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A Rose With Thorns is a dark fantasy romance novel by Bodie Summers. Stuck in a loveless marriage with her abusive and unfaithful husband, Rose Wallen's life takes an unexpected turn when she meets her boss, Ezekiel Amravati. Meanwhile, someone is shadowing her every move, yet she finds herself drawn to him despite her misgivings. After discovering that Ezekiel is the king of the Strix (vampires), Rose becomes unwittingly entangled in a dangerous game involving vampires, werewolves, hybrids, witches, and the Old Bloods. Her relationship with Ezekiel becomes even more complicated after they realize they are soulmates. But Ezekiel rejects her. Now, the werewolves have Rose's daughter, Lucy, held as a captive, and they want something in return. Can Rose and Ezekiel save Lucy? Are they meant to be together?
Fans of dark fantasy who love stories involving vampires, werewolves, or witches will have a blast with this one. Bodie Summers has crafted a fascinating romance with supernatural overtones that offer thrills galore. Featuring steamy lovemaking scenes, thrilling action, mystery, and suspense, A Rose With Thorns will have you hooked from the first page to the last. Summers throws some well-placed curveballs along the way that keep you guessing, making the plot unpredictable to the reader. The author also excels in creating a vibrant fantasy world with just enough bits and pieces of lore that hint at something far grander. As someone who feels heavily invested in this world, I'm looking forward to learning more about the Old Bloods, the werewolves, and Ezekiel's backstory in the sequels. I think this series is tailor-made for paranormal romance readers.