TEARS OF THE ROSE
Although The Tears of the Rose picks up immediately after book one, new readers will have no trouble following along as the events surrounding Prince Hugh’s death – at the hands of Amelia’s sister – are quickly described. Amelia’s journey from pampered princess to empowered woman begins with sorrow and pain, until she begins to see her purpose and embraces her newfound strength and power. She is a surprising female character, as is the scarred and mysterious Ash. He shows Ami what passion and love truly mean in the sexiest way possible — loving her unconditionally even when it seems impossible for them to be together. One of the highlights of the Twelve Kingdoms series so far is that the women are charged with saving themselves and creating their own happily-ever-after, with the men surrounding them just one part of the process.
Princess Amelia is still reeling from the death of her husband when she learns she’s pregnant with his child, and that the baby will be born with special abilities like her sister, Andi, who recently accepted her fate to marry and rule the kingdom of the Tala. As Amelia plays the role of pawn to greedy kings looking for absolute control of her unborn child, she secretly journeys to Windroven with the White Monk, where she plans a strategy for becoming Queen in her own right. She learns more about Annwyn and the Tala while awaiting the birth of her child, but, more importantly, she discovers the meaning of love and life, realizing her own value beyond being beautiful. (KENSINGTON, Dec., 336 pp., $15.00)