Isabella Starling’s dark nom de plume, Fawn Bailey, has published the next book in the Rose and Thorn series. The whole series to this point is dark, and this one moves darker. It also leaves me needing the next book as soon as possible. Because damn, that end. Just damn. Like the rest of the series, this has a cliffie, but Isa is writing them pretty quickly, so we shouldn’t have to wait too long, I think.
Anyway, in Pure White Rose, Harlow has turned into Rose. She is totally addicted to Thorn and settling well into her place as his. Of course, she still wants to get away and wants to make sure her friend goes with her, because she isn’t going to leave her friend there. Pia is still being malicious and does everything she can to make Rose’s life more difficult, including lying to her. One night, Rose gets dressed up very pretty to go to dinner with Thorn, but Pia comes in and tells Rose that Thorn has had to leave. Thorn shows up a little later and tells her that Pia told him that Rose was sick. That’s just one example of the stupid shit that Pia does.
I don’t like Pia, she’s a fucking bitch, but she’s hurting. She was hurting before Thorn took Rose, she’s hurting even more now when she sees how involved Rose and Thorn are. So, she’s going to to do what she can to destroy Rose and steal Thorn back. What she doesn’t want to get is that Thorn doesn’t want her anymore. He wants Rose. He had been waiting for Rose for a long time, and now he has her. Pia still has one more trick up her sleeve though, and that’s the fact that she’s in contact with Carina and the two of them are making plans. Of course, I don’t think either one of them should trust the other because they are both devious, lying bitches.
For his part, Thorn is confused. He doesn’t want to break Rose, but he does want her to be his completely. It’s a hard line for him to walk. He could completely break her or have one of his trainers do it, but while he wants a willing slave, he wants one who’s still her and he wants someone who can be his partner. He really wants that to be Rose. He knows that she’s still holding back though. She cares for him, but he knows that deep inside she wants to escape. That has to be a real struggle for him. Meanwhile, he does start to let Rose know more about what he does, what the Mansion is, etc.
So it’s that time. This book is full of some good mindfuckery. We all know how I feel about that. There is deviousness and directness and naivete, and that’s just Rose, lol. You might think that’s impossible, but it happens, and it takes some skill to write it. But Isabella did it, and it’s great. I can’t wait to see what happens with the next book. There’s going to be so many good things that happen and so many bad things that happen to the bad people. Rose and Thorn are going to be a force to be reckoned with, if they are ever able to work through all their issues and be life partners. I wouldn’t want to fuck with them, that’s for sure.
OK, Carina is a very nasty, nasty person. I mean, Harlow thinks that she’s still her friend, but she’s so not. I don’t know whatever made Carina think that Thorn was hers to begin with, and she’s just gotten more delusional as time goes on. Pia is manipulative enough to use that.
Alright, I’m not going to say anything about the end, because I try to never give them away, but OH MY FUCKING GOD. OH MY FUCKING GOD! I just about hyperventilated when I finished reading it, it was just that omg.
Head on over to Amazon and check out this book and the rest of them. I wouldn’t steer you wrong. Happy reading!