Following along the line of Beauty and the Beast books (do you notice a trend here?), Dragon Rose was the next book in my adventures with the dark and devious. I expected this book to be classically BATB style, especially from this gorgeous cover decorated with roses and a lovely lady with curly hair. Am I slightly putting myself into the story? Probably. Lord knows I have crazy curls and love the monsters. This book was highly entertaining and really a refreshing new take on Beauty and the Beast!
The shadow of the cursed Dragon Lord has hung over the town of Lirinsholme for centuries, and no one ever knows when the Dragon will claim his next doomed Bride. Rhianne Menyon has dreams of being a painter, but her world changes forever when a single moment of sacrifice brings her to Black’s Keep as the Dragon’s latest Bride. As she attempts to adjust to her new life — and to know something of the monster who is now her husband — she begins to see that the curse is far crueler than she first believed. Unraveling the mystery of what happened to the Dragon’s Brides is only the beginning….
Author’s Note: While this is the second book in this series, all Tales of the Latter Kingdoms novels are written as standalone books and can be read in any order.
Classically, Beauty and the Beast has a furry monster for the protagonist to fall in love with. This book deviates from that traditional and beautifully merges it with a world full of dragons. I was slightly skeptical in the beginning that I was going to like this book. I’ve read far too many books that started in a similar manner that quickly turned into horribly written erotica. Not knowing Christine Pope’s work made me slightly gun shy.
I’m so pleased that I stuck through with this book. First of all, the main character is a completely adorable woman with a good head on her shoulders. She knows what she wants, how she wants it, and she’s an impressive painter! As an artist myself, I could tell that the author not only understood painting, but also knew the emotions that come with creating art. Every scene where Rhianne had a paintbrush in her hands felt like a dream.
Of course, the beast is something that has to be talked about. A dragon but not a dragon. Cursed, deliciously tortured, and constantly holding back from the romance that the reader longs to happen. This was the kind of book that held all the cards when it came to giving happiness to this perfectly tormented beast. My only criticism for this character was that we never get to actually experience him in the beastly form. There are hints as to what he looks like, but there’s never a scene where he’s actually revealed. I would have really enjoyed reading that.
All in all, this was a thoroughly enjoying book that I devoured late at night when I should have been sleeping. It was an easy one to pick up and forget that anything else exists around you. It is part of a series, but it is not necessary to read the other parts of the series before this one.
“I am told that modesty is becoming in young women, but you might try a little less of it from time to time. It does not suit you all that well.” Christine Pope- Dragon Rose