Blue Orca by Scarlet Risque #Review
Posted by brriske
Mimi follows them to Shanghai. She’s given a new identity and perfects her powers of seduction until she can manipulate men at will. Mimi is installed as a hostess at the elite Sky Club, keeping company with Shanghai’s most privileged men as she awaits the arrival of her prey.
She catches the attention of a patron before her mission is complete. Thomas falls under Mimi’s spell and proposes exclusivity. Will she take his offer? Or will she seek vengeance in a foreign land despite all the odds?
Books and movies are full of stories where the young heroine is cast out into the streets to make her way in the cruel world and then she finds herself picked up by a guardian angel, who promises to feed, clothe, and house our plucky heroine in exchange for the heroine doing everything that is asked for by her benefactor. Unfortunately for Mimi, the heroine of Blue Orca, that happens to her twice. The second time, Mimi is taken in by a woman known as the White Queen and, like the character of the same name in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, she is definitely NOT what she seems. Feeling she has no choice, Mimi, goes with the White Queen and graduates from the Academy, and then life takes a turn for the even-more dramatic.
This book picks up right after the end of the Red Hourglass, but changes first-person narrators. The premise of this series intrigues me and I enjoyed the book, though maybe not as much as the Red Hourglass. As with the previous book, there were some obvious grammar and typographical errors that were, at times, distractions enough to knock me out of the story. I was also not pleased with the fact that the novel finished slightly in a cliffhanger-type ending, which I dispise. The relationship between Mimi and Thomas read as very contrived, as though it sprang out of nothingness, fully-formed. Maybe, upon second reading, I will be able to relate more fully to Mimi as a character.
Due to violence, allusions to violence, and depictions of sex, I recommend this book to mature readers only.
Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock