Synopsis: Gilded Lily saw Lily Baron, daughter to a media empire find her true sexual awakening, whereas here, Lily has to rush back to New York to see her father after he had fallen ill. As he is unable to keep the business going smoothly, it is up to her to take the helm and take a chance on making a go of the Baron Media family business. There are pitfalls though, and also temptations. The question is whether she can resist them…or let them take over.
Review: Now that Lily is the CEO of Baron Media Enterprises she has no time for having the fun she encountered in the first novel. Instead she is propelled into the harsh and difficult world of running a business and having to make a family friendship work with betraying sister, Dahlia who we remember stole and slept with her fiancé, Jack. It isn’t easy for Lily to try her hardest, but it seems she does it for her father in the hope to build a strong family bond she can keep together. In taking on the family business (bear in mind she didn’t have much choice) she loses her independence and the enjoyment she felt when she was a free woman. When Gustavo, the man she used to have as a lover comes back into her life, she sees him as limiting and constricting . He is the sort of man who thinks a woman needs a man around her and acts in a very sexist way that turns her off. plus, he’s a married man – so she has no intention of continuing the affair. Vivian writes Gustavo as a man who stops at nothing to get what he wants, being a high flyer. There are only a couple of men in this novel, Gustavo being one, and Antonio being the other, both are devastatingly sexy and alluring and this doesn’t stop us reading through how Lily feels about them.
- The conflict within the story.
- Lily’s sister Dahlia – remember her? She still has to make peace with her after her betrayal.
- Gustavo still tries to persuade Lily he is the man for her.
Summary: Although this has our heroine turning in a different direction, she can still have men flocking around her. She is a very desirable woman who has had the chance to show how businesslike she really is and even if others don’t like her being the head of the business at the time, they have to put up with it. I found it exciting to have a woman at the helm of a normally male run business and felt for her and what she was going through in every chapter. I am now looking forward to the next book in the series…hoping it is as steamy as this one.