English Rose

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Tea of the Day: Downtown Abbey English Rose tea by The Republic of Tea

Description: This vibrant, ruby-red infusion of rose, raspberry and hibiscus has fruity, floral notes and a touch of sweetness. Inspired by traditional British desserts, this caffeine-free, luscious tea is perfect as an afternoon treat. Enjoy hot or cooled over a tall glass of ice.

Dry tea smells strong and fruity-sweet

Liquor is a lovely pink color in the cup

Steeped tea smells like a raspberry-based desert. The tea is pleasant and sweet by itself, with a nice mix of floral and fruity flavors. Personally would not add sugar because I think that the flavors would get smothered by sugar.

Tea Rating: 4.5/5


Today’s post: book review of No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole

Cover:

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Back of the book blurb: Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live. Until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead.

When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow—accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever Kaderin encounters Sebastian, her feelings—particularly lust—emerge multiplied. For the first time, she’s unable to complete a kill.

And when the prize of a legendary month-long contest is powerful enough to change history, Kaderin will do anything to win it for her sisters. Wanting only to win her, forever, Sebastian competes as well, taking every opportunity—as they travel to ancient tombs and through catacombs, seeking relics around the world—to use her new feelings to seduce her. But when Kaderin is forced to choose between the vampire she’s falling for and reuniting her family, how can she live without either?

The review: First off, this book starts off with a bang…literally. It sets the pace for the entire book: intense, fast moving, and engrossing. That being said, the lustiness of the novel does not take away from the characters actually feeling like real people. There is conflict, both external and internal and a conclusion you’d expect, but with enough twists and turns that you’re never quite sure how on earth they’re going to get there. Plus, you get to see a few of the characters from the first Immortals After Dark series (review here), further developing the world and the people in it. I also feel like the principle characters of this installment are more relatable than the two in the first.

Book Rating: 5/5 would read again

 

Favorite witty quote: “Kaderin didn’t believe, as a whole, the nymphs were more beautiful than the Valkyrie, but everything about them screamed, “Easy lay! When you don’t want to work for it!” And curiously, many males found that more appealing than the Valkyrie’s “Do it and die, simian”.”

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