The Red Lily
Book 2, Vampire Blood
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“There’s no sophomore slump in this dark fairy tale adventure series! […] Fans of Kelley Armstrong will find a similar blend of horror and legend, with a bonus romance.” ~RT Book Reviews, Top Pick
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.
Each book in the Vampire Blood series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 The Black Lily
Book #2 The Red Lily
Book #3 The White Lily
***5 ‘Show Me Life’ Stars***
I knew I’d be in for one h@ll of a ride when I started The Red Lily. I expected my heart to start racing with anticipation over what would happen next, but I didn’t expect to get all teary eyed...not once, but TWICE (which wasn’t cool since my makeup was all nice and pretty) but that’s what happened. Ms. Cross pulled out all the stops and then some with this book. It’s got it all: Hot, smexy alpha male vamps, evil batsh&t crazy vamps, strong willed women and a slew of secondary characters that you want to know more about even if you’ve only met them for a hot second (even the evil ones) and it’s all set in a world that is so vibrant that it’s easy to get lost in for a few hours and never want to leave.
I loved Nikolai and Sienna. Nikolai is all kinds of smexy, charismatic alpha male who can be all kinds of beastly one second and yet unconsciously kind and compassionate the next. He may have turned ‘traitor’, but that was because his strong sense of honor wouldn’t allow him to do any less. Sienna is a strong and independant woman, which is proven by where she lives and the circumstances that got her there as well as her decision to join The Black Lily, but she also has a kind and compassionate heart. What I found amusing about Sienna was how unaware she could be about her effect on people and the little, or sometimes big things, that made her stand out.
I loved how their journey to their HEA unfolded..well most of it. While the sexual tension between them was high, the angst was minimal. Both had their misgivings about being together, but it was more about how they perceived themselves and what they believed the future held for them, not how they viewed each other. They fun, flirty and the mutual respect they had for the other made it easy to see that they could have a future together. While most of the drama going on was due to their mission, they had their bumps in the road. One had me giving the author the evil eye, but I loved how it all worked out in the end.
I’m really enjoying how the whole working at overthrowing the evil crazy b$tch queen story arc is unfolding and the pacing of it all as well as getting glimpses of who may or may not be getting a book of their own in the future. Friedrich I already liked after meeting him in The Black Lily, but now I want to dig around in his head a little more. I loved the hart wolves and I hope we see more of them as the series progresses. But the two that stand out the most are Riker and Dane. I had a bit of a gut reaction to Riker and I’m happy what I thought didn’t happen, and Dane, well, you’ll have to meet him to find out. So, bring on the next book!
~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed ~
This series just keeps getting better!
Did someone say, "The Big Bad Wolf?"
Lordy, Nikolai had me the second he prowled onto the scene. I loved THE BLACK LILY, but Nik took that love and ratcheted it up about 1,000 degrees. All alpha and deliciously sexy, I found myself flipping the pages and ignoring reality until the very end. (Which came all too quickly.)
And Sienna--she's the type of heroine I love to read. Strong, yet comfortable in her femininity. And while their overall journey, championing The Black Lilly's agenda, was rich and full of suspense, one of my favorite parts of the book was the slow unveiling of her history and how she came to live in the forest. (Extra double bonus points for the wolves. Fingers crossed they get a series of their own.)
But the best part was the romance. One thing I can always count on from Juliette are smoldering interludes ripe with amazing chemistry and emotion, and THE RED LILY was no exception. Seriously, the ante in this series has been raised exponentially. So much so I'm practically begging for the next installment--THE WHITE LILY.
5 Red Hot Stars!!
I can't get enough of Juliette Cross's books. She is an insta-buy author for me, and I hope she is for you too!
This book continues the story from book 1, where the humans are rebelling against the evil vampire monarchy. In this book we learn more about lieutenant of the guard Nikolai, and the local "witch" Sienna. Nikolai is on a mission from the Arabelle, leader of the Black Lily resistance force, to recruit more people to the cause. But he needs help - he needs someone the people can trust, who can win their hearts and minds. Nikolai turns to Sienna, who agrees to help him and the Black Lily. But can Nikolai keep his heart locked up tight, when all he wants to do is kiss the red headed woman senseless? And what dangers are lurking on the road, in the towns, and around every bend? Can Nikolai protect Sienna from blood crazed vampires, and humans on a witch hunt?
If book 1 (THE BLACK LILY) grabbed your interest in this series....hold on to your seat!! Book 2 ramps up the action, the danger, the magic, and the passion of this world Juliette Cross has created in the Vampire Blood series.
As she has before, Juliette made me ugly cry and have to put my kindle down for a bit. She also made me blush, with how passionate the love is between Nikolai and Sienna. And she made me sigh a HUGE sigh of relief with the happy-ever-after in this book.
There is something very unique and special about Juliette Cross' books. They are a step above other paranormal romance books. They are something to be treasured. I wish I could give her books more stars - I would do it in a heart beat!