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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Blog Tour of Heart of the Rose by KL Bone w/Review and giveaway

 Title: Heart of the Rose
Series: Black Rose Guard Series #2
By: KL Bone
Publication Date: August 12, 2015
Genre: Dark Fantasy
In this sequel to Black Rose, reunite with the captains of the Immortal Guard and witness Mara and Edward at the beginning of their epic love story, which spans more than a millennium of heartache, pain, and undying devotion. When Edward is sent on a mysterious quest by the ruthless queen, nineteen-year-old Mara—the youngest sub-captain to ever serve the Royal Guard—vowed to await his return, never anticipating decades would pass without word of his fate. The noble captain is taken prisoner by a rival court where he is forced to endure years of brutal torment at the hands of his captors. His life clings to but a single thought—Mara. Refusing to accept that her love will never return, Mara clutches to a hope which defies the bounds of reason. However as years pass, memories fade from comfort to unbearable grief. As Mara prepares to accept the unimaginable loss, a sinister creature of roses and shadow haunts her dreams. Dreams of blood. Dreams of torment. Dreams of Edward. The dark presence lingers, and Mara finds herself trapped in a certainty she fears no other will believe—even those closest to her heart. She must choose between honoring her vows to the immortal courts to which she has sworn her life, or leaving to search for the man who possesses her soul. Dive into the beginning of the tale that shapes the most feared, most loved, and most revered captain in the history of the immortal courts.

Amazon UK - http://goo.gl/5zBwfP
Amazon CA - https://goo.gl/QABYDa
Barnes & Noble - http://goo.gl/16YqUd

 In "Heart of the Rose" we are taken back to the beginning of Mara and Edwards love story ... this is not a flowery poetic romance novel ... just like the first it's a darker tale, heartbreaking.
Edward protects Mara by taking the Queen's mission that will surely have him fail or die ... When he goes missing Mara waits ... and waits ... and waits ... other's fear he is dead but Mara knows he lives and is being tortured.
At first she just waits for him to return but she has dreams of him that are so vivid and real ... in wakeful hours and in sleep she dreams/sees him ... Her hopefulness turns to sadness and grief and it changes here deep in her soul.
Eventually the Queen and the guards force her to accept Edwards death but she can't completely believe it.
He in imprisoned but refuses to say who he is, who he protects, where he is from ... he too, dreams of Mara ... vivid realistic visions that torment him
Since they are of the immortal courts, Mara and Edwards separation is long ...
My heart ached for Mara ... for Edward ... for Arron ... for Sarah (I do hope for more about her)
I was angry for her and wanted to see her escape and search for him ... but that would be boring and while it was hard to read her pain and heartache ... I was drawn to read more and hope for her
There are a few parts of the story that bothered me but I'll trust that the author did what had to be done ...
and Queen Clarrisa scares me ... but I do love to hate her!
Like the first book (which I loved!) this is not a beautiful love story ... it's dark and brutal and heartbreaking at times ... but it IS a love story!

Black Rose - Black Rose Guard #1
Amazon UK - http://goo.gl/TSPxqz
Amazon CA - https://goo.gl/qLO8A0
Barnes & Noble - http://goo.gl/QI27GE

Blood Rose - Black Rose Guard #3
Amazon UK - https://goo.gl/Uch5LG
Amazon CA - https://goo.gl/atndgN
Barnes & Noble - http://goo.gl/CpkqX7

K.L. Bone is the author of the Black Rose Guard dark fantasy series. The Rise of the Temple Gods fantasy series. And a stand-alone science fiction novel, The Indoctrination. Bone has a master’s degree in modern literary cultures and is working toward her PhD in literature. She wrote her first short story at the age of fifteen and grew up with an equally great love of both classical literature and speculative fiction. Bone has spent the last few years as a bit of a world traveler, living in California, London, and most recently, Dublin. When not immersed in words, of her own creation or studies, you’ll find her traveling to mythical sites and Game of Thrones filming locations.
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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7793751.K_L_Bone
Twitter - @kl_bone
Website - http://klbone.com

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