Wednesday, October 25, 2017

BLOG TOUR: The White Lily by Juliette Cross



Thanks to Paranormal Cravings for hosting this book tour. I'm sharing my review of Juliette Cross's The White Lily today. Happy reading!

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Summary:

To the north of the Varis empire, a mysterious faction spreads propaganda against the vampire monarchy. Friedrich Volya, the Duke of Winter Hill, seeks to discover who they are before his uncle finds them first. King Dominik will punish the traitors with brutal force.

Local schoolteacher, the raven-haired Brennalyn, is on her own mission—to spy on the duke and discover what she can for the Black Lily. She longs to help the commonwealth and bring justice to the many orphans left behind from the ravages of the blood madness, like the children she lovingly keeps in her care. What she doesn't plan for is the heart-pounding attraction she feels for the duke, enemy to the Black Lily.

But when Brennalyn's secret puts her life and the life of her children in danger, Friedrich steps in as her protector, she finds out there's more to the duke than she thought.

Title:  The White Lily
Series:  Vampire Blood
Book #: 3
Author:  Juliette Cross
Approximate Book Length:  326 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

While not terribly confusing, you definitely feel like you're jumping into the middle of a series. It took me a chapter or so to really get into due to trying to get my bearings among the world and politics. They are doled out in pieces as the story progresses.

Once I did get my bearings, I became completely enthralled. I loved the children and came to love Duke Friedrich. Brennalyn is endearing in her intellect and courage. Dominik is a strong villain you love to hate. The plot tension just leaps off every page and compels you to keep reading late into the night.

Bottom Line:

The White Lily is filled with excitement, suspense, and a love that is downright tangible. It's an utterly riveting read.

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About the Author
Juliette is a multi-published author of paranormal and fantasy romance and lives in lush, moss-laden Louisiana where she lives with her husband, four kids, and black lab, Kona. She loves reading and writing brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes.

From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

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~EXCERPT~

“I apologize. This will be your first time as a bleeder, won’t it?”

She had the widest, sweetest brown eyes. Warm and innocent, but also intelligent. They suited her well. Always keen and searching. Except now. He’d knocked her senseless with his untoward questions. He might’ve felt guilty if he wasn’t enjoying the sound of her hummingbird heartbeat pulsing in that slender, pale throat of hers.

“Do not worry,” he assured her, brushing the pad of his thumb over her knuckles again, noting that her palm was sweaty against his fingers. “The prick is a little painful. At first. But you’ll only remember the pleasure.”

Then he smiled, and those guileless eyes widened even further, her lips forming a surprised O, which made his cock stiffen in his trousers.

“And I will be gentle. I promise.” The first time anyway.


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