When Rosalind Llewellyn had to join forces with her enemy Christopher Ellis to defeat a rogue Vampire threatening Henry VIII, their alliance led to a surprising passion. Reunited after a year’s separation, they face a new threat that could destroy their last chance at happiness.
Christopher is delighted by the spectacular rise a court his friends George and Anne Boleyn. But Rosalind suspects Lady Anne is up to no good – she may even be a Vampire who’s bewitched the king. Now Rosalind must fight to keep Christopher from falling under the woman’s mysterious spell. It isn’t until Anne reveals a dark secret that Christopher awakens to where the true danger lies – and he begins to play a desperate game in order to save the woman he loves……
Blood the Rose takes us back to King Henry VIII’s court where he is facing a new threat. Rosalind is called back to court to aid her cousin in his task of protecting the King. She is reluctant to go because she doesn’t want to face her betrothed Lord Christopher Ellis.
Christopher is not any happier to see Rosalind than she is to see him. They are angry at each other because of the lack of communication over the last year but discover the reason or person behind it. Both families have decided not to break the betrothal and use it (them) to their advantage.
Rosalind is upset to see that Anne Boleyn has worked her way into the King Henry’s heart and taken the place of Queen Katherine. She suspects that Anne is a Vampire and is concerned about who else is involved. She can’t share her concerns with the King so she warns him to be careful and trust no one.
Anne seems to be interested in Christopher too and this doesn’t sit well with Rosalind. She becomes part of Lady Anne’s court so she can keep an eye on her and at night goes Vampire hunting with Rhys. She is determined to find a way to stop Anne from turing the King and keeping both him and Christopher safe from the Boleyns.
I loved the setting for this story and wanted to be there. The descriptions used to set the scenery were perfect and allowed you to see Rosalind getting lost in the hedge maze or them strolling through the rose garden. We were not overloaded with back story but instead treated to bits and pieces as they were needed, like Christopher’s history with the Boleyns.
The chemistry between Christopher and Rosalind is obvious from the beginning. The sexual tension between them has built over the last year, they are both on edge and ready to explode. They manage to find time together but have to be careful and not let Anne find out. I love the banter back and forth between them, Rosalind is not afraid to give as good as she gets. They argue and fight like an old married couple, it’s plain to see they care about each other.
The secondary characters are interesting and add just the right touch to the story. I like that Rhys’ love for Rosalind wasn’t just glossed over. He still cares for her and is very protective but is starting to move on. New characters are introduced that are important to the story and I hope to see in future books.
This book combines some of my favorite things, the story of Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII time period and vampires how could it go wrong? It didn’t, I loved this book even more than the first one and can’t wait for the next one to come out.