I sped through this book. It was gripping, well written and exciting. I loved both characters and yearned for them to get their happy ending. The political wrangling felt real and well played. The secondary characters were well drawn and I felt that they had stories of their own.
Rose's tragic past was understated in a way. Her personal tragedy being the catalyst for Stephen's change of heart. I loved reading her tale, but I loved Stephen's even more. He is a genuinely good person and though I understand that politics would alter him, it would have been great if he could change people.
If I had any complaints it would about the Angel and root causes. Why is it so important for Stephen to stop going for Governor? Why is Rose's dad in purgatory? (cause that how it appears) Why was Rose in a statue? It's not like she murdered babies, but these thoughts do not distract from the tale.
The Kiss of a Rose is a great book and I thoroughly recommend it to all romantics.