The Rose

The Rose

by Tiffany Reisz

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Overview

Bestselling author Tiffany Reisz returns with an imaginative tale 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778307921
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 87,317
Product dimensions: 5.26(w) x 7.93(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tiffany Reisz is a multi-award winning and bestselling author. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer. Find her online at www.tiffanyreisz.com.

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The Rose 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
In true Tiffany Reisz fashion she doesn't disapoint with The Rose.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Couldn't put this one down! Easy read with fun plot twist!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Another+beautiful+masterpiece+by+Ms.+Reisz%21+I+devoured+this+book+-+highly+recommend+it.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I love how Tiffany writes. I was a bit hesitant at first thinking - how's this going to work? And,, of course it does. You'll be wanting an August for yourself when it's all over. Sit back and enjoy the fantasy.
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
At first, I was a bit confused on how this was connected to the first book, THE RED. I did have to skim the last few pages to confirm my thoughts. Mona's daughter, Lia is all grown up and following in her great grand father's foot steps. I wasn't a fan of the first book but I loved every minute of THE ROSE. Ms. Reisz did a fabulous job of weaving together mystery, Mythology, eroticism and plain ole good story telling. She does hint at a book 3 and I would love to get a shot at ready something about Mona and Spencer. It's been over twenty years since we last saw them and Mona seems like a totally different person. I'm dying to see what Spencer did to her :)
RandysGal69 More than 1 year ago
Such a fantastic book! It is Author Tiffany Reisz's authentic style of steamy, sexy and fantasy world that captures you from beginning to end. Enjoyed the characters of August and Lia. They kept me on my toes of what the outcome would be between these two. Seductive, humorous, mysterious and soo much fun to read. Another fun erotic book to add to your collection!
Elena_L More than 1 year ago
The premise of "The Rose" was very good: romance and Greek mythology with a layer of mystery/fantasy. I read it not knowing that it was part of a series, however, it can be read as a stand alone. I picked this book up very fast - I was totally invested in the story as I dived into in order to find out the interaction between Lia, August Bowman and ultimately the secret behind the ancient kylix wine cup that she is gifted for her college graduation. I found the division of the chapters very creative and compelling and "The Rose" is mainly a plot-driven book (although without many twists). What didn't work for me was that I gradually lost my interest in the characters and ended up not connecting with them. I wish there was more to tell about the mythology context. While the fantasy parts were good, throughout the story the romance scenes pretty much became quite the same for me. Having said that, I enjoyed a lot the author's writing style, being easy and immersive. Finally, the ending was satisfying and left me wanting more. Hence, I would read more by Tiffany Reisz. [I received an ARC from Harlequin and all opinions are my own]
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Every time I see that there's a new Tiffany Reisz book coming out, I think awesome, I really like Tiffany Reisz! without really remembering, however, exactly how AWESOME Tiffany Reisz's books are until I start reading them. She. Is. Seriously. Freaking. Amazing. I haven't yet read The Red (I know! I OWN it! I have no excuse...it's up at the top of my TBR now, though, believe me!) but you really don't have to have read it (yet!) to truly enjoy the second book in the series. The heroine of book one is the mother of Lia, our heroine here--we do hear plenty about how her parents met and more than Lia wants to about their healthy sex lives, but starting the series here worked just fine. If nothing else, it's been years since the events of that book took place--this one starts at Lia's graduation party from Kings College, so we're not *exactly* picking up where the last book left off, anyway. The blurb for this book doesn't even begin to do it justice, although it is perfectly accurate. Reisz's tale is a perfect blend of eroticism and romance, giving us mythology with a modern twist that both makes the ancient stories more palatable but still acknowledges the darkness of their origins. (Lia and August do a gender-swap version of the Psyche and Eros myth! So. Good. And don't get me started on the Achilles-Brisies-Patroclus portion, OMG.) To be honest, I have a tendency to skip over sex scenes in some books, especially after the first one--just get to the story, already!--but I wouldn't dare to in any of Ms. Reisz's books. They're that good, and that vital to the overall story she is telling. Like every other book I've read by her, The Rose is so much more than just a titillating read. It's hot as heck, don't get me wrong, but it's also smart, romantic, and made me laugh out loud more than once. Lia and August's conversation is as snarky and fun as it is hot AF. A conversation between Lia and her mother offers a searing assessment on the treatment of women in history and in art that will stay with me long after Ms. Reisz is done writing this series (PLEASE tell me she's not done with this series yet! I need more!) and there are so many clever twists and turns in the plot--honestly, I have no idea how she manages to come up with her plots--they're so well thought out and engrossing, and details that you barely even noticed from the early chapter suddenly become ...OMG, remember when...and now... moments later on. An ongoing mystery in the book is pretty heavily hinted at for readers throughout--Lia remains adorably clueless, of course. She's also exactly as dubious as she should be about the possibility of the ancient gods and goddesses being real and relevant today, because I mean really, even though plenty of proof abounds. Again, exactly as it should be! I'm honestly not even coming close to doing this book justice. If you're a fan of smart erotica, read it. If you're a history and mythology nerd, read it. If you love romance that makes you think as much as it makes you swoon, for the love of the gods, READ IT NOW! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
gigiluvsbooks2 More than 1 year ago
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. Review: I loved that it intertwined art, fantasy and kinky-ness. The story was truly unique. Both books in this series are so very different from other romances, that make me love them more. Lia and August are such interesting and intriguing character, they are a great combination. The way the Author wove the first and second book together worked to make a greater, mysterious world. I loved the ending, thought it was perfect. There is lots of kinky goodness in this story, but thought they were excellently done. Now, it is not all fun and sexiness, there is emotion and drama woven into the story too. I will say if you want a sexy, unique erotic fantasy story, you should read this one! 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
Melerickson More than 1 year ago
Oh to spend one day in the mind of Tiffany Reisz. What a brilliant playground. This tale of the Rose takes eroticism to levels you don't even expect. We are reliving and retelling some of the most sensual and famous stories in mythology. I enjoyed greek mythology and this has a much sexier appeal if that is even possible. This is the Story of Ophelia aka Lia the daughter of Mona from The Red ( if you haven't read that you really should its excellent but you don't have to for this story). Magic and mythology ,Beliefs and following your heart. This was so entertaining from the start your engrossed in a world of reality and fantasy. Gods and Mortals what could be better. I was done for. A much needed change from modern day romance. Absolute Must read. PLEASE GO FOR THREE!*
JamieS More than 1 year ago
Thank you Netgalley for the eARC. I was introduced by this author and have read a few of her books. A delicious tale of romance mixed with magic and mythology. Very fun to read and a keep you wanting more book. I will be reading more from this author!!
Towrin Zaman More than 1 year ago
The Greek mythology fan in me is so satisfied right now! I chose this book mainly because of the mention of a Greek god. But I was pleased to find the book full of stories about Greek gods and goddesses. And of course, the graphic scenes were really well written too. It did not touch on monotony once. Maybe because of all the fantastical elements. I really liked Lia as a character and could empathize with her. August was a mysterious character right from the beginning. But I loved how he treated Lia. Lia's parents were a riot to read about. There was a mixture of hilarity and sweetness in the relationship between Lia and her parents that I just adored. I personally am not a fan of the erotica genre and only read it if ever mood strikes. What bugs me about this genre is that most of them tend to be weak in plot which is there just as an instrument. But Reisz weaves a fascinating tale about greek mythology, fantasy and a woman's journey to self-realization, with of course tons of smut for those who love it! I would like to point out, though, that there were a few typos and grammatical errors. But I'm sure that by the time of its release, the final edited version will be free of them. So no complaints about that.
Hilzie More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Ms. Reisz's other works and this one is no different. The complexity needed to create this story is astonishing. Her ability to pay attention to details in her world-building, especially when it comes to the Greek mythology, is compelling. The level of research required to invest into each of the erotic dreamscapes is a lot and there are like 4 of them on top of the general Parthenon that is thrown around. Yet, Ms. Reisz's is able to seamless work all of it into a magical, erotic, romance that, quite frankly I couldn't put down. I was up until 3am finishing it. It's beautifully written and wonderfully done. I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tiffany Reisz once again takes us on a walk through history. This erotic story centers around Greek Mythology. The characters are well developed. As usual, we get to follow two people who live in this world and beyond it. If your a first-time reader of this author this is the perfect book to get a sense of her storytelling. For her fans, this is a great new read for us. So either way, no one is left out, enjoy.
DJTP More than 1 year ago
A very spicy book. The Rose by Tiffany Reisz. When I requested the book I didn't realize it was part of a series but I was still able to enjoy the storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The mind of Tiffany Reisz never cease to amaze me! The thing I liked the most about the first book, "The Red", was that it was so different. Mixing new with old. History and art. It was sinfully hot with - a twist. And now with “The Rose"! Omg! Greek Mythology has never been more interesting that's for sure. My knowledge of the Greek Gods is pretty slim, but now, I feel like I have to learn more. It all began with Lia's birthday, a Greek artifact gifted by her dad, a handsome stranger and a big regret from her past. There is a connection between this artifact and the stranger and Lia's knowledge of Greek Mythology will take her on a journey beyond her wildest imagination. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I only knew from reading the first one that I needed more. And now after reading this one, I feel lost, I need even more. But can any new book top this one? I've been a huge Tiffany Reisz fan for some years now and I'm pretty sure Ms. Reisz can do it. She did say after "The Red" that there wouldn't be a sequel ... I am for sure going to dream about hot, Greek Gods tonight.
Timitra More than 1 year ago
The Rose was awesome. I loved the way the author wove Greek mythology into a modern story. I also loved the fact that it was a super naughty read yet it highlighted serious issues. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and definitely recommend to those who love erotic romance.
CarissaR More than 1 year ago
Shame on me! I didn't do my homework and didn't realize Lia is the daughter of Mona and Spencer Godwick from The Red!!!!! This is a complete standalone, but I might have enjoyed it a teeny tiny bit more if I knew that! Anyways, I LOVE ancient Greek Mythology. This modern, hot story is filled with so many of them with their twist on stories with Lia and August in starring roles. It was a nice treat because Greek Mythology is something I don't come across often. I love how the cover model of the book is incorporated in the last chapter. Oh, I wonder what could be next in The Red series, I look forward to it!
Sasha_E More than 1 year ago
I’ve read a lot of erotica in my days and very few people do it as well as Reisz. Much like The Red, this story is incredibly unique. It explores sexual desires and melds with Greek mythology and their notable characters for truly seductive read. I was absolutely unable to put this book down once I started. I loved Lia’s character. She embraced her desires and their deeper meaning, while determined to keep her business ventures secret. She wasn’t just doing this for self preservation, but more so for the people she cares about. I really liked that while exploring her fantasies she found a confidence that she lacked in her real life. This book was so artistic and clever. I always get excited when something that’s equally different and fantastic comes along. I loved everything about this story and would highly recommend picking this one up ASAP. I can only hope that we get more stories like this from the author.
onemused More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars THE ROSE is an erotic journey through Greek mythology. Ophelia (Lia) runs an escort service with some of her friends, and though she asked her parents not to have a graduation party for her, her wealthy and proud parents do. On top of that, she is to receive gifts that she has no desire to have- until she sees the gift from her father. Lia has always been fascinated by Greek history and mythology, and her father outbid another gentleman for a kylix, which was a cup to drink wine. As she learns from the man whom her father had outbid, this is no ordinary kylix. It was used in ceremonies of Eros to allow people to live out their sexual fantasies. August Bowman, the man whom her father outbid, shows Lia the cup’s ability, allowing her to live out her fantasy of Andromeda and Perseus. He is hopeful that she will allow him to purchase the cup from her or will give it to him for safe keeping if she understands its power and potential danger. What follows is the use of the kylix to journey through the sex lives of Greek mythology. The book is told in third person limited perspective from Lia’s point-of-view. The book primarily happens in mythology with a little bit of context before intimate scenes. I found these to be long and somewhat drawn out. The overall plot was relatively limited. However, if you have ever wanted to delve into the lives of characters of Greek mythology and enjoy erotica, this book is made for you. The tone of the book is very light and much more teasing than I expected based on the cover and description. I would have loved to have more plot beyond the basics above, but I suppose you know what you are getting into with this genre. The Greek mythology twists certainly spiced it up! I recommend for people who enjoy fantasy/mythology and erotica. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Donatelli More than 1 year ago
Let me start my review by saying that I have never been a huge fan of Greek mythology, much to my husband’s dismay; he finds it fascinating. He has tried and failed to change my mind. Where he has been unable Tiffany Reisz has succeeded with her new book The Rose. Be prepared to enter a world filled with the wildest of erotic Greek mythology fantasies, starring none other than the incredible male and female Gods of ancient Greece. The Rose by Tiffany Reisz is the second book in The Red series. I have not read the first book in this series, but I plan on doing so as soon as possible. The Rose is a beautifully written book that has expanded my knowledge about Greek mythology in fun and sexy ways. Ms. Reisz takes Greek mythology and puts an original erotic twist on it, creating a world that I wanted to delve into and never leave. I must say, I will never look at Greek mythology in the same way and I guarantee neither will you. This book was well researched, and I found myself googling parts to learn more on the subject. The Rose is infused with lust and laughter, deceit and deception and lots of erotic romping all set between the real world set in the 21 century, and the mythical world dating back centuries. This book also contains unique and well-developed characters. Ms. Reisz does a perfect job of balancing the romance/erotic aspects of this book with the underlying plot. She perfectly depicts, through the main character Lia Godwick, the pain a woman with a broken heart feels. I found Lia to be a compelling character she was smart, strong-willed, but also soft-hearted and vulnerable at the same time. August Bowman crashes into Lia’s life at her graduation party, claiming that the gift her father gave her, the Rose Kylix, has mythical powers to elicit the most intimate sexual fantasies. From here the story takes off, intertwining the two main characters with some wonderful fantasies, some cute surprises and a bit of blackmail. I enjoyed the dialogue between August and Lia; it was super smart and kept me turning the pages. No mushy nonsense dialogue found in this book, but there were lots and lots of dazzling steamy mature conversation. You will probably figure out most things in this book, I did, but this book is not about the mystery aspect but the fantastic ride of reading Lia and August’s story. I founded the ending very endearing in a warped poetic justice sort of way, and I did have a good laugh about it. Oh, I'm sorry did you want me to tell you…lol…no spoilers in my reviews. The Rose was a delightful erotic book to read, and I highly recommend it. The Rose is part two of The Red Series but can be read as a standalone book. So now is about the time I smacked myself in the face. I have had the first book in this series since 10/17 and haven’t read it. Please don't make the same mistake I made, make time to read this series! ***I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .***
SpiderEffect More than 1 year ago
Birthday’s are a time of celebration and reflection. For Lia – a gift from her parents intrigues the recent university graduate. The stunning gift is a wine cup decorated with roses that captures not only Lia’s eye but that of another unexpected guest. August Bowman is friends with Lia’s parents, but also someone that knows more about the cup than he initially lets on. Knowing that August is an avid art collector, Lia has a hard time believing everything the handsome stranger shares with her about the Rose kylix. With doubt and uncertainty fueling Lia’s thoughts, there seems to be another feeling that the birthday goddess didn’t expect. As August tempts Lia to live out her fantasies through the kylix, she discovers that she is growing more attracted to August by the moment. A realization that only fuels Lia’s desire to explore all the Rose kylix can offer. Just as Eve was tempted in the Garden of Eden, Lia finds herself drawn to the idea of stepping back into the roles of some of the most salacious times in mythology. With August as her tour guide, Lia decides to discover the nuances of her deepest desires while delving into the greatest love stories in Greek Mythology. Will Lia offer her prized gift from her parents to August? What other secrets are lurking around the kylix and her family’s role in history? Holy Grecian Gods!! Get ready for a journey that will leave you trailing the history books while maintaining delving into the erotic writings of author Tiffany Reisz. The Rose is a bit of a continuation of The Red – another erotic tale that is definitely worth checking out! The Rose is written as a standalone but does have tie-ins to the prior book in the series. What the Rose offers fans is an amazing journey through mythology that will leave a lasting impression on any reader! As a huge fan of The Rose – I absorbed every single word of The Rose in one sitting. Lia and August will heat of your reader with their journey through mythological settings. Intrigue, lore, and other forbidden romps through the past will entice anyone that loves a good erotic tale. While the mythology connection is a huge part of the story, there is also a mystery around Lia’s family that will play an intricate part in this tale of the forbidden. Overall – The rose was a spectacular erotic read that captivated me with the creativity and mythological plot twists!! Make sure you add this one to your collection today!!