It's 1752 and Melissa De Vire enters society for the first time. In her first night in society, she expects compliments, dances and the chance to meet her future husband. However in the course of one disastrous evening, she nearly ruins her reputation and falls for the handsome, young cad Justin De Vire. Captivated by him, Melissa seeks to learn more about the mysterious man, but Justin has his secrets and enemies and Melissa soon finds herself deep within his world.
Ensnared by the very things that Justin tries to keep her from, Melissa's world and life change beyond all recognition as she falls prey to the machinations of Justin's old enemy and into a world of dark secrets, magic and an ancient curse that could claim her forever.
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Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. The Black Lotus by Claire Warner is the first book in the Night Flower Series. The opening of the book pulled me into the story with danger and intrigue. Melissa is experiencing memory loss and seems to have been kidnapped and she's overhearing two people discuss her while they think she's unconscious. She gradually recalls her circumstances and how she came to be in her current state. Then, the story jumps back to five months earlier. Melissa is attending her first social outing as a demure debutante. She meets all types of men, one she can't get out of her mind, even though she's been warned away from him, and has an altercation with another man who is extremely pushy. Her night didn't fare very well in society's standards. The man she can't stop thinking about is Justin and, little does she know, he has a horrible curse that he's trying to survive. As the story is told, the curse is revealed with the sorrow and dangers that go with it. This fantasy has mystery, suspense, romance and intrigue all wrapped together for an interesting supernatural book, 4 stars.
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. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.