Goodreads Summary: It's 1890 in New Orleans, a time of rich white men, sprawling plantations, Voodoo, high class parties and the unspoken Placage. Amidst the thick heat, magic and sorrow, a beautiful Creole woman exists in this cruel world. Although born free, she never knew life without the call of a ‘Master’ – until now.
Blessed with an ancient power, Madame Lily has an agenda that has galvanized her into the deepest reaches of High Society and to the darkness that is swirling with Voodoo.
Elijah is a First Made Protector tasked to guard and cleanse the world of the evils that roam. He spent millennia with only goodness in his heart until cursed – one meant to corrupt his very soul with love, obsession and infatuation… for Madame Lily, a woman that should rightfully be his adversary.
Drawn together by fate and magic, these two forces face off and sparks fly. A love that never should have been is born – a love that may change everything for both of them.
I loved reading this story. Written fact, I love anything with New Orleans settings. This is also the perfect read to get you in the Halloween spirit as well. Although it was short there was so much happening within the story with Madame Lilly. I loved how it opened up with Madame Lilly standing over her cousin while he is sleeping and he awakes from the blood dripping on him from his dogs that she killed. It was gory, dark, and intense.
Now, I have always liked Elijah. I loved the Mystery of him and I did like him and Madame Lilly together. The spirits that are under her control were something wild. I don't want to give any spoilers away because the story is short and it will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.
The writing was really good. I didn't feel like it was rushed even if it is a short story. For some reason while reading this I had in mind the "Originals" tv show mainly because it is set in New Orleans and there are things like voodoo and witches within the show. Also, it is one of my favorites. I loved the ending. It leaves you wanting more which I need right now lol. If you haven't read any of the stories of Madame Lilly and you like a New Orleans setting, voodoo, intensity, gory, and dark then this is just for you.