The Black Lotus
by Claire Warner
Release Date:June 29th 2014
Book Summary (Goodreads):
….though I would dearly love to play court to you, I would hurt you more than any other.
It is 1752.
The year that will change the life of heiress Melissa De Vire. As she makes her first fumbling steps into society, she meets the handsome young cad Justin Lestrade and his world tears her perceptions apart. For Justin is more than he appears and his secrets and enemies are manifold. Drawn irresistibly to him, she finds herself sinking into a realm of feuds, magic and old curses and her life will never again be the same.
The Black Lotus is a story that will make you feel like you’re reading a supernatural version of a Jane Austen novel. It’s even written like it came right out of the 1700’s. Just like a Jane Austen novel, there’s dancing, there’s the way they talked back then and used their fancy words to get under each others skin. It’s cleverly written, and the suspense and supernatural element to it was very refreshing for a romance written like this.
The Black Lotus follows a girl named Melissa that is just coming out and being welcomed into society. At her first coming out party, she meets the dangerous and deliciously handsome Justin. She’s warned about him, that he’s seductive and a flirt, and moves on from girl to girl. Still, she’s tempted to talk to him, a talk that leads her to believe he is exactly what everyone says he is. Still, she’s drawn to him, and she can’t explain why. As their flirtatious friendship grows, secrets about Justin begins to uncover. Justin isn’t just some wealthy lad. He is filled with a darkness and a dangerous secret. He tries to keep Melissa away from him, but Melissa does everything she can to discover just what secrets Justin keeps. But she doesn’t realize what price such dark secrets come with.
I am a huge fan of stories written in this time, and I thoroughly enjoyed The Black Lotus. However I wasn’t sold by Justin’s character. He’s a womanizer, and I, personally, am not a fan of these bad boy types. But the story itself is very interesting and Melissa is a very likable character. I’m curious to find out where Justin and Melissa’s story takes us in the sequel.
If you enjoy historical romances with a supernatural twist to it, then be sure to check out The Black Lotus!
About the Author:
When I was a child, I made up games and characters when my sister and I played with dolls. As I grew older, I would make up scenarios and scenes, fully intending to write them down but never finding the time. In my late teens, I discovered the world of role playing and settled into an avid ‘geeky’ life of D&D, comics, sci-fi and fantasy fiction. Years passed and I finally gave voice to the stories in my head. I write romance, fantasy, action and adventure. I love tales of steampunk and history, tales of magical powers and dark curses lurking in the shadows. Though The Black Lotus is not my first attempt at a novel, it is the first I have finished.
And some fun facts about me:
My favourite Disney film is Atlantis.
I’ve been a film extra and stood 5 feet away from Sam Rockwell.
Babylon 5 is my fave sci-fi show.
I cried at the end of Toy Story 3.
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