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

  • 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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  • 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

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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 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.

  • 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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