Book Review: The Black Lotus by Claire Warner

Black_Lotus__Night_Flower_(Volume_1),_The_-_Claire_WarnerTitle: The Black Lotus

Author: Claire Warner

Genre: Historical Romance with a paranormal twist

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

“….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 steps into society, she meets Justin Lestrade and his world tears her perceptions apart. Drawn irresistibly to him, she finds herself sinking into a realm of feuds, magic and old curses.

The Black Lotus is an intriguing historical romance with a paranormal twist, focusing on life in the eighteenth century, and giving the reader a tale of romance, intrigue and the paranormal.

Melissa De Vire is a debutante making her first appearance in high society. Unlike what society wants her to be, Melissa is fiesty, stubborn, driven, and she’s not afraid to stand up for herself and others. As a reader, this instantly made me like her, root for her, and relate to her. Then Melissa meets Justin Lestrade, a man bored with life, who has seen it all and done it all. Nothing surprises him anymore. That is, until he sees Melissa. She’s different, and they have an instant spark. But Justin isn’t exactly marriage-material, and he hides a terrible secret that could ruin both of them.

While I loved Melissa, I liked Justin too – I thought he formed a good match for Melissa, and he had an entertaining personality. If anything bothered me about him, it would be his history, the curse, and how not all of that was explained during the course of the book. The tag line says ‘paranormal twist’, but I had liked to know more about the whole paranormal part of the book.

Apart from that, I loved it. Like I mentioned, the characters were great, but the plot was good too. It held a few surprises. The descriptions of life in eighteenth century were so vivid I could picture most of it, from the scenes and settings to the gowns and dresses. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

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