Annaliese Evans takes the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale and makes it her own in Night's Rose, a mystical regency tale with fairies, goblins and vampires. For some reason I had first thought this was a YA book, but then as I began to read, the sexual tension and seduction of the heroine Rose by the naughty yet sublime vampire Gareth was more for the adult audience. Annaliese can sure write some steamy love scenes! Perhaps it has to do with her background in writing erotic romance for the on-line publishers, Ellora's Cave and Samhain as Anna J. Evans? Night's Rose is one of the few Historical Urban Fantasies I have read and I can tell you I am already anxious for the next installment in what I hope will be an on-going series.
The year is 1750, the place London, England. Comtesse de Fournier otherwise know as Rosemarie Edenberg, is the executioner for the Fey de la Nuit who controls and kills ogres. Ogres are nasty creatures that would wipe out the human race if they had the chance. Rosemarie is not alone in her mission. She has great support with Ambrose, her faerie advisor and mentor. These two have quite a past together. But then there is Gareth Barrow, Lord Shenley. Gareth is a vampire who seems to enjoy engaging in battle alongside Rosemarie. Gareth wants Rosemarie badly. He is an undead Lothario who pushes all of Rosemarie's buttons. Gareth will try his best to seduce Rose even though she acts as if he is as bad as the ogres she kills. Gareth is a very handsome smooth talker and Rosemarie can't help but to respond to him, especially after one-hundred years of constant loneliness she has endured.
Rose has been feeling out of sorts lately. She constantly looks over her shoulder and with Gareth always at her heels, she is never at peace. The one person she can turn to is Ambrose, but he treats her with disdain and a coldness she can't understand. It seems the orges are no longer working alone but may have some fey helping them gain power. Ambrose is keeping secrets from Rose and because of it, she is placed in great danger. Gareth wants to protect Rose, but for a price. He wants to claim her as his own. And when Rose finds out how Ambrose betrayed her so many years ago, she decides to turn her back on everything she has believed in.
Night's Rose is a dark and sexual fairy tale. Rosemarie is a woman with the weight of the world on her shoulders who feels cursed. Before she became an immortal fairy, she was in a deep sleep that lasted a century. When she awoke, she found herself in hell. She was raped and became pregnant by an ogre, the very creature she despises. Her life has not been an easy one because so many that have betrayed her. She may have the strength and the power to defeat her foes with her sword, but when it comes to finding peace and happiness, that has eluded her all her life.
Rosemarie is involved in a love triangle with Ambrose and Gareth. Gareth at first may seem to be comparable to a villain because his actions are very shady. Rose responds to this seductive vampire and if she gives in, she knows her heart and souls may be lost. She is counting on Ambrose to lead her in the right direction, but because of his own issues and guilt over the wrongs he has done to Rose, he must let her fend for herself.
Annaliese Evans has written a magical tale that both fantasy and romance readers alike will enjoy. The love scene between Rose and Gareth are passionate and will leave you panting for more. Night's Rose is a world of mystical creatures and legends that will have you enthralled till the very last page. Tor have a very good thing indeed with Annaliese Evans.