and attention. Also, thank you to the commenters for reading about Love's Forbidden Flower.

    As a side note, the big subject you are all talking about, the reason for it all, well, there is no reason, and that is intentional. Many sibling relations have no reason other than genuine attraction. The few books that tackle the subject of sibling relations give reasons. I wanted to represent those real life couples who feel additionally oppressed because they just happen to love each other. It really does happen all the time. I've talked to them, and they are as normal and well adjusted as anyone.

    Again, thank you, Amy! I truly appreciate your time. And thank you all for reading about the book, especially if it isn't your cup of tea.

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    1. Thank you for clarifying for me. I should have said that it's not that I don't believe that siblings who were raised well couldn't fall in love, it's jut like you said though, most books that tackle the subject have the dysfunctional family situation. I am looking forward to reading the next book.

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  10. I'll have to think about this one. One the one hand, I really try not to judge others when I haven't been in their situation. On the other hand, being the mom of both a daughter and a son … not sure if I'm ready for this kind of plot line.
    Great review, though. Very thoughtful and balanced, as always :)

    Jen @ YA Romantics

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  11. Hmmmm....I'm not thinking this is for me. I love the cover though.

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  12. I don't really read books like this one, so I guess I'll pass, but I'm glad you were able to share your fair and honest review, Amy.

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  13. Extreme behavior and back and forth like that is definitely something I don't like. I'm thinking this book might drive me nuts. I do love the cover though!

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  14. Yeah, I don't think this is one that I would like at all. Incest is a tough enough topic and adding in unsympathetic characters, I'm pretty sure I would not enjoy this at all. I hate when important plot elements are left out of blurbs. Sometimes you do need to know!

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    1. Exactly!! I mean, I might have read it still since I have read other books covering that topic, but not knowing going into it was weird. I'm very open minded when it comes to things so the topic doesn't bother me to read about, but I know some people wouldn't like to be surprised like that. At least you pretty much find out in the first chapter.

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  15. Ohh....interesting. I'm glad you explained what the book was about. I thought FORBIDDEN was amazing, but incest isn't a topic that I like to be blindsided by at all. Thanks for your thorough and honest review, Amy.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  16. Great review! I hadn't heard of Forbidden Flower before. I admit I haven't read any books with incest yet. I want to read Forbidden but I feel like I definitely need to be in a certain mindset before reading that one. From what I have read about books like Forbidden though is that there is a dysfunctional family home life so that's interesting that this one doesn't seem to have that.

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  17. EEK I'm sorry it didn't grip you like you had hoped, but I'm glad you still enjoyed it overall! I saw you and Giselle and I think Christina talking about it on Twitter how nobody read Giselle's emails and how it wasn't what you originally thought it was :) EEK the brother-sister romance kinds of seems annoying, especially if you aren't clued in right away!

    Great review as always Amy! :)

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