Blog Tour + Excerpt + Giveaway + Review: The Black Lily by Juliette Cross

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The Black Lily

Author: Juliette Cross
Publication Date: March 27, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select Otherworld, Paranormal, Historical, Vampires, Cinderella Retelling


Cinderella like you’ve never seen before…

With the threat of the vampire monarchy becoming stronger every day, the Black Lily must take drastic measures. As the leader of the underground resistance, Arabelle concocts the perfect idea to gain the attention of the Glass Tower. Her plan? Attend the vampire prince’s blood ball and kill him. Fortunately for Prince Marius, her assassination goes awry, and Arabelle flees, leaving behind only her dagger. Marius is desperate to find the woman whose kiss turned into attempted murder, hunting for the mysterious assassin he can’t push out of his mind. But what he uncovers could change the course of his life forever…


Once upon a time, there lived a peasant named Arabelle in a land faraway called Varis. Her circumstances were more or less the same with Cinderella, but she's being paid for her services at the house of Lady Lucinda Pervis and her two daughters. She resides in a small shack as her humble abode, and is friends with a smithy named Deek. She also has a rebellious heart and is going to embark on a mission that would either saved the people she's fighting for or would result in her death.

As a tradition, a ball at the Glass Tower is being held for Prince Marius in choosing his next blood concubine. But at the stroke of midnight, thye carriage will leave the palace so Arabelle should be able to capture the Prince attention and stab him to death. And the fight for justice and quest for answers has just begun.

Needing for my vampire fix, I was definitely intrigued when I saw of this. I've been picky mostly because most I've read runs on the same plot. But this book is just so totally different. It's like a tale of Cinderella, but dark and definitely bloody.

Arabelle is just an admirable woman, who only wanted justice an equality. She's intellegent, a little naive, but have that fre to lit up the whole kingdom to fight and sacrifice her life, if need be.

Prince Marius is the youngest unmarried Varis Prince, who has been suffering ennui for a long while now, until he saw the goddess in gold silk. He is unlike his family. He is just and kind.

This book is just everything! The twists are unexpected, the characters' chemistry is on point, and a complete mix of everything without being overwhelming and a great start to a series! This book is a start of something magical, something bloody, something amazing! I can't wait for the next book!

Standing, he summoned her with a hand.
“Come. Get out of the pool.”
Her mouth dropped. “I’m not getting out of here with you standing there. I’m…I’m naked.
“Of which I’m well aware.” His voice dropped low and deep. “Come out.”
“Then I’ll come in after you.”
He took one step. She splashed backward.
“All right!” She huffed. “Turn around.”
He shook his head, unable to keep a smile from his face. “Not on your life. I’m not letting you out of my sight.”
“You expect me to—”
“Yes. I do. Now, come out.”
She snapped her mouth shut. Flustered, her pale cheeks flushed pink. Marius was thankful for his vampire eyesight to see the pretty blush crawl up her neck. What he wouldn’t do to chase that path with his mouth.
Arabelle’s expression shifted, her brow smoothing, eyes narrowing, lips parting. She slowed her breathing and uncrossed her arms, standing with poise from the water, revealing the sensual gifts nature had given her. Marius swallowed hard, but his mouth had gone dry. Thirsty. He was so thirsty.
She moved unhurriedly through the water into the shallows, emerging like a goddess who knew her power. Marius actually stepped backward as she stood on the ledge in front of him—completely bare and utterly beautiful.

“I’m here now, Your Highness. What will you do with me?”

Juliette is a multi-published author of paranormal and urban fantasy romance. She calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where she lives with her husband, four kids, and black lab named Kona. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance–brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more books set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.


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