The Rose by Tiffany Reisz
Series: The Red #2
Published by MIRA on April 16, 2019
Genres: Erotic Romance
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USA Today bestselling author Tiffany Reisz returns to the world of The Red with an imaginative sequel full of lust and magic, and the dangers unleashed when the two are combined…
On the day of Lia’s university graduation party, her parents—wealthy art collectors with friends in high places—gift her a beautiful wine cup, a rare artifact decorated with roses. It’s a stunning gift, and one that August Bowman, a friend of her parents and a guest at Lia’s party, also has his eye on. The cup, August tells her, is known as the Rose kylix, and it’s no ordinary cup. It was used in the temple ceremonies of Eros, Greek god of erotic love, and has the power to bring the most intimate sexual fantasies to life.
But Lia is skeptical of August’s claims of the cup’s mythology and magic—after all, he’s a collector himself, and she suspects he just wants to get his hands on this impressive piece of art. So he dares her to try it for herself, and when Lia drinks from the Rose kylix she is suddenly immersed in an erotic myth so vivid it seems real—as though she’s living out the most sensual fantasy with August by her side…
Realizing the true power of this ancient and dangerous relic, Lia is even more wary of giving it up, though August insists it is only safe with him. He’s willing to pay the full value of the cup, but Lia has another type of trade in mind. One that finds them more tangled up in each other—and in fantasy—than either was prepared for.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
The Rose is an erotic tale that brings the heroine’s fantasies to life. The setting for each fantasy is within Greek mythology with reality and fantasy interwoven throughout the story. Readers are introduced to the entrepreneurial young Lia as her parents prepare to celebrate her university graduation.
I was instantly swept up into Lia’s world and her connection to the secret Tennis and Gardening Club for Young Ladies. When her parents announce they are hosting a party in honour of her recent graduation that has a guest list of men who are familiar with her secret group, she calls for an emergency club meeting. Lia swiftly brings the young ladies up to speed on who will be attending her graduation and the potential trouble ahead for their club.
It was at the party that Lia meets August Bowman. August is one of the few guests unknown to Lia and he turns out to be a popular man. His maturity and charming confidence caught Lia and her friend’s attention. He was handsome, charming and Lia had something August wanted. An artifact her father had outbid him on at a recent auction. He offers to pay Lia whatever she deems necessary to take the chalice off her hands, but she won’t budge.
Up until that point of the story I was hooked, but then the plot hones in on August and Lia’s adventures associated with the chalice. I was still fascinated by the change of scenery but the focus on ancient gods and mythology was kind of lost me. That’s on me and not the story. My preference was to remain in the present and see how the Tennis and Gardening club members were getting on. Now there was the story that went begging in my opinion.
While the direction I wanted the story to go in drifted off into the distance, a rather raunchy tale begins to unravel. Lia’s euphoria overtakes her confusion over the reality of her adventures. She is literally weaving her own story. Without being familiar with mythology, I am unsure as to how much of the book were interpretations of old tales or masterfully modern takes on stories of old. Usually when a book refers to details I am unfamiliar with I have an urge to find out more. In this case though, it had the opposite effect, and I began to skim. I just wanted to get back to Tennis and Gardening LOL.
Tiffany’s Reisz’s distinctive voice resonates throughout The Rose. Her witty humor and boldness of the characters came through effortlessly. Lia’s parents were not the kind I could relate to, they reminded me of the Fockers with their relaxed and open-loving lifestyle. Lia’s interaction with her parents was the opposite and surprisingly reserved in comparison.
Now for readers who enjoy a bit of story with their sextivities, you are in for a treat. The pace felt slow to me as I had my hopes pinned on the plot taking a different direction. Lia’s adventures felt repetitive after a while. That said, their journey was erotically depicted through fantasy and mythology with a dash of mystery to keep readers guessing right up until the end.
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