*I received a free copy of The Rose from Harlequin MIRA via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: The Red #2
Published by Harlequin MIRA on 16 April 2019
Genres: Adult, Erotica, Romance
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.
The Rose is a beautiful erotic mix of Greek mythology, a fairytale and a romance. Reisz just enchants her readers, and that was even more the case with this story.
With her talents as a storyteller, Reisz brought on the next level with The Rose. Both Lia and August were characters that made me curious – and I wanted them to get to know each other better. With the kylix, and traveling to different worlds to have hot sex, it was even better.
The Rose wove the Greek mythology elements together with Lia and August so nicely, and I could believe that the kylix actually worked. I think I was a believer faster than Lia was. I also found myself nodding quite often with things either Lia or Mona would say. Especially when discussing the women in Greek mythology. Those who were taken by Greek Gods – and were included in the mythology in many ways. How some women were not depicted in art because they made the mortal men look bad, for example.
There were many things I loved in The Rose, but I don’t know how to share something about them without spoiling anything, so please, just trust me. Get the book on release date, lay back, and enjoy 😉
“I have a gift for you.” He offered her a box wrapped in plain brown paper and twine. Lia saw her mother flashing her the old side-eye. Lia ignored it. “You didn’t have to bring me anything,” she said. “I have everything I want or need.”
“But you don’t have this,” he said, and there it was again – that winking smile, that smiling wink.
You will hear colors and smell sounds.
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