Series: Vampire Blood #2
Published by Entangled Publishing on June 19, 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Romantic
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kate
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 and can be read out of order.
While I enjoyed THE RED LILY, it just didn't quite live up to the first book in the series. Nikolai and Sienna are a wonderful couple and the chemistry between them is scorching, but the story just felt like it lacked a little something.
My main complaint was that there was a lot going on in this installment of the Vampire Blood series. There was a lot of development, and not everything was always explained. Since the relationship between Nikolai and Sienna took center stage (as it should in a paranormal romance), this sometimes meant that other events felt rushed or consolidated. Things which had enormous impacts on the story happened in fewer pages than a romantic scene between Nikolai and Sienna, basically, which had the effect of making the story feel a little rough. One minute we were happy for Nikolai and Sienna, and the next unhappy, and then happy, and... you get the idea. (I would go into more detail but I don't want to reveal any spoilers!)
Luckily, Nikolai and Sienna more than made up for the back and forth of my emotions. I loved Sienna so much as a character. She's compassionate and brave, and I liked the way she was doing what she could for the rebellion. As for Nikolai, he was at times a bit too protective (at least his thoughts were) but he was sweet with Sienna and romantic. They just fit together, and I really liked the development of their relationship.
Overall, THE RED LILY works as a romance if you can suspend some disbelief about what's going on around Sienna and Nikolai. All in all, I would have liked a little more plot, but I really enjoyed this book, and cannot wait to see who the next book in the Vampire Blood series focuses on.Series Titles:
- The Black Lily - 4/5
- The Red Lily
- For more by Juliette Cross, try The Vessel Trilogy.