Blog Tour & ARC Review: "Black Rose" (The Dracula Duet #2) by Karina Halle

Black Rose by Karina Halle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

From the New York Times best-selling author of River of Shadows and Black Sunshine comes a new dark gothic romance duet about how love can transcend the ages, but at a deadly cost.

Is it her destiny to love him?

Or is it her destiny to die?

Valtu Aminoff is no stranger to tragedy. Though many know him as the enigmatic vampire that inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Valtu’s complex life is far more horrific than any fiction could imagine. When you lose the love of your life over and over again, it can do more than break your heart—it can corrupt your soul.
It's up to his new lover to decide if Valtu's damaged soul is even worth saving.

But destiny isn’t done with Valtu yet. And tragedy is always around the corner.

Black Rose is the sequel to Blood Orange and is not a standalone. Snap up this completed dark gothic vampire romance duet if you like:
High spice
Dark Academia
Gothic Setting
Vampires vs Witches
Spooky vibes
Reincarnated love
Dracula re-telling
Fantasy romance
Please check inside the book for content warnings.

"Every vampire has a sad love story to tell."



I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review as part of the book tour. 

The much-anticipated sequel to Blood Orange is finally here! Kindly keep in mind that this review contains mild spoilers from the first book, which you can find my review of here.

After the events of the first book, Valtu tries to process his own grief but that leads to some decisions that in retrospect are quite wrong; grief is a beast on its own and we all need in some way to try and deal with it, but he uses the book to cast some quite impressive spells. When Rose, the daughter of Amethyst and Wolf finds him in Germany he will realize that fate will always find him and she will help him slowly but surely to discover his feelings for her.

Add in the impending danger of the witches who have found a way to slightly become immortal and you have an explosive mix of action, swoony/hot scenes, and the ending I really wanted. We do see some cameos which connect the previous books set into this world of vampires lovely so read from start to finish all of this is quite amazing.

Karina knows how to write books that grip you and do not let you go. On the other hand, my heart and prayers go to her as she had quite an eventful year and I could feel her own sadness sipping into the words of her story. I wish her from my heart to always be surrounded by love and to have the strength to move through her own grief.

About the author:

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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