Friday, June 26, 2020

REVIEW: The Rose by Tiffany Reisz


Much like The Red by Tiffany Reisz, The Rose incorporates a sense of magical realism into the erotic romance of Lia and August. Each major section is devoted to a different Greek myth--and boy oh boy will you never think of those myths in the way you were taught in school. They're a million times sexier than you could ever imagine. And in between those sexy myths, there's a story of a prissy madam, her delightful family, and her new...friend, August. You will fly through these pages and be sorry when they're over. 

The acknowledgments hint at at least one more book in this series and I can only hope that we'll get at least that. You don't have to be an art lover or mythology know it all to enjoy these novels, though it might enrich the experience, you'll find yourself swept away without any prior knowledge...and you may even want to pick up a book or two about these gods and goddesses when you're done!



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.

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