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The Rose King

(Fierce Mates: Rock Creek Clan #0)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  26 reviews
“I just read through The Rose King and LOVED it! Totally recommend it!” –Keira Blackwood, author of The Sawtooth Peaks Series

He will have to fight for the woman he loved and lost.

Rex has known since he was a teenager that his neighbor, Gemma, is the one for him. But as a wolf shifter, he’s been told that his life is too violent to bind himself to a fragile human. For
Kindle Edition, 69 pages
Published September 4th 2017
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May 14, 2020 marked it as to-read
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A great hook-you-in prequel story to the Rock Creek Clan series.

Rex (H) knew from childhood that Gemma (h) was the one for him. Unfortunately, as a shifter, his lifestyle is too dangerous for a small and fragile human. So upon their high school graduation, he leaves and cuts contact. Eight years of trying to forget each other hasn't worked, however, and when they cross paths again as adults, the connection is still there. He's now a celebrated underground fighter, and she is a reporter looking
Lenna  Wright-Berry
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Over 8 years they haven’t forgot the other. Every punch Rex receives in the cage, Gemma is in his mind. Every day Gemma searches Rex online just to find him. His wolf is violent thirty since he is grieving his mate, but he had to left her be normal and human and live happily in a less violent and dark life that he lives. But fate is a fickle lady and what these two don’t know is that Gemma is sent to write an article about underground fights, gets invited by a fighter that happens to be the oppo ...more
Debbie Caswell
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Liza Street is fast becoming a go to author for me and this is in her usual style been quick paced with plenty of character development you will feel the emotions in this wonderful second chance romance just allow yourself time because I guarantee once you start this book you won't want to put it down.

This is the story of Rex and Gemma and how they became members of the Rock Creek Clan. The story starts when they are teenagers and Rex leaves Gemma as he feels that is what is best for her only pr
Amy Hannagan
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a short little nugget to introduce that Rock Creek Clan series. Yes, they made an appearance in Savage Heartache from the Corona Pride series. But this is a look back at how Rex and Gemma became Rex and Gemma and how they met up with the Rock Creek Clan. The story starts with them as teenagers, and follows their struggle to finally become mates. Rex is a rough and tumble shifter with a great heart and a deep love for his Gemma. He abandons her at seventeen for her own good. Too bad Gemma ...more
Cheryl Drake johnson
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rex and Gemma grew up together and when they were seniors in high school Rex let Spencer take Gemma to the prom and become her boyfriend when all he wanted was to have her for himself and tell her his secret but he let his parents talk him out of it and left town. But years pass and his parents have been letting him know that Gemma called them every week to let them know she was trying to find him even though they told her to stop looking he would be alright. But when he saw her at his fight he ...more
Lauren Seiberling
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a TOTAL sucker for "long lost loves"

I am a total sucker for "long lost loves," "the one that got away," "you are my mate and I'll never let you go," etc.

I was completely sucked in by this story, and at 25%-ish in, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see how Rex and Gemma reconnected.

Liza, as usual, did an EXCELLENT job of writing the emotions these two felt for each other. I actually met this couple in a subsequent standalone book, but it was SO nice to learn their history.

I LOVE Liza'
Stanley Hutchings
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not my usual kind of fantasy, but this was a pleasant short story, a prequel to future books. Can a wolf shapeshifter hybrid find happiness with a full human? This is the story of one attempt. Trying to deny the overwhelming attraction between themselves caused pain and unhappiness, and protracted loneliness, perhaps much more traumatic than dealing with the issues involved in an interspecies romance. Lots of sexual tension, loneliness and alienation; finally overcome with a happy prelude to fut ...more
Dana Busenbark
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
We start out meeting Rex and learning about his neighbor Gemma. What is the deal with each of them? Who are they? What do they each do? Who has what secrets? Who is Spencer? Why do I find myself strongly disliking him? WHo is Karin? What task does she give Gemma? What happens? I hate Corbett and Masters. I LOVE Nolan. You have to read and see why.

Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a short story as it is the Prequel for Rock Creek -
An engaging and entertaining second chance romance
He made the choice for them years ago - he decided he would spare her the pain of his world-
She has never forgotten him and now she may never forgive him-
I love Gemma she does what she has to - but she has that fire that burns constantly - excellent leading lady
I forgive Rex - but he better make this right
I received advanced readers copy for review consideration.

Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Don't you just hate it when someone walks away to spare their loved one the pain they think they will cause. Of course when Rex left his absence caused Gemma more pain than his staying ever could. Shifters are often so noble. But this story is also rooted in today's real world of MMA fighting and illegal betting. For a short tale it feels longer and more. Pain, guilt, and the realization that a mate will only improve any situation with unconditional love make this a book not to be missed. ...more
Annette Drewett
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great second chance romance. Well written storyline with great, realistic characters. Rex made the choice to leave Gemma for her own good. Gemma didn’t look at it that way. Will she forgive him? Can he still protect her? I would definitely recommend this book to shifter romance lovers.
I received this story as a serial but had to purchase my own copy as I loved it so much.
angela gunstone
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The rose king

Couldn't put it down loved the characters and the storyline so it's a well deserved five stars and I would recommend this book to everyone can't wait to read more in this series
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A good intro to the series, it has its own full story with Gemma and Rex. Totally loved those two! Definitely had some action and some fun scenes as well. It whet my appetite to read more in this series.
Tiffany Copple
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
3 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is my first book from this author. . It was good for a prequel. I believe it gives you enough information to hook you and make you want to continue reading the next book in the series . I look forward to reading more .
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
3 & 1/2 stars rounded up.
Well, this was definitely a novella, took me 1 & 1/2 hours to read. A decent read for a novella, but typical of novellas, missing story depth & character development as well as more thorough explanations for things.
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Quick paced

I really enjoyed this book. The characters had spunk & the female lead was feisty. It made for a nice rainy day read.
Jeanne Kotsios
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I love this read characters were so compatible and it just worked loving and unselfish great great read loved it
Jun 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Nice story, wish It was longer

Nice lil read. Wish it had more substance. Felt very rushed. Would have liked to have more of a build up. Over all nicely written.
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great short read
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

This is a well written love story with a bit of spice. Rex and Gemma were meant for each other.
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
great prequal too the series
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful well written story of a lost love and the second chance they get. I will be rereading this one! I was gifted a copy and because I liked it so much I also bought.
Kate Callen
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: free-romances
Rushed ending dropped my rating on this.
Kim Ruiz
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great start

Really enjoyed this friends to lovers and second chance shifter romance all rolled into one. Intriguing storyline and can't wait to read more in the series
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book free for an honest review. I liked this book. It's a story of lost love that reconnects and secrets. I'm not a fan of MMA fighting, so I didn't love that part, but the rest of the story was very good. Rex had left Gemma (even though he loved her) as his parents told him they couldn't be together because he was a shifter and she didn't know it. She accidently see him in a fight ring and they get together again. People threaten both of them and they realize they both mean too ...more
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