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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 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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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 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.

30 review for The Vanity of Roses

  1. 4 out of 5

    Arini

    This book is stupid, and apparently so am I. But there’s a lesson to be learned from this whole experience: (1) love interest is a major determining factor in liking/disliking a book, and (2) I should consider quitting bully romances—which to be fair, I had no idea this book was going to resemble one. So essentially our main leads grew up together in the Rose Estate where Callan (the H, 15 yo at the time) was the servant boy and Lisbeth (the h, 17 yo at the time) was the spoiled brat who berated This book is stupid, and apparently so am I. But there’s a lesson to be learned from this whole experience: (1) love interest is a major determining factor in liking/disliking a book, and (2) I should consider quitting bully romances—which to be fair, I had no idea this book was going to resemble one. So essentially our main leads grew up together in the Rose Estate where Callan (the H, 15 yo at the time) was the servant boy and Lisbeth (the h, 17 yo at the time) was the spoiled brat who berated and belittled him the way only a mean bitch with attention complex and violence streak could. Ten years have passed since the fateful night that turned everything upside down. Lisbeth—having spent the years in hiding—is finally ready to reclaim her old life. Little did she know, the mansion she once called home now stands with Callan as the head of it and he’s set on making her life a living hell. Mild spoilers is necessary for the safety of us all. Read at your own risk. The Vanity of Roses is read like a bully romance. What tripped me off and eventually made me dislike it was how this trope was enforced in this book. Instead of acting like a man, let me tell you, the H is the real bitch in this story! He takes up his revenge by engaging in similar behavior to what was done to him when he was the victim. By this I mean, he verbally and physically abuses the h. God, I hate saying those words! That sounds so condemning. But to give you an idea of what that ‘abuse’ entails: he humiliates the h in front of his staff, uses her body to mop the floor, steps on one of her hands with his boot, etc. Man, it was sickening! Maybe this is a double standards shit or whatever. Maybe the h deserves to be treated as such bcs she was also a bully and did things just as horribly to the H when he was her servant. But I think it was all just so petty and very low of him to behave in such a way. If you’re going to plot a revenge on someone, be smart and make it classy! Plus, the dom-sub scenario wasn’t making things any better for me. I can’t stand BDSM in my books. This one doesn’t exactly have it in hardcore, but there’s definitely a nuance of this particular theme in here. It turns me off when characters inflict pain on each other to gain sexual gratification (e.g. tying hands to a bed post, hard choking to the point of bruising). Other deal breakers : ↠ The characterisation lacks some depth despite the book being over 400 pages long. ↠ The romance is nasty. ↠ Oh, don’t get me started on the plot! It’s so wishy washy and beyond ridiculous. It doesn’t come to fruition until the 75% mark. ↠ Misunderstanding is here to grace us with its overused presence. ↠ Stop showing me sexual intercourse with OW please, thank you! (Fade to black or otherwise) ↠ The inner monologues killed me and sent me to the purgatory of boredom. Ultimately, it was how the H treats the h for the majority of the book that hit the nail on the coffin for me. I had no idea the blurb would expand to smth like this. You go ahead and read this book if you don’t mind all those objections I mentioned above. I know some people enjoy this type of read. But this is just not my cup of tea.

  2. 4 out of 5

    warhawke

    Genre: Dark Romance Type: Standalone POV: First Person - Dual Rating: 3.75 Stars Throughout her life, Lisbeth Rebel Rose had been served with a silver platter. But one fateful night changed everything she ever knew. After years on the run, she thought she’d finally be back to where she belonged. But her return home was met by a hostile welcome from Callan who was nowhere near the boy she used to know. The sadist in me loved it when Callan unleashed his darker side. It got me excited when he behaved Genre: Dark Romance Type: Standalone POV: First Person - Dual Rating: 3.75 Stars Throughout her life, Lisbeth Rebel Rose had been served with a silver platter. But one fateful night changed everything she ever knew. After years on the run, she thought she’d finally be back to where she belonged. But her return home was met by a hostile welcome from Callan who was nowhere near the boy she used to know. The sadist in me loved it when Callan unleashed his darker side. It got me excited when he behaved unapologetically but he also had a softer side that I liked to a certain degree. Without a single word, this man had broken my will so easily. Without one insult. Without one spoken threat. Lisbeth, on the other hand, failed to claim me as a fan. Her attitude and life principles did not sit right with me. I liked that her character evolved but I needed a bit more convincing. Every word she’d spoken was a price she would pay, a debt I would extract for a particular value until the ledger was balanced between us. I enjoyed the overall storyline even though I felt the first half of the book was slow and not as dark as I preferred. I liked how it made me wonder about several characters’ motivations and a couple of the supporting characters ended up as my favorite. The Vanity of Roses is a story of secrets and retribution. It would appeal to readers looking for enemies to lovers dark romance. Note: My favorite scene was the one with Callan and Franklin “close encounter” lol! ◾🌹◾ . . . (F)BR With Twinsie CC . . . ◾🌹◾ For more reviews/interviews/promo visit:

  3. 5 out of 5

    NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}

    ***5 "Be careful what you wish for..." stars*** !!!AVAILABLE NOW!!! "Forgiveness is difficult when the ego refuses to bow down, and absolution is impossible when we're chained to a refusal to accept sin. Are any of us ever truly blameless?" Is it possible after only two books to love a writer so fiercely??? I believe that Lily White had become one of my unicorn authors in such a short time and i want to read everything by her!!! Everything!!! I can tell that this book wasn't so dark and painf ***5 "Be careful what you wish for..." stars*** !!!AVAILABLE NOW!!! "Forgiveness is difficult when the ego refuses to bow down, and absolution is impossible when we're chained to a refusal to accept sin. Are any of us ever truly blameless?" Is it possible after only two books to love a writer so fiercely??? I believe that Lily White had become one of my unicorn authors in such a short time and i want to read everything by her!!! Everything!!! I can tell that this book wasn't so dark and painful than her previous, "In the garden of miscontent", but it still did the trick for me and i became a sucker for Callan, Lisbeth and the Vanity of Roses! I read it in one breath, if that is telling you something... "That's what we were. Destruction and chaos The absolute beauty of misery." Well, this was a book about revenge and redemption... It was about a boy who was mistreated by a girl that was having everything... And yes, Lisbeth Rose had everything served to her in a silver plate from the moment that she was born and she was such a brat... Her favorite play time was to toy with the poor servant boy, Callan... And then, one fateful night everything changed for both of them... "How was this the same boy I'd hurt so many times? I almost didn't believe it." Now, she's back in the same place after ten years of absence and what she wasn't prepared to face what she actually face... Now, Callan is the head of the Rose family and he is determined to make her pay for all the wrongs that she did to him in the past... Will Callan succeed to make the princess bow in front of the servant??? "It was like fate was kicking back on a throne next to Callan and laughing its ass off at the plot twist my life had taken. I'd abused a boy because he was weaker, and now he held all the power." "She may as well have branded her name into me over the years I was her servant. I'd been owed once, and now I struggled to break free." Well, I have to admit that i loved Callan very much, even when he was mean and cruel toward Lisbeth!!! The man was so dark and intense... He was hating and loving with the same fierce passion and he had no boundaries... Lisbeth had always been the thorn on his side... In many ways... After all hate and love are sepetared only by a very thin line.... No??? "It didn't matter how much she'd hurt me, I would always want her. How screwed up is that?" "Lisbeth was the only woman in the world I would break my rules for. Not because I wanted her so much. Only because I hated her. In many ways, I was the bomb waiting to explode and Lisbeth was the detonator, but even that wasn't enough to stop me." I loved Lisbeth as well, even though i can say that yes, she was unfair and a total bitch toward Callan in the past and for no good reason... I felt so sorry about all the things that Callan got her through in the present, but she really needed a good lesson.... And he was the perfect man to deliver it!!! "He was a beast, this man. A savage. A force that could claim me over and over again until I became lost to the fury of his storm." "This man would burn me alive if I let him, yet he tugged at me in ways I couldn't quite understand." These two together were pure fire!!!! I loved how they hating and how they were fighting each other.... I loved they intimate moments... I loved how they couldn't see what it was in front of their eyes... They were both intense and strongwilled characters and that was a very intriguing mix.... "When we were apart, all I felt was anger, but when we were together, all I wanted was to show her body what it does to me. To tempt and tease her with the truth of a hatred that walked the same line as love." I really love the way that Lily is delivering her stories... I love all these complicating matters that are getting born in her books... I love how she is connecting the dots, when i'm pushing my brain on its limits to find an answer!!! The secrets, the lies, the intrigues are so fascinating to get untangled after all!!! Honestly, i can not wait to read more of her.... "When you can't love, you hate. When you can't have, you want. And when the truth is too painful to admit, you lie -just like we always had done. We were the fine line between the two. We were darkness and light. Give and take. Opponents who only knew how to hurt each other because we were too afraid to stop for just one moment to admit that our lives were interwined, but not in the way we wanted." ***An ARC was given to me in the exchange of an honest review. Thank you.***

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kim BookJunkie ~ Editor & Proofreader

    ”For so many years, she had been the pinnacle of beauty in my world, even if her behavior never matched the fairness of her skin.” As a teen, Lisbeth treated servant boy Callan like dirt. When an unexpected tragedy strikes, Lisbeth is forced to go into hiding. When she returns to her family home years later, Callan is in control, and he’s ready to have his retribution. After reading my description above, you probably assume that the former enemies reunite and fall madly in love, but things ar ”For so many years, she had been the pinnacle of beauty in my world, even if her behavior never matched the fairness of her skin.” As a teen, Lisbeth treated servant boy Callan like dirt. When an unexpected tragedy strikes, Lisbeth is forced to go into hiding. When she returns to her family home years later, Callan is in control, and he’s ready to have his retribution. After reading my description above, you probably assume that the former enemies reunite and fall madly in love, but things are never sunshine and roses when Lily White is the author! Nothing about this story is boilerplate or predictable, even after the two finally succumb to their desires! I’ve read slow burns before, but damn!!! When the two do finally come together physically, WOW!!! I was absolutely mesmerized by what I read! Intermingled with this intense romance there’s also MMA fights to the death, abduction, prostitutes, family secrets and more! The characters are rich in detail and description, eloquently described beyond anything I can express here. THE VANITY OF ROSES is intriguing, the characters are fascinating and the sexual tension is palpable!! This truly is another Lily White work of art!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Louise H - ⭐ Life in the Book Lane Reviews ⭐

    He wasn't just beautiful in the traditional sense, he was exquisite. As if a sculptor had spent months chiseling marble to create the perfect masculine form, but then a painter came in to sweep deep shadows across him. The Vanity of Roses is a fast-paced, twisty and totally captivating read. With a Lily White book I know I'm always guaranteed a great read, yet no two books ever seem to be the same. The Vanity of Roses is a dark tinged romantic suspense, packed full of intrigue, secre He wasn't just beautiful in the traditional sense, he was exquisite. As if a sculptor had spent months chiseling marble to create the perfect masculine form, but then a painter came in to sweep deep shadows across him. The Vanity of Roses is a fast-paced, twisty and totally captivating read. With a Lily White book I know I'm always guaranteed a great read, yet no two books ever seem to be the same. The Vanity of Roses is a dark tinged romantic suspense, packed full of intrigue, secrets and lies. Manipulation is rife and this enemies-to-lovers romance kept me on the edge of my seat unable to put the book down. Whilst Lisbeth should have been a dislikable character, she wasn't, so her childhood behaviour was a little puzzling. Of course as the many complex layers of this story were slowly revealed, we began to get a better picture of just what had happened in the past and why. Callan was much easier to like, though there were times when his treatment of Lisbeth made him seem quite cruel. Though again there were reasons. "What have I done to deserve that?" Hating the genuine fear I could hear in my voice, I refused to move away from him as his dangerous energy consumed the space around us. It's a dual pov book, clearly labelled so you know who's "voice" you are hearing and is written first person. This enabled me to really connect with and understand both main characters. There is a lot of foreshadowing and I did guess one twist in advance (view spoiler)[ the identity of Lisbeths birth mother (hide spoiler)] . I loved how you weren't sure who to trust and who was telling what lies, you really need your wits about you when reading this one! The suspense, at times, was nerve shredding. My nerves were live wires, the frayed ends dancing and arcing on the ground, a constant snap of electric fear bolting through me the farther into the desert we drove. The writing is so eloquent and poetic, creating striking visuals and eliciting a myriad of emotions. Lily White doesn't just write a story, she constructs a living, breathing creation that absorbs your soul and challenges all your perceptions. There were secondary and even tertiary characters who had more depth and personality than some authors imbue in their main characters. Along with a complex plot, this ensures a rich tapestry of a story. Whilst I enjoyed every single word I did feel that, at times, as though the pace slowed a little. Every scene was well written, but just a couple of times I felt as though they were not adding anything more to the story, I massively enjoyed the book and definitely recommend it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mirjam

    Lisbeth Rose, 17, is the typical rich spoiled brat with nothing to do but bully, mistreat her servant boy, Callan, 15, with her most favourite passing time was to belittled him to the amusement of herself and her friends, but than Lisbeth disappears with her mother. Fast forward 10 years, Callan is now a Rose and is re-united with Lisbeth. He is thrilled to finally be able to get his revenge Every word she’d spoken was a price she would pay, a debt I would extract for a particular value until th Lisbeth Rose, 17, is the typical rich spoiled brat with nothing to do but bully, mistreat her servant boy, Callan, 15, with her most favourite passing time was to belittled him to the amusement of herself and her friends, but than Lisbeth disappears with her mother. Fast forward 10 years, Callan is now a Rose and is re-united with Lisbeth. He is thrilled to finally be able to get his revenge Every word she’d spoken was a price she would pay, a debt I would extract for a particular value until the ledger was balanced between us. Callan is portrayed as a typical bully but to me he was more like a big teddy bear with a mean growl but no bite. He had just the perfect mix of dark and violence but with a soft hand. Her fucking pride is what made her so damn desirable. Made me hate her so fucking much. Made me love her. Lisbeth is a h that has failed to win me over, I just did not like her and felt sorry for Callan. The story is told in dual POV, alternating between Callan and Lisbeth. The Rose imperium has a dark and shady underbelly. Overall this was an okay read, the start of the book was slow and dragged a bit. In the end there are a lot, I mean a lot, of secrets revealed. Secrets that will define the future of the Roses.

  7. 4 out of 5

    CC

    3.75 ★ Up until the age of 15, Callan lived at the Rose estate as a maid’s son. Infatuated with Lisbeth Rose, the 17-year old daughter and heir apparent to the Rose fortune, Callan always watched her, but she always spurned him. After a fatal event, roles changed and a decade later, Callan emerged as a fighter. But when Lisbeth returns home, it causes another shift for the Rose family. “You’d do well to mind your manners in this house. I’d hate for you to learn what happens to petty little brat 3.75 ★ Up until the age of 15, Callan lived at the Rose estate as a maid’s son. Infatuated with Lisbeth Rose, the 17-year old daughter and heir apparent to the Rose fortune, Callan always watched her, but she always spurned him. After a fatal event, roles changed and a decade later, Callan emerged as a fighter. But when Lisbeth returns home, it causes another shift for the Rose family. “You’d do well to mind your manners in this house. I’d hate for you to learn what happens to petty little brats who believe themselves larger than they are.” What ensues is a plot based on revenge for past wrongs. For years, Callan endured punishment due to Lisbeth’s malicious actions, but now he is in the position to deliver pain. However, in the Rose family, all is not how it appears, as longstanding feelings emerge and secrets threaten to crumble an already weak foundation. “Because I won’t ask for anything from you. If I want something, I’ll take it. Are we clear?” In this story, there is a cast of varied characters. Though Callan has scars and can deliver a humiliating blow, he also has compassion and I liked both sides of him. As for Lisbeth, it was tough to like her throughout the plot and it caused some disconnect between her and Callan for me. Perhaps, if there was more in their history, it would have provided a solid footing. However, the secondary characters had a strong presence and I really liked Franklin and Jacob. With elements of darkness, adrenaline charged action and a plot steeped in greed, The Vanity of Roses is a romance suspense that would appeal to those who enjoy the push/pull dynamic of an enemies to lovers theme. *An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.* *This was a (F)BR with Twinsie Hawkey!* For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bookgasms Book Blog

    The Vanity of Roses is Lily White at her finest. This story combined the edgy darkness that I live for in her stories but with an added emotional depth I never saw coming. I loved Callan and Lisbeth. Their spitfire banter, heated anger, past history and intense connection could not be denied. The sparks alone between them were combustible but seeing them both go head to head was the icing on the cake. This novel was the perfect enemies to lovers story!! Gah! What I loved more than anything was th The Vanity of Roses is Lily White at her finest. This story combined the edgy darkness that I live for in her stories but with an added emotional depth I never saw coming. I loved Callan and Lisbeth. Their spitfire banter, heated anger, past history and intense connection could not be denied. The sparks alone between them were combustible but seeing them both go head to head was the icing on the cake. This novel was the perfect enemies to lovers story!! Gah! What I loved more than anything was the darkness and light in Callan. His weakness has always been Lisbeth. But with the wrongs committed against him in his past, this powerful and deadly man now has Lisbeth in his crosshairs and revenge on his mind. But how he reconciles the Lisbeth from then with the Lisbeth of now and all the secret revelations will blow your mind.  Overall, this is another 5 star winner from this author and I cannot wait for more of her dark and sexy stories! Bravo! 5 stars! ~Ratula

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carvanz

    Wow! Talk about gut wrenching! This book tore through me in every way possible! ’When you can’t love, you hate. When you can’t have, you want. And when the truth is too painful to admit, you lie - just like we always had done.’ As teenagers, Lisbeth was the spoiled princess with Callan as her servant boy. She used him for her enjoyment and discarded him just as quickly. Callan, on the other hand, was entranced with her, despite the abuse he suffered at her will. But a brutal night and a decade Wow! Talk about gut wrenching! This book tore through me in every way possible! ’When you can’t love, you hate. When you can’t have, you want. And when the truth is too painful to admit, you lie - just like we always had done.’ As teenagers, Lisbeth was the spoiled princess with Callan as her servant boy. She used him for her enjoyment and discarded him just as quickly. Callan, on the other hand, was entranced with her, despite the abuse he suffered at her will. But a brutal night and a decade later, things have drastically changed and now the power belongs to Callan. ’My hatred of her was a war cry in my head, but I made a mistake when I touched her. I made a mistake when I stared into a set of angry blue eyes and accepted the challenge of taming her.’ I have to admit, there were certain aspects of this story that I’m not a particular fan of but I’m a lenient reader and continued through some of the rougher parts and holy heck! All of it, the darkest dark, the sweetest light and everything in between, shone within Callan and Lisbeth and the relationship that they built. It took some time for me to fully connect with Lisbeth but when I did, I totally understood where she was in life and her past and present motivations. She was one tough heroine but she needed to be because that was what life demanded in the past as well as the present. Callan was fierce, intimidating in every way, and darkly scary...and I loved him because of it! He had a past that formed the man he was and yet he’s more than what he seems on the surface. When it came time to protect, he protected with every cell of his body. ’When we were apart, all I felt was anger, but when we were together, all I wanted was to show her body what it does to me. To tempt and tease her with the truth of a hatred that walked the same line as love. And such a fine line it was. The two halves blending until black and white no longer existed, just an aggravating shade of grey that crept in like smoke to distort and disguise everything around me.’ Together, this couple were explosive! They were not sweet doe eyed lovers, they were rough and violent, claiming and demanding in their own ways. Every page cranked the angst up higher as they battled out their issues between themselves. This is a lengthier book with a touch of mystery along with a few characters that helped to lighten this read, a bit. It’s a heavy story, with dark actions that kept me feeling like the next thing around the corner was going to be even darker. It was like watching a movie with my eyes peeking above the covers. Except it was raw and sexy, brutal and honest. If you like to be tantalized by dark romance, this is a perfect choice. Dual POV Safe (view spoiler)[h not a virgin; H has a woman his is with pretty regularly so he’s not made out to be a manwhore; after h/H are reunited, h watches ow perform an act on H - H sees her watching; normally, I don’t mention condoms but this stood out to me so I’ll mention it here - none were used but initially he pulled out - no conversation about protection (hide spoiler)] Triggers (view spoiler)[BDSM but not in the traditional cookie cutter way; humiliation; abuse (hide spoiler)]

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shabby -BookBistroBlog

    Trust lily to take a simple story, and add twists to it like thorns are to Roses. She makes this love story hurt and cut with her intentional cruel scenes and ruthless turn of fates of the main characters. It's like a Russian roulette of pride. She creates a worker and his princess, very clearly defined roles in the first chapter, then turns the tables and this becomes a vindictive tale of revenge. The mission- To usurp wealth as a means of power. "A boy made a slave. A slave treated as a beat Trust lily to take a simple story, and add twists to it like thorns are to Roses. She makes this love story hurt and cut with her intentional cruel scenes and ruthless turn of fates of the main characters. It's like a Russian roulette of pride. She creates a worker and his princess, very clearly defined roles in the first chapter, then turns the tables and this becomes a vindictive tale of revenge. The mission- To usurp wealth as a means of power. "A boy made a slave. A slave treated as a beaten dog. A man that had risen above the flames of a painful life" It's the War of the Roses, the vanities sharp as swords, cutting and drawing blood. Lisbeth Rebel Rose is a petulant brat who always got what she wanted. Using her personal manservant, Callan as her stepping stool and kicking puppy, she's manhandled, abused, ridiculed him for years. He bears all, because he is infatuated with her. Hoping his goodness might one day be noticed or appreciated. "I existed to serve her. To appease her. To take her abuse, whatever she deemed necessary, so that she didn’t have to wait too long for her demands to be met." The whys and wherefores are not revealed at this stage. The story progresses at breakneck speed till Lisbeth is now the hunted and Callan the hunter. They lock horns and are now engaged in a battle of wills, who will drop to their knees and fold first was a matter of time now. "Our genetic makeup made Lisbeth and I the perfect opponents, and our past only served to fan those flames. I wondered how much it would take to make her cower. I hoped I would have a front row seat when she finally tipped and spilled out from her ivory tower." Callan uses all his pent up rage and his fists in breaking down his opponents in the pit, yet his heart has trouble using the same methods in exacting his pound of flesh from his personal nemesis I like how lily's devious intentions pour through on her pages. They make the story oh-so-delicious and tempting to my dark reader heart. Her heroes have always gone extra length in displaying evil methods to procure what they wanted and damned the world with their Devil-May-Care attitudes. Her heroines are made of stainless steel too, tensile yet strong. They are Phoenix embodied, rising gracefully and holding on to their own at all times. "I was a Rose. Not a weed." She's bold and unapologetic in her treatment of plot and etches characters with shady graphite, balancing on the thin line between black and whites. Intense narration, heartless emotions (oxymoron!)and iron-fisted treatment makes this a treasure trove for her loyal fans. 4 stars for Pit and Pedestal #BookBistroBlogApproved Follow me on: [email protected] https://Twitter.com/BookBistro www.instagram.com/BookBistroBlog https://bookbistroblogger.blogspot.com/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/BookB...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ash Imagery

    The Vanity of Roses by Lily White to me was some what different to her other books—IT STILL gives you that dark edge that this author can write so well, but also gives you an emotional, raw, on the edge of your seat feeling. You’d have to read it to see what I mean. ;) It binds your stomach up in knots but you take it because Lily White’s stories are phenomenal. In this story you have Callan and Lisbeth. I really fell for these characters and their toxicity. Gosh, the tension was there, made it The Vanity of Roses by Lily White to me was some what different to her other books—IT STILL gives you that dark edge that this author can write so well, but also gives you an emotional, raw, on the edge of your seat feeling. You’d have to read it to see what I mean. ;) It binds your stomach up in knots but you take it because Lily White’s stories are phenomenal. In this story you have Callan and Lisbeth. I really fell for these characters and their toxicity. Gosh, the tension was there, made it known from the beginning, but also you feel the connection that those two had. Always had. Whether they liked it or not. **“He was beautiful in a terrifying way. A predator that draws you in and snaps your neck while you admire him.”** **“She was the painful pulse that threatened my arteries.”** Callan, as a young boy, worked for the Roses. Lisbeth was the daughter of parents who were wealthy and ignorant. Full of vanity. As Callan was the servant boy for Lisbeth- she gave Callan a hard time. On the night of an important ball, all things go wrong. Secrets become kept for nearly 10 years... Callan is out for revenge. He has so much anger built up. Hatred. He is a ticking time bomb for one person. **“A tragedy maybe. That’s what we were. Destruction and chaos. The absolute beauty of misery.”** 5 amazing stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Keri Loves Books

    Totally consuming! I got lost in Callan and Lisbeth’s twisted love story. Callan is the ultimate bully worth fighting (or submitting) for. Lisbeth has been gone for ten years. That night she fled with her mother is still a mystery. Now she's been lured back to her childhood home by her uncle when she finds herself completely alone,without a penny to her name. She has no idea that the boy she tormented for years is now the ruler of the family. Callan wants revenge on Lisbeth for all the times she b Totally consuming! I got lost in Callan and Lisbeth’s twisted love story. Callan is the ultimate bully worth fighting (or submitting) for. Lisbeth has been gone for ten years. That night she fled with her mother is still a mystery. Now she's been lured back to her childhood home by her uncle when she finds herself completely alone,without a penny to her name. She has no idea that the boy she tormented for years is now the ruler of the family. Callan wants revenge on Lisbeth for all the times she belittled and berated him. All the times she told lies that caused him to be beaten as a result. He will show her no mercy. The only problem is, that bratty teenager that left has become a woman he can't resist. This story is dark and filled with cruelty. Callan has never forgotten the ways she made him feel or the greatest loss he suffered because of her. His revenge will be filled with rage. As a child he was meek and submissive, however as a grown man he is a fighter. He submits to no one and nothing. He lives without fear because he has become the one to fear. Callan is determined to knock Lisbeth off her pedestal. The girl who had everything at her fingertips will be taught to serve others. He never expected that the selfish young girl would change into someone with kindness and compassion. Regardless he will show her the truth of her family's money. He is going to explode that bubble she grew up in and force her to see the truth. Callan was cold and callous. Hurtful and cruel. Brutal and filled with rage. A man who literally and figuratively fought till the end. The girl who made him that way, also tempered it. They had always been drawn to one another. Now as adults, that hate is channeled into unadulterated mutual attraction. Hang on...it is going to be explosive!!! A bully romance you do not want to miss. The story contained elements of suspense because the Rose family had it's fair share of secrets and lies. All will be uncovered and some will leave you shocked. A great author that I will continue to follow and read anytime she publishes.

  13. 5 out of 5

    oritty: books and i (orit tilayov)

    i love symbolism in character's names: Lisbeth Rebel Rose - she is a queen; she fights, she blossoms and she has thorns!! and we all need callan in our lives!! Lisbeth was born privileged, she was the boss's beautiful and spoiled daughter but she was living in a golden cage with no control of her life except one: her servant boy she could do anything - throw things, humiliate him, make fun of him and he endured anything but he wouldn't give her the only thing she wanted: for him to look her in i love symbolism in character's names: Lisbeth Rebel Rose - she is a queen; she fights, she blossoms and she has thorns!! and we all need callan in our lives!! Lisbeth was born privileged, she was the boss's beautiful and spoiled daughter but she was living in a golden cage with no control of her life except one: her servant boy she could do anything - throw things, humiliate him, make fun of him and he endured anything but he wouldn't give her the only thing she wanted: for him to look her in the eye and talk to her. but then a horrible thing happen and she found herself running for her life and when she came back - everything was different - that boy was a man now, a strong fighter and the head of the family . he is the one with the power to control , he hates her and blames her for what happen, puts her through hell - and he still doesn't talk to her and look at her. vanity and pride - two words that are similar but not the same - who is which? two people trapped in a circle of love, hate, revenge, secrets and conspiracies. is breaking her really what he wants? they learn about the past, about the family's secrets, abut the powers that still are pulling the strings and they see each other for what they truly are. it is a dark story ,Sensual with so many twists it keeps you constantly on your toes, very emotional, very deep, Callan and liz have fire - they are the worst and the best and there are sparks and storms when they are together and they are a force of nature. a stormy, steamy journey from enemies to lovers. They are the rose!! **received an arc copy of the book for review

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    The Vanity of Roses by Lily White is the story of Lisbeth and Callan. Lisbeth was a well off girl who had everything handed to her. Lisbeth loved to tease and torment Callan a servant boy at her Rose family home. But then something happened and she had to go on the run where life changed for her. But now several years later she is back to her roots at the Rose Family Home, but now the table has turned. Callan is the one who is in control who has rule over her. This is a dark tale of revenge alon The Vanity of Roses by Lily White is the story of Lisbeth and Callan. Lisbeth was a well off girl who had everything handed to her. Lisbeth loved to tease and torment Callan a servant boy at her Rose family home. But then something happened and she had to go on the run where life changed for her. But now several years later she is back to her roots at the Rose Family Home, but now the table has turned. Callan is the one who is in control who has rule over her. This is a dark tale of revenge along with redemption. If you have read Ms. White's books before than you will love this one. This is not for the weak!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kahea

    ***5 Stars*** Talk about a thin line between love and hate. This baby took me on one hell of a ride, not surprising given who the author is, but Callan and Lisbeth definitely ramped up all the feels in me ~ the good, the bad and the ugly ~ as they sorted not only through their own wildly erratic emotions for each other, but the labyrinth of secrets and lies they’d been told all their lives. Lisbeth is one strong woman. After all that she went through at the hands of those who should have prote ***5 Stars*** Talk about a thin line between love and hate. This baby took me on one hell of a ride, not surprising given who the author is, but Callan and Lisbeth definitely ramped up all the feels in me ~ the good, the bad and the ugly ~ as they sorted not only through their own wildly erratic emotions for each other, but the labyrinth of secrets and lies they’d been told all their lives. Lisbeth is one strong woman. After all that she went through at the hands of those who should have protected and nurtured her, I fully expected her to turn out to be cold and unfeeling, but instead she turned out compassionate and stronger than anyone could have imagined. Callan. He’s hard, brutal and stubborn, but beneath all of that, all of cold is a man who feels deeply and will do anything to protect those he calls his own. Their journey was a rough one from start to finish. With all the secrets and lies woven around them, it was no wonder neither could see what was right in front of them the whole time, though it was undeniable that the connection they had was intense, no matter if it was love or hate, or that strange mixture of both. And I won’t deny that even I wondered just how they could forgive each other for their transgressions at times, but once they both had their blinders ripped off, all bets were off. As much as I enjoyed Callan and Lisbeth’s journey, it was the world the author created and the secrets and lies woven into it that kept me turning the pages. I NEEDED to know what the truth, or truths, were because it was obvious not everything was what it seemed and I wasn’t disappointed when all was revealed. And as for the secondary cast of characters, all were well written ~ even the ones I wanted to gut with a spoon ~ and while I didn’t have a clear favorite, I wouldn’t mind heading back into the world at some point in the future to see how everyone is doing. ~ Copy provided by EBJR/author & voluntarily reviewed ~

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Gauthier

    This one has it all !!!! Angst, tension, betrayal, love, and above all Lilyness!!! Lilyness always gets me. I think shes going one and whooppsss nope she veered the other way. Twice she Lillyed me in this book. Callan and Lisbeth (which by the way LOVE that name) are cut from the same cloth. They both love fierce and hate firecly. Both thier characters are so strong and yet vulnerable at the same time. Together and apart they both grew in this story, finally finding thier true selves. Lily also This one has it all !!!! Angst, tension, betrayal, love, and above all Lilyness!!! Lilyness always gets me. I think shes going one and whooppsss nope she veered the other way. Twice she Lillyed me in this book. Callan and Lisbeth (which by the way LOVE that name) are cut from the same cloth. They both love fierce and hate firecly. Both thier characters are so strong and yet vulnerable at the same time. Together and apart they both grew in this story, finally finding thier true selves. Lily also always gives us great side characters. Loved them all, just wish we could of seen more from Holly. There's a fighter itching to come out in her. Overall I throughly enjoyed this story. The beginning had me on the edge, the middle had me cringing and the end was pure Lily. I look forward to more of Lilys tortured souls. ⚘⚘⚘⚘⚘

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anne Milne

    You won't have read a enemies story like this it is a Lily White book after all so think the unthinkable. I absolutely loved Lisbeth and Callan they have a twisted history that sets the tone for when they are reunited years later. Younger Lisbeth is annoying self entitled brat. Every time she opened her mouth I cringed and wanted to slap her. He may have been infatuated by her by how didn't retaliate I really don't know. When she comes home years later everything has changed and the fun begins. C You won't have read a enemies story like this it is a Lily White book after all so think the unthinkable. I absolutely loved Lisbeth and Callan they have a twisted history that sets the tone for when they are reunited years later. Younger Lisbeth is annoying self entitled brat. Every time she opened her mouth I cringed and wanted to slap her. He may have been infatuated by her by how didn't retaliate I really don't know. When she comes home years later everything has changed and the fun begins. Callan is such a contradiction which I loved, he has flashes of gentleness but has a dark side that makes him a dangerous man. Lisbeth grows so much over the course of the book but her redemption in my eyes is not easy. This is a slow burn that really surprised me because I had no idea what to expect. I couldn't put this down, every page reveals a new secret and a new layer to the story. I'm not sure your ready for The Roses.

  18. 5 out of 5

    BLuvsBooks

    A good enemies to love/ darkish read. I enjoyed the unique “bully” type plot and those cruel scenes had my stomach in knots.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Literati Literature Lovers

    5 Stars!!! Loved it!!! Author Lily White delivers another fantastic read with The Vanity of Roses. It is a crazy rollercoaster ride. It is edgy with dark undertones and crazy twists. It is a turbulent journey from enemies to lovers that is steamy, erotic and sexy AF with a dangerous, scary, intimidating alpha hero bent on revenge and so much more. Callan could teach me a lesson any time! I was hooked from start to finish. The characters, Callan and Lisbeth are well developed and more than meets 5 Stars!!! Loved it!!! Author Lily White delivers another fantastic read with The Vanity of Roses. It is a crazy rollercoaster ride. It is edgy with dark undertones and crazy twists. It is a turbulent journey from enemies to lovers that is steamy, erotic and sexy AF with a dangerous, scary, intimidating alpha hero bent on revenge and so much more. Callan could teach me a lesson any time! I was hooked from start to finish. The characters, Callan and Lisbeth are well developed and more than meets the eye. Their banter is witty, sarcastic, heated and challenging. The push / pull is intense. Their chemistry is palpable. They grew up together, same house but in different worlds. I was completely invested in their story and I loved Callan, even though he was mean and arrogant. And I grew to love Lisbeth. She is stubborn and strong, even though she is spoiled on the surface. Not only did these characters draw me in, but they kept me captivated. I wanted to know why they were the way they were, what motivated them and why. I could feel the passion, fear, desire and menace bleed from the page. Author Lily White develops the story perfectly. I love that it’s written in alternating POV because I get to be in both their heads and I learned things the other character didn’t know. I also found myself loving many of the supporting characters. The story is a cat and mouse game with secrets and lies. The Vanity of Roses is another hit from author Lily White. Highly recommend. I absolutely loved it. ~ Maria

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bookaholic

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *spoiler alert* The whole review is full of spoilers what the hell did I just read? (-__-) I had a few problems with this book 1. The MC's hate each other but one session of, ahem, hanky-panky makes them realize, oh, how much in love they are. (eye roll) 2. There is a fighting pit where men fight each other to death and the winner gets to be with a willing whore. But the heroine thinks that it is so wrong to use the women as a prize and sees no problem at all with the death of the other fighter. An *spoiler alert* The whole review is full of spoilers what the hell did I just read? (-__-) I had a few problems with this book 1. The MC's hate each other but one session of, ahem, hanky-panky makes them realize, oh, how much in love they are. (eye roll) 2. There is a fighting pit where men fight each other to death and the winner gets to be with a willing whore. But the heroine thinks that it is so wrong to use the women as a prize and sees no problem at all with the death of the other fighter. And pledges to make changes, and what a drastic change she makes ! She changes the name of the prize from "whore" to "Goddess". Really??! 3. Lisbeth Rose is apparently the true heir to the Rose estate, but only at the end she gets the wits to realize her claim and rights, oh wait !, not even then! The hero gives her a share considering she deserves to. 4. Lisbeth's mother dies, killed by the hero's mother, but that's alright! because it turns out she wasn't her biological mother! stfu! wth??! So it doesn't matter that her mother raised Lisbeth as her own child and spoiled her because she wasn't her actual mother all along ??! I AM DONE RANTING!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tricia Bartley. #AuthorStalker

    Back up ladies....Callan Rose is mine...MINE..MINE!!! LOL Lily White is at it again with her dark soul.. writing these amazing reads that keep us flipping those pages way into the night and then up sooo early to find out what is going to happen next. Holy Hell I love reading her books. I never know if she is going to top her last book when I have already decided that it was now my fav Lily White book. Annnd then she goes and writes another Ahhhmazzzingg book and I have to change my mind and now s Back up ladies....Callan Rose is mine...MINE..MINE!!! LOL Lily White is at it again with her dark soul.. writing these amazing reads that keep us flipping those pages way into the night and then up sooo early to find out what is going to happen next. Holy Hell I love reading her books. I never know if she is going to top her last book when I have already decided that it was now my fav Lily White book. Annnd then she goes and writes another Ahhhmazzzingg book and I have to change my mind and now say....Yuppp The Vanity of Roses is now my fav book she has written!!! Gahh I loved it!!! It has my 3 D's..... DARK.DIRTY & DELICIOUS!!! Ohhh and one more thing y'all, I am all about this cover!!! I love me some MMA and danggg did White deliver with all the hotness and everything that goes along with it. Sooo yummy!!! Thank you Lily White for another 5 Star read...Can't wait to see what you have in store for us next!!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    What a ride!! The Vanity of Roses by Lily White was full of hot scenes and dark moments. Callan is forever the love of my life. Lisbeth and Callan are the perfect match for each other. Callan was THE CUTEST (there I said it lol), when he was little the love he had for Lisbeth made me wish I had someone like that. Lisbeth was a strong character who we saw grow from a spoiled little princess to someone compassionate and selfless. LOVED this book!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Di Covey/TwistedBookReviews

    “Have you ever fucked a man who couldn’t stand you? Have you ever been challenged by someone you hate?” An intense connection, a sordid past, an explosion of love/hate fuckery. If you're looking for enemies-to-lovers, look no further. Lily White delivers an dangerously delicious fight till the very end.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ri

    4.4 stars I am at the point now, that whatever this author writes I will read it. I don't care if it's trolls and ogres. I will read it. The way she crafts a story is sublime. Strong characters, an insane story that just keeps building and building, and decadent dark and delicious suspense. I can't speak highly enough that she is crazy wicked good at her craft.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Selina

    The h sounds like a pathetic useless woman.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Abby J Capps

    ”And yet, I still felt pulled toward a man who was so openly raw and carnal, to a soul that was darker than the lowest depths of the ocean, to a beast that lingered beneath the ridged muscle and the tempting flesh of a body and face too beautiful for words.” This book ended up being so much more than I was expecting. I mean, I knew before reading that I would love their story— just from teasers. Callan, was just wow! He’s was so complex. He was hard, angry, animalistic, dangerous and his presenc ”And yet, I still felt pulled toward a man who was so openly raw and carnal, to a soul that was darker than the lowest depths of the ocean, to a beast that lingered beneath the ridged muscle and the tempting flesh of a body and face too beautiful for words.” This book ended up being so much more than I was expecting. I mean, I knew before reading that I would love their story— just from teasers. Callan, was just wow! He’s was so complex. He was hard, angry, animalistic, dangerous and his presence was all consuming. But he was also a tortured soul who was honest, good, protective and loyal. I was a huge fan of him even when his actions were sometimes painful. Lisbeth embodies strength and pride. She had a lot of it even when it all should have shattered at her feet. That was adult Lisbeth, though. Teenage Lisbeth caused a lot of damage— with her bratty, spoiled nature. She was a lonely girl who lashed out at Callan when he was also just a boy. Callan used to be a servant to teenage Lisbeth and she played a huge role in who became as an adult. The book takes place 10 years after their teenage years and their story explores their pent up rage. It’s a constant battle of push and pull between them. Neither wanting to give up their pride. The Roses’ have too many secrets and the revealing scenes to those spilled secrets had me tied in knots. Prepare to be on the edge of your seat and consumed with the hatred and lust of this story. Lily yet again pulls you in with her amazing story telling and as always I’m here for it!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    *I received a free copy to read & review for Wicked Reads* 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 ho *I received a free copy to read & review for Wicked Reads* 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!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ruthie Taylor

    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ 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. Lis ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ 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!

  29. 4 out of 5

    S.M. Harshell

    **I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.** Growing up Lisbeth treated Callan like dirt. He was the servants 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 th **I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.** Growing up Lisbeth treated Callan like dirt. He was the servants 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 servants 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 no where 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 compliant is it wasn't longer. I could have read so much more about Callan and Lisbeth!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Philomena Callan Cheekypee

    Oh wow. What an epic story. This author has an amazing unique way with words and this is certainly one of her best. I’m in awe of her. The Vanity of Roses gave me the escapism that I needed. From the start the author grabbed my attention and tore me away from the real world for a fantastic few hours. Callan. Well what can I say. Obviously a fantastic name (I’m not biased at all lol ) I couldn’t help but love him. Lisbeth is another brilliant character. These two were so good together. I can’t pr Oh wow. What an epic story. This author has an amazing unique way with words and this is certainly one of her best. I’m in awe of her. The Vanity of Roses gave me the escapism that I needed. From the start the author grabbed my attention and tore me away from the real world for a fantastic few hours. Callan. Well what can I say. Obviously a fantastic name (I’m not biased at all lol ) I couldn’t help but love him. Lisbeth is another brilliant character. These two were so good together. I can’t praise this author highly enough. This is a brilliant bully romance that is a must read. Can’t wait to read more from this author.

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