Mastyr Vampire Griffin hates his enslavement in Margetta’s fortress. He sought death a thousand times because of it, but was denied when the Ancient Fae brought him back repeatedly, forcing him to train her evil army. When a beautiful fae-slave, Sandra, tells him to live, he begins to believe his life could have more meaning than a tortured existence in Margetta’s hidden army camp. But will his growing love for Sandra put her at even greater risk?
Sandra has served the Ancient Fae as her slave for thirty years after an Invictus attack destroyed her family. Sent to work in Margetta’s fortress, grief for the loss of her husband and young son have dominated her heart. When Mastyr Griffin arrives, however, she begins to see that love can exist even in the midst of a nightmare. But when she reaches out to the solitary mastyr vampire, the dangers of fortress life threaten her at every turn, especially when she discovers she’s one of the most coveted women in the Nine Realms: a blood rose.
Poor Sandra. She's a beautiful Fae who watched her family get slaughtered thirty years ago only to discover that she is the reason for it. Thoroughly vile Margetta surrounds herself with beauty and deliberately sent her vicious Invictus to capture Sandra. Now a slave in Margetta's fortress, Sandra has risen through the ranks and occupies a position of trust but yearns for freedom and is willing to do anything to help save the Nine Realms from tyranny.
Griffin may have only been held captive for one year but the Mastyr Vampire has witnessed at first hand the atrocities that occur within the fortress walls. He longs for true death but the enticing Sandra and her kindness has helped to keep him sane and whole. When he learns she fully intends to help free the captive Regan, he is naturally concerned about the consequences Sandra could face. His worry turns to something more and he begins to realise his feelings toward Sandra are much deeper than mere friendship.
I loved this story as it addressed something I had questions about and it was fabulous to read about a Guardsman who for once didn't control one of the Nine Realms. Without a doubt for me, the star of the story is Sandra and she's a confident and brave woman. What really made me smile was her sheer unabashed delight when she finally got her hands on Griffin and boy, was he gob smacked! It was such fun to introduce humour and not just heat into what becomes a very passionate relationship. As for Griffin, he's a noble sort who though hesitant at first, quickly begins to take charge but this did feel like a partnership and not a dictatorship and I loved that about this couple. The Blood Rose series just keeps getting better and I will frankly be sad when it's over.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.