Thursday, April 2, 2020

The Vanity of Roses by Lily White Blog Tour

Callan Rose.
That hadn’t always been his name.
When we were children, he was nothing more than a servant boy in my family.

He was an amusement to me.
A nobody.
A weak soul who refused to fight back.
It was so easy to take advantage.

But then my father died, and I was stolen. The family moved on without me. Until I was penniless with no place to go.

I returned to the Rose Estate not knowing Callan was the head of it.

He’d honed his body and temper in the underground fighting ring. The scars only made him more beautiful.

Now I’m trapped by a seductively dark man who has nothing but vengeance running through his veins.

I’d always wanted him to fight back, but you know what they say:

Be careful what you wish for.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Growing up, Lisbeth treated Callan like dirt. He was the servant’s son and she treated him like he was. Lisbeth made Callan the butt of her jokes with her friends, he was laughed at, made to look like a fool. When her father was killed, she was taken away by her mother that same night. Held safe, her mother said. For ten years she was gone, in that time Callan was adopted by her uncle, now bearing the Rose name. He was now the head of the family. The family he was once the servant’s son.

All Callan cared about was fighting in the pit. He was the best of the best. He had to be when you fought to the death. All the anger and hate he carried over the years from Lisbeth and her treatment helped him be who he was.

When Lisbeth's mother dies, she has nowhere to go, she's broke and alone. Her Uncle Franklin convinces her to come back to the Rose Estate. Lisbeth has no idea the boy she tortured is the same man that is in charge now. Will Callan forgive her for the past or make her pay? Will Lisbeth have to beg for that forgiveness?

Lily White has been on fire with releases lately. The Vanity of Roses does not disappoint. It is everything I needed. It's dark and violent, sexy and suspenseful. My only complaint is it wasn't longer. I could have read so much more about Callan and Lisbeth!

Lily White is on FIRE! She is now my go-to, dark, sinfully suspenseful author. If she writes it, I will read it. Some books may be too dark for me, but I know they will always pull through to end on an amazing note. The Vanity of Roses was no exception.

This is the story about a servant's rise to the top.
This is the story of the top's fall to the bottom.
Sometimes the sins of the father fall onto the daughter...

When Lisbeth Rose comes home to the Rose family Estate, she has no idea what's waiting for her inside. She has no idea who is leading the "family." She has no idea that she is in for the ultimate penance. She does know that she's changed from the spoiled little girl she was.

Callan has never had an easy life. The son of the maid to the Rose Estate, he was the personal servant of Miss Lisbeth. He was always told his place was to be seen and not heard... not allowed to speak to Lisbeth, and severely punished if any rule was broken.

When the secrets are uncovered, when the truth comes out, who will be left standing?

This story was fantastic! I loved the depravity and darkness. I loved the characters – all of them as they each added to the story. I could feel the chemistry between Callan and Lisbeth, and the slow build almost killed me. I kept guessing at the questions, never concocting the right answers.
This will definitely go on my re-read shelf!

Be warned this is dark – really, what else would you expect from the very talented (and seemingly sadistic) Lily White. It takes a long journey to the point where the secrets start to flow, but there is plenty to keep up the tension and shock along the way.

Initially we hear Callan's voice, and his take on what happened a decade ago – it is shocking, and undoubtedly makes him the sympathetic character from the start. Lisbeth has some lessons to learn when she returns to the family mansion, and Callan is definitely the one to give them to her. Some of them do tarnish the shine on that sympathy you had, and dark, cruel limits will probably be met, but I did find it impossible not to read on.

I don't read this type of book very often, as although I enjoy the outcome, it undoubtedly makes me feel uncomfortable along the way – but I am always fascinated at how the author can manipulate my emotions so effectively, keeping me believing that there is enough love hidden behind all the darkness to keep reading!

Lily White is a romance writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. She is most known for her Masters series, Target This, Wishing Well, and Asylum. In addition to dark romance Lily writes contemporary romance, taboo romance, and psychological thrillers. Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Vanity of Roses by Lily White to read and review for this tour.

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