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  • From Friends through Long Distance Love to HEA.

    Kilby Blades, ‘Chrysalis’. Gilded Love, book 2. As an Hidden Gems ARC reader I received a free copy of this books and voluntarily promised an honest review. Here it is. My rating: 4,5 (of 5 stars). This book is the sequel to Kilby Blades’ “Snapdragon”, a novel I reviewed in december 2020. The main characters in book 1 en 2 are: - Darby Christensen (33), psychopharmacologist in Chicago and daughter of a controversial senator. Now, since about a year she has a ‘friends-with benefits’ relationship with - Michael Blaine (32), also living in Chicago and a famous architect with an international career. When they started their relationship, both didn’t believe in love. So only a physical bond that either of them could end with the code word ‘Snapdragon’. That was all: no further explanations, discussions or other showings of emotion. But the physical attraction was strong, they got involved in each other’s lives; emotional feelings and love were not far away. The book ‘Chrysalis’ starts with Michael accepting a big promotion. He becomes chief of the Australian branch of his company. So he has to live 10.000 miles from Darby and tries to use snapdragon petals to indicate the end of their relationship. But both are already too emotional involved with the bond they have. At first they deny it to themselves but in fact they start a long distance relationship with phone or video calls between Chicago and Sydney almost every day. Their relationship is in transition like the birth of a beautiful butterfly in a cocoon or chrysalis. The author, Kilby Blades, describes with much feeling and insight how their relationship deepens in spite of complications with their families and careers. The additional characters are interesting and credible; the plot is original. So the author created a novel that again - for me - was a pleasure to read.

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  • Truly, madly, deeply…..

    I love this series. Book number 3 is on my shelf. Snapdragon (book 1) set the stage with passion and sizzle as Darby and Michael follow their bliss both at work and play. If you haven’t read Snapdragon this must be read first. Book 2 is written from Michael’s POV, it was a nice departure from the genre to see a man vulnerable as we begin to understand his emotional struggles. This book has more insight into both his and Darby’s backstory. With Chrysalis we share the deepening of a unique and life affirming journey they each share. I will remember their story long after reading the final page.

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  • Chrysalis

    Great ending to the Michael and Darby story but not as you would expect! Between Michael’s insecurities and Darby’s family dramas it’s hard to put the book down Enjoy

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  • Book 2 of 2

    What a great second half of a complicated live story. Not a Standalone, you must read Snapdragon first. This book is told from his point of view. Michael has not had an easy life but hard work plus his mother's and sister's love held him together. Can he build a future with Derby or she reject him because of messed up her thinks he truly is? Loved the two books together. Great HEA, no cliffhanger in this book. I listened to this on Audible and Sebastian did a great job.

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  • Wonderful

    A lovely accompaniment to the first installment, Chrysalis ties up the story of Darby and Michael in Micheal's lovely point of view. I really enjoyed the progression of their relationship and their sweet ending. ~ Hoan

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