The Black Lotus
by Claire Warner
Release Date:June 29th 2014
Summary from 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.
I liked the whole regency/paranormal mix of this novel and thought they worked well together. The heroine is headstrong and willfull, in a society where women are little more than decorations, and is forever getting herself into social sticky situations. It is in her nature to be contraty and she does not approve of society’s role for women. I understood her situation and felt just the same about conventions and social etiquette and admired her fortitude given her circumstances.
The author does a great job with this worldbuilding, so that I had a clear sense of the society she lived in. The characters are interesting and multi-faceted. I liked the love interest Justin, because he is the typical bad boy that no one wants dating their daughter, which of course makes him even more desirable. I for one know the attraction of going against rules ! Who doesn’t, right?
Add in a few mysterious elements and hints of a curse and immmortality, and we have a delightful, intriguing read, which kep me glued to the pages until the very end.
If I had any issues with this, it’s that I felt the story sometimes meandered and had a slower pace sometimes as a result but somehow the prose is quite easy to read and has the ability to keep you reading so that’s minor. I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would and apart from these minor issues, I found it to be an engrossing read and I especially liked the paranormal elements.
If you love historical reads with a slow burning romance and paranormal elements, then pick this one up!
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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