Review: Kiss of the Rose (Tudor Vampire Chronicles, #1) – Kate Pearce

Author: Kate Pearce
Pages: 320
Original Release Date: August 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover, MM Paperback, ebook
ISBN#: 978-0451230942

Rosalind Llewellyn is brave, beautiful, intelligent, and will cut a vampire’s throat without thinking twice. She is one of the main characters in Kate Pierce’s Kiss of the Rose. Kate has written a beautiful love story with paranormal elements, set in the glamorous yet turbulent era of King Henry VIII. Rosalind is called to the court of the king to investigate when dead bodies begin showing up drained of blood. Not only is she fighting against a rogue vampire, but she has to fight against an enemy of her family. Rosalind’s enemy, Sir Christopher Ellis is oh so yummy! He is dark, mysterious and dangerous. Rosalind is a Druid and Christopher is a member of a cult that slay the Druids. He is sent to court to assist the Vampire council with the rogue vampire. He’s also expected by his family to fulfill his duty to kill Rosalind.  Christopher struggles against his prejudices as he comes to realize that the Druid’s aren’t as bad as he had been taught. As it often happens when there is a strong hatred between the lead male and female characters, things begin to heat up with some very steamy consequences.

The book is a little slow to get going, but the action picks up and really begins to push the story along. The story takes place within the court of King Henry VIII and Katharine of Aragon, but they do not play a huge role.  Kate does a great job of introducing the characters. However, I do not feel like they were completely fleshed out. I tend to like to get to know the characters in the beginning of the series and watch them develop as the story expands. Although the characters are likeable and have great chemistry I would have like to have seen a little more of their back story. Kate reveals glimpses of Rosalind’s and Christopher’s pasts but I wanted to know a little more, especially their early lives and what lead them to become who they are. Kate is absolutely amazing when it comes to the “love” scenes. They practically scorch the page!

Kiss of the Rose is only book one in The Tudor Vampire Chronicles, and it certainly sets up the series well. I liked the ending because it left me satisfied with Rosalind and Christopher’s story up to this point, but left the door wide open for future books. However, a warning to those of you looking for the garden variety “happily ever after” (yes, I know you’re out there), you’ll have to wait just a little longer to see what Kate’s got up her sleeve for these two. I, for one, can’t wait until Feburary to see what happens when one of history’s most infamous women, Anne Boleyn, get wrapped up in the world of The Tudor Vampire Chronicles!

Now… a special treat for all of us… Kate Pearce graciously agreed to take time from working on Mark of the Rose (book 3 in the series, due out in August) to answer our author questions. You all read, I’m heading to check out her songs… you’ll see…

1) When you write, do you prefer quiet, or do you listen to music? If you like music playing, what is your preferred genre? Do certain characters have their own personal “soundtrack”?

I don’t listen to music when I write because I have a tendency to start typing the lyrics into my books. I have 4 kids, 3 of them boys, so I wouldn’t say it is exactly quiet in my house either, because I always have one ear on alert for screams and fights.So my soundtrack is kids, which makes me even more happy to escape into my imaginary world.
Now some of my characters do have their own songs because I do listen to music in the car. For example, the book I’m just finishing up, (Mark of the Rose)  has the soundtrack of  “Fields of Gold” the Sting song because there’s a big love scene in the book that just fits perfectly with the music and the lyrics.

 2) Where do you write? In an office, at the dining room table, at a local coffeeshop? Do you prefer to write alone or with a group? If you write with a group, do you also read/critique each other’s work?

I mainly write at my desk at home when the kids are at school/college. My desk is in my bedroom, but its a pretty large room so I have everything set up for me with space to spare. Occasionally I write at a coffee shop if I’m waiting on my kids for something. I do belong to a critique group and we share our work, which has been immensely helpful for me. But I’ve never been much of a brain stormer. I tend to get the ideas and work them out myself. 

3) How do you prepare for release day? Are you calm and focused, or do you get stressed? Do you like to make promotional appearances or stay at home to watch lists and numbers?

Despite my laid-back appearance, I’m actually very well organized, (with 4 kids you have to be LOL) so I stay calm, I make lists, I keep a calender of what I need to do, when its due, and where I’m supposed to be. Last year, due to writing deadlines, the only week we could take our family vacation was the week Kiss of the Rose came out, so I had to do 4 blogs, a live chat and some other promo stuff at the same time! it was a bit crazy.
I don’t really think promotional appearances make much difference to your sales unless you are a really huge author like Nora Roberts or J. K. Rowling. I’ve done a couple of solo book signings and its not like you’ll get 200 people or anything-maybe 10 if you are lucky? I do like do the big author signings at RT and RWA because hundreds of people come to those and its fun.

4) What was your favorite Halloween costume (or other costume party costume)?

I have to disappoint you here-being originally from the UK I don’t really get into the spirit of Halloween. I love watching all the kids dress up though. But I will be dressing up at the RT convention in April. I already have my Bollywood costume and my Vampire one!

 5) If you could go anywhere on vacation (and not interfere with your deadlines), where would you go, and what 3 items (besides food and clothes) would you bring with you?

Australia and New Zealand. I’ve been to some lovely places in the world and I’d like to add these two. I’d bring my laptop, my camera and my iPad.

6) What song best describes your life? If you can’t think of one, who would you want to write/perform a song just for you?

What an interesting question 🙂 I can think of two songs that really resonate with my life view and they are “Sky fits Heaven” by Madonna and “White Shadows” from Coldplay. Go listen. 🙂

**Sky Fits Heaven by Madonna on   **WhiteShadows by Coldplay on

 7) If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would be it and what would you do all day?

Gah, I hate these questions because I love all my characters. I think I’ll cheat and say Helene Delornay at the pleasure house that is the center of the Simply series, because if I followed her around all day I’d probably get to meet up with a lot of my other characters who end up at her place as well and I could chat to them too. 🙂

8.) What world record would you love to set for the Guinness Book of World Records? (Remember, they take ALL KINDS of interesting talents into account. Some world records include *fastest 100m sprint, barefoot, on ice = 17.35 secs… *fastest pumpkin carving of a face = 24.03 secs… *longest distance pogo stick jumping = 23.11 miles)

When I was a kid I seriously tried to beat the record for balancing pennies on your elbow and catching them in your hand. I got pretty good at it, but never quite good enough. LOL Maybe I’d also go for ‘whole body tattooed with Hello Kitty designs’ because I have a secret passion for that cat.

 9) If you could have one word removed from the English language, from all dictionaries and out of everyone’s vocabulary, what would it be, and why? If you could ADD one word, what would it be?

When people change a noun into a verb like ‘summitting’  or ‘he summitted the mountain’ or ‘medalling’. Why? Why?
And I hate to sound like an old fogey but I’d quite like to see ‘thank you’ come back.

10) What is one thing about you that your friends know and you would love your readers to know as well. Or… if you’re in a giving mood… what is one story that your friends LOVE to talk you into telling that you don’t generally volunteer?

Well I’ve been told that in person I’m quite funny, despite my dodgy English accent. My friends laugh at my pronunciation of things. One family all now say- “Lets have Tackoes!! in honor of my accent as I can’t get my tongue around Tarko (Taco) as they say it here on the west coast. My youngest kid, who was born here tries to correct my accent all the time. She gets quite cross when I don’t get it right. LOL

 Thank you, thank you, thank you. I hope this was something different, and that you had fun telling us a little more about yourself.

Thanks for having me-this was fun and I had to think about my answers!


  1. Comment by Kate Pearce:

    Thanks for the review! It was really hard to get all that world-building, the history, a plot, and a love story into one little book, which is why I had to stretch certain things out over book #2. I hope you’ll be happy about what happens to Rosalind and Christopher in the end. 🙂

  2. Comment by bookophile81:

    Thank you for reading. I am absolutely sure I will enjoy it! I am hooked and can’t wait until February!

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