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Love's Forbidden Flower (Forbidden Flower #1)

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*** Please note: This is a New Adult Romance novel involving two siblings who struggle with their emotions. This is not a work of erotica.***

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 o
Paperback, 309 pages
Published November 28th 2012 by Midnight to Six
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Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*


Blimey! I don’t even know how to start this review. What I know is every time I hear any of my Brit colleagues saying ‘blimey’ I am going to think about perfect Christopher. DUH!

Love’s Forbidden Flower tells us the story about soul mates Lily & Donovan. Yeah, they are soul mates but they happen to be siblings too. I am seeing you judging them so pls STOP IT! You don’t choose who you fall in love with and LOVE is the most beautiful yet hard thing that can ever happ
Supreet *The Cupcake Queen*
3.75 "This is not Forbidden" Stars!

Let me start by saying this isn't Forbidden. Like at all. That book was the most beautiful, gut wrenching taboo story I have ever read and this one doesn't even come close to touching it.

That doesn't mean that is one isn't any good. This one is plenty good, just not something in that same category. Mostly because I don't like the heroine that much.

Yea, she is not my favorite person. To those who don't know there is huge love triangle in this one...

Because rea
Mar 13, 2013 Richa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Richa by: Soraya Naomi
For those who love in shadows....



Chaos inducing

This is a story that will leave you with many questions...shatter your prejudices....and leave you wondering "Why do people make Love Laws????"

In a very unusual way one time I needed you

He was her everything....the one who was there for her always...
When she cried, he dried her tears....
When she laughed, he revelled in her laughter...
When she fell, he picked her up...
When her heart broke and she felt like she'd lost it forever,
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Where to begin?

I'll dive right in. This is NOT a story similar to Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. The only common theme between the 2 books is (view spoiler), but that's it. Lily was not Maya and Donovan was definitely NOT Lochie. Don't get me wrong. This is not the reason I'm giving Lily and Donovan's story 1 star. I didn't expect another re-telling of Forbidden. I just did not see the point of their story. All I am left with after 3 days of struggling through Lily's murky thoughts is a state of "Wha
Clarifina ~Books Are My Drugs~

In a not-so-magical or faraway land, perhaps only a while ago, lived a "perfect" little family which lived a "perfect" little life. And in that "perfect" little family lived two siblings, a brother and a sister, Lily and Donovan. Now, these two were as close as two siblings could possibly be. They could read each other with a mere glance, face problems that came their way and comfort one another when things got tough. Their special bond was never strained and nothing could've changed that...

Stacia (the 2010 club)
May 16, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: possible taboo readers
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: I loved Forbidden, so I was curious to read something else featuring the same subject matter
The title of this book reminds me of a quote from Richelle Mead's Georgina Kincaid series :
"Just thinking about flowers. And impressing people. I mean, how strange is it that we bring plant sex organs to people we're attracted to? What's up with that? It's a weird sign of affection. It's like people are trying to be both subtle and blatant at the same time. Like, they won't actually go up and say, 'Hey, I like you, lets get together.' Instead, they're like, 'Here, have some plant genitalia and
Feb 09, 2013 Marina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loved and hurt over Forbidden
Recommended to Marina by: Soraya Naomi
"People have raped us of our rights."

So how much is worth an infallible society?
Is homogeneity the target?
Is fear the cause and catalyst?
The fear so-called God's representatives instill in you, that you shall be stricken down where you stand because you've sinned?
Or does it all come down to the hypocrisis that characterizes us humans?

When you have a love in your hands that is so powerful to breach all barriers, of flesh , of blood, of eternity, mere law stands in its way. If this love is c
“It all comes down to us accepting that we can’t have the life we want because others are close minded.”

A heartbreaking tale of two soul mates, who couldn’t be together because of others close-minded beliefs. Two people who loved each other truly, madly, deeply, but couldn’t show it because others thought it was wrong, sick or disgusting. For over two years, because of these circumstances, their lives were turned upside down.

I’m falling in love. No matter how wrong anyone says it is, my feeling
Annie Brewer
Fuck!!!!! *sobs* That is not how I wanted this to end. Dammit!!! My heart is so shattered. I just can't put my thoughts together enough to write a proper review just yet. All I'm saying is thank GOD for the sequel this year. I need it now...I need my heart to be repaired.

Review to come!

Feb 17, 2013 Miss rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NOT to fans of Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
**Free copy courtesy of author Diane Rinella in exchange for an honest review**

Few misguided GR friends told me to read this because they knew how much I liked Forbidden from Tabitha Suzuma.
Boy...was this wrong.

Let me get this straight: I love to read taboo stories. I even like taboo erotica. Really there is very little out there that can shock me.

I'm feeling bad right now because I hate to give bad reviews. I can say that I liked the author's writing and once I began reading this book I

That is the one word that I can say the author didn't consider when she wrote this story, and scarily the only word I could focus on while I was reading this. And no, it's not because I am a squeamish person, or this was my very first brush with this kind of subject. It was the terrible way this book was written.

There are authors out there who have an extremely rare talent to balance a taboo subject in a way that a reader could relate to. The end result would be this – even though th
Wendy Darling
Awful, would not recommend as a serious examination of a sensitive topic, as a mindless (if tasteless) romance, or as...anything. It says a great deal when I find the appallingly amateurish writing so much more offensive than the tricky subject matter.
Wow, this was a really good book, completely not what I expected at all. The author did a wonderful job of talking about one of society's most taboo subjects with such delicacy that I felt no awkwardness at all. Diane Rinella made me fall in love with Lilly and Donovan, made me feel their passion and pain. At times there were a lot of things I didn't understand, but I was always pulling for the true soul mates to come together. Once secrets were revealed in the end, my heart hurt for these two w ...more
Quick review. Spoiler free

"We didn't get a chance to last or fail on our own. I want that chance. People have raped us of our rights."

What a heart wrenching yet heart warming book. My emotions were everywhere.
Such turmoils they went through....

In the beginning I was a bit creeped out with the taboo of the situation, but as I read on I found myself rooting for the siblings! Yes! I was!

I owe that to the remarkable writing skills of the author who could make a taboo relationship of siblings
Feb 23, 2013 Paula marked it as did-not-finish

I am going to refrain from rating this book. I have read books that have pushed me very far out of my comfort zone and loved them. However, the subject matter in this book made me extremely uncomfortable to the point I couldn't finish it.

I want to thank the author for giving me an opportunity to read this. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
FIRST & FOREMOST; I would like to sincerely thank the author, Diane Rinella, for providing me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Where to begin; I will easily provide the good, the bad, and the truth..IMO..of course.

Everyone 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
JaHy♕ Bitchy  Goddess ♥'s  everything CrAzY  ☿
DNF @60%

I'm sorry but Aunt Flo and Cousin Red DO NOT approve of the whiplash inducing, magical Romeo and Juliet stationery. I may finish this at another point and time.

I hope my picky personality hasn't deterred anyone from reading Love's Forbidden Flower . I think it and I were not distend to be soul mates.

*Courtesy copy provided by the author, Ms. Diane Rinella, in exchange for an honest review.

**3.5 Stars**
In Love’s Forbidden Flower, Diane Rinella brings us the intriguing story of Lily and Donovan, a brother and sister who are more than mere siblings. They are best friends and confidantes, two souls inexplicably intertwined. Growing up their affections transformed from simple familial love to something more. Something deeper and more complex. Something entirely unexpected. There are attempts mad
Mar 13, 2013 Lucia marked it as not-finished

When I received this book from author as an exchange for honest review, I was ecstatic since couple of my friends really loved it. I expected deep emotions, heart-broken feelings and characters I would love and hurt for. But all I got was ideal looking siblings who were flirting and lusting for each other from the very beginning of this story.

Do not take me wrong, I am not here to judge anyone, but when it comes to taboo topics, a real connection between readers and characters is essential.
Feb 17, 2013 Inês rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I think my problem with this book was the writing. I'm not sure what pissed me off about it but something did. The story was very interesting and it made sense most of the time but sometimes it got very confusing.
I am pleasantly surprised. This book was beautiful. While written about a very taboo and forbidden love, it really did not feel as seedy or wrong as it could have. Compared to other books that I've read with similar subject matter,there were not extreme circumstances forcing Lily and Donovan together. They fell in love simply because they did, not because they were forced upon each other.

From beginning to end I was invested in these characters and will not soon forget them. I loved Lily. She was
Wow...I wasn't sure exactly how I was going to feel about this book and the taboo subject but just WOW! What a tasteful beautiful love story. From the first chapter you are sucked in and you have to know what is going on, what is really happening! I read this book in one sitting, putting it down was not an option. The story is just so beautiful, sad, happy, truthful and just plain WOW! What do you do when you are brother and sister AND you are also soul mates? Soul mates that love each other to ...more
Amy ♥s to Read
I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. I thought parts of it were kinda slow and I skimmed it. I wasn't a big fan of Christopher, but I really liked Lily and Donovan. Actually, my heart broke for Donovan and everything he had been through. I will probably read the second book.
This book will destroy you - beautifully...

A must read!

Full review on Martini Times -
4.5 Stars!!!


Review to come soon!
Nichole Trammel
[Spoilers for the Beginning Ahead]
Damn you reviewers who gave this book such glowing recommendations! The synopsis drew me in making me foolishly think it'd be like Forbidden or Flawed, and then when I read all the shining reviews, my excitement only grew, leaving me thinking "Oh my god, this'll be great." Oh, how gullible I was.

I only made it through 73 pages (just a bit after she meets Christopher.) and I gotta tell you, I was going to trooper through it and read the book just to kill time, bu
I was drawn to Love’s Forbidden Flower by Diane Rinella because of its taboo subject of incest and I wanted to see how she would share the love between brother and sister with Donovan and Lily. I enjoyed what Rinella created in this book despite some issues I had along the way. It was different in a way that kept me enthralled and had me wishing for something I never thought I would wish for when it came to both Lily and Donovan.

I liked Lily for her outspoken manner, the way she was passionate a
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)
Each one of us is looking for that someone who knows us better than we know ourselves, who can identify and read our moods and know the things that tick you off and the things that you like. Soul mate - that is what they call that significant other.

Donovan and Lily found that in each other.
But they can’t be together - people would talk and people would judge.
Because they’re brothers and sister.

The plot of the story is too powerful and I might say also controversial. This is not the first time th
Krissy P (Kris)
This book was very moving, sad, heartbreaking and intense. The author does a fantastic job tackling this very taboo subject matter creating a beautifully written, believable and haunting love story between two siblings.

Donovan is in love with his sister, Lily. She is in love with him too. They are soul mates and best friends and so much more than brother and sister. To them it’s a curse that they share the same parents. Their love for each other is very intense and very real and as unnatural and
Wow, where to start. I really loved the writing style of Ms Rinella and found it so very easy to read and such an emotional roller-coaster. The taboo subject matter of this book was tough to put at the back of my mind while trying to read this intense love story. Society does not accept and genetically it cannot happen, but sibling love and romantic relationships do exist. This book covers the love story and I really felt for Lily throughout; I could imagine her broken heart over and over again. ...more
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“No matter what transpires between us, in this life or in any other, I will be with you always. You really are my soul mate. We have traveled together before, and we will travel together again.” 14 likes
“I love you, Lily. I fought so hard to be with you, and it was worth every smile, every tease, every bit of harassment, and every morsel of every moment. Those people out there who say we're sick and shouldn't be together, they're the sick ones. If us standing by each other all these years isn't the definition of love, then one does not exist.” 11 likes
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