Series: Black Lotus #1
on May 9, 2014
Genres: Erotica, Suspense
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They say when you take revenge against another you lose a part of your innocence.
But I’m not innocent.
I haven’t been for a very long time.
My innocence was stolen from me. Taken was the life I was supposed to have. The soul I was born with. The ruby heart embedded in a life full of hopes and dreams.
I never even had a choice.
I mourn that life. Mourn the what-ifs.
I’m ready to take back what was always meant to be mine.
But every plan has a fatal flaw. Sometimes it’s the heart.
**Due to the dark and explicit nature of this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only as some scenes may be particularly disturbing.**
What in the hell in all that is holy did I just read? I finished this book well over twenty-four hours ago and my mind is still reeling. I am still processing this one. This book has rocked my world. It’s wrecked me and I loved it. It’s possibly possessed me. I NEED BOOK TWO NOW!!! This one is nothing short of amazing. I don’t read reviews prior to writing my own. I am aware based on hearsay that this book has been deemed controversial due to the subject matter, and I totally get it. I read based on many recommendations, but finally because of my blog partner. She knows me well. This book has left me knocked off my axis, my life in upheaval. My soul is broken and I am hollow. This book is amazing and I’m not sure I can even begin to tell you why.
Life isn’t a fairytale. Sometimes it hits hard, and it sucks. It hurts and wounds us. It breaks us, sometimes in ways not even our own minds fully understand. Bad things happen to good people, and they deal in ways that only they know how. Doesn’t mean we get it, or even accept their actions – but unless we’ve lived it, we can’t begin to comprehend it. Bang has some tough scenes, but tough because they are written in such an amazingly precise way. Was I uncomfortable? Yeah. I was, once or twice going “huh what in the….???” That’s the point. They were necessary to help you understand the depravity of these characters. They were well written and impeccably laid out. I felt the rawness because of these, and that’s what makes an amazing author. She has just upped the stakes. I wish every book made me feel the depth and experiences that her words caused to course through my veins.
I loved all four of these characters for very different reasons. I truly loved all three men. This is not a love triangle by the normal stretch of the imagination, but I honestly cared for each of them. Nina, I loved and hated her all in the same breath many times over. You couldn’t help but feel her pain. My heart in a vice. Pike, I struggled with the fact that I had such an affinity for him. I felt him. He loved unconditionally and just wanted to protect, even if his ways were twisted because he was so broken. He was beautiful in a sad heart wrenching way. Bennett, he just loved. He was smitten and the innocent bystander in this whole thing, but loved with an ever pure heart. Declan, oh lord. What can I say about this man? He left me speechless, he has left me bleeding. I felt him in my bones. I can tell you, that he has moved his way right up to the very top of my long list of book boyfriends. Holy hell. Not only is he beyond sexy, he’s honest, scared, and scarred. He commandeered my heart and my soul. He got under my skin. He’s still residing in my being. I don’t know if anyone could ever come close. Declan? Declan, just is.
Although I wasn’t shocked by the way the plot turned out, I tend to see things coming, that’s not unusual for me and tends to make my friends mad. Very few of them will watch a movie with me, because I’ve got it figured out fifteen minutes in. Hey… I don’t volunteer it, they ask always hoping I’m wrong, and mad when I’m not. What I didn’t expect was the tumultuous ride that this authors words would take me on. The feelings she would evoke from me, the extreme feelings of pain and love.
EK’s writing is insanely good. The dark, emotional, twisted journey she took us on was bar none. I loved the dual timeline and found myself saying wait “I want more” every time it switched. The risks she took were one hundred percent pertinent to the story and one thousand percent worth it. The secrets, the lies, the deceit? Perfectly woven. This has just become not only my absolute favorite read of the year so far, but one of my all time favorite reads ever. In my forty two years, I’m not sure a single book (I read a lot) has done this to me. This story was perfection, quite frankly, personified. Well done Mrs. Blair, well played.
Bang! One word. This one word made the dam break, my heart shatter and took all breath from my lungs. This book was one I’ll never forget. The way E.K. twisted my mind, played with my emotions and changed my opinion on the characters was absolutely amazing. This was my first book by this author and I was impressed. It takes a great book, superb writing and a plot that’s out of this world for me to devour a book of this size in one sitting. And with this one, I did just that.
I’m not going to go into the plot. I’m not going to tell you about the characters. You really need to read this one for yourself. The emotional roller coaster ride that you take in this book exceeds any other ride you’ve ever taken. This book will sit with you and have your mind reeling for days, weeks, maybe even months. You won’t know how to go on to another book. You may even want to reread it. This is how I feel after finishing. I’m scared and very anxious for the next book. I can’t wait to dive in once more to the twisted world that E.K. Blair has created.