Published by MIRA on April 16th 2019
Genres: Adult Erotica
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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
The Rose happens years after The Red but it carries the same mythological sensuality that we experienced in The Red. In the same way, The Rose transport us into a world of mythology, gods, goddesses and sex. In a style that only Reisz can craft we meet Lia, an independent young woman that at the age of 21 has found herself in a very powerful position, with very interesting practices and even more appealing list of clients. But that’s not all there is to Lia, she is also the daughter of eccentric parents, eccentric enough to gift her very expensive things, and eccentric enough to throw lavish graduation parties.
It is during her graduation party that she meets August, a mysterious man who is bent on getting his hands on her graduation gift, a gift that seems very important to him. It isn’t until August makes a claim that the gift (a kylix/a wine cup) is dated 500BC and one to have been used in the temple ceremonies to the goddess Aphrodite that Lia finds herself pushed into a world that is as addictive and sensual as August himself. But even after all is been said, Lia is still skeptical. August claims sound too absurd to be believable but she can’t deny the spark of curiosity and the feeling that she may be in for more she can bargain for.
I absolutely loved every page of this story. In a style that it is unique to Reisz, we dive into a world of mythology, of godessees and gods, their stories and their games. The story is charged with energetic sexuality that can only be matched by a charismatic hero & a willing heroine. The story unravels within a world that is both sensual and different, where sex and mythology are almost one and the same and where characters get to explore not just their most dark fantasies but they are able to do it without inhibitions or shame.
There is nothing typical in the way in which Reisz writes these stories. She carries a level of mystery throughout the story that is both enticing and playful. The Rose does not follow the traditional format of an erotic romance, because Reisz isn’t known for following rules or for being a traditionalist. The Rose is not filled with deep angsts or troubles that require great sacrifices, it is however filled with a fantastic slow burn that is only matched by the chemistry and the raw desire for fulfillment that follow these characters from one page to another.
In a way that has become key in her writing, Reisz explores these character’s vulnerabilities without compromising their nature and desires. She exploits their sensuality, their need to experience and their need to believe in things that otherwise would’ve been left unexplored. I will forever keep coming back for more because only Reisz can deliver an arousing story while maintaining a great balance between sex, sensuality.
Do I recommend this book? HELL YEAH!
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