Love's Forbidden Flower by Diane Rinella
Publication: November 28th 2012
by Midnight to Six
Genre: Edgy/New Adult Romance
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 unconceivable 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.
The sun breaking through the crack in my bedroom curtains brings about revitalization as it beckons me to bounce out of bed and embrace my surroundings. I'm in England! I'm with Christopher! This is fantastic!
Already up and dressed, I'm making tea as Christopher enters the kitchen for a cup of coffee to bring to me. Racing up to him with his cup, my lips grace his for the first time in years. “Good morning, luv!”
“Cock-a-hoop someone must have slept well! What’s your pleasure today?” he asks.
“Well, there are a few things I'd really like to do that you've been very naughty about.” My carnal grin that implies his clothing is transparent catches him off guard.
“What’s that, luv?” His lips are ear to ear, yet he pulls back a little as I toy with his shirt—not quite falling for my ploy.
“For years there's something I've wanted to do and you have the power to make my dreams come true. I want you to take me to Liv—that place where The Beatles are from.”
Finally Christopher, who's been guarded since he arrived at my door, animatedly returns to the man I love. “Oh Bloody Hell, Lilyanna!” he cries, smacking his cup down on the kitchen counter. “You get me all worked up and then you burst on me with that! You’re a sly one, you are. Americans!”
“Oh, come on, luv. Please, please me,” I beg while batting my eyelashes.
“Not on your Nelly!” he says as if I've asked him to slaughter a puppy. But one look at my pleading face, and he quickly caves. “Fine, but I'm rather gutted over it. You should have your purse taped to you. Better yet, keep your necessities in your shoe and leave your purse here. Bloody Scousers!”
“Oh dear, is she trying to get you to Liverpool?” Grace strolls in dressed far better than the usual day at the manor dictates.
“Yes. Help please!” he begs as she fixes herself some tea.
“Well, fret not too much. You need to have her back by 3:00. Lilyanna and I have a tea reservation at 4:00.”
“Fine. Well, let’s see, it's 8:30 now. By the time we get there it'll be about noon—”
I swat his arm. “Only if you drive like you're a thousand years old! We should be there in forty-five minutes so we can have brekky there. Give me five minutes to get me essentials in me shoe and we’ll go.”
I skip off giggling as Christopher scorns Grace: “I hope you know you're bloody well in it for this!”
Author Bio & Links
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.