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The Red Lily by Juliette Cross
Release Date: 6/19/17
Genre: Paranormal Romance
About The Red Lily:
When Red falls for the Big Bad Wolf…
The Black Lily resistance needs a larger army if they are to defeat the vampire monarchy. In order to do so, former lieutenant and traitor to the vampire Crown, Nikolai must seek help from the red-hooded temptress he needs to avoid at all costs. The secret he carries could prove dangerous for her if she gets too close…even though keeping her close—very
close—is the only thing on his mind.
Sienna will do anything for the Black Lily, and when Nikolai asks for her assistance to gain the trust of the commonwealth, it’s the last thing she wants to do. The thought of leaving her woods and her wolves behind is terrifying…not to mention the danger being with Nikolai poses.
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though the room was furnished in lovely feminine touches and the thick brocade
duvet was heavy and warm, she felt small and alone. She’d grown accustomed to
Nikolai’s presence on this journey. It had become her constant comfort. Though
he was only next door in the adjoining bedchamber through the suite door, he
felt leagues away.
incident in Lobdell flashed back in frightening display. That horrid vampire,
Volkov, didn’t seem surprised to see her or Nikolai so far from the Glass
Tower. Surely, he had been following them. She’d caught the glint of Volkov’s
fangs when he smiled, if you could call it smiling. Then the world flipped
upside down. She couldn’t make out who was hurting who with the primal growls
and cries and crunching of bones. And the whole time the fight took place, all
could she think was, don’t hurt Nikolai. She had feared being taken captive,
but she had feared for Nikolai’s safety more. The memory of that raw horror
punched her in the gut.
door creaked open, outlining the formidable figure of Nikolai in torchlight
from the adjoining room. He shut the door and strode to her side, sitting on
the edge of the bed, wearing only his trousers, his chest bare. He combed a
hand into her hair, shaping his fingers to her skull.
can hear your heartbeat from next door.” His rumble of a whisper softened
everything inside her to jelly. “You’re anxious. What is wrong?”
could hear me through the walls?” she asked in disbelief.
if you were sleeping beside me.” He brushed his thumb along the apple of her
cheek. “There is nothing to be afraid of here. No one will find us at Winter
wasn’t afraid of that.”
her arm from beneath the covers, she placed her hand atop his on her cheek. He
was afraid for you tonight. When those vampires attacked. If they’d hurt you, I
don’t know what I would’ve done.”
didn’t move. His thumb stopped stroking. Finally, he spoke, his voice as dark
as thunder. “You need not worry for me, sweetheart. No harm will come to me.
Just as no harm will come to you. I won’t allow it. I’ll die first.”
impulse, she turned her face into his palm and pressed a kiss at the center
where the skin was softer than the callused pads. A sound that was part growl
and groan rumbled from Nikolai. Then he tilted her face back toward his.
hadn’t even realized she was. All of her emotions from the night had rolled
together—the fear, the danger, the exhaustion, the relief—and had finally
welled up and spilled over.
sob, she said, “I don’t know.”
whipped back the covers and climbed in bed beside her. When she tried to scoot
over to give him room, he gripped her waist and pulled her against his chest.
overwhelmed,” he said, pressing his lips to the crown of her head. “And rightly
finally let go, the tears falling fast.
he calmed her, trailing a hand up and down her spine as she lay on her side
facing him. “It’s all right now.”
heat of his body was an iron brand, with nothing but her shift between them.
Slowly, her sobs subsided, but her body still shook. She lay quiet against him,
her emotions shifting from fear and despair to something else entirely, but
just as raw and desperate.
his soothing path down her back, he whispered against her temple. “Are you
rolled up so that she was partially beneath him, his otherworldly eyes shining
in the dark. “Tell me why.” The roughness of his voice was a hard command.
know why,” she said, unable to say it aloud. He rolled above her, then softly
speared his hand into her hair and loosened the strands across the pillow, his
gaze following the movement. Then he brushed the tips of his fingers over her
lips, applying slight pressure till she opened her mouth. He leaned forward and
sucked her lower lip into his mouth, nicking with a sharp pinprick of one fang.
Only a drop of elixir, but it spread liquid euphoria through her blood, dulling
her anxiety. He licked over the spot with his tongue slowly, so slowly, then
lifted away and stared down, a fierce expression marring his face.
me why,” he repeated, more growl than words.
feathered her hands up his chest, the rock-solid muscle tight and flexed. “I
want you, Nikolai,” she confessed into the dark. “I tremble because I’m
terrified of how you make me feel, of how you make me yearn, of how badly I
want to know what it would be like to have you inside me.”
swept away another errant tear that slipped down her cheek. “No more tears.” He
shifted on top of her, the weight a delicious relief. “Tonight, you will think
of nothing and feel nothing but the pleasure I give you. Do you understand?”
About Juliette Cross:
Juliette lives in lush, moss-laden Louisiana where she lives with her husband, four kids, and black lab, Kona.
Multi-published author of paranormal and urban fantasy romance, she loves reading and writing brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes.
From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.
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