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The Black Lily

The Black Lily

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by Juliette Cross

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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


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...

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JULIETTE is a multi-published author of paranormal and 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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The Black Lily 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Rhianona 23 days ago
It's been a while since I've read a good vampire romance. Initially, I wasn't sure if I would like this but I do enjoy fairy tale re-tellings and the blurb intrigued me enough to give it a try. From the start, I was drawn into the world that Ms. Cross develops. Marius is the youngest son of the ruling family. He is about to turn 100 soon, which means he will be set to marry and take his place as ruling king in the only part of the kingdom that is not currently ruled by a vampire of the Varis line. While he has no desire to find a blood concubine, he attends the Blood Ball being held when he realizes that the servants in the castle are terrified of him. He wants to know why. After her mother is killed by a vampire and seeing a steady stream of drained and dead vampire victims left in the forest, Arabella knows that someone has to stop the vampires. She starts the Black Lily rebellion movement to do just that and sees the Blood Ball as the perfect time to assassinate the prince. What she doesn't expect is the instant attraction she feels towards Marius - not that it stops her from her plan. When she fails in her attempt, she flees and Marius is determined to find her - not because she tried to kill him but because he can't forget the passion in their one kiss. This is an unconventional Cinderella story. Instead of a glass slipper, Arabella leaves behind a dagger. Instead of living with her stepmother and stepsisters, she works for a mother and her two daughters - though they have all the characteristics of the stepmother and stepsisters. Instead of a fairy godmother, she has a blacksmith. Arabella herself is not content to meekly stand by in the face of injustice. For all that we know there is a happily ever after with Marius, she also sticks by her principles, which is nice to see. It all makes for a rather unique retelling of the classic fairy tale. I do have a few complaints. For all that this is a fairy tale, I still had trouble believing that Arabella, who is described multiple times throughout the book as a peasant, can easily pass herself off as a noble for the ball. Secondly, I wish I had seen more in the development of their relationship. Beyond the plot, the cast of characters make this well worth a read. Not simply content with creating a memorable hero and heroine, Ms. Cross also creates some well developed secondary characters, who are just as interesting as Marius and Arabella. Overall, this was an exciting introduction to a new series, with a nice mix of romance and suspense. I look forward to reading future installments in this series.
Stella_L 26 days ago
I was in the mood for a new PNR, and decided to pick this one up. It hit all the hot buttons for me. Vampire, historical setting, and brilliant story! I loved and plan to pick the next one up in the series. This is new author for me, but I'll be looking for her books.
dsubsits 28 days ago
Juliette Cross’ THE BLACK LILY is a clever retelling of the classic Cinderella. Arabelle (The Black Lily) leads a rebellion against the vampire monarchy. She sets out to assassinate the vampire prince, Marius, at the ball held at the Glass Tower. Her attempt fails, and Marius is determined to find the mysterious woman that was unsuccessful in killing him. This fairytale PNR is suitable for adult audiences. THE BLACK LILY was a creative and entertaining read. I enjoyed the plot. I like how the Cinderella and Red Riding Hood fairytales were worked into the story. I also appreciate that there was a lot more to the story then just the basics from the fairy tale. Arabelle is a strong heroine. She is brave and determined to fight for the lower class. I like Marius. Unlike his family, he is noble and wants what is best for the people. He is ignorant about what is really happening, but willing to investigate to discover the truth. The two have great chemistry, and I enjoyed their dialog. Juliette Cross does a fantastic job with all the details to the story. The characters are well developed. The plot is skillfully executed. There were interesting twists and turn of events. Even though the novel is 300-pages, it felt like a fast read. THE BLACK LILY had a great ending. I would love to see this story turned into a movie. I look forward to the second book in the Tales of the Black Lily, THE RED LILY, expected to be published on June 19, 2017. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Anonymous 3 months ago
So much more than a Cinderella story or even a vampire story. This was amazing. A story of a courageous young woman who is fighting for freedom, justice and equality against the tyranny of power and oppression. All bundled up together with a breathtaking romance. I don’t normally read PNR, especially vampires but the blurb and the positive reviews I came across made me try this book. I’d recommend this to anyone who reads fantasy romance; heck anyone who loves a beautifully told story. The 2 characters are amazingly developed. Arabelle, a lowly peasant who singlehandedly starts a rebellion among her people to fight for freedom and justice; her bravery and pure kick-assness. Marius is just perfect for her. Protective and determined to win her, regardless of her background. Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet; all rolled into one amazing story. 2 soul mates from opposites. The tale of forbidden love – the angst was so well done. Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review
Sandy-thereadingcafe 3 months ago
4.5 stars-- THE BLACK LILY is the first installment in Juliette Cross’s TALES OF THE BLACK LILY adult, paranormal/fantasy series. This is one hundred year old vampire Prince Marius, and peasant girl Arabelle’s story line. Told from dual third person perspectives (Arabelle and Marius) THE BLACK LILY follows the struggles of the human population; the underground movement setting up a coup to take down the royal vampire family-vampires who now threaten the lives of everyone they love. Enter peasant girl Arabelle, a young woman, head of a group known as The Black Lily, and a woman determined to rid the world of bloodsuckers-one vampire at a time starting with the youngest royal heir-Prince Marius. The time has come to select a new concubine for the royal Prince, and Arabelle is determined to seduce the Prince to his death. What ensues is the building romance between Arabelle and Prince Marius, and the search for the vampires responsible for taking too many lives. THE BLACK LILY is the retelling of Cinderella only Cinderella’s happily ever after comes with a caveat-the Prince is a vampire, and a man who is desperate to make Arabelle his own. While Arabelle struggles with her attraction to a man she believes is killing her people, Marius searches for the truth and doesn’t like what he is about to find. We are introduced to a large number of secondary and supporting characters including Marius’s best friend and vampire Nikolai; Marius’s parents the King and Queen of the vampires; Arabelle’s friends Deek and Mary, as well as our heroine’s evil ’step mother’ and two wicked ‘step sisters’. On the run Arabelle befriends a woman known as Sienna, whose connection to the wolves is magical and mysterious. The world building looks at the prejudice between human and vampire; the potential eradication of the species; and a romance between a human and a vampire that pushes all of the boundaries for our leading couple. THE BLACK LILY is an engaging, lively and spirited retelling of Cinderella. The premise is creative and electrifying; the characters are animated, colorful and passionate; the romance is fated and uplifting. THE BLACK LILY is a wondrous start to a new series that will leave you breathless and wanting more.
BookReview4you 3 months ago
'The Black Lily' by Juliette Cross is book One in the "Tales of the Black Lily" series. This is the story of Arabelle and Marius. Arabelle is the leader of the "Black Lily" and has set out to kill Marius who is a Vampire Prince. Arabelle is out to kill Marius because so many of the human blood concubine are being killed and Arabelle wants this to stop. Marius is turning 100 years old and his family has set in motion for him to marry a Nobel Women that they have chosen for him. In addition he has started noticing that the servants/help is showing to be very scared of them. One servant that Marius spoke to, was so scared that she up and left town. So Marius knows something is going on and turns to have his friend help him find out what that is. When Marius goes to the Blood Ball he looks up to find Arabelle who he is taken with right away. Arabelle is pretending to be a Nobel Women named Grace. When Arabelle gets Marius alone she attempts to kill him. But unknown to her at first is that she didn't kill him. When Marius friend finds him injured he asked Marius 'Did she pierce you heart?' and Marcus said 'Yes' but then says "Not literally, old friend. I wouldn't be sitting her if she had, now would I?' Marius goes forward to finding 'Grace'/Arabelle and starts to learn what has been going on. To me that set the tone of this book and made me fall in love with this story. The secondary characters were just as good and I hope to see more of them in future books. I also wish to read more books by Ms. Cross! "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
tigerlilly_liz 3 months ago
Do you love fairytales? Well, The Black Lily puts a new spin on an old classic. Cinderella got turned on its head in the best way possible. The author has done a sublime job recreating on an old classic and adding her own unique spin. Arabella is a tough woman, who has not had an easy life. She’s fearless and courageous. Instead of giving in, she has planned and vowed to change the status quo. Then there’s Marius, our vampire prince and alpha hero who goes on the hunt for the woman who tried to kill him. Not because she tried to kill him, but because he wants more of the passion he found in their first kiss. The chemistry between these two was a sweet slow build and smoldering hot. This story is rich in secondary characters. They were all exquisite, unique, well developed, and promise many opportunities for future books. I enjoyed all that were introduced and look forward to see how things develop and where they go. OMG, the prologue is just gripping. It opens us up to what the world is like and how Vampires rule. The story is enchanting and memorable. I was on the edge of my set and couldn’t put The Black Lily down. The characters are fascinating, alluring, and gripping. The world building is outstanding, the story is well written, riveting and awe-inspiring. We are treated to a little mystery, action, adventure, heartache, and romance. Truly, this is going to be a fantastic new series! Yes, it’s built on old fairy tales, but don’t let that fool you into thinking you will know how things end. I’m looking forward to the next installment. Rated: 4.5 Stars *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Entangled Publishing via NetGalley with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
Nelsonaa 3 months ago
First thing first - ignore the cheesy cover. I assume the cover model is supposed to represent the vampire prince Marius, but he is NOT the "black lily" of the title. That honor goes to Arabelle, and the resistance group of peasants she leads against the evils of the vampire monarchy. I wish the cover had portrayed both characters, perhaps in an embrace with Arabelle holding a gold-tipped knife. That could have been hot. Moving on, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I haven't read paranormal romance in a while, and longer still since I've read vampire paranormal. This was an enjoyable return to that genre. The loose Cinderella theme and fairy tale aspects were intriguing and interesting adapted. Early in the story, I felt a heavy influence from Katniss/The Hunger Games (Arabelle & the Black Lily made me think of the Mockingjay) and Daenerys Targaryen/Game of Thrones (Arabelle is actually referenced once as a "breaker of chains," which made me cringe a little). Thankfully these derivations faded as the story progressed. This one definitely improved for me the more I read, and by the end I couldn't put it down. Great character development and character growth - Marius and Arabelle were appealing largely due to their willingness to evolve and change as they learned more about each other. Lots of action kept the story moving briskly, with good suspense and mystery mixed in. The romantic scenes were few but impactful. Supporting characters were well done and added to the story. I think there is much more to tell, perhaps with Nikolai and Sienna, and also Mina. I look forward to more in this series. ARC provided by Entangled Publishing via Netgalley
repsgoddess 3 months ago
The Black Lily by Juliette Cross is one unique retelling of the Cinderella fairytale and it is absolutely fantastic, no amazing...omgosh, honestly peeps there just aren’t enough words to adequately describe how wonderful I found this story. You are hooked right from the beginning. I highly recommend this read to one and all. Please note that an ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review of which this is both honest and completely voluntary.
kahea46 3 months ago
***5 ‘You Are Not What I Expected’ Stars*** When I heard that Juliette Cross was going to be putting her own paranormal twist on some very well loved fairy tales I started making grabby hands, while doing a lot of the practicing patience thing and though it did take me a little longer to dive in that I intended, I wasn’t disappointed. She has created a vibrant world and filled it with characters that I need to know more about, even the baddies and woven humor, heart, suspense and a good dose smexyness into it that had me turning the pages until there were no more to turn. I adored Marius. He is a vampire and a prince, but he’s nothing like you’d expect him to be. He believes in the superiority of his race and status within it and though the arrogance that comes with that belief is woven into his very being, it doesn’t suffocate. He’s all kinds of charming, confident, intelligent, smexy alpha male goodness and all of that combined with his compassionate heart makes him all kinds of swoon worthy. Arabelle and I had an interesting go of it. Overall I loved the girl. She genuinely cares for her people and though she is just a servant she is willing to do all she can to better their lives, even if it mean sacrificing hers. She could have turned her back on the problems, and even turned callous and cold, but didn’t. But for all I admired her, her tunnel vision in the beginning had me twitching. She has just cause for her feelings, but the soapbox she put herself on was not as sturdy as she believed. Marius and Arabelle’s road to their HEA was a bumpy one for many reasons, but it was a fun and smexy one as they forced each other to open their eyes to the true reality of the world they lived in. I enjoyed the push and pull between them because it not only made the sexual tension between them that much hotter, but it forced them to get to know each other beyond their station in life and come to realize that they had much more in common than they could have ever imagined. It’s not secret I’m a huge Juliette Cross fangirl and a good portion of that has to do with how well she builds the world her stories are set in. They are vibrant, even in their darkness, and she has a way of making you want to explore every nook and cranny of it. She creates a history of the world that is believable even though you know in your logical mind that there is no way it can exist and yet you want to get lost in it and that’s what she done once again with The Black Lily. On top of all of that she brings to life characters that you want to know more about and spend time with, even the ones you want to gut with a spoon and there are many I’d love to cozy up to here. As this is the first in series, there is a lot of information being thrown at you, but it’s done in a more show not tell way so it isn’t overwhelming. I do have one, well, two bones to pick with Ms. Cross, but neither are about the overall story arc of the series, which I thought was well done and cannot wait to see how everything plays out down the road! ~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley ~
PennySparkles 3 months ago
Holy wow! What a fantastic way to start a new series! And considering Ms. Cross is a new to me author… talk about great first impressions! The Black Lily is an epic take on Cinderella but with a paranormal twist and a historical-fantasy feel to it. In a land where vampires rule and apparently coexist with humans (and some other magical creatures), the social class system is starting to be questioned. After the loss of a loved one to a vampire, and tired of the mistreatment of “her people”, Arabelle, aka The Black Lily and the leader of the rebellion, sets a plan in motion to assassinate the last vampire prince at his own blood ball (where he gets his blood concubines or what you and I would call “dinner”). Things go wrong and she fails in her mission which leaves her strangely relieved. Marius has grown tired of his life, his upcoming nuptials to someone he doesn’t even know is even more unwelcome. He didn’t even want to be at the Blood Ball, but a rumor of a rebellion changed his mind… That is until the mysterious and beautiful girl he chose tried to stab him and ran away. Now she’s all he can think about and he can’t wait to get his hands on her again. As Marius and Arabelle begin a cat-and-mouse type chase, things in the background begin to get more and more complicated. Soon they don’t know who to trust as they begin to uncover things better left alone. When the cost of freedom is your life, is it still worth it? Well, I absolutely loved Arabelle. She was one kick-butt woman, with the proverbial balls of steel. She was strong, loyal, and passionate about her cause. She was a sassy wench too, once Marius comes into the picture. Most of all, though, I loved how she would do anything to protect her friends and people, regardless of the cost to her. Marius was one sexy vampire. Smooth and charming with all the right moves, his acceptance of the feelings Arabelle woke in him won me over. He has a couple of jerkish moments where I wanted to stab him in the chest, but he just kept charming Arabelle and me every time. With lots of intrigue, mystery, action and fights The Black Lily has it all. Marius and Arabelle’s chemistry is off the charts scorching and their encounters steaming and super hot. Word of advice, though, do not start this book at bedtime unless you can sleep in the next day or don’t mind feeling like a zombie, it’s just unputdownable. This first installment has only wetted my appetite and I can’t wait to see who is the next couple in this enthralling new series. *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book*
RhennaMorgan 3 months ago
Whoa boy! Cinderella's story got turned on its head in the best way possible with this one. I'd been on the hunt for a good vampire story for a while, so when I had a chance to grab an Advance Release Copy from Juliette, I jumped all over it. Yowza! What a freakin' ride! First, let's talk about the heroine, Arabelle. She's a badass. Fearless and courageous in championing her fellow humans. Then there's Marius--the vampire prince Arabelle originally set out to kill. How can you NOT love an alpha hero who goes on the hunt for a woman NOT because she tried to kill him, but because he wants more of the passion he found in their first kiss. Oh, yeah. I do love a chase. Or maybe I should say what comes at the end of the chase and Marius didn't disappoint. The chemistry between the two was smoking hot and the slow build as the they came together was exceptionally exquisite! Two other things you should know about this book. First, if you enjoy well developed secondary characters, this book is rich in them. Nikolai was my favorite, (I'm gonna bet he's a dark and dirty type. Or maybe that's just my hope for a future book) but they were all unique and promised many opportunities for future books. Second, can I just say that Juliette can do some phenomenal world building? It's so easy for me to get lost in the worlds she creates, and while the concept of vampires isn't a new one, she makes it her own with loads of creative nuances. Truly, this is going to be a fantastic series. Yes, it's built on the Cinderella tale (with other books planned to follow other stories), but don't let that trick you into thinking you'll figure out how things end. Cinderella is just a jumping off point for an amazingly sensual romance that will keep you turning the pages straight to THE END.
Barb-TRC 3 months ago
The Black Lily by Juliette Cross is the first book in her new Tales of the Black Lily series. I have been a big fan of Juliette Cross, since I started reading her Nightwing series; her stories are always captivating, exciting, adventurous, sexy and pure fun to read. The Black Lily is no different and after I finished this book, Juliette Cross once again rises up on my list of books and authors I MUST read. I loved loved The Black Lily; it was a fantastic ride from start to finish, with a couple that blew us away with so much chemistry. Now for my review. The Black Lily has a slight take on the Cinderella fairytale, but it is nothing like it. Arabelle, our heroine, lives as a peasant, with a woman and two daughters, who treat her miserably. But Arabelle is the leader of The Black Lily underground resistance that is trying to rebel against the vampire kingdom that rules the Glass Tower. Humans are dying, having been found murdered and drained blood dry. Arabelle devises a plan to kill the Prince, at the upcoming ball, in order to make the King and Queen listen to their grievances. Prince Marius, our hero, dreads going to the ball, but he needs to pick a woman who will become his next blood concubine; especially in a matter of days he will be getting married to a princess he has never met. At the ball, he becomes mesmerized by a beautiful young woman dressed in Gold, and after a dance, he whisks her away for a tour of the Glass Tower. He finds her irresistible, and when he makes advances on her, which she encourages, Marious is shocked when she plunges a knife to his chest. Arrabelle, thinking she killed her target, manages to escape, but leaving behind a gold pointed knife (no there is no slipper here). Marius, after he drinks blood and is healed, goes with his best friend, Nikolai to search for the woman who has a tattoo on her shoulder. During the search, he will notice the fear in the folks in town, as well as those working at the Tower. Marius will also discover that the missing servant in the house is the one he is looking for, but sees the condition of how she lives. This will open his eyes as to the conditions that surround the lands his family runs, which was not as he was led to believe. After a few times of catching up with Arrabelle, Marius knows she is a handful, but she is a handful he cannot resist. Arrabelle, despite thinking Marius as the enemy is also unable to resist his charms. Arrabelle will begin to trust Marius, and tell him about the murders, forcing him to investigate with Nicolai to find out what is happening behind the scenes. Marius knows he loves Arrabelle, and knows he must do everything in his power to protect her against his mother and father’s determination to have her killed. What follows is a fantastic exciting story that will have you either on the edge of your seat or swooning over their hot sexy romance. Arrabelle was such a wonderful heroine, strong, beautiful, and determined to fight for her friends. Marius was not only a great hero, but also very charming and sexy; and they were so good together. The wildly exciting climax was so tense, suspenseful, with non-stop action, that we were left breathless. I also want to point out that I loved two of the secondary characters; Sienna and her wolves; as well as Nicolai. The Black Lily was such an amazing book, as well as steamy, and very well written by Cross. Bravo to Juliette Cross for giving another sensational new serie
MoniqueD 3 months ago
I will not give too much of the plot in this review, as I would rather the readers discover it for themselves, and Ms. Cross does a fine job at creating a brand new world. Vampires have been around for a long time, and rule with an iron fist; humans have become fodder for aristocratic vampires, and one day, a peasant girl by the name of Arabelle had enough, and she created a resistance movement: THE BLACK LILY. Arabelle has set in motion a plan to kill Prince Marius on the night of the blood ball, and then go in hiding. But things do awry, Prince Marius is only injured, and swears he will find the human, however beguiling, who tried to kill him and make her pay. However, things get complicated as Arabelle did not expect to find her enemy so bewitching, and while Marius was taken aback by Arabelle’s bravery, and her attractiveness. Still, she must be found first… Prince Marius had not realised how little he knew of his people, and humans are rebelling in other kingdoms as well. Marius is seriously torn: he must marry Princess Vilhelmina to unite their kingdoms, they don’t even know each other, and more and more, he is attracted to Arabelle. THE BLACK LILY is a very ingenious take on Cinderella, and it is also much more. Loosely based on the classic fairytale, the author adds fascinating political undertones to this paranormal romance, as well as a welcome touch of Gothic. Juliette Cross weaves a hypnotic spell on the reader, as powerful as the attraction between Arabelle and Marius. The author has created magical characters, so well fleshed out, they seem real, even in a fantasy context. And dear readers, for once, the cover model is exactly how I pictured Marius! What a bonus! I loved the world the author created: it’s different, very well thought-out, and striking. Prince Marius is a very interesting character, and not at all how I imagined he would be; he surprised me several times. Arabelle is a true resistance fighter: she is courageous, fearless, ingenious, and determined to do what is best for her people. Besides, however taken they are with each other, they both know there is no future for them. I loved the tone of the book: while it retains the stylistic qualities of a fairytale, it is an adult paranormal fairytale, and very well done. The writing is luminous, and simply gorgeous, and I must commend Ms. Cross for her perfect grammar and syntax. The dialogues ring true, every character has its own voice; I love Juliette Cross’ voice! And the characters are very compelling: Deek, Arabelle’s blacksmith friend is wonderful, and Lieutenant Nikolai, a Legionnaire and protector of the vampire realm, is simply delicious, if by-the-book, and at times a bit of an enigma. And how I loved Vilhelmina! But all is not rosy in this romance: I was absolutely stunned when something dreadful happened to a central character, and there is gore and blood – obviously, for a vampire story, but in a more realistic way that is often portrayed, which felt authentic. And what a fabulous ending: I did not expect most of what happened. What delights await us in this new series! I cannot wait for the next book, because this is not over my friends! (Don’t worry, there is no cliffhanger, just a taste of all the fabulousness that we can expect in the future! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
caroldh4 3 months ago
The Black Lily is book one in the brand new series Tales of the Black Lily by Juliette Cross. I have long been a fan of Juliette’s books. Pretty much since the first book. But this book…I’m trying to find the right words. It’s amazing, fantastic, stupendous…well, I’ll stop there and just try to tell you about it. “A balance of equality among classes does not mean all people are equal in terms of property and wealth. Rather, it is the opportunity to gain wealth and a strong livelihood that separates tyranny from equality.” Prince Marius is royalty. He is the youngest son of the original vampire. His kingdom rules over two classes, those of the elite, and the peasants, both of which are human. Marius is nearing his one hundredth birthday where he will be wed to Princess Vilhelmina. It is an arranged marriage, Marius has not yet even met his betrothed. There is a ball being held where Marius is to choose his next blood concubine, an elite woman that will serve him as a blood donor. Little did he know that this would be the night that would change the course of his entire life. Arabelle is a peasant who serves as laundress to an elite woman and her two daughters. Arabelle lost her mother when she was little to the blood lust of a vampire. She now is the leader of the resistance, a rebellion, to win equality for her people. Arabelle is also known as The Black Lily. “The Black Lily was coming. The breaker of chains would one day free them all.” Arabelle has a plan. She will start picking off the sons of the King and Queen. First of which will be Marius at his ball. She has a plan, but you know how plans are, they never go as they are supposed to. “Her blade might not have impaled his heart, but she’d certainly ensnared his mind and body.” There is an instant connection between Marius and Arabelle. One neither of them can understand. Arabelle fights this chemistry with all that she is. She hates vampires. They are her enemy. Even Marius, isn’t he? “Don’t worry, Arabelle. I won’t bite.” “Is that supposed to be funny?” “No. That’s a promise.” Arabelle is able to convince Marius that things are not right. That peasants are dying at the hands of the vampires, even though this is against strict vampire law. Marius has lived his entire life with things going on right under his nose that he was never aware of. As their attraction grows, so does Marius’s knowledge of what is really happening in his world. This book was beyond amazing. The world Juliette has created captivated me from the very first page of the prologue. I could not put this down. When I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about it. Marius and Arabelle were perfectly suited for one another. And then there are the secondary characters, Arabelle’s friend, Sienna, and Marius’s best friend, Nicolai, and so many more. This book has every element that for me makes it great. Characters you can’t help but to love who have both an innocence and a toughness that make them so easy to relate to. There is love, suspense, and yes, some steamy scenes that are sure to heat things up. Once you start, make sure you have cleared out plenty of time because you won’t be putting this down. I was entranced from the first page until the very final page. I applaud you, Juliette Cross. This is the beginning of something special. I can’t wait for the next book.
Erani_Kole 3 months ago
*voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received from IndieSage PR* I thought it was interesting how they did a vampiric adaptation of Cinderella and added in a few more unique fairytales. And yet despite being similar, this is definitely not the cinder girl I remember. Marius is my favorite in this whole thing. He's ignorant of what goes on in his own kingdom but he's still innocent in all it, willing to make it right and correct the wrong. His heroine, and leader of the Black Lily, was all for justice and righteousness. She wasn't as endearing as Marius but I did love her passion and the things she brought to light. I liked the way it was written, a slow and steady pace that built up the suspense and mystery as to who- or what -was exactly causing the chaos between the vampires and humans. A hot, dark and entertaining story to check out for sure.
jeanniezelos 3 months ago
The Black Lily,  Juliette Cross Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance, I’ve read a few of Juliette’s stories, and liked the sound of this. Vampires? Romance? yep, two of my tick boxes ;-) What did make me hesitate was the Cinderella connection. I’m not a fan of fairy-tale rewrites generally, I’ve read too many that mirror the original so closely there’s nothing fresh in the story, but this one is fine.  The storyline is only very loosely followed, in fact most of the story is pure Juliette original, maybe 5-10% follows Cinderella and that’s fine by me! We meet Arabelle, AKA the Black Lily, with her friend Deek, the blacksmith,  planning an audacious assassination of the vampire Prince Marius at a ball later that evening.  She and her band of followers have been planning this carefully, she has the gown, the jewels, the mask, a fairy-tale carriage, albeit borrowed as are the gown and jewels, and most important, a gold edged knife to kill him. Vampires in this series are killed by gold, though royals have to be stabbed in the heart for it to be fatal. No pressure there then Arabelle. Why are they out to kill him? Well, seems vampires aren’t sticking to the laws, and the peasants arte being drained, first an odd few but more and more recently. Arabelle’s mother died this way and she’s determined to stop the slaughter. I love the way the planning was explained, there wasn’t a magic wand ( well unless you call a certain part of Deek’s anatomy that, he uses it well to “persuade” people to lend things for the cause.... There’s lots of planning, they’ve spent months on this, even down to Arabelle swapping her outdoor chores for one of the staff's indoor ones, so her skin gets a chance to lighten, helped also by her own cosmetic preparations. She doesn’t just dress up and hope for the best, but plans, works to make it a success. I need that in a story, need to understand the how and the why, when something just falls into place at the right time without any effort it just doesn’t work for me. Of course she doesn’t manage to kill him, it’d be a short book if she did...but he gets close to her and is entranced, enamoured by her even though she wanted him dead. As it happens she was surprised by her attraction to him, surprised by their conversation. He wasn’t what she expected. Marius is determined to find her, find out why she tried to kill him, to just get to know her better. He wants her, and not as a prisoner for an attempt on his life. Of course his royal parents aren’t quite of the same mind. There follows captures and escapes, plans and plots, deals and steals, barters and betrayals...its a fun read, especially when we meet the Hart Wolves, and Sienna. I really liked Marius, he was a Vampire, but one of the good guys, they’re not all heartless, blood-thirsty killers and he has no idea what’s been going on. His one failing is assuming everyone is happy, what will he do now he knows otherwise? I really wanted him and Arabelle to find a way together but when they’re on such opposing sides its a hard ask. There’s some great characters here, some fun adventure and it adds up to an enjoyable read, when the final denouement is revealed I could have kicked myself ( metaphorically – its hard to do that when you’ve only one leg, I’d just fall over!) Its so obvious and yet...like I suspect most readers, I simply didn’t see that coming, followed the trail led before me very obligingly. Its not deep, dark, drama but