Saturday 10 February 2018


The White Lily
Vampire Blood #3
By Juliette Cross
Releasing October 23rd, 2017
Entangled Publishing

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.

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In The White Lily (Vampire Blood #3) by Juliette Cross, Brennalyn is a woman on a mission and there's no one she can trust besides the children she's taken in. However, spying on Friedrich Volya, the Duke of Winter Hill, isn't as easy as she thought, especially when she needs to decide whether he's a friend or foe to the Black Lily; a mysterious faction working against the vampire monarchy who will face punishment if King Dominik discovers their location. Yet, when Brennalyn's life is put in danger due to the secret she's been keeping, she finds the Duke willing to play her protector. Will she give Friedrich a chance, or will they lose their chance at happy ever after because she doesn't know whether she can trust him?

Having not read the first two books of this series, I didn't really know whether this book could be read as a stand-alone or not, but I'm so glad there was enough back story surrounding what the Black Lily is and what evil Queen Morgrid and King Dominik are wreaking to get a feel for what this series is all about. Really, and right from the beginning with the prologue I was hooked, as it's palpable Friedrich is a good guy determined to be on the opposite side to defeat the evil his relatives. Will he be able to help the Black Lily?

Both the main characters were fantastic, and I loved every moment these two conversed, as Brennalyn does her best to stay focussed on her mission, but Friedrich doesn't make things easier. Certainly, he has seduction in mind and is very tempting with his charm and his confidence. Will the heroine succumb to their intense chemistry? Moreover, the heroine is resilient and courageous in undertaking the mission she has, even though things get very dangerous for her. I also liked her determination to protect the children she's taken under her wing; children that have suffered at the hands of evil. Will she be able to keep the children safe? Will she get the information she needs for the Black Lily? Will Friedrich prove to Brennalyn that he's one of the good guys?

While the hero, he's charming; determined to protect the heroine and the children, and I liked how determined he was to win the heroine over because she's the one for him. I also liked how he handles everything that's thrown at him when it comes to the evil his uncle is wreaking. Will Friedrich be able to go up against his uncle without consequences; consequences that could prove costly for the pair if they're not careful? 

Overall, Ms. Cross has delivered a superb read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was powerful; the romance had me loving these two together; and the ending had me worried for the main characters, but had me liking how things worked out for this hero and heroine, because Friedrich would do anything to keep Brennalyn in his life, even if it means doing something she may hate him for. I would recommend The White Lily by Juliette Cross, if you enjoy paranormal romance or books by authors NJ Walters, Rebecca Zanetti, Rachel Van Dyken and Lara Adrian.

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