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.
Author 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.
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