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    ***5 ‘By the Stars, You’re Going to Kill Me’ Stars

    ***5 ‘By the Stars, You’re Going to Kill Me’ Stars*** Now THAT was a way to end a series (though I’m crossing my toes real hard in hopes that there will be a spin off because there NEEDS to be one), not that I thought it would be anything less than epic, but that was unexpected. Then again, with all the twists and turns throughout this book, that ending was the only way to go. The Emerald Lily had a good balance of humor and drama, characters I could (and did) fall in love with, all kinds of crazy smexyness and even a few evil eye inducing moments (though I could have done without them ~ but I will work on letting that go) that kept me turning the pages until the very end. Ever since meeting the men of the Bloodguard I wanted (NEEDED) to know more about them. I mean they are vampire mercenaries with honor, how could anyone NOT want to know more about them. So when I found out Mikhail, The Captain of the Bloodguard, would be our hero and that we’d be getting a whole #SleepingBeautyReVamped fairytale vibe with Princess Mina, I was all kinds of ready to dive in and I adored them both. Mikhail is broody (though he does have reason to be) but it’s the kind of broody that comes with having a sharp focus on one specific goal, one that he’s determined to see come to pass. So, I obviously adored the Captain before diving into the book, but I loved getting to see underneath the broodyness. He’s code of honor is of the highest regard and his loyalty to the Bloodguard is almost as intense as his focus on his goal. But mixed in with that is a huge heaping of compassion and charm, which only made the lethal vampire that must more appealing. I liked Mina after what she did in The Black Lily and wondered what her role would be in the series and did she have a pivotal role to play, but before all of that came to light I really liked how she handled everything coming at her after being awakened. Her gift definitely helped her, but she found her strength and her center and while she may have been uncertain about the outcome of some of her decisions, she felt confident in her own convictions of what was right to take the risk no matter what. I’ve tried to write this part of my review a few times and deleted it a few times, why? Probably because I don’t want to give a way too much, especially if you aren’t on GR and didn’t see one of my updates, so the short and sweet...I loved their journey. It had the right amount of sexual tension, push/pull and that inexplicable knowing between the characters that there was something more going on between them than just the physical and the fact that they had a common goal. PNR does give a little leeway in the whole ‘Insta’ realm, but it was done right here. Mikhail and Mina were simply good together. The honesty, the mutual respect and the need to protect while helping the other become stronger was what had me rooting for them to get their HEA and boy did they. I know I don’t have to say it, but for the purpose of being transparent and obvious, I am a fangirl of the author. She has a way of bringing the world, it’s back history and the characters to such vibrant life that, if it were for the series falling under PNR, you’d believe you could visit it in truth. I loved the way she took the Sleeping Beauty fairytale and made it her own, an example is the prologue. It was brilliantly done and set the stage for how the story would play out, but still gave her wiggle room to play with it, which she did very well and I loved the twist in the end. As this is the last book of the series, I find myself in that place where I loved how things ended, but am seriously crossing my toes for a spinoff series to happen. While the main story arc has been closed, there are so many characters that deserve/need/should have the opportunity to have their own stories told with an HEA. The members of the Bloodguard, the Hart wolves, as well as some of the other secondary characters we’ve met along the way. I loved hanging out with them and want more. So, here’s to hoping that an announcement about a spinoff will be made sooner rather than later. ~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~
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    I Loved It

    Mikhail is Captain of the Bloodguard. A force of mercenary vampires pledged to fight for the innocent. He and his best warriors set about rescuing the princess from her tower. Princess Vilhemina has been starved of blood and kept unconscious until the time she will be forced to marry. The evil Queen needs just one more thing to make her rule absolute. Our hero and those who think like him will do anything to stop that happening. He has an extra reason for what he will do that nobody knows. Our heroine, like the previous ones might remind you of your favourite childhood tales, but these are certainly not for children. This is the final book in a series that should be read in order. Each book has it's own separate part of the continuing story where the humans and "good " vampires rise up against the madness of the evil queen and her son. We meet lots of great characters. Some with magic and some without. Lots of battles and scary moments along with sexy romance. A fascinating series. I loved it.
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    5 heart pumping, non stop stars

    I LOVE Juliette Cross' books, every single one of them. Her talents as a story teller, her character development, and her abilities to make me laugh and cry and swoon all in one book continue to amaze me. The Emerald Lily is the perfect desert to this four-course meal of sexy vampires, heroic deeds, heart melting love, and heroines who are much stronger than they know. Some series seem to fall apart the longer they continue --- that is NOT the case here! Cross is a master at building the momentum and upping the stakes in each installment of this series. By the time the all-out, "I've been waiting for this!" battle comes, your adrenaline will be pumping! The Emerald Lily is possibly my favorite installment, due to the dark, broody, "I'm not worthy of being happy" attitude of Mikhail Romanov, Captain of the Bloodguard, and sworn protector of Princess Vilhelmina Dragomir, our golden-haired heroine. From page one, Mikhail and Mina continually save each other from various foes, all the while trying to deny their feelings and "do what is right." Well, in the battle between the head and the heart, the heart always wins! Enter swoon-worthy words, passionate kisses, and a love so intense you have to look away from the page to get a grip on yourself! On top of this, Mina and Mikhail are working with The Black Lily, the multi-faceted army of humans and vampires and shifters, all fighting to overcome the evil Queen Morgrid, who wants to enslave all humans as sources of blood, and cover the land in eternal darkness. This series. This author. I cannot say enough good things. Love will always triumph over evil.
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    Sleeping Beauty with Vampires !

    This series has just thundered along growing ever more exciting with each and every instalment. The idea of mixing Vampires with characters inspired by fairytales took me by surprise but if action, adventure, humour and passionate stories call to your readers heart then this jaw dropping series should definitely be on your shopping list. I'm a little sad that it all comes to an end but wow what a way to pull everything together. With its slight whiff of Sleeping Beauty we finally get to know and understand much more about Princess Vilhelmina. Previously betrothed to the wicked Queens son Marius although Mina know that Marius didn't love her but her actions came with brutal consequences. Kept starving in an unnatural sleep Mina has no way of saving herself but the Bloodguard are set to bring justice and honour back to the land and it all begins with rescuing Mina. Awakened by Mikhail , Mina sees something she wants and the elusive Captain is so busy being honourable and steadfast that he completely fails to notice Mina's charms are set to capture him and him alone. Still Mina has a mission, a duty long overdue and Mikhail will stop at nothing to see it completed. Yet they ignore the Queen and her son Dominik at their peril! I loved seeing everyone come together and everything got tied up in fabulous style. After the links to Cinderella (Black Lily ), Red Riding Hood (Red Lily ), Snow White ( White Lily), adding Sleeping Beauty to the mix in the shape of Mina from the very first book felt like a wonderful way to continue and indeed conclude the story. This book just gathered pace until at the end the tension was almost unbearable but don't worry Mina and her secretive Mikhail are fabulous characters who never failed to entertain. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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    AMAZING conclusion!

    Whooeee!!! This was an amazing ending to Juliette Cross’ Vampire Blood series!!! Princess Vilhelmina Dragomir is lost in a bloodless sleep. During her time spent locked away in tortured slumber, war rages across the land. And then the most amazing thing happens. A kiss. More specifically, a blood kiss. Mikhail Romanov has vowed his life and service to his brothers. At the root of his vow is the burning need to exact vengeance. The next step in doing that is to rescue the princess. But at what cost? Oh my gawd, I loved this couple!! Mina was always the dutiful perfect little princess, preparing to stand beside the man who would one day be king. When Mikhail awakens her body, her soul also begins to stir and she realizes that there is more to her than what she has been taught. Bit by bit she grows stronger as she reaches for what she wants with Mikhail as well as what her and her country require to be free from evil. Her growth was one of the highlights of this story and I literally cheered when she embraced everything that she was. Mikhail is drawn to Mina. He felt it the moment he first laid eyes on her. He tasted it when he awoke her with his kiss. Unfortunately, a wife and family are not permitted in his life and he struggles to keep his distance from her. But this is Juliette Cross so that effort isn’t going to hold out for long. I loved how protective he was over her even while he battled with his own feelings. And the comradery he had with his brothers in arms was entertaining as well as gut wrenching at times. This book is so full of twists and turns, excitement and action, and romance. It’s a fast paced, well written read that never gets bogged down or overwhelmed with unnecessary details or introspection. The action was realistic causing my heart to race and my breath to catch. (I’m not even going to talk about what happened to my fingernails!) A friend recommended the Black Lily when it was released and I timidly tried it. It’s safe to say I loved it and each book afterward. It’s a sad day that this series is ending but I can’t wait to see what this author is going to offer us next. This is an honest review of an advanced copy provided by NetGalley and Entangled Publishing.
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