Heart of the Rose

A Tale of the Black Rose Guard, Volume 2
By: K.L. Bone
Series: Black Rose, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
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In this sequel to Black Rose, reunite with the captains of the Immortal Guard and witness Mara and Edward at the beginning of their epic love story, which spans more than a millennium of heartache, pain, and undying devotion. When Edward is sent on a mysterious quest by the ruthless queen, 19-year-old Mara - the youngest sub-captain to ever serve the Royal Guard - vowed to await his return, never anticipating decades would pass without word of his fate. The noble captain is taken prisoner by a rival court where he is forced to endure years of brutal torment at the hands of his captors. His life clings to but a single thought - Mara. Refusing to accept that her love will never return, Mara clutches to a hope which defies the bounds of reason. However as years pass, memories fade from comfort to unbearable grief. As Mara prepares to accept the unimaginable loss, a sinister creature of roses and shadow haunts her dreams. Dreams of blood. Dreams of torment. Dreams of Edward. The dark presence lingers, and Mara finds herself trapped in a certainty she fears no other will believe - even those closest to her heart. She must choose between honoring her vows to the immortal courts to which she has sworn her life, and leaving to search for the man who possesses her soul. Dive into the beginning of the tale that shapes the most feared, most loved, and most revered captain in the history of the immortal courts.

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Loving this series!

Excellently written story. Enjoyed book one and book two added more depth to the story really making this a must listen series!
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love this

This gives the past story of Mara and Edward.
So much is going on in this story , it's a must listen!
It is emotional, heartbreaking, adventure action and a love story.
Michael Levine and Erin Deward are outstanding narrators.
they did a fantastic performance, telling the story with such emotion. They bring the angst, raw emotion and personality to each character.
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Another great installment

This book made me really fall in love with Mara and Edward. Watching what they both went through in the 25 years Edward was missing was just gut retching. At times I was so frustrated with the characters for not "doing something" that in today's world would be a no brainer but back them was not "honorable". I freaking hate the Queen!!!! I will always love Aaron!!!!! Once again the narrator does an excellent job bringing the characters to life. # Audio Obsession Reviewer.

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Beautifully Done!!

This may be the most beautiful story I have ever heard. It is wonderfully written and narrated. I look forward the the next book in this series!
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Amazing!

I did not think that i liked audio books!
I absolutely love KL Bones writing and all of her books, the Black Rose series is one of my absolute favorites! The audio book of this amazing story did not disappoint! It is spectacular, the different voices for the two characters makes it even more amazing!

If you have not experienced audio books or have had a bad experience, definitely check out this series, they are fantastic!

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Fantastic!!

I loved it!! I previously read the book and enjoy listening to it! Fantastically done!!

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Tragic love story where duty and honor come first.

I cannot say enough about this book. I've read it twice and have now listened to this audiobook. It is the most amazing story of powerful, beautiful, endless, and completely unshakeable love between two people that is written so beautifully it makes my heart swell. Mara and Edward are meant to be together always. Unfortunatly for them much stands in their way. Mara and Edward are both captains of the guard sworn to serve their court and the vile Queen Marissa. Loyalty, duty and honor is put before love in their positions always . Edward is sent by the Queen on a mission and is captured. Years pass and Mara is told to move on but cannot. I could go on but that would spoil the story for anyone who has not yet read or listened to this heartbreakingly beautiful book.

KL Bone has fast become one of my very favorite authors and in the genre of Dark Fantasy and Romance I would argue that she is the very best of the best writing today. I highly recommend this book and all the books in the Rose Guard Series. - Michelle West Morrison

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  • 04-13-20

A brilliantly written romance

I absolutely love K.L. Bone's books; she is a gifted author and remarkably creative. Her phenomenally developed and captivating characters wholly enthralled me. The storyline is utterly compelling, engaging, intense, and emotionally charged. Heart of the Rose takes you the beginning of Mara and Edward's epic journey. Even with time and obstacles paved to separate them, they still found their way to each other. Mara's commitment and Edward's strength and endurance were genuinely admirable. I was thoroughly absorbed in this audiobook and on the very edge of my seat, wondering what will happen next.

The dual narration by Noah Michael Levine and Erin Deward was outstanding. Both narrators captured the nuances and emotions of the characters, and intensity of the scenes, further immersing the listeners. I enjoyed every minute of Heart of the Rose, and I strongly recommend it.

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 06-10-20

Heart of a great story

Book 2 in the series . I didn’t listen to the first one but this one was great. It’s a story of love that defines time . Hero is Edward. Heroine is Mara.
This story has it all , love , mystery and devotion . Edward and Mara love each other but something happens and keeps them apart . Edward is captured and can’t get back home. Mara believes that one day she will see his face again . Years and years pass , right when she’s ready to move one something happens. Grab it and see the beauty of love

Noah Michael Levine, Erin Deward Performance was great. Their voices are strong, steady and smooth

Thank you Audio book obsession of a great listen

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  • Marcelle Ellis
  • 06-01-20

Loving this Story

I loved the first book Black Rose and book two was just as amazing. This was a beautifully written with emotional and action pack story. I can't wait to continue this series. This beautiful story needed wonderful narration and Noah Michael Levine and Erin Deward did a great job.

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  • Gwen
  • 04-20-20

Love through the centuries!

When they say epic love, they mean Mara and Edward’s long road to happiness. The world building is awesome, the writing engaging. Mara’s strength and Edwards sacrifice. They take their romantic journey to a new level. I enjoyed both narrators, with the skills to bring the story to life.
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