This route was okay, but ultimately bogged down by a lack of chemistry.
THE STORY (Spoilers Ahead)
The premise of Blood In Roses+ is as follows: MC is a witch living in a human village near the rift between the “dark” and normal worlds. She wanders into the dark worlds and gets yoinked by vampires who want her to fall in love with them, because she’s a descendant of a special bloodline that makes her essential to saving their home. Their home happens to be a big hotel for supernatural beings. After being bitten, MC is told she has 10 days to find a magical rose in the hotel to stop herself from transforming into a vampire.
Dominik is a friend of MC’s that also happens to be the apprentice of Humphrey, a magician staying in the hotel. He shows up like a knight in moderately-shining armor to save the day.
First of all, I absolutely cannot omit this: in this route it turns out there’s an equally magical rose garden OUTSIDE of the hotel that MC can use to stop her transformation, so she literally cures herself of vampirism like 2 days in. THIS IS FUCKING HYSTERICAL. In every other route there’s a full story of tension, and in this one it’s like, “Ha! Joke’s on you! It was in the forest the whole time!”
What a big middle finger to every other timeline, honestly. Amazing.
There are some other plot twists, but honestly this story is… incredibly boring. It’s one big “childhood friend makes MC to love him through sheer will” story and those are not fun to read.
The MC in Blood In Roses+ is so good, guys! She’s not as funny or quirky as the MC of Niflheim+, but she’s more mature and experienced. She’s clearly had relationships before, and she has a really strong sense of her own identity. She can also be pretty sexually aggressive. She’s super satisfying to read.
Ughhhh, I hate this dynamic! He basically confesses his love the second he’s introduced, and then is just like, “I WILL MAKE YOU LOVE ME EVENTUALLY.” Screw you, dude! What if she wants to love someone else? It’s not her fault you’re super hung up on her, like can you not?
Additionally, their chemistry is lacking and the whole situation makes it feel more like she probably has feelings for him because he saved her, not because she just likes him as a person. Blegh.
FUCK YOU RUPERT CATS ARE THE BEST
… *aggressively hits panic button*
I… wait, what?
Floating cat, floating cat, whaaat are they feeding youuu
Pfffffffff. I won’t lie, Alfred grew on me over time, even if he is a little TOO attached to a plant.
A NEW CHARACTER? I am intrigued!
And, finally… I laughed. Poor MC.
Nothing egregiously bad, but very boring overall.
My heart scale is defined as follows – 5 hearts = a story everyone will fall in love with, regardless of preferences; 4 hearts = a well-done story that people who love the concept will adore, and people who don’t may end up liking it; 3 hearts = if you like this type of story or this type of hero, then you will enjoy this, but those who do not like either of those things will probably not; 2 hearts = it had potential, it squandered it; 1 heart = just a waste of time from the get-go; 0 hearts = why was this made?