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…
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Title: The Emerald Lily
Series: Vampire Blood #4
Author: Juliette Cross
Publisher: Entangled Publshing
I liked this latest installment. The first book lured me in, but this one really made the whole thing its own. On top of the series’ stand-alones taking on a different fairytale ‘retelling’, you’re also getting the world’s originality and it’s just a fun thing to read when you’re dealing with hot, dangerous vampires and heroines that can hold their own.
Because it started slow for me, I thought the last book was still my favorite, but then that thing between Mina and Mikhail really heated things up and then the ending?! Totally ensnared me. There was just a lot of dark, scary suspense going on. I didn’t know if some people would make it, and when Mikhail wasn’t struggling between sticking with his oath or following his heart, Mina was slowly growing into her own role and discovering what it meant to be their ultimate savior, which kept me entertained because she could be such a quiet presence, sometimes.
Overall, it’s a read I’d recommend if you’ve read the series. If you haven’t but love loose retellings of fairytales (three guesses what this one is) and vampires and fantasy worlds, check it out.