Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Blood of the Rose (The Tudor Vampire Chronicles, #2)Blood of the Rose by Kate Pearce

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In book two of Kate Pearce’s fascinating genre-bending series, unlikely lovers Rosalind Llewelyn and Christopher Ellis are reunited after being apart for one year. They’re enemies because of their family loyalties and ideologies, but they are once again brought together by a common goal: to eliminate any vampire threats to the king. Despite being at odds, they share a fiery passion. Continuing the story from the first book in the series, Rosalind and Christopher are still betrothed, and their families are none too pleased about it. But the families aren’t so opposed that they won’t try to use the betrothal to their advantage. Meanwhile, King Henry VIII has ditched his queen in favor of Anne Boleyn, who is not only a vampire, but part of a sinister vampire plot to take over the world. She also has her own dark agenda, and she makes a truly delicious villain.

Readers will enjoy this fast-paced tale of twisted and shifting alliances, passion, intrigue, suspense and deceit. I especially like the clever blending of fact and fiction and the utilization of recognizable historical figures as central characters in the story. This series brings the characters to life and will capture the attention of readers of both paranormal romance and historical fiction. The gorgeous cover deserves a special mention, because once again the folks in the art department at Signet Eclipse have pulled out all the stops.

While Blood of the Rose can probably be read as a standalone book, I would strongly recommend that the series be read in order for everything to really make sense. I suspect this will be even more important as the series progresses. The deeper I get in this series the more I like it, and I’m really looking forward to Ms. Pearce’s next book.

4 1/2 Kisses, 1 Pepper (m/f)

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