Four Star Review: Rose of Crimson by Zrinka Jelic
Author Provided Copy Category: Paranormal Romance, Historical
Synopsis: KATE ROKOV's grades are plummeting. She needs to get the voice out of her head or she will flunk her finals. MATTHIAS ZRIN, a three centuries old immortal, born into an aristocratic family as Miles Rušinić, is enthralled with Kate. It is his voice preventing Kate from sleeping and her ignorance is testing his limits. He wants her to write down his story to settle his wife's earthbound spirit. His tragic love story has become Kate's obsession since fifth grade during her summer trip to Rušinić castle. Their coming together settles the old spirit and breaks an ancient curse, and in doing so, a flame spanning over three centuries reignites and burns with wild desire. In this tale of two life times and desire versus emotional need, both know some dreams will have to wait for the right time, but the magic between them is impossible to withstand. Review by Sara: I was given a copy of Rose of Crimson by the Author Zrinka Jelic in exchange for a honest review. I really enjoyed this novel. When I was first approached, I was thinking to myself "Great another Vampire story" and not in a good way. I found Rose of Crimson very refreshing in its approach. The novel didn't revolve around the Paranormal but around the love story and Kate's present life, I loved that! I found myself immersed in the past as Miles told his story to Kate and Kate's present college experience. Of course along the way Kate and Miles can't help to develop strong feeling towards one another. I would have liked that more if it had taken more time, especially on Kate's part. There were a few points in the story that I thought were a bit silly and took away from the overall love story. The entire Amanda plot I thought could have been left out. Kate is picked on and not popular I get it, but and the same time that felt more like high school than college. It was funny at times and did give us a villain. However, overall it didn't add anything to the story other than allowing Miles coming to Kate's rescue a few times. I guess I'm not one who cares much for damsels in distress. Then that is just me. This is a prequel to Bonded by Crimson which I can't wait to read. I really did enjoy Rose of Crimson despite of few minor personal hang ups I have with Kate.