The Red Lily by Juliette Cross
Series: Vampire Blood #2
Also in this series: The Black Lily
Published by Entangled Publishing on June 19th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Historical, Fantasy
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When Red falls for the Big Bad Vampire...
The Black Lily resistance needs a larger army if they are to defeat the vampire monarchy. In order to do so, former lieutenant and traitor to the vampire Crown, Nikolai must seek help from the red-hooded temptress he needs to avoid at all costs. The secret he carries could prove dangerous for her if she gets too close...even though keeping her close—very close—is the only thing on his mind.
Sienna will do anything for the Black Lily, and when Nikolai asks for her assistance to gain the trust of the commonwealth, it's the last thing she wants to do. The thought of leaving her woods and her wolves behind is terrifying...not to mention the danger being with Nikolai poses.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
If Nikolai is the Big Bad Wolf…
It’s very hard not to follow that line with something that doesn’t sound downright filthy… but let’s just say, he can do whatever he wants with those big teeth he has.
I became acquainted with Ms. Cross’ writing with the previous story in this series The Black Lily which totally blew me away, so I tried to calm my excitement when I got my hands on The Red Lily. I’m happy to say that it was as epic, just in a different way than I was expecting.
We met both Nikolai and Sienna during the start of the revolution against the Vampire Crown. Now that the Queen’s crazy plan is no longer top-secret the revolutionaries need as much support as they can get if they have any chance of winning against the Queen’s blood-lust-crazy vampires. For that, Nikolai being a vampire himself needs Sienna’s help to convince the oppressed humans to risk their lives for the cause.
That’s how they set out on a journey across the land, going from town to town seeking supporters and new members for the movement. Among danger and intrigue Nikolai and Sienna’s passion for each other grows too much to fight it… and things get really, really hot.
Sienna was a fantastic leading lady. She was selfless, nurturing, passionate and caring. There are some rough things that happen to her during the journey, and I really wanted her to be more kickass… but she makes up for that later on with flying colors.
Nikolai was a total alpha male with exceptional bossiness in the bedroom (sofa, table, wall-against, middle of the woods…you get my meaning) that totally worked for me. He had a tight control on his impulses, but luckily for all of us, Sienna made him lose it completely.
Now let me tell you, this story didn’t go near anything I was anticipating. Some parts were hard to read, but everything works out in the end. You can rest assured, there’s a HEA. With lots of suspense and intrigue, more action than you’d know what to do with and generous amounts of the big bad fanged-hunk giving it to little red riding hood, The Red Lily surpassed all my expectations and was an incredible read I couldn’t put down. I can’t wait to see what comes next in this incredible take on fairy tales turned paranormal awesomeness.
Rating: 4.5 “I would totally wear a red cape for Nikolai” Stars
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