Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Black Lotus by Claire Warner w Giveaway!


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.

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My Review 

This is a fun paranornal historical romance. With debutants and magic and a great heroine who won't be pushed into submission, it's a fun adventure. Melissa originally sounded like the normal lady in that time. She was going to marry, be a good wife, make her parents proud. But then the handsome stranger Justin comes into town and everything changes. There's definitely a spark of romance between them but Justin has some issues and people around him aren't safe. And he's the bad boy that everyone wants Melissa to stay away from. 

I liked both main characters and I really enjoyed that Melissa wasn't a push over. There's a good bit of mystery and suspense following the plot and that kept the pages turning. The world building was nicely done as well. And I really liked the writing style. I'm not big into historical so it's great that this one was well done and kept me captivated. And I loved that though it started a little slow for me, it built and then when Justin's secrets came to light it was fast paced! And of course the romance was fun! Passions and sparks fly with them. And the more you learn about both characters the more you like them and cheer for their HEA! 

Overall, if you like a little rebellion with your historical romance and a great paranornal mystery added in, I definitely recommend this one!! I look forward to book two!! 4.5 PAWS!! 

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:

I sew.
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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