Friday, March 6, 2009

Dark Lotus – Fiona Jayde

You can find Fiona here and Dark Lotus here.

Magik Ink: Dark Lotus by Fiona  Jayde

He has been cold for nearly two centuries. A tattoo artist by day and an assassin by night, Kyoto Hajime must kill the ones chosen by Magik to keep the gift from twisting into something dark. Ensuring that monsters like his brother cannot consume the dark power they crave.

Jim’s ink will denote Magik’s choice. He must kill Tia Morse, the woman he had marked with the Dark Lotus -- a Vegas bartender whose touch gives him the warmth he has not felt in years.

Duty must come before desire. But years of discipline may crumble when passion’s fire burns through ice and Magik’s choices are no longer clear.

Dark Lotus is a dark urban fantasy laced with intense emotions and scorching hot sex.  With such an original concept, how could you go wrong?  In a word, you can’t.  You cannot go wrong with this short story packed full of action and desire. 

I think I have mentioned before how impressed I am with the way Fiona Jayde can so completely develop her characters in so few pages.  When you leave one of her stories, you take them with you.  This short is no different.  You feel for Jim and are torn between his duty and what his heart is telling him, just as much as he is.  .

And you fear and worry for Tia.  Will he do it?  Will they just ride off into that lovely desert sunset?  Or will love overcome and defeat the evil of the magick?  Guess you’re going to have to wait and see for yourself.

Yeah, I’m evil, and I’m not even Inked.

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