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Blood Rose by Riley Shane
Series: Realm of Nine #1
Published by Self Published on 2012-12-14
Genres: Erotic, Paranormal
Reviewed by Miranda
To save his people, a half-mad prince must enlist the aid of a woman who has no reason to help him...and who he has every reason to desire.At sixteen, Rose Carrison lost both her parents and her freedom. Since her father's death, Rose has had to pick up the mantle of her family's legacy and guard an object of incredible power, one the monsters who murdered her parents would kill to get their hands on. After ten years on the run, Rose's luck finally runs out. A fate worse than death threatens to consume her. Then, out of the darkness, comes the most unlikely of rescuers...Grayson van Court is a man skating on the edge of damnation. He's a revenant: a powerful, blood-drinking, returned-from-the-dead, magical creature that no other magical species wants anything to do with. For centuries, Gray has bargained and fought for the revenants' right to survive, but his efforts are hampered by his sociopathic mother and the madness that permeates his own soul. When Gray rescues Rose from his mother's machinations, his intention is only to stop the attacks against his people that would surely come if Rose were harmed. But then he sees her, and everything changes. Two people who should never have met soon find themselves fighting side by side for the chance at a love that could prove to be their salvation.Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, violence, and material that some readers may find objectionable.
Rosaline Carrison is the last of her family’s line. For generations her family has been responsible for a box that holds the key to the revenants existence. If the box were to fall into the wrong hands it could spell danger for the world. At sixteen Rosaline lost her parents as the vicious revenant Queen tried to get the box and she has been running ever since. With only her bodyguards as friends, her life has become a lonely and frustrating one but she is determined to keep her family’s legacy alive.
Grayson van Court is the revenant Prince. He leads a faction of revenants that have turned against the Queen and her abhorrent ways. He will do anything to keep the box out of the Queen’s deadly grip. When the keeper of the box is captured by the Queen’s minions, Gray must race to save her and the world. However, Gray never expected his heart to be awakened by the stunning Rosaline. Rescuing her may be easy but keeping her safe is another story. The Queen has her scent and is determined to dominate the world with the secrets within the box.
Grayson and Rosaline are an unlikely duo but together they may be the only way to stop the Queen. The other leaders in the Realm of Nine are not too keen on Gray and Rose making nice and may attempt to keep them apart. The battle is only just beginning. Can Gray and Rose survive with their hearts and minds in tact?
Riley Shane’s Blood Rose is a sublime paranormal romance set in an ingenious world. Ms. Shane got the story started with an intense scene that mesmerized me. I find the premise of Blood Rose to be a fresh and compelling new take on vampire romance. The characters are complex and easy to become enamored with. I cannot wait to read more about all of these people I’ve become invested in. Gray and Rose share a scorching chemistry. The passion between them is sizzling! I love these two! I also love that Ms. Shane kept surprising me.
There are so many twists and turns in Blood Rose. I truly was not expecting all the things that happened. The action sequences are fast and powerful you will feel like you are a part of the action. One of the things I love about Gray is that he rides the line of good and evil. He is constantly doing battle with himself. Sometimes this can go wrong in a story and become tiring but Ms. Shane manages to turn Gray into an undeniably strong character that you want to cheer on. What comes off exceptionally well in Blood Rose is the feeling that the world truly hinges on the contents of the box that Rose is charged with protecting. I definitely felt the apocalyptic tension that accompanies the box legacy. And the fact that in a world filled with supernatural entities the box is entrusted to a human just increases the palpable suspense in Blood Rose. I can’t wait to find out what happens next in the Realm of Nine! Please note that Blood Rose does feature some m/m, ménage, BDSM and voyeurism scenes.