Right from the beginning at the Prologue up to the very the end, he story had me glued to the pages relishing the happenings between Thomas and Emma. There was definitely a thriller aspect to the story, but what really drew me to the story were the characters and the sweet tale of a kind-hearted, average girl who happened to catch the eye of a gorgeous multimillionaire and their love for each other which at times were put to extreme tests.
Right from the start the plot of the story is set from Thomas' POV with him reminiscing how he met Emma and his concern over how she will react to what he is going to tell her, unfortunately it becomes much bigger then he could have ever imagined. Not only does he have a ex-girlfriend who wants him back, but a woman who is unstable and capable of doing the unthinkable.
What happens next in the story and throughout is seen from Emma's POV as she deals with the news that her loving husband is having an affair and the length that the other woman will take to make him hers. Many times Emma's faith in herself, in her husband and in herself were put to the test as circumstances made it seem that her life with her gorgeous husband was all a lie. Many scenes were heartbreaking as she was forced to confront her worst fears and to tried to find in herself the truth.
Even though Thomas was a player before he met Emma he really didn't have any negative qualities about himself which made him a very likable character (ok I loved him). He may have a slight dominant and commanding aura about himself, but nothing arrogant or rude about him. Thomas just happened to be an extremely good-looking man and women would through themselves at him (even with Emma by his side), but he only had eyes for Emma which melted my heart for him.
In between the tense moments with Thomas' ex causing havoc with their lives I really enjoy the flashback scenes as Emma would remember how they were when the first met and the tender moments between the two of them. It was during those scenes that really warmed my heart and made me fall more in love with these characters. It showed the true deep of their feelings for each other and at one point allowed Emma to lose some of the insecurities that she still felt. Thomas is one very romantic guy and definitely knows how to make the woman he loves feel special. The sexy scenes between them were steaming hot and they way Thomas worshiped Emma's body, all I can say is she is one lucky woman. :)
Now there very quite a few tearjerker moments, but there was one significant point in the book that was particular heartbreaking that my heart ached for them and I really cared what was going to happen to them. So be prepared with some tissues as you find at times your heart bleeding for both Thomas and Emma. Now the way the book ends it left me wanting more and to know what was going to happen next. Therefore, I am happy to say that there is a sequel in the works and I can't wait to read. Even though there were a few grammatical and structural errors, I have such a vivid imagination it did not deter me. I have a tendency to actually put myself in the story and see it as if I am standing on the side watching everything unfold so it did not hinder the flow too much. Now it may bother some people, but don't let it. This was a wonderful debut book from this author and based on her ability to try and capture the emotional intensity of scenes she is on a great start as an author.
The Soldier's Lotus was a true love story between two people who were destined to be together and fought the obstacles that are thrown at them in trying to keep them apart. There was passion, deception, revenge and rivalry that will surprise you as it will pull at your heartstring.
This book by Adonis Devereux had a different feel to it compared to the other books. While still set in the enchanting world of Gilalion we learn about several other tribes different from the ones in previous books and in particular Darien and Saerileth, who are so very different from each other but are destined for each other. Saerileth planned throughout her young life for revenge and when she encounters the man who was her saviour her world gets turned upside down. No matter what is thrown at Darien and Saerileth, their love and passion is so intense that they would die for each other.
I enjoyed reading this book as I felt the strong emotional bond that they had for each other, at the same time was drawn to conflicts that would tear them apart. What I really loved about this story was Darien and Saerileth's passion that went beyond just the physical, but transcended to a very deep connection of two souls. I could feel that it went beyond what two people could ever hope to have in their lives and that it was one of those rare loves.
Warning this book contains M/M, M/M/F, anal sex, rough sex and toys.
Each time I read Adonis Deverueux's books, which are set in the wondrous world of Gilalion, I always find myself lost in the beautiful details, sights, sounds and powerful emotions. I always feel that I am reading a Greek tragedy mixed with the complexities of Lord of the Rings and the various clans and lands as Game of Thrones.
I have to honestly say that when I finished reading this book I was very moved and full of conflicting emotions ranging from joy, contentment and satisfied to pain, sorrow and dismay. Let this sway you in a positive way as the book stirred me with many strong emotions and left me feeling conflicted with how it ended. The ending was tied up, but not in a neat bow because I wanted a more in-depth explanation as to why one character in particular decided on their course of action.
Riane and Kiltarin's story is a highly erotic one full of great passion, devotion, and loyalty, however, their relationship is put to the test several times in the story which brings with it instances of sorrow, despair and a future in question.
I loved Riane and Kiltarin as a couple. When they explored together who Riane truly was and their discoveries lead them on a path that could tear them apart I was overwhelmed by Kiltarin's love for her. There were moments in the story when Kiltarin's rivals for Riane tried to pry her away from Kiltarin and I personally found it difficult to accept some of her reactions. Again this is just a testament of how well written the book is that it is able to draw such strong emotions from me.
I highly recommend this book which could be read as a stand alone, but characters who have appeared in previous books are mentioned, which if you read first will provide you with a greater appreciation and understanding of the world and the characters.
Be warned this a very hot, erotic book with M/F/M menage, anal sex/play, sex toys, and multiple partners which will result in the need for the reader to take multiple cold showers.