Series: Vampire Blood #4
Published by Entangled Publishing on January 29, 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook, Paperback
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes, rape
Reviewed by: Kate
When Princess Vilhelmina Dragomir is awakened from her hellish sleep with a blood kiss from a handsome stranger, she learns that much has changed while she’s been away. The armies of the Black Lily and the vampire Crown have amassed and are on the brink of war.
No romantic entanglements, no family. Mikhail Romanov, Captain of the Bloodguard, took a vow when he joined the Bloodguard. But he never planned for the gut-punching attraction he would feel for the untouchable princess. He must keep his focus, though. In order to avenge his family, it’s essential he help Mina claim her crown and keep his damn hands off of her.
But Mina sets her heart on the elusive captain, and keeping his focus on the great battle ahead becomes harder and harder. While they're making plans, the evil King Dominik has been making some of his own. This time, he will show no mercy to the Princess…
While Mina and Mikhail are not my favorite couple of the Vampire Blood series, THE EMERALD LILY is nonetheless a passionate tale of romance with two strong-willed and lovable characters to root for. As the war between the evil vampire queen and those opposed to her comes to a climax around them, you can't help but want the two of them to be able to find peace and love with each other.
By virtue of this being the end of the series, a lot was happening in THE EMERALD LILY but that didn't detract from the romance between Mina and Mikhail. I've been interested in Mikhail's story since THE WHITE LILY and there is more to him than meets the eye, so finding out his backstory was interesting. Mina is both sweet and strong in the perfect combination of the two characteristics. She's a good match for Mikhail, willing to accept him for who he is. Their chemistry was off the charts and I loved the scenes with the two of them.
My main complaint is that I'm a little exhausted of stories where the threat of rape is the bad thing that is going to happen. King Dominik was clearly evil. I'm not sure that it was necessary to add in the imminent possibility of sexual assault to make him seem even more evil. But that could just be me and my tastes at the moment, so take it with a grain of salt. To be fair, it wasn't completely gratuitous, it definitely had a point in the plot of the evil queen.
Going into THE EMERALD LILY, I was not aware that it is the conclusion to the Vampire Blood series. By the end of the book it's quite clear that this is the end of the series, and I can't help but be a bit disappointed. I've enjoyed this series immensely, and I wish there were going to be further installments so we could see the happily ever afters of other characters - I was really rooting for one for Grant, at least!
All in all, the Vampire Blood series is a fun spin on fairytale retellings and vampires, with evil queens, fair maidens and strong vampire men. I do recommend reading the books in order though, as the plot does build through all four books, with THE EMERALD LILY the clear climax. And now that it's finished, there's no wait in between installments!Series Titles:
- For more by Juliette Cross, try The Vessel Trilogy.