The Black Lily by Juliette Cross
Series: Vampire Blood #1
Also in this series: The Red Lily, The White Lily, The Emerald Lily
Published by Entangled Publishing on March 27th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Historical, Fantasy
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Cinderella like you've never seen before...
With the threat of the vampire monarchy becoming stronger every day, the Black Lily must take drastic measures. As the leader of the underground resistance, Arabelle concocts the perfect idea to gain the attention of the Glass Tower. Her plan? Attend the vampire prince's blood ball and kill him. Fortunately for Prince Marius, her assassination goes awry, and Arabelle flees, leaving behind only her dagger.
Marius is desperate to find the woman whose kiss turned into attempted murder, hunting for the mysterious assassin he can't push out of his mind. But what he uncovers could change the course of his life forever...
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Holy wow! What a fantastic way to start a new series! And considering Ms. Cross is a new to me author… talk about great first impressions!
The Black Lily is an epic take on Cinderella but with a paranormal twist and a historical-fantasy feel to it. In a land where vampires rule and apparently coexist with humans (and some other magical creatures), the social class system is starting to be questioned.
After the loss of a loved one to a vampire, and tired of the mistreatment of “her people”, Arabelle, aka The Black Lily and the leader of the rebellion, sets a plan in motion to assassinate the last vampire prince at his own blood ball (where he gets his blood concubines or what you and I would call “dinner”). Things go wrong and she fails in her mission which leaves her strangely relieved.
Marius has grown tired of his life, his upcoming nuptials to someone he doesn’t even know is even more unwelcome. He didn’t even want to be at the Blood Ball, but a rumor of a rebellion changed his mind… That is until the mysterious and beautiful girl he chose tried to stab him and ran away. Now she’s all he can think about and he can’t wait to get his hands on her again.
As Marius and Arabelle begin a cat-and-mouse type chase, things in the background begin to get more and more complicated. Soon they don’t know who to trust as they begin to uncover things better left alone. When the cost of freedom is your life, is it still worth it?
Well, I absolutely loved Arabelle. She was one kickass woman, with the proverbial balls of steel. She was strong, loyal, and passionate about her cause. She was a sassy wench too, once Marius comes into the picture. Most of all, though, I loved how she would do anything to protect her friends and people, regardless of the cost to her.
Marius was one sexy vampire. Smooth and charming with all the right moves, his acceptance of the feelings Arabelle woke in him won me over. He has a couple of asshole moments where I wanted to stab him in the chest, but he just kept charming Arabelle and me every time.
With lots of intrigue, mystery, action and fights The Black Lily has it all. Marius and Arabelle’s chemistry is off the charts scorching and their encounters steaming and super hot. Word of advice, though, do not start this book at bedtime unless you can sleep in the next day or don’t mind feeling like a zombie, it’s just unputdownable. This first installment has only wetted my appetite and I can’t wait to see who is the next couple in this enthralling new series.
Rating: 4.5 “Sleep is overrated anyway” Stars
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