Book: The Rose
Series: The Red #2
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Release date: 16 April 2019
Main characters: Ophelia Godwick, daughter of The Earl and Countess of Godwick, apple of their eye, but concealing a secret that could ruin them all. Augustine Bowman, handsome stranger who approaches Lia about a new artefact in her possession.
Plot: When Lia Godwick receives an outrageously beautiful and expensive gift for her graduation, she is struck by its beauty, but nothing can prepare her for its provenance and its significance.
Augustine Bowman is desperate to get his hands on the gift – a kylix – an ornamental cup thought to date back to Ancient Greece. His wish is to return it to its rightful place before it falls into the wrong hands. He’s willing to pay through the nose for it and sweeten the deal for Lia – if only she has the courage to accept his offer.
When a former acquaintance lands Lia in hot water, she has no choice but to accept Augustine’s offer to buy the kylix. But she’s not handing it over without knowing precisely what she stands to lose first. One taste from the cup transports Lia and August to unspeakable pleasures and fantasies – ones that feel so real the lines between reality and fantasy start to blur. Will Lia be able to part with the cup and August…?
Why you should read it: Oh my! This book’s release is timely actually, as I’m currently devouring Stephen Fry’s Heroes, (also about Greek myths) so I felt super smart reading and keeping up with a book about Greek mythology with lots of erotica added in! The plot was engaging and playful, with a delicate and contradictory heroine – innocent in many ways, yet leading a double life. Her interactions with August were sparky and full of excellent dialogue, which made me laugh and keep on reading. August was all you would want in a hero – confident, sexy and all about his partner’s pleasure. I enjoyed their verbal jousting and how quickly they became allies, then lovers. The book had all the elements I enjoy – references to great books, intrigue, romance and obstacles to be overcome. The chemistry was off the charts – it was seriously hot. It built and built and built.
What you may not like: I think if you liked The Red, there’s no reason you won’t like this – I preferred this book, as it was so vivid and so much seemed to happen in it. The characters felt real to me and I wanted them together so much! If Greek mythology and fantasy isn’t your thing you may struggle with it – but I can’t recommend it enough.
Rating: 5/5 for a well-crafted story and world to escape into. This isn’t a book to binge on, it needs to be enjoyed and savoured. And savour it, I did.