After being sucked in by work, family, and life in general for the last few weeks I managed some time to research backlists on favorite authors. Caris Roane is the author of many books and a few series, but I have followed her Guardians series from the start. While casting about for something new to check out, I saw some posts about the newest release in her Blood Rose series. I checked out the summary for the first book in this series on her website and decided to give it a go.
At an estimated 188 pages, this story is a little shorter and more on the novella side, but the author maintained this reader’s interest throughout the tale. I found the variations in the world that Caris Roane built for this series refreshing, and the remake on vampire power was interesting too. The typical buildup that you see between a male and female lead in a full-length book was handled nicely by summarizing an antagonistic courtship in the beginning pages. The summary nicely sidestepped a recurring problem that I have come across (at least in shorter works) with romantic interests coming together and immediately doing the bump and grind – at least here we have some history between the two. The couple is presented with a range of different obstacles from acceptance of their own people to kidnapping and attempts to end their lives. Action, emotion, conflict and romance all flow nicely in this story.
I am not a fan of spoilers, so I will say that the series feels right from both the romance and paranormal aspect, and that I will be checking into the remaining books. If you have not checked out Caris Roane’s work yet, then this is a prime opportunity with the first book in this series being offered for the low, low price of free on Amazon. She has quite a few works available for all ranges of readers from those who appreciate the shorter pieces to the full length novels.
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