Series: Vampire Blood #3
Published by Entangled Publishing on October 23, 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Romantic
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kate
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.
Once you get past the cover, Cross' third installment in the Vampire Blood series, THE WHITE LILY is a sexy adventure with two protagonists you can't help but root for.
Brenna is sassy and smart with a big heart - an excellent match for Friedrich. When the two of them are thrown together, sparks fly. The relationship develops between them quite quickly, but it doesn't feel too rushed. And, enough time is spent on developing the greater storyline of the series that it furthers the plot along and kept me on tenterhooks trying to figure out what was going to happen next. The undercurrent of danger is always there, but there are moments between Brenna and Friedrich when they (and the reader) seem to forget all of the outside world, and get lost in each other.
Those moments were definitely what kept me reading THE WHITE LILY. Though the scenes with Brenna's adopted children were cute, and there were a few times when Friedrich's valet, Grant, gave me a good laugh, the times when Brenna and Friedrich are together alone, whether tender or explosive, are super enjoyable. The reader gets to see a different side of Friedrich than we've seen in the previous book, and it was sexy as hell.
Since this is the third book in the series, it is assumed that the reader will know most of the world, and so some aspects weren't explained - however, I don't think that should be a deterrent, as most everything is easy to pick up on and to be honest, I didn't mind going without the tedious explanations of who was related to who and the politics of the developing war. The action just happened, without a ton of preamble, and it was honestly pretty great.
After this installment in the Vampire Blood series, I am eager to see who will be featured next! I have an inkling of who it might be...one can always hope, right?Series Titles:
- For more by Juliette Cross, try The Vessel Trilogy.