Mark of the Rose by Kate Pearce
Paranormal Romance – Sept. 6th, 2011
4 1/2 stars
Mark of the Rose is the third in the author’s paranormal Tudor series but can easily be read by itself.
Verity Llewellyn comes from a family of Vampire hunters who are sworn to protect the Kings and Queens on England. Verity is a lady-in-waiting to King Henry VIII’s wife, Queen Jane. Although Verity was never formally trained as a hunter, she has many innate skills such as the ability to sense vampires. When her brother is injured and must leave court, she is determined to take his place. However, Rhys Williams wants Verity to leave. He sees her as young and naïve. But Verity vows to prove him wrong. As they finally agree to work together, Verity tries to uncover the plot to save the pregnant Queen Jane from a mysterious and powerful vampire.
This was a sumptuous and exciting romance. While my favorite is still like the first book, Kiss of the Rose, this book comes a close second. I liked the plucky heroine and how the worthy Rhys must constantly try to catch up to her. The second book in the series lacked some of the romance which this third book and first book excel at. In fact, this book has some very sexy and steamy scenes which will be sure to keep readers hot under the collar! (But not as steamy as the author’s erotic books.) I enjoyed the growing relationship between Rhys and Verity. Verity has vowed to find real love after a disappointing first marriage. Since she feels that Rhys is still in love with her cousin Rosalind, their early relationship is often a bit shaky since Verity does not trust his feelings. However, the heroine is definitely a bit of a firecracker, and she really shakes up the eminently worthy if rather stoic Rhys who has been disappointed in love. I was especially happy that Rhys has finally found somebody who really appreciates him. (Since I felt he really got the short of the stick in the past two books.) I am also intrigued by Elias Warner, a representative of the Vampire Council. I would really like to know more about him and hope the author won’t forget about him either!?
Entertaining and intriguing read with bold characters that made me wish there were more vampire slayers.
Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club”