Friday, 23 May 2014

Blog Tour: Missing Lily by Annette K Larse

I received a copy of Missing Lily, the sequel to Just Ella, in exchange for my review.

The youngest of the seven Princesses, Lylin never thought that who she would marry would matter, as she would never be Queen. Now 18 she has to face the fact that she might be, particularly when she discovers that her remaining unmarried sister, Lorraina, doesn't want to be Queen. When out riding she is set upon by bandits, and is left without her escort, which leads her to the house of Lord Fallon. While there she goes by the name Lily, not sure of her safety at first and then not wanting to be treated differently, particularly by the handsome Lord of the Manor, Rhys. Once home Lylin discovers that her sister has asked for an arranged marriage, and when the man shows up, it leaves her heart broken.

I loved Just Ella and so as soon as I got the blog tour email about Missing Lily I knew that I had to read it! Missing Lily could be read as a stand alone book, even though Ella is a character the story doesn't depend too much on the previous book, however I don't know why you would want to read it on its own! My only issue is that I want to know the other Princesses' love stories too (at this point 5 of the 7 sisters are married).

Lylin as a character seems to be quite influenced by her older sister Ella, mostly in her independence and confidence. But there was a difference. Lylin was more accepting of her royal status, not so much in the fact that she was up herself or anything, but more that it was a duty, and a duty that she wanted to do well and though she could do.

The romance between Lylin and Rhys was frustrating at times, but sweet, and even though there were actually very few kisses between them throughout the book, I thought that the author managed to capture the underlying tension and attraction in their relationship in a way that really made it real. Though there were times when I just wanted to yell at the book that they obviously liked each other a lot and they should just admit it, probably mostly while Rhys was forcably courting Lorraina.

There was a fair bit of action in Missing Lily as well, mostly surrounding Rhys' brother, Tobias, and I must say some of it shocked me, as in I really didn't see the events coming (but that is a good thing!). There were also a few moments that had me seriously worried for characters' safety.

I loved this book! Definitely worth checking out if you like sweet fairy tale/fantasy romances.
Missing Lily Tour

missing lily  Missing Lily “You don’t know who I am,” I whispered. He didn’t move—either away from me, or closer—and after an interminable moment, I stepped back and hurried out of the house. He didn’t follow me as I fled into the night. Lylin was not used to being alone—much less alone, hurt, and lost. So when she is separated from her guard and forced to abandon her horse, she counts herself lucky to stumble upon a manor house. Still frightened by those who chased her into the night, she keeps her identity a secret, calling herself Lily as she accepts the help of kind servants, and the compassion of Lord Fallon. When they fall into an easy friendship, she wonders if her secrecy was too hasty. However, as she gets to know the manor and its residents, Lylin discovers that she’s not the only one hiding secrets, and it may be a very good thing that her host doesn’t know her true identity as a member of the royal family.  
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AnnetteAuthor Annette K. Larsen I was born in Utah, part of a crazy, fun family of nine. I grew up in Flagstaff, AZ and St. Louis, MO before striking out on my own college adventure in Virginia. I decided to try my hand at writing novels after I was married and living in Idaho. I write clean romance because it’s my favorite genre, but often difficult to find.

I have Charlotte Brontë to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally, a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to face the reality of sacrificing what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but in the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it. I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.

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