Time's Forbidden Flower by Diane Rinella
Release Date: August 19, 2013
Publisher: Midnight to Six
Series: Forbidden Flower #2
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review
Description from Goodreads:
An eternity of passion cannot be quelled by society.
Once upon a time Donovan assured Lily all of her dreams would come true. But how could he keep the promise of a fairy tale when her truest goals could not involve him, though her deepest desires did? Now, Lily has it all—love, passion, a family, and the career of her dreams—with Christopher. But something is lacking. She and Donovan have spent the last ten years living apart, and the soul mates are eager to reunite. Can Donovan keep his promise to give Lily all she desires, even with Christopher in the way?
For Lily and Donovan, the past is a mirror to the future that cannot be shattered.
Donovan is convinced Lily has been his love for all eternity. Determined to unravel the past, they embark on a journey to discover where it all began. For centuries Donovan has stolen Lily’s heart while forced to suffer for his love. How much can a soul endure before the breaking point is reached and a monster emerges? Can the demons of the past be combated to pave the way for happiness in the next life? Or has the abuse suffered in this life already turned Donovan hell bound? Time and again, one woman has destroyed their happiness. It’s time to silence her once and for all.
You know how sometimes you read a book and then you have NO IDEA how to explain how you feel about that book? You just know you love that book so hard and you want to say that and tell why, but you simply CANNOT find the words? I'm having one of those moments. So I'm going to try my best, but I just want you to know that I love this book so much. For real, I can't even.
OKAY, so. I also loved the first book, Love's Forbidden Flower, and I was happy to see there would be a sequel. I was excited to see what was next for the characters and I had so many questions about what life would be like for them after all the cluster-fudge of a situation they'd been through. Honestly, though, I wasn't expecting to LOVE this book. I thought I'd like it and have a good time reading it, but holy goodness, this thing caught me off guard by how fantastic it was.
Again, Diane Rinella has written a beautifully compelling story, and yet again she has gotten my feels twisted all up in a bunch. Lily and Donovan's situation is still something I'm not too sure about, but it is also still something that is a part of the reason this story is so beautiful and wonderful. There's just SOMETHING about those two...I can't exactly put my finger on it, but I never want it to stop.
These characters...I care so much for them. I feel the same as I did before for Lily, but I also feel like I understand her a bit more now. So I'm okay with her, but she's not my favoritest ever. Donovan... I've always felt for him, but I think I kind of love him now. I think that's because I understand HIM better now, too. And I enjoy time spent with him. He's sweet and loving and I can't just overlook that.
CHRISTOPHER. Oh, my boy. My boy my boy my boy. I still love this guy more than I can even explain. There were parts where I was like "OHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOO" regarding him and other things, but when it all comes down to it, I love him no matter what. He's just the biggest sweetheart! And his accent does make me giggle.
Anna. I hate that chick so freaking hard. Like, if she were to be in front of me right now, I'd punch her in her stupid face. And I'm usually not this mean to characters, even if I don't like them! (Well, except for Blake from the Lux series. I don't care how sorry his arse is, I would punch him.) I should probably feel bad for her or something, but I can't do it. Nope. She frustrated me so much and I can't even explain why because that would be spoilery...
CHRISTOPHER. WHHHHHHHHHY. << That should make no sense to you whatsoever until you read the book. Sorry.
Actually, I'm not sorry. It felt good to let that out. *cries*
The ending of this book made me so happy. And I seriously wish there was more! I know Lily and Donovan's story is over, but still. I WANT MORE. Wah.
We got a lot of answers in this book, and things made so much more sense. And that's probably why I'm more okay with Lily and Donovan's situation now, because I understand that better, too. Whoa. I have so much understanding now.
Overall, this book made just as much of an impact (possibly even more of one) on my heart as Love's Forbidden Flower did. I love this book, and I love these characters, and I love this beautiful, beautiful story. If you've read Love's Forbidden Flower, I think you should definitely read Time's Forbidden Flower because it is so worth reading. There are so many answers, and it is worth the jumble your emotions will become. Especially the ending. Oh, yeah, that ending was so worth it. LOVELOVELOVE, I can't express that enough!
Also, I'm keeping Christopher. <3