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…
Releasing tomorrow, THE ROSE is available to pre-order with all fine retailers!
Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF
The Rose, oh what a fantasy read. Chock full of all good things Tiffany Reisz. Encasing all of the little gems I relish in a fine book. The author really knows her subject matter. I have always had a deep fascination with ancient Greece and the mythologies behind their Gods.
The Rose is the second in a series aptly named The Red; either can be read separately. Lia is her own person with her own personality and quirks; her tale has no bearing on what came before. Her parents are art lovers and for her graduation from university, her father purchases her a gift appropriate for someone who loves Greek Mythology.
Upon entering, August Bowman is a man with incredible mysteries and desires. He badly wants something and Lia is not willing to part with it. What transpires next is sure to be some of the finest lust and heat I have had the privilege of reading.
“Lia, I could make you come so hard that your body floats three feet off the sheets and lightning will explode from your belly. You will see smells and hear colors. The heavens will break open and you will touch the face of God when I make you come. And I could do it with my hands tied behind my back.”
There is a certain expectation when it comes to this author and the books she creates. She has a penchant for erotic. The more sex the better if you ask me. She never holds back and always and in this reviewer’s opinion, follows the tale where it tells her to go, never where she thinks it should. With intensity, there is always levity. Humility and stupidity are also scattered throughout where appropriate.
‘“I am going to proceed,” she said, “on the assumption that you are a sane person who occasionally says insane things like ‘the Greek gods exist’ and ‘I’ve had sex with a cloud.’”
Throughout there are questions; who is August Bowman and why can Lia not deny him? Can Lia uncover the truth before she gets her heart smashed into a million pieces? I would like to say thank you to Ms. Reisz for once again piquing my curiosity and bringing me another truly wonderful escape from reality.
Tiffany Reisz is the USA Today-bestselling author of the Romance Writers of America RITA®-winning Original Sinners series from Harlequin’s Mira Books.
Born in Owensboro, Kentucky, Tiffany graduated from Centre College with a B.A. in English. She began her writing career while a student at Wilmore, Kentucky’s Asbury Theological Seminary. After leaving seminary to focus on her fiction, she wrote The Siren, which has sold more than half a million copies worldwide.
Tiffany also writes mainstream women’s suspense fiction, including The Bourbon Thief (winner of the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence Award) and the RITA®-nominated The Night Mark.
Her erotic fantasy The Red—self-published under the banner 8th Circle Press—was named an NPR Best Book of the Year and a Goodreads Best Romance of the Month. It also received a coveted starred review from Library Journal.
Tiffany lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer, and two cats. The cats are not writers.