Where to start…well, first of all, if I had known this book was about incest, I would never had joined the tour. So I am very glad I didn’t know that when I signed up for the tour because I would’ve missed out on a great story. A truly sad story where all solutions suck.
Love’s Forbidden Flower is a love story between Lily and Donovan. They are brother and sister. And they are truly, one hundred percent, in love with each other. They are, as Lily says several times in the book, soul mates. And they are, from the time they figure out they love each other in a way that is not “normal”, tormented by their feelings, by their denial, and by their longing for the one person on earth who completes their missing half.
They try to push it away, they really do. But anyone who’s been in love with the wrong person knows, you can’t turn it off.
Even though Lily comes off as the strong one, the one who was always willing to say screw society, Donovan, be my one true love – when she decides to move on, she chooses men who are the complete opposite of Donovan. While Donovan, faking his attempt at moving on with a “normal” life, chooses a girl who could be Lily’s twin.
I thought that part showed a lot about the inner workings of these characters.
This is a book worth reading if only for the love story. It’s heart-wrenching and I couldn’t imagine going through this experience because it rips their lives apart. And the characters explain what’s happening to them far better than I ever could…
Here’s a quote where Donovan is explaining how he was feeling in a journal:
“Lily, I’m the stupidest idiot on the universe. I thought if I moved on would be ok buts not true. Tried to love someone dinot realize she was like you until everyone laughed. Everyone thinks I’m joke.”
Lilly speaks to God near the end, pleading for some relief:
“God, I accept it, but it’s unfair…I ask that you help us through this so that we can be together in a way that makes us both happy and fulfilled. But please, Lord, in the next lifetime, spare us this issue. Either bring us together properly or give us time apart. But please, never let us repeat this hell.”
I hope the next book is almost ready, because there’s a hint of paranormal at the end of the description, and that really intrigues me…
“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?”
I wavered between four and five stars, but this book was so unique that I’m giving it five. And I literally stayed up all night to read it.