November 13, 2020

#BookReview: The Rose (The Godwicks #2) by Tiffany Reisz @8thcirclepress

Synopsis: 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.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review:  
Wow!!! This book was so amazing! I've always loved Greek mythology and seeing some of the myths through Tiffany's wonderfully kink world made them so much better. I think Eros may possibly be my new favorite god. Like all of Tiffany's female characters Ophelia is such an amazing and strong woman, it's impossible not to love her, especially when she shows her vulnerability. And August/Eros is incredibly charming with my kind of sense of humor. I loved how he just wants to take care of Lia and make everything better, if not sexier, for her. I loved getting to know the Godwick family better and can't wait to see what's next for the family. 


The characters are delightfully sympathetic...Intense, lengthy sex scenes, set in lush and creative imaginings of the mythological world, elevate this erotic novel above more prosaic fare.

--"Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

Smart and intriguing.

--"NPR on The Red"

This novel beautifully blends high art and absorbing prose with the sensual rendezvous of famed pairs in Greek legend, including Andromeda and Perseus and Eros and Psyche. An otherworldly, titillating endeavor.

--"Library Journal (starred review)" --This text refers to the mp3_cd edition.

About the Author

Tiffany Reisz graduated with a BA in English from Centre College and is making her parents and her professors proud by writing erotica under her real name. She is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Original Sinners series. 

--This text refers to the mp3_cd edition.

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