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.
A sweeping novel of secret love and paranormal mystery, The Black Lotus lulls you into a false sense of calm before the rug gets pulled right out from underneath you, near the very end. I enjoyed the build up and though this is long I didn’t find it too tiresome or long winded. The descriptive nature of the book only made it all the more real and enjoyable. Though I did find myself perplexed from time to time at how two seemingly opposite people could come together so completely, it started to make more sense as the tale moved along and the relationship brought out some of the similarities between Melissa and Justin that were otherwise not known. I hope that we can get some more answers in the next book, but this first bite was rather tasty indeed!
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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