The Rose

The Rose

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 Au...

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The Rose Reviews

  • Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

    As it turns out, this book didn't involve

    of my-IMO-erudite hypotheses...

    this kinda rose... though it was involved. Somewhat.

    this kind...

    Maybe this...

    This?

    Crazy, stupid erotic. Ever hear that saying, "beware of Greeks bearing gifts"?

    I say, fuck that noise. Bring on the gifts, Greeks!

    Any possibility of super-sizing the gift?

    Asking for a friend.

    But seriousl

    As it turns out, this book didn't involve

    of my-IMO-erudite hypotheses...

    this kinda rose... though it was involved. Somewhat.

    this kind...

    Maybe this...

    This?

    Crazy, stupid erotic. Ever hear that saying, "beware of Greeks bearing gifts"?

    I say, fuck that noise. Bring on the gifts, Greeks!

    Any possibility of super-sizing the gift?

    Asking for a friend.

    But seriously,

    relates to

    in that Lia is Mona's daughter. Cut from the same cloth and at the ripe old age of 21 she's begun a rather lucrative escort service.

    Recently graduated, her father gifts her a rose kylix which he outbid a handsome, charming and

    Greek named Augustine Bowman who makes it very clear that he would like to get his hands on that kylix as well as its owner.

    After Lia finds herself in a bit of a pickle she turns to August for help and a bit of an... education. An education that involves an atypical and uniquely special kylix.

    Greek myths retold. Erotically. By Tiffany Reisz. Hold onto your hats, people.

    Kicking of the fun times are Andromeda and Perseus...

    Next up are Briseis and Achilles with a guest appearance by Patroclus...

    Then we have Eros and Psyche...

    I think I forgot my name with Aethra and Poseidon who are sort of bad wrong but also sort of bad right too...

    Lastly, and most provocatively, Daphne and Apollo...

    They were all quality scenes and worthy of some "me time" but I think what I enjoyed most was the relationship development between Lia and August outside of the fun times, something I thought was missing from

    . Even though their entire relationship develops over the course of a week I completely bought into it as well as their consuming love. The banter that Reisz does so well was out in force too which heightened my enjoyment.

    If you're a fan of Greek mythology or erotic romance,

    is some of Reisz' finest. I can envision rereading this or at least... parts of it. *eyebrows*

  • Jennifer

    There is a tiny handful of authors I trust with the erotica I read and

    is at the top of that list. She gives equal dedication to all components within her novels which allows every character, every plot and subplot, every witty line and underlying theme, and yes, every delicious sexual encounter to be worthy of the readers entire investment. She has many popular works in her bibliography, but her name became even more well-known when 2017's

    hit the masses. With such an addi

    There is a tiny handful of authors I trust with the erotica I read and

    is at the top of that list. She gives equal dedication to all components within her novels which allows every character, every plot and subplot, every witty line and underlying theme, and yes, every delicious sexual encounter to be worthy of the readers entire investment. She has many popular works in her bibliography, but her name became even more well-known when 2017's

    hit the masses. With such an addictive story and well-deserved success, readers (and apparently publishers) needed more!

    is Reisz's answer to their call.

    Spoiler contains my spin on the book synopsis:

    Erotic romance meets mythological re-imaginings,

    could only come from the mind of

    . Written to work as a standalone, this installment will perfectly satisfy readers new to the series as well as existing fans. Well-researched, funny, and delightfully creative, once you enter this dream world of goddesses, gods, and Godwicks, you won't ever want to wake up. Check it out!

    Note: There is an identity mystery of sorts floating throughout this book. It will likely be no mystery at all to you as the reader even though it takes our heroine quite some time to make it to the big reveal. I believe it's spelled out for the reader intentionally. Who wants to be mentally distracted when there's so much fun to be had? I foresee this being a possible criticism so just wanted to put in my 2 cents.

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  • Chris  C - A Midlife Wife

    Wow! What a crazy fantasy ride. 4.5 stars

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I have to say I am surprised at myself. For a genre I rarely read, this one surprised the hell out of me.

    Maybe it was the author who took a chance outside of her normal writing style. Maybe it was the entire fact that the story was so different and intriguing. Maybe it was because it was sexy as hell.

    Whatever it was, I became enthralled with Greek mythology and the beautiful blend between today and another age - real or not.

    The chara

    Wow! What a crazy fantasy ride. 4.5 stars

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I have to say I am surprised at myself. For a genre I rarely read, this one surprised the hell out of me.

    Maybe it was the author who took a chance outside of her normal writing style. Maybe it was the entire fact that the story was so different and intriguing. Maybe it was because it was sexy as hell.

    Whatever it was, I became enthralled with Greek mythology and the beautiful blend between today and another age - real or not.

    The characters were wonderfully depicted. I loved the dry humor and bit of snark. But I especially loved the hot connection between the two of them. Damn!

    If you are looking for something different in a romance, The Rose is it!

    * copy received for review consideration

  • CC

    Lady Ophelia “Lia” Godwick, a lover of Greek mythology, receives an ancient kylix wine cup as a gift for her college graduation. Thrilled by the beauty of the artifact, Lia soon learns the myths surrounding it and becomes entranced by the fantasy offered by the enigmatic Augustine “August” Bowman.

    From the beginning, the narrative is like story time when listeners gather in a circle to hear a grand tale, and this particular st

    Lady Ophelia “Lia” Godwick, a lover of Greek mythology, receives an ancient kylix wine cup as a gift for her college graduation. Thrilled by the beauty of the artifact, Lia soon learns the myths surrounding it and becomes entranced by the fantasy offered by the enigmatic Augustine “August” Bowman.

    From the beginning, the narrative is like story time when listeners gather in a circle to hear a grand tale, and this particular story is centered on the erotic symbolism of mythological heroes and gods. As Lia agrees to partake in the fantasies as a means to resolve her pending problem, the plot seamlessly weaves into the past taking Lia and August to mystical and ethereal places.

    What I always love about the writing of Tiffany Reisz is her sheer storytelling ability. Getting immersed into each Greek tableau felt as though I was transformed into their playground, where gods wreak havoc and take pleasure as they wish. The story of Achilles, Patroclus and Briseis was a particular standout for me and also Aethra and Poseidon. Of course, Danaë and Zeus was the golden scene.

    The connection between Lia and August is rather steamy with elements of flirtation and naivety weaved into their dynamic. August exudes charm, mischief and his directness about sex was refreshing compared to Lia’s prissy facade. Though I was expecting a dirtier book, I still enjoyed the fantasy, symbolism and characters.

    is a beautifully written story about fated love and will appeal to those looking for a true romance.

  • Lo Bookfrantic

     

     

    was a daddy's girl; her father spoiled her so much that when he made a graduation party for her he gave her an ancient cup.  Her love for Greek mythology was her life and this gift meant everything to her. 

     

     

     

    was a daddy's girl; her father spoiled her so much that when he made a graduation party for her he gave her an ancient cup.  Her love for Greek mythology was her life and this gift meant everything to her. 

     

     

    was a very interesting character.  He sees Lia on her graduation party and became friends with her.  Lia's new cup was special and they both knew it.  It somewhat connected them two in a deeper level but what they didn't know was that it will turned into an adventure that they never want to com back from.

     

     

    I am going to be honest; I am pretty bad at remembering named and characters specially all the Greek gods; it was confusing for me because I honestly don't remember any of them hahaha.  I still enjoyed the story thought because the author did a great job putting a very enchanted tale where two characters manage to make their fantasies come true.  The places they transported and the things they saw were so vivid described that made the chapters so much interesting. 

     

    Overall; I enjoyed this book it had very likable characters and the chemistry between Lia and August was on point. I was kind of expecting it to be a erotic as book one which was one of my favorites but even thought it wasn't as steamy I still found it enjoyable.  

    will be appealing to readers who enjoy Greek mythology and a good romantic adventure. 

     

      

  • Felicia

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    Jeeeeez looooeeeeze I never thought I could enjoy a book about Greek mythology but I should have know that Tiffany Reisz could bring me there.

    The Rose is the second book in The Red series but can certainly stand on it's own.

    Two decades after The Red, The Rose picks up with the daughter of Mona from book one, Ophelia (Lia).

    Where in The Red each chapter took us on a fantastical journey through the world of art and infamous paintings, similarly The Rose takes us on

    _________________________________

    Jeeeeez looooeeeeze I never thought I could enjoy a book about Greek mythology but I should have know that Tiffany Reisz could bring me there.

    The Rose is the second book in The Red series but can certainly stand on it's own.

    Two decades after The Red, The Rose picks up with the daughter of Mona from book one, Ophelia (Lia).

    Where in The Red each chapter took us on a fantastical journey through the world of art and infamous paintings, similarly The Rose takes us on journeys featuring legendary mythological couples.

    I have to say that I enjoyed The Rose much more than The Red. I loved the magical forays into the Greek Gods and found their stories much more interesting than the interpretation of famous paintings as in The Red.

    The research that Reisz has put into this series is unfathomable and is worthy of applause. She is a phenomenal writer with original ideas in a genre that is saturated with cliché.

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    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • warhawke

    Erotic Fantasy

    Standalone Book 2 of The Red series

    Third Person

    Lady Ophelia (Lia) Godwick lived and breathed Greek mythology. For her graduation party, her beloved father bought her a special ancient wine cup. Unbeknownst to her, Augustine (August) Bowman, an antique collector set his eyes on the same prize. What she thought was an ordinary cup turned into an erotic adventure she would never forget.

    Erotic Fantasy

    Standalone Book 2 of The Red series

    Third Person

    Lady Ophelia (Lia) Godwick lived and breathed Greek mythology. For her graduation party, her beloved father bought her a special ancient wine cup. Unbeknownst to her, Augustine (August) Bowman, an antique collector set his eyes on the same prize. What she thought was an ordinary cup turned into an erotic adventure she would never forget.

    I love Greek mythology since I was in college. And I love porn. So this book is the best combination of both worlds haha!

    I enjoyed following Lia and August’s adventures throughout the book where they relived various mythological couples’ sexual encounters. There were good varieties of eroticism among the stories ranging from sweet and romantic to thrilling and dirty. My favorites were Briseis & Achilles (who is my favorite Greek hero) and Eros & Psyche. Oh, of course, Aethra & Poseidon too. Though I have to say this book was a lot milder than

    .

    Lia and August had good chemistry and were entertaining with their banters. The supporting characters were equally amusing. Sometimes I even found myself reading the dialogue in a posh British accent.

    The Rose is a tale healing and sexual liberation. It would appeal to readers who crave to embark on erotic fantasy adventures.

  • Navessa

    Because, at heart, I am a romance reader. Sure, I dabble in fantasy and history and contemporary literature, but if there isn’t at least a

    of a romantic subplot, you bet your ass I’ll probably knock a half star off the rating. Sure, I’ll chalk it up to some other “reason”, but that’s bullshit.

    Don’t judge me.

    The problem with my overwhelming love of romance is that I demand a lot from it. I’ve read so much of the genre that my pet pee

    Because, at heart, I am a romance reader. Sure, I dabble in fantasy and history and contemporary literature, but if there isn’t at least a

    of a romantic subplot, you bet your ass I’ll probably knock a half star off the rating. Sure, I’ll chalk it up to some other “reason”, but that’s bullshit.

    Don’t judge me.

    The problem with my overwhelming love of romance is that I demand a lot from it. I’ve read so much of the genre that my pet peeves have morphed into giant, book eating monsters. If too many of them appear, they’ll tear the thing apart in my hands.

    Ragebeast male leads? Fuck that noise. Dubious consent? I’m out! Insta-love? *vomits noisely*

    But give me a consensual slow-burn and I’m happy. Add in a bunch of accurate history and I am delirious. That’s what

    does.

    You can tell that Reisz did her research here. Or that she’s at least as big of a history nerd as I am. Because it’s not just the Greek myths that permeate these pages, but some well-placed, casual mentions of other historical facts. There’s a passage about Mary Shelley’s

    that is especially poignant, delivered in such a crushing way that I had to set my kindle down for a second and say a little pray of thanks to the pantheon that I was born when I was.

    History has not been kind to women.

    For me, this book contains the best form of historical incorporation. Because really, when you add in this much history, you’re world building. Reisz laid it out in such an organic way that it never felt info-dumpy or forced. And while she acknowledged the cruelty endured by women in Ancient Greece, she found so many ways to subvert it. To have Lia and August re-write these tales while still acknowledging their darker origins.

    The blurb for this book is so spot on. Lia is gifted what she’s told is a magical erotic cup, and she is believably reticent about its powers. Even when she and the male lead, August, take their first sips of wine from it and descend into the myth of Andromeda and Perseus, she chalks it up to something rational like hallucinogenic compound traces in the clay paired with hypnosis.

    I really appreciated this aspect. So often in stories with paranormal elements something like this happens: “Oh, hey, I’m a vampire!” Followed by, “No shit? Cool!” Here, Lia portrayed the perfect amount of disbelief throughout the entire story.

    And whoo boy, what a story it was. Through her and August, I got to relive not only Andromeda and Perseus, but a non-rapey Briseis and Achilles (and Patroclus – oh my!), a gender-swapped Psyche and Eros, a hilarious Dinoysus and Ariadne, Pan, Poseidon, Zeus, you name them, they make an appearance here.

    This is my first book by Reisz, and from my friend’s reviews of her other works, I expected to be titillated. I did not expect to ugly-laugh my way through this. Between Lia’s highly inappropriate parents, to her and August’s whip-sharp back and forth dialogue, I spent the entirety of this book as amused as I was turned on.

    Quite a feat, because this is hot AF.

    But it’s so much more than time-traveling sex. In between the historical flashbacks, there’s another plot unfolding. One revolving around male power and the many ways in which men can hurt women. It was handled so well. The feminism, the progressive thinking on the part of the MCs and their friends and families, the (for once!) positive depiction of prostitution, the subversion of the patriarchy in a million small ways – I AM SO HERE FOR IT.

    Even though I was given an ARC of this, I’m buying it when it comes out. Firstly, that cover is gawg. Secondly, I can easily see myself re-reading this over and over again.

    If you enjoy braingasms as much as you do orgasms, add this one to your TBR immediately.

    And to answer the author’s question in her acknowledgments:

    YES, PLEASE. MORE OF THIS SERIES. I LIKED IT SO MUCH I ACTUALLY READ THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS FOR ONCE.

  • Helga

    It is Lia’s university graduation party and because of her interest and love for Greek mythology, she receives the Rose kylix as a gift from her father. This kylix which was a drinking vessel used in ancient Greece, is rumored to have been used in the temple ceremonies of Eros and has powers beyond imagination.

    One of the guests at the party, August Bowman who is a wealthy Greek art collector, would pay any price to have the kylix. But would Lia part with it? To what lengths would August go to h

    It is Lia’s university graduation party and because of her interest and love for Greek mythology, she receives the Rose kylix as a gift from her father. This kylix which was a drinking vessel used in ancient Greece, is rumored to have been used in the temple ceremonies of Eros and has powers beyond imagination.

    One of the guests at the party, August Bowman who is a wealthy Greek art collector, would pay any price to have the kylix. But would Lia part with it? To what lengths would August go to have what he desires? Would Lia dare to test the kylix’s magical power?

    This was very different from what I usually read. I thought it would be more historical fiction than eroticism. That said, it was entertaining and fast paced. Readers who like erotic stories would enjoy this one.

    Thanks to the author, Mira books and the NetGalley for providing me with a copy.

  • Nazanin

    Lia is twenty-one-year-old and is the madam of an illegal escort agency. She has wealthy, powerful parents and loves Greek mythology. August is in his thirties and has been buying up ancient artifacts. He also is a sacred prostitute. They both have so many in common. They meet at Lia’s graduation party. At that party, Lia’s father gives her a gift, a very dangerous gift…

    Well, I’m not really into mythology but I liked the first book in the series, I liked the author’s writing and I liked

    Lia is twenty-one-year-old and is the madam of an illegal escort agency. She has wealthy, powerful parents and loves Greek mythology. August is in his thirties and has been buying up ancient artifacts. He also is a sacred prostitute. They both have so many in common. They meet at Lia’s graduation party. At that party, Lia’s father gives her a gift, a very dangerous gift…

    Well, I’m not really into mythology but I liked the first book in the series, I liked the author’s writing and I liked the idea of both books. my only issue was the prolonged sex scenes. It was comprehensible considering the subject matter but still it was too much for me. Told in single POV, 3rd person. It’s the second installment in "The Red" series with character crossover but it can be read as a standalone. Overall, I liked this and hope you enjoy it as well!

    Thanks to Tiffany Reisz, Netgalley and Harlequin-Mira for the advanced digital copy in exchange an honest review.

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