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The Knight of the Rose (Dark Secrets #1.2)

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  1,318 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Book no longer in print. Refer now to the combined Tears of the Broken and The Knight of the Rose as "Dark Secrets" by A.M. Hudson.

Sequel to the internationally successful vampire novel, Tears of the Broken.

Love was only the beginning of her nightmares.

When Ara discovered the existence of vampires, she was given the choice between a life as one of them, or a life without
Kindle Edition, 398 pages
Published March 30th 2012 (first published March 1st 2012)
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Oh. My. Word.

Ara, our protagonist, is SO completely annoying in this book! At times I wished I could have reached through my Kindle & bitch slapped her whiny ass.

We have to listen to her chose between Mike, her lifelong best friend, & David, her vampire, throughout the entire book. Instead of thinking hm, maybe if I can't get over David enough to be with Mike then I SHOULDN'T be with ANYONE, she just goes back & forth between the two of them, crying & pissing & moaning the wh
When I started reading this series, I had no idea how captivating this story would be. Being a single mom of 2 girls with a 50 hour/week job, I knew I didn't really have time to read but my sister insisted I put every second I could into these books. After Chapter 1 of Tears of the Broken, I was hooked. I stayed up until 5 in the morning for a week reading these first amazing books. I kept telling myself, "One more chapter..." I had to work at 8 but it was well worth the lost sleep. I couldn't g ...more
I read this today in one sitting because I had to find out what happened to Ara and David. Now a few hours later, all I can say past my temper tantrum is that my heart hurts (although I adore Mike). The novel is beautiful and painful, happy and sad, romantic and horrific...all at the same time. What kills me though is now having to wait at the realization that there is going to be a third novel. A. M. Hudson has made a wonderful world for her readers and is taunting us with the fact that we will ...more
Liz at Fictional Candy
Oh my goodness, what can I say about this book? In the first book we met Ara and David, and they fell in love. But like the blurb says, “fate has a funny way of making choices for you”. In Knight Of The Rose the pair have a short time together, because David must leave. Ara doesn’t want to give up her chances of having a family of her own – or seeing her deceased mother and brother in the afterlife, so she refuses to become a vampire with him. But he can not stay. And worse, now Mike is coming t ...more
Tracey (YA Book Addict)
I'm always a little bit torn when reading the second book in a series, especially when you love it as much as I loved the first book in the Dark Secret Series. There is that feeling of excitement, but also there is a bit of trepidation as to whether it will live up to the lofty heights that you've set!! Well, there was absolutely no need for any of that worry with The Knight of the Rose!! It was all that and more!! I'm convinced that A.M. Hudson writes just for me!! She has a list of all the thi ...more
Honestly, I've read all three books so far, don't even know why I bothered. Ara-Rose is such a bitch, selfish, self-centered immature little girl. I can't understand why David would even be in love with her. The story never explained any reason for the attraction. All she does is cry, mope around, bitch at her family and friends. What she does to Mike is just criminal. She just teases him along throughout all the books and it just drives me crazy. What's with this guy who just hangs on.

What I di
I liked this book in a different way from which I liked the first one. The first one was, for the most part all lovey- dovey. It had the warmth of the summer and the feelings of Ara trying to discover who she is. As the cover indicates this book has more of a "dark" atmosphere. The cold weather is here people, get ready for some breathtaking, chilly scenes. There's more of Mike than David in this book. I think that was important Ara needed to discover what she truly feels for mike. Ara developed ...more
This book was very confusing and frustrating for me to read. Ara spent most of this book in two minds and constantly deciding between being in love with David after a short period of time and then having repressed feelings for Mike who initially did not return her feelings and drove her to move to the other side of the world to start over. I just wished she would pick one already and put the other out of their misery. While Ara is young, she was so indecisive and switched from one to the other c ...more
Ok, I'm writing this with the knowledge that I will probably be in the minority. Let me just say first I loved this book. I agree with many of my co-reviewers opinions (especially the mind spinning back and forth that was Ara). But (here comes my thrust into the leper colony)I finished this book and honestly have no real desire to read book three. Not because I dislike the series, but because I liked the way this one ended.


First- I like that she ended this choosing Mike. She wanted

Tara Lee
Yes, there is another cover. And when you read the book you'll understand what it represents.

This book was an up and down roller coaster. First, there's David and Ara. With a romance akin to Edward and Bella these two are totally and completely in love and it seems nothing can separate them. Unfortunately, it only seems that way. David is all but begging Ara to let him change her, but Ara doesn't want to lose her human life... her chance to see her mother and brother - who died in a brutal car
Gina Hunnicutt
I didn't want to slap the main character in this book as badly as I did the first one. She was a little better in this book. I did feel sorry for the Mike character though. All in all, this book was pretty good. The only reason I gave this book only 4 stars was because of the ending. The ending made me so sad! I hate sad endings. After finishing this book I was tempted to quit this series, all due to the way this book ended. The ending for me was very "What the heck? She did not just do that!" H ...more
Strange book. Emotional drama, and raw horror are its basic features. The moment you think you passed the "twilight" cliché, and you 're stepping through "vampire diaries" concepts, the story gets interested, in a way that creates its own atmosphere, after the second half. I consider Ara's emotional inner self as confusing, and after all that happened, the urgency of a decision is imperative. During the whole story a dilemma is stated and although, somewhere Ara decides that she could choose a t ...more
Of course I had to read the secdond book in the Dark Secrets series! I have to admit that at times, this book was very frustrating to me, but that is probably the grown up in me.
Ara constantly is trying to decide between David and Mike. Between living or becoming a Vampire. While I can understand the struggle...I was in awe of the patience from Mike and David.
But other then that...there is a ball, drama, love, tears, laughs and some erotic tension.
If you have liked the first one, you have to re
AMAZING!!! I was a little worried after reading book one and it being phenomenal, that book two might not live up to my high expectations. However it did and then some. A.M. Hudson takes you on another breath taking adventure with Ara, David, and now Mike. I have to say though that the book did not end as I wanted it, but I have high hopes for book three :). I urge everyone to pick up these books and at least try them, you will not be disappointed!!

Debra Benson
I enjoyed the struggle she felt between David and Michael. And having to choose which life she had to live. I loved the fact they did not let her die so she could experience life and love. Look forward to reading the third book The Heart's Ashes. It only took me 4 days to read book 1, 3 days to read book 2 now see how long it takes me to read this one. I think A. M. Hudson is a great writer and I look forward to reading many more of her books.
Horruble!!! Ara is the most annoying, self deprecating, selfish, bipolar, INDECISIVE, IMMATURE, needy and bitchiest girl I hace ever read about! She is just....UGH! Hated her and the book! The first book was prettt good- not amazing- but not bad. This was soo much worse!!! It was rushed, Ara was so freakibg annoyig THE WHOLE TIME!! This is the EXACT type of heroine in a romance that I AVOID!! Disappointing & not worth the read.
May 31, 2012 Sara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
This book was an amazing continuation from Tears of the Broken. We find out so much about Ara and David and who they are. I laughed, I cried and I wanted to throw my NOOK at the wall many times during this book. You just get so attached and emotionally drawn to these characters. Ms Hudson does a wonderful job at keeping you on your toes. All in all you just can't put the book down once you start.
OMG! wow..... I dont even know what to say, you are taken on an emotional rollercoaster with Ara as she is forced to choose between Mike n David, only to have someone take the choice away. I cant say to much without giving away spoilers, so i will just say I will be waiting on the edge of my seat to find out the continuation of Ara's story :)
wow. that was good. Ara, gotta do what ya gotta do. shake 'n bake girl. shake 'n bake.... BUT GOSH YOU AGGRAVATE ME WITH YOUR UNSELFISH DECISIONS SOMETIMES! you make me feel like a bad person. i guess im not exactly what you'd call sweet but still... anyway I definitely recommend this book, and will continue reading the series. SHAKE 'N BAKE!
A Must Read!!! I NEVER put the book down until I read the last word.

I was on an emotional roller coaster. The raw emotion, love, loss, death, betrayal, abuse and strength had me choked up many times.

Heartbreaking and tragic.

Cannot wait for book 3!
wow another great book im hooked..i havent read a series in years that i have fallen in love with A.M.Hudson keep up the great work!!
every book just keeps getting better!! another fast read up all night reading it just couldnt put the book down!
Amber Callinan
Good book 2 in a series. Ara has redeemed herself to me. I'm not happy with David after finishing this book. I am starting the 3rd book now. I like how you never really know what's going to happen.
Amie Denning

I have fallen in love with this series. The ups the downs the love, the heartache, it is a beautiful journey of a girl that had to grow up to fast and her will to live and love.
The only reason I gave this book 4 stars is because there's a part where the book drags when Ara is in darkness. I would give it 4.9 because it isn't a huge chunk of the book and it's not hard to get through as much as I had a hard time pushing through because there is so much going on at that point in time that I di
Love! Can't wait for the 3rd bk. developed, well written, but I want her to be with David!!!!! I love him. Maybe Mike and Emily can end up together.
Lleana Frausto
Well this is an awesome book, the ending is crazy, insane twist that make you want to run and get the next, but it's not out yet.... can't wait
This series is so addicting it sucks you in!
What a strange ending...
can't wait to start on book 3
Elyse Schramm
As much as I loved this book it was very frustrating for me. The first book left me AND Ara wanting nothing more than David, David, David.(view spoiler) ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Dark Secrets (6 books)
  • Dark Secrets (Dark Secrets, #1)
  • The Heart's Ashes (Dark Secrets #2)
  • Mark of Betrayal (Dark Secrets #3)
  • Lies in Blood (Dark Secrets, #4)
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  • Silence: Part Two of Echoes & Silence
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