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Blood Rites: (Royal Blood #3) by [Cross, Amity]
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A beautiful star, a dark prince with a price and an affair that pushes the limits of sanity...

Sebastian Vaughn has a secret.
Lorelei Lansford is the epitome of perfection.

Vaughn has darkness inside of him. Recruited by a criminal organization at a young age, he leads a double life. He deals in women, arms and intelligence, but to the outside world he's just another rich playboy living the lifestyle. That is until he crosses paths with a shining star, a beauty he can’t keep his hands off.
Lorelei was born into a wealthy family and has certain responsibilities she is expected to obey without question. One of those is not falling in love with high society bad boy, Sebastian Vaughn. Money, sex, danger... Vaughn exudes it and like a moth to a flame, she can’t stay away. When Vaughn steps into something out of his control there’s only one way he can escape with his life. He has to make a deal that will betray everything he holds dear.
The price?

WARNING: This is a story about pain and retribution. It does not have a happy ending. There is strong language, sex scenes and violence. It is not intended for those of a squeamish disposition. Blood Rites is dark, dangerous and smooth. You have been warned.

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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What happens when a man with has everything loses it all? Sebastian Vaughn has it all but that pales into the oblivion when he stumbles upon Lorelei. Lorelei offers him something that he’s not found before in a woman. It was nice to see him so smitten, almost human like. Lorelei was a winner for me. She wants to know more about Vaughn’s world and I had high hopes for her. My heart stopped when it becomes apparent for what happens. I even warned Amity that she will get hate mail.
It took me a bit of reading into this tale to figure out the time line. This story is set five years before book one in the series, Royal Blood. We get an introduction in the main characters but this is more about Vaughn and his descent into a full cold blooded killer. There is a simmering presence of doom that goes by the name of Sykes.
I loved the psychological element of this novella. Amity has hit it right between the eyes for me. I don’t believe that people are born bad, they have bad things happen to them and they become who they become. This is exactly the case. Vaughn suffers a tremendous loss and now he has his inspiration for when he makes people pay. I really enjoyed learning how he became the man he became.
Excited to see where the next instalment takes me.
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A bit of a twist on the other Royal Blood books. This book is based on Vaughn and Lorelie. You've heard them spoken about in the other book and this is their story.

Vaughn is the bad boy everyone thinks he is and I'm glad he got to tell his story, as sad as it is. On the wrong side of an up and coming terror of the underworld Vaughn has found himself falling in love. For the first time in his life he likes someone. Likes them so much he's thinking about giving up the power for her.

Lorelie is the beautiful heiress that mother wants to marry off to a titled socialite. A Lord or Earl it something, that's what mother want but father want her to marry for love. Like he did to her mother. Lorelie didn't think it was possible. It only happened in fairy tails. The love at first sight. The living for another person because you can't breath without them.

Check out Vaughn and Lorelie's story and you'll understand. It's all possible in love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Blood. This book leans more towards the dark ... 7 July 2015
By Dana Busenbark - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a shorter book, giving us insight into Vaughn, whom we met in Book #2, Bad Blood. This book leans more towards the dark side of humanity, and how X came to do his job for Vaughn, and why Vaughn became "The Hangman." Lorelei Lansford is a bright and shining star in this book. Seeing Vaughn as his was 'before' Bad Blood and X's contacting him was very enlightening and what happened to Lorelei you can only imagine what it did to Vaughn to make him who we saw in Bad Blood. This is not a book for anyone under 18 to read due to the violence, language, and topics that it deals with. This was a great book overall, and I look forward to reading Book #3 tonight.

5.0 out of 5 stars Read the ENTIRE series ... 18 June 2015
By GottaRX - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Royal Blood, Bad Blood, & Blood Rites
Amity Cross
5 Stars – are there more? Because if there are nail them all here.
WARNING: These are stories about pain and retribution. Some do not have a happy ending. There is strong language, brutal sex scenes and extreme violence. It is not intended for those of a delicate and prudish disposition. The Royal Blood Series is a dark and dangerous place. You have been warned. If you do NOT like graphic descriptions do NOT read this book and certainly don’t review it. The author gives you a warning and nothing ticks me off more is when you have been warned and reviewers STILL dive in and then bash the book.

Moving on … If I could rate this series higher than 5 stars it would be whatever that star is read for me. I now have an unhealthy addiction to dark, brutal, dirty reads thanks to Ms. Cross and a few other authors who have passed through my kindle recently. You know who you are! There is serious something wrong with these writers and even more so with me as I am panting for MORE.

The characters in the series are wicked. You have Xavier, Mercy, Vaughn, and Hawkes. Skyes, the Royal Blood & Necromancer MC, Weiss and Monsieur Lafayette (whom you only hear his name a few times which makes me pray and wish on the stars that this series will continue with the likes of his antics.) Remember I am reviewing the entire series thus far so stay with me.
Royal Blood is our first book. Mercy Reid is running. She wants revenge. Not the sweet innocent kind but the kind with blood. The violent kind. Mercy Reid is not who she says she is but she’s on her way to becoming her leaving who she was far behind. She is searching for answers after coming home to a blood bath. Everyone dead .. and not only dead shot point blank through the head. Mercy knew her brother was into bad dealings and that is why she didn’t come home for four long years and the day she decides to come back her identity and her entire self will forever change.
Xavier or “X” is a hit man. Not your ordinary hit man either. This is the most brutal and messed up character I have ever read in a book with the exception of one other. He is aggressive, he is brutal, he is torturous and almost vile. AND DANG I LOVED HIM. Mercy Reid has opened the gates of hell for him that included an invitation of being aroused using pain and force. She is playing a dangerous game with him. A game she refuses to relent.
This isn't your typical love story, or your typical broken guy and girl story with a happy ending. This is much more. This is something like I have NEVER had the privilege of reading. We are talking extreme sexual situations, graphic murder and not just murder, torture. X and Mercy are engulfed in darkness. But each of them knows what they must do. X needs to find his next target and get the job done to find his freedom from being owned by the MC’s and Mercy needs her revenge; her revenge that puts a bullet straight through her families murderer; right between the eyes – only then will she have redemption.

Bad Blood is is the continuation of Royal Blood. Bad Blood is even darker than the first.

Each has a chosen path before they met, (Check the Book 1) these roads lead to something unexpected for both. We dive into what happened to X and who made him the monster he is now. He wasn’t born this way of course but he was conditioned, tortured and broken. His body tells the story and shows the pain that was put on him. On the physical side; I cant even put it into words. Emotions are written into each scene but they aren’t filled with hearts and flowers yet they aren’t anything I found horrific. It was more healing in a very disturbing way. Mercy and X are on the road to redemption. Vaughn has agreed to give them what they need but for a price. Skyes has taken something very important away from him. He wants this man dead just like X and Mercy. X will kill to give Mercy what she wants. And so he does. Bad Blood takes us further into the “relationship” between X and Mercy along with Mercy’s redemption and revenge. We also find out what Vaughn has to do with all of this and his interest in Skyes being taken out as well. Hawkes is present in this story as well. He is one bad man and is Vaughn’s best friend and protection. However after with Skyes did to Vaughn he doesn’t need Hawkes’ protection.. the world needs protection from The Hangman.

This book is an explosive charge of rage, torture, seduction and a very dark landscape scrolling through the pages. And yes, it made me want more.
Moving forward to Blood Rites; this book says its 2.5 in this series but believe me when I say that there is no “half” of anything in this installment. It is a full on assault once again of brutality with romance. Again let me warn you that if you are unsure about this type of genre then DO NOT click it -- warning – this is not a pink fluffy novel. This one slams your will to continue reading into overdrive. This book takes you places that are not pleasant but in this story are vital and it does so with absolute conviction. Blood Rites gives us the back story of Vaughan and what makes him who he is. It details what went wrong in his dealing with Skyes and moved him on in his life that has resulted in him being the man he is today and as we are ready know his character, this man is difficult to get a handle on.
Vaughn was a decent sort of person; maybe prior to the events that took place. He is dashing, a billionaire and looks like your average billionaire in the daylight; but when the day turns to night he becomes just the same as X. A killer. There is much more that I cant tell you. You must read the book to understand why Vaughn becomes who he is in Bad Blood. It will completely make you lose your mind. Blood Rites is the story of the decisions that are maked and the repercussions that those decisions have for not only him but those around him. Lorelei will change his life forever.

Sykes is a vile character. He has no regard for the sanctity of life. Vaughan’s dealings with Sykes are the reason for his loss.
Lorelei’s character and undoing will gut you. Her thoughts at the end of the book will tear you apart. Beware. Its not pretty and the boom just like that its over and you are yelling WTF just happened.
Just like that .. I want more dark, I want more twisted and I need it now. Where is the next book Amity!? Take me to the depths … its oh so good!
5.0 out of 5 stars Klaire's Kollection Recommends 15 May 2015
By Klaire's Kollection - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Gifted for an honest review – 4 ½ stars
We were introduced to Sebastian Vaughn in Royal Blood #2, just enough to whet the appetite and wonder exactly what that grudge he has with Sykes is. I went into this knowing that there was no HEA for this particular man so if you’re looking for that then this is not for you. I’m a diehard fan of Amity Cross and when this was announced I was over the moon to be getting the back story to Vaughn, I think it’s one that really did need its own little novella to fill in the blanks. It would have consumed too much of X and Mercy’s story and detail would have been lost in amongst their story.
So in true Amity style, she brings us this novella with much gusto…yeah, there’s an insta love but those I don’t mind especially coming from the pen of this lady. Vaughn is your rich bad boy with a double life; Lorelei is from money but has none of the haughtiness and entitlement mostly associated with this type of character. The time span in this novella is short, however these two characters explode when meeting each other and Amity paints a rich picture of their two worlds colliding. I have to say I preferred Vaughn as an unknown, I think it made him more dangerous, enigmatic (????) but it was utterly captivating watching this story play out and seeing the consequences of certain actions. It also serves to remind us Royal Blood fans exactly how ruthless Sykes is. I loved the brief appearances of X and The Watchman. I have a feeling that The Watchman will be a defining role in the next Royal Blood book and it was good to get a little bit of an insight to his “job” and why he’s so revered.
Whilst you will get lost in this story about Vaughn and Lorelei I think that you get left with mixed feelings. Don’t get me wrong, I like Vaughn but I do wonder if his intentions to help X are correct or if he harbours a little bit of animosity for X not helping when asked. We shall see.
Great little novella for which I have awarded 4 ½ stars for. For me there felt like a little was missing from when Lorelei was taken. I needed more details than Amity gave I think. I know….gruesome as that sounds, it was the only part that I kind of felt lacking. Moving on, it will be interesting to see how much more of a part he plays within the next book. Again Amity, another fab ride!
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing!! 15 May 2015
By Books Laid Bare & Books Laid Bare Boys - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This may be book 2.5 in this series but believe me when I say that there are no half measures in this book – it is a full on assault to your senses and one that if you are at all unsure of, you should take good heed of the authors warning – this is not a pink a fluffy novel -it punches you square in the face early on and it makes no bones about doing so because this book takes you places that are not pleasant but in this story are vital and it does so with absolute conviction!
This gives us the back story of Vaughan and what makes him tick- what has gone on in his life that has resulted in him being the man he is today – and as we are ready know – that man is difficult to get a handle on.
If ever there was to be a poster boy for split personality – it would be Vaughan. Because as much as he looks the part – successful, well-groomed professional – when the day turns to night – his true self comes into play and he likes the kudos that come with being the bad boy in town – that is until what is needed from him is more than the price he is willing to pay .
This is Vaughan in all his glory – the good and the bad and there is much more of one than the other I can tell you. It is the story of the decisions that he makes and the repercussions that those decisions have for not only him but those around him.
It is the tale of two people caught in a situation that was never going to end the way they wanted it but that were left dealing with the hand they were dealt – and keeping everything crossed that they could make it work – but not everything that we hope and pray for is achievable.
We pay witness to the situation with Lorelei and what those events do to Vaughan – the fact that whatever he may have been before, he is life is much darker than he could have ever envisaged now.
Sykes is a truly reprehensible character one that has no regard for the sanctity of life and one that plays everything and everyone around him like a finely tuned guitar. Vaughan’s dealings with Sykes were always going to be the root of his demise but his internal struggle meant that he was destined to fall much further than I ever thought possible.
There are some truly dark characters and moments in this story but they are necessary as this is not a book that will have you weeping tears of joy, it will leave you aghast at the depravity of some and astonished by the naivety of other.
Like Lorelei, it will be Vaughan that is the recipient of that very last breath, the one you hold right to the end, just before you flick to the last page and murmur WTF!
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's time to be bad, Mr. Vaughn." 14 May 2015
By Bookaholic Mama - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book takes a short break from Xavier Blood and Mercy Reed’s tale to dive into the backstory of Sebastian Vaughn (remember him for 2.0?) Having read book 2, I had an idea of what was coming for poor Lorelei and I have to say I was a bit freaked out as I was reading. I had no idea how much detail would be given about what she went through. These books lean towards the dark side, so it could have been very disturbing, but it wasn’t so, worry not. Amity did a great job letting the reader know what happened without pushing the book to the “all light has been lost from the world” dark.

“It’s time to be bad, Mr. Vaughn.”

I love these books, love, love, LOVE them. This book is a novella and I knew that when I started reading. I wish it could have been a bit longer because their whole relationship felt rushed to me. I just couldn’t buy that aspect of the story.

“I’d changed so much in such a short amount of time, it was alarming.”

One other thing, being from America I thought there were some mistakes made, but the author assured me that what I had pointed out were English sayings and since this story is based in London, there should be British sayings and not American ones. So keep that in mind American readers, in England they say “out the front” when a car pulls up someplace.

“Never fu** with The Hangman.”

Vaughn is a sexy, sexy man as well as dangerous. If you didn’t hate Sykes yet, you will by the end of this book. What he got in book 2 was way too easy! All, in all it’s another I LOVE IT book by Amity Cross and I am serious when I say I CANNOT WAIT for book 3 to be released!! I give this book 5 stars with 3.5 hands down the pants (not enough time to get down and really dirty)

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