Title: Blood of the Rose (Tudor Vampire Chronicles #2)
Author: Kate Pearce
Details: Mass Market Paperback, 320 pgs.
Published: February 28th, 2011 by Penguin
Reading Level: Adult
isbn: 0451232488 (ISBN13: 9780451232489)
Source: Author sent for review
Description: Spoilers from the previous book are included. Do not read if you haven't read the first one.
When vampire slayer Rosalind Llewellyn had to join forces with her enemy Christopher Ellis to defeat a rogue vampire threatening Henry VIII, their alliance led to a surprising passion. Reunited after a year's separation, they now face a new threat that could destroy their last chance at happiness.
I was surprised at how much time had passed (a year) since the last one because the story almost felt like it started right when it left off, or maybe a month or two later. The connection between Christopher and Rosalind was certainly still intact!
This one felt similar to the first one as far as the relationship between the two went. I felt the connection between them, but they've had a year to contemplate their betrothal and what the long term consequences could be. This has created a bit of rift between them as well as the fact that Christopher is friends with the new vampires at court. There's a bit of trouble between them but I was very happy that Kate continued with making sure that the tifts weren't too long and drawn out. There's nothing I hate more then two people who love each other going on and on with creating their own conflicts by lack of communication or something like that. So although these issues came up they were never too long lasting, for the most part anyway. And the love triangle bit wasn't really an issue at all. It's like Rhys has realized that Rosalind's heart has already been given to Christopher and he's quite accepted that. More so then Rosalind sometimes.
I think that Kate does a fantastic job with the sex scenes bit. They're not too numerous nor long and drawn out. Although we know that more is going on in the bedroom she doesn't show us every single time.
I have to warn you though, the last quarter of the book is completely un-put-downable. Seriously, talk about INTENSE! I had to hide out cause the interruptions were about to make me lose my mind. It was awesome.
I LOVE this cover, but I really missed Christopher being on it like he was in the first one. When I caught myself flipping to the cover I realized that I must have spent a LOT of time staring at the cover of the first one. I mean seriously, who wouldn't?
I can't WAIT for the next book, it's scheduled to be out in late summer.
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