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One Cursed Rose

One Cursed Rose, July 2024
by Rebecca Zanetti

Kensington Books
Featuring: Alana
ISBN: 1496748352
EAN: 9781496748355
Kindle: B0CK54MT69
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"An amazing beginning to a darkly suspenseful series!"

Fresh Fiction Review

One Cursed Rose
Rebecca Zanetti

Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko
Posted June 24, 2024

Romance Paranormal | Romance Dark | Romance Fantasy

As the sole heir to the Aquarius Social, a media giant, Alana Beaumont is known for her beauty and charisma. However, that is not all that makes up this woman who sometimes feels more like ONE CURSED ROSE than the social media queen that everyone expects her to be. The problem with Aquarius Social is that an unknown enemy is trying to drown them out. Her father plans to marry her off to the son of a competitor. A man she doesn’t think much of and one she is not about to marry. But the wheels of big business move on whether she approves or not. As Alana fights to save herself and her family company another competitor has his own plans for the beauty of social media. Thorn Beathach heads Malice Media and he is the richest and most ruthless of them all – and he wants Alana. Known as the Beast of the social world, his beast wants the beauty, and she knows that as no one ever saw his face and she has he will never let her go. But as time goes on following her rescue and kidnapping she just might find a way to save the beast. WOW! What else can be said about ONE CURSED ROSE written by Rebecca Zanetti? A futuristic play on the Beauty and the Beast fairytale this is a steamy, dark and riveting read with diverse and intriguing personalities. Alana has her head on straight and knows what she wants and doesn’t want and sooner or later that want is Thorn. He is a dark and dangerous man who feels nothing (part of that is due to a virus that is slowly freezing him – read ONE CURSED ROSE to understand what I mean). He is also very obsessed with and protective of Alana and is a personality that might make him an anti-hero and I am guessing you would not be exactly wrong. But as you read on the conversations and dialogue between these two and with various other characters will give you much insight into who they really are. Doesn’t make him less of an unabashed killer but he does come off as more redeemable. Also added to the drama is a mystery of the “accident” (pre-book) that cost Alana her brother and she never believed the verdict. There is also an ongoing investigation into a serial killer who is targeting women who look a lot like Alana and this person comes as quite a surprise. The only complaint I had about this amazing book was that I didn’t quite understand the crystals and how they worked. I got that each media group had various crystals (rubies, emeralds, diamonds, etc.) that powered them. I hope in the future we get a concise explanation of this process. This, of course, is not important to the pure enjoyment of ONE CURSED ROSE it is just one thing that had me pondering over when I could have just enjoyed the darkly suspenseful depth of it all, as I know fans will.

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SUMMARY

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti, the first in a seductive dark romance series, featuring a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Perfect for fans of Katee Robert and Scarlett St. Claire.

They christened me Alana—and while the name means beauty, beneath that surface is a depth I allow very few to see. I’m sole heir to Aquarius Social, a media giant about to succumb to an unseen enemy. My father’s solution is to marry me off to the son of a competing family. My reaction? Not a chance. Now I have just a week before the wedding to change my fate.
 
Who knew the unforeseen twist would be an assassination attempt on me and an unwanted rescue by Thorn Beathach, the head of the rival social media empire driving Aquarius under? The richest, most ruthless of them all, the Beast protects his realm with an iron rule: no one sees his face. When he shows himself to me, I know he’ll never let me go.
 
Thorn may think he can lock me in his castle forever, but I’m not the docile Beauty he expects. If the Beast wants to tie me up, I’m going to take pleasure from every minute of it . . .and we’ll just see who ends up shackled.


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