Book 84: Kiss of the Rose by Kate Pearce (Rating 2 Wine Glasses)

Posted August 24, 2010 by Felicia S in 2010 Read / 0 Comments


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Desperate to defeat King Richard III and gain the crown, Henry Tudor …more First in a sexy new series that takes a bite out of the court of King Henry VIII

Desperate to defeat King Richard III and gain the crown, Henry Tudor made a pact with the Druids binding him and his heirs to the Druids’ struggle against vampires. Ever since, the Llewellyns, a vampire- slaying family, have been in the king’s employ. Now Henry VIII reigns, and his father’s bargain has been almost forgotten-until bloodless corpses turn up in the king’s bedchamber. To save the king, Vampire hunter Rosalind Llewellyn must form an uneasy alliance with Druid slayer Sir Christopher Ellis. But soon, Rosalind must face an unthinkable truth: that her sworn enemy may be her soulmate..

Publisher: Signet
Purchased: Review copy from Publisher

What I Loved: I thought the premise of the book was both unique and promising.  It was a very brave choice by the author.

What I Liked: I liked the rich detail that was used to bring the court life alive.  It was well done and you could feel like you were part of that world.

Complaints: There are so many things about this book that just did not click with me. I don’t mind obstacles with my “main couple” but Rosalind and Christopher had too many things in their way.  In fact, I never felt like they should get together. I also didn’t think she belonged with Rhys, so it wasn’t even a triangle thing for me. I also didn’t really enjoy the druids vs vampires, druids vs human vampire protectors, the human vampire protectors issues with druids–it was all just too much.

Why I gave it a 2: I really wanted to like this book more than I did.  Kate Pearce is a wonderful writer but this particular story just did not click with me.  I do think it would appeal to others though so please read other reviews before making your final decision. (Read Susi the Geeky Bookworm’s Review–she really enjoyed the book)

Who I would recommend it too:  If you are a PNR or even Historical Romance reader you may find this book as one you want to read.  The Book does have both genres included.

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