Review: The Rose
USA Today bestselling 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 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.
This is not my usual genre but the premise of the story seeming intriguing so I thought, why not!? I was immediately thrilled (and pleasantly surprised) when the story took a deep dive into Greek Mythology, which I have a soft spot for. And yes, this is a story with magical elements that takes place in the present, so you have to just go with it and not really question things. Reality is entirely not the point of this book - it’s meant to push past boundaries of the mundane and make you believe in the impossible. And that it did.
I was actually really surprised to find that I really liked the way it was written and found myself reading for hours without realizing how much time had passed. A true sign of great storytelling. It was easy to get lost in Lia and August’s crazy world(s) and weave through reality and fantasy alongside them. It did have a predictable but very welcome twist that's easy to overlook when you realize how fun this book actually was to read.
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.