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The Rose by Tiffany Reisz Book Review

Updated: Jan 25, 2021


The Rose

by Tiffany Reisz

Published by 8th Circle Press

Book 2 in the Godwicks Series


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.

RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:

Steamy Erotica Interesting

Romance

The Rose is the second book in Tiffany Reisz's Godwick's series, and centers around Lia Godwick, daughter of The Red's Mona St. James (now Godwick), and her husband Spencer Godwick (Lord Malcolm's great-grandson from the Red). Lia, who is obsessed with Greek mythology, is gifted a beautiful kylix as a graduation gift, and with it seems to come August Bowman, a thirty year old Greek mythology enthusiast who was outbid for the kylix himself. Why does he want it? Because it's not just any kylix, but a magical one, one that can immerse the ones who drink from it into their sexual fantasies. August is willing to buy it from her ... but Lia has another idea, one that gets them more entangled than either ever imagined.


I enjoyed The Rose. In fact, I enjoyed it more than I did The Red. I think it all comes down to something The Red doesn't have: chemistry. Where The Red is pure erotica, The Rose has a touch of romance to it. It doesn't skip of the erotica though. Tiffany Reisz's bread and butter is sex, and lots of it. The Rose doesn't disappoint. Much like how in The Red, Mona re-enacts famous controversial paintings with what I think is a ghost ... not sure ... The Rose's couple re-enacts some of greek's most famous myth's. Another reason why I enjoyed it more, actually. Who doesn't love Greek mythology?


Another reason I enjoyed The Rose more than the Red: the characters. Lia has a bit more substance than her mother's character did in The Red. And how could you not be enchanted by August? Highly sexual, sure ... but he falls for Lia, and, spoiler -----------> when Lia tells him she would be okay if he continued having sex with other people, as long as he came back to her, he pretty much said he has already done a lot of that. <----------------. Since Lia is the daughter of The Red's Mona, and Spencer, who we meet at the end of The Red, we get an update on them as well. While I like them as parents ... I'm still not warmed to their characters. I love that they love each other deeply. I do. And I am an open minded woman. BUT, I like monogamy. Their openness about their wild and free sex lives have obviously impacted their children.


If you enjoyed The Red, I believe you will also enjoy The Rose. It has a bit more fleshy bits to this one, and doesn't skimp on the sex ... and just like The Red, there is some rather ... unbelievable and unrealistic sex -----------> Li