Thursday, August 3, 2017

Blog Tour: The Vessel Trilogy, by Juliette Cross

Welcome to the blog tour for 
The Vessel Trilogy,
sponsored by
Bewitching Book Tours!!

For my spot, I'm featuring a 
mini-review with excerpt!
There's also a tour-wide giveaway!!

Forged In Fire
(The Vessel Trilogy, Book 1)
Juliette Cross
Digital Edition, 345 pages
Entangled Select Otherworld
July 31, 2017
New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

Genevieve Drake has never been the helpless kind of girl, has never needed to be rescued. That is, not until her twentieth birthday when some dude nearly chokes her to death in an alley and a hot stranger splits the guy in half, rips a monster from inside, and incinerates it into ash.

The hot guy? Jude Delacroix—Dominus Daemonum, Master of Demons. Now her guardian, whether she likes it or not.
But she’s seriously beginning to like it.

The dude choking her? One of many demons from the underworld trying to abduct or kill Genevieve. As the prime target of the demon prince, DantΓ©, she has no problem accepting Jude’s protection.

Why Genevieve? She’s a Vessel, one born to serve the Light but can be corrupted and used as a weapon for darkness. She had no idea this world even existed. Now, she just wants to survive it.

AUGUST 6th!!! 

(The Vessel Trilogy, Book 2)
Juliette Cross
Digital Edition, 305 pages
Entangled Select Otherworld
July 31, 2017
New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

One demon prince may be festering in the bowels of hell, but Genevieve’s troubles are far from over. Prince Bamal, demon lord of New York City, still wants her. But this time, he wants her alive. All signs point to the lost prophecy and his desire for her inherent power as a Vessel of Light.

While Jude Delacroix spends his days and nights searching for the prophecy, another protector steps in to take his place. Thomas, a guardian angel, claims Genevieve is his to protect if the demon hunter does not. As threats against her life escalate, he offers her the power to sift. Knowing the transfer of power comes through a kiss, she hesitates. While Gen’s love for Jude is true, Thomas stirs a desire where there should be none. Thomas also knows Jude’s darkest secret and plans to use it, if necessary, to win Genevieve for his own.

AUGUST 6th!!

Bound In Black
(The Vessel Trilogy, Book 3)
Juliette Cross
Digital Edition, 284 pages
Entangled Select Otherworld
July 31, 2017
New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

Genevieve Drake is on a dangerous mission—to find the soul collector, Lethe, and enter the deepest, darkest level of the underworld, where no one has ever gone into and returned. But nothing can prevent her from going after the precious treasure Lethe stole from her.

Genevieve endures challenge after challenge against demon spawn and foul creatures while there, and each triumph strengthens her Vessel power, leading toward full awakening, at which time she will become invincible against the hosts of darkness. But when an old enemy makes a surprising appearance, she is tested to the point of breaking and risks remaining in this dark abyss forever.

When Prince Bamal finally reveals their secret weapon, will Genevieve have the strength to survive? Even more, when her guardian angel, Thomas, reveals his sinister secret, will she finally fall into darkness and forsake the fate of the world for her broken heart?

AUGUST 6th!!

This mini-review is of the excerpt below, and 
not of the entire book.

WOWZA!! This short scene really got my attention! The action is electrifying, and the attraction between the two characters sizzles! I love how fast everything moves, how quickly Genevieve turns the tables on Jude, and the pride (as well as other things....) he feels at her fast learning. Juliette Cross put me right into the scene, and I could actually feel and see all the moves as these characters sparred and fought. 
And I love the writing style! The words and sentences are sharp and clipped, just perfect for all the action! 
In short, I definitely want this trilogy in my collection! (Of course, I would prefer the printed books, but these covers are SO gorgeous, I'm grabbing the ebooks!)

From Forged In Fire

Jude hadn’t moved, his eyes roving up and down. My sweaty tank clung to my torso and loose hair stuck to the side of my face. Having redone my ponytail twice, I tightened it once more as he shoved off the wall.

“Give her a weapon.”

Kat pulled a dagger from a sheath at her thigh, walking toward me.

“I thought we were practicing without weapons today.”

Jude started to circle. A primitive part of me stiffened.

“A demon won’t give up when you throw a few punches, even with the casting power. You need to cut them.”

“But I could hurt you.”

“You could try.”

His shoulders rounded in a relaxed posture. Muscled arms swung just barely at his sides. He was in no way threatened by me. He probably found this comical.

“No sifting,” I warned

“No need.”

He continued to stalk me with slow precision. Kat handed me her dagger. It was heavier than I thought.

“It’s too big,” I said, feeling the weight of the twelve-inch blade.

“Oh, I think you can handle it.”

A dark mischievous look. Wait. Were we still talking about daggers? Heat flushed my cheeks. He circled. I pivoted. Kat disappeared into the corner.

“No power this time, Genevieve. Let’s see if you can deliver more than karate moves.”

“You don’t think I can cut you?”

An eyebrow lifted. Still smiling. Still circling. Arrogant ass.

“I can,” I gritted out, widening and squaring my stance.

Sparks of gold glittered in his eyes, a predator honing in on its prey. He stalked closer, then stopped two feet from me, speaking in a husky tone.

“Prove it.”

My heart jumped, hearing my own challenge thrown back at me. Last night. Scorching kisses, whispered words, rough angles, soft sighs. My eyes strayed to his lips. One corner quirked up into a knowing smile. He was taunting me right there in front of Kat. What kind of game was he playing? Anger flared in my gut. I lunged, swiping out at his chest. Grabbing one of my wrists, then the other, he twisted me around, pulling me tight against his body, my arms crossed and bound in front of me. Completely immobile in less than a second.

Okay, that was embarrassing.

“Too predictable.” Warm breath close to my ear. I shivered. A short rumble of laughter in his chest. “Again?”

I struggled. He released me at once. This time, I did the circling. Leaping left, then dodging right, I ducked under his outstretched arm, slicing as I went. I popped up behind him. Jude glanced down at the tear along the side of his white T-shirt. A small drop of blood seeped through the fabric. Very small, but I gasped anyway. He laughed, stripping off the T-shirt and tossing it to the side.

“Better. Again.”

Not a good move on my part. My concentration scattered to the winds. Cords of muscle and tight, sinewy limbs flexed in preparation for the next attack. Black swirls and barbs of Celtic interlacing traced over tight pectorals and down his chiseled abdomen. My mouth went bone dry. A shift of his upper body gave me a glance of a feathered wing inked across a powerful shoulder blade.

Concentrate, Genevieve.

I fought the urge to shake my head as if dizzy from intoxication. For that is truly what I was, imagining what it would feel like to have his beautiful body against mine, skin on skin. Trying not to imagine what it would feel like.

“Anytime you’re ready,” he said, smirking.

Damn him.

“You know,” I said, thinking to take a different approach, “a demon will attack me, not the other way around. Why don’t you attack first?”

“As you wish.”

Oh shit.

He lunged low. I twisted out of reach, leaping right. He changed position, shot out his leg, tripping me to the floor. I landed on my stomach and pushed up an inch before being summarily pinned by two hundred pounds of hard muscle. Oh. Very hard.

A whisper against the shell of my ear: “Mmm. Close, but not quite. Again?”

“Get. Off!”

He obliged. Another haughty laugh. “The key is to not become distracted or let your anger control you. You must find a way to get the better of your opponent, no matter if you’re outmatched in size. Before I’d even rolled completely over, I clipped him behind the knees. He buckled to the floor as I leapt, swinging my body over his. I straddled his chest, pulling his head to the floor with my left hand knotted in that pretty hair of his, exposing his throat and thrusting the point of the dagger beneath his chin.

“Like this?” I hissed.

A genuine broad smile lightened his face, making me more breathless than I already was. Amber and gold shimmered in his irises, nearly cutting out all the black. Nearly. His hands were on my hips.

“Exactly like this.”

Juliette calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where she lives with her husband, four children, and black lab named Kona. She is the multi-published author of paranormal and fantasy romance. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in Gifted Education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school. From the moment she read Jane Eyre as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance -- brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

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  1. I just went and grabbed these - I mean, how could I pass up three books for $3.00. Thanks for sharing them!

    1. Hi, Barb!

      Good for you!! :)

      You know what? I grabbed them, too!! I LOVE the excerpt above, and want to read more! As a lover of printed books, I would have much preferred to buy the printed editions, but, aside from the bargain price, something else got me to buy these: the covers. I ADORE these covers!! If you go to Amazon and check out the paperbacks of these books, you'll see that the covers are just not appealing AT ALL. And, as you know, I'm a HUGE fan of GORGEOUS covers! So I went with the digital editions.

      You're very welcome for the sharing! Hope you enjoy these novels!! I KNOW I will!! Thanks for commenting!! HUGS TO YOU & THE BOYS!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

    2. P.S. I just took a look on Amazon. The first novel is still available for a decent price, but the second one....OMG!! It must be out of print, because there's one used copy for the amount ready? $600.76!!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!! (I had only checked out the first novel before.)

      Then I went on to the third, and guess what? It's not available in paperback. Looks like it was only published as a Kindle edition.

      Well, once again, ENJOY THE BOOKS!! <3 <3 :) :)

  2. Oh wow, this sounds very cool! And best of all they're all out!

    1. Hi, Verushka!

      I'm reading the first book now, and let me tell you, it's AMAZING!! I have already bought all three books!

      Thanks for commenting! πŸ’πŸ˜˜πŸ’πŸ˜˜πŸ’πŸ˜˜


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