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.
Revolution of any kind is never easy and it's no different here. Sienna is charged with rallying as many villagers as she can but obviously will need a little help. Step forward Nikolai, he may be a Vampire but he doesn't want to see his fellow countrymen crushed beneath the despotic rule of Queen Morgrid and is determined to aid his friend Prince Marius. Mind you, it's no hardship being around the fiery Sienna as she's a woman he would definitely like to get his hands on and his fangs in! Their journey is a perilous one as you can never be sure if they are about to be betrayed, but it will take them to the depths of despair as they face challenges that no one could have seen coming.
This couple practically combusts on the pages and I'm surprised my kindle didn't have steam coming out of it! Yes, this one is aimed firmly at older readers although for my personal taste perhaps just too many intimate scenes. However, it's the story that captured my interest and we get to meet new characters who surely must play a part as this series progresses.
From a rather peculiar servant to the reason why Sienna reminds me of Red Riding Hood and no spoilers, but it's not her cloak! Yes, Ms Cross clearly has plans, but a word of warning as she is not afraid to test her characters and at times The Red Lily was harrowing to read. Not for the faint of heart but if you want passionate romance with heart stopping action, then this series is a must read.
This voluntary review is of a copy I requested from NetGalley and my thoughts and opinions are I believe honest and fair.