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.
This book was one awesome surprise. I really enjoyed the entire premise and found the main character Melissa De Vire incredibly refreshing. During this particular period of time women were basically considered property, and their behavior and actions were under careful scrutiny, promising retribution and ruined reputations for the slightest infraction.
Melissa recognizes the double standard she is held to and longs to break free from these strictures. She is stubborn, willful, determined and quite rebellious yet she possesses a wonderful sense of right and wrong. The relationship she shares with her brother Marcus is heartwarming, and though he has a difficult time understanding her predicament, he is quite protective of her.
The plot was intriguing and totally original in nature. I can't go into too many details. If I did you would hate me because the spoilers would be epic, but I think it important to note that this paranormal romance did not make me roll my eyes at the idea of love at first sight like so many others do. No, this one took attraction and then slowly grew it into something more believable between Melissa and Justin. This is a bonus because not only will teens love this book, but adults will be able to get behind it as well.
Justin is mysterious and brooding-don't we just love that-and his secrets are far more dangerous than we are first led to believe. His intentions are noble, but he craves love and happiness like anyone, and so some of his choices, though understandable, put Melissa in danger. It makes him just as complex a character as Melissa is, and their romantic connection is believable due to the natural development that takes place.
When I finished the book I immediately went searching for the next one only to discover that it hasn't been published yet. GAH! The ending certainly leaves you with questions and a desire to know what's going to happen next with Justin and Melissa's story.
The Black Lotus is a must read, paranormal romance. With its original plot line, intriguing characters, and well paced plotting and dialogue it is sure to grab the reader and hold their attention for the duration of the story. That's certainly what happened to me. Stayed up until one in the morning to finish it. Yeah. Thanks for that, Claire Warner.
By day I am a boring civil servant, but by night (and at weekends) I write stories. I love fiction, I love the way that words can draw you from your own everyday world.
I love to read. As a child I read all of the Enid Blyton books and devoured Roald Dahl. As a teenager, I discovered LJ Smith, Anne McCaffrey, Tamora Pierce, David Eddings and went through the phase of reading Point Horrors. As an adult, I found Kelley Armstrong, Raymond E Feist, Georgette Heyer, The Brontes, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Sheridan La Fanu and Henry James. I cannot imagine live without books.
So I have began to write for myself. My characters live in my head and from time to time they want to live in other peoples as well. I want to share them with you and I hope you love them as much as I do.
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