Book Review: Lotus Petals by Brantwijn Serrah

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1-19-2014 10-12-51 PMTitle: Lotus Petals

Author : Brantwijn Serrah

Genre: Paranormal/Historical/Erotic Romance

Publisher: Breathless Press

Date of Publication:  Jan 17, 2014

Description (from Goodreads):

Rhiannon Donovan, daughter to the vampire Queen, would rather die than be made a bride to a demon lord. Aijyn, courtesan to the undead Daimyo of Kansai, can think of nothing more horrifying than his promise of eternal life. In the halls of the Blood Lotus Temple, the two women struggle against the chains of their fate, and find a solace in each other that could mean freedom for them both…or cost each of them their lives.


I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

This is a difficult book for me to review. Vampires aren’t my favorite subject and, while I like some historical fiction, the geishas of Japan aren’t my favorite historical fiction subject. I’ve read some erotica, and find that a little goes a long way, but I haven’t had the desire to read lesbian erotica. All that being said, Lotus Petals was a surprisingly enjoyable read for me.

Aijyn and Rhiannon seem to be in a no win situation. They are both complex, both pathetic in some ways, and very strong in other ways. I couldn’t help but want for them to find a way to escape the control of Gohachiro and find a way to be together.

Lotus Petals is a well told story. I could feel the fear and anguish of Aijyn. I found it interesting how Brantwijn Serrah blended the worlds of vampires and Japan. 

If you like erotica, or don’t mind it as part of a good story, I definitely recommend Lotus Petals. Available on Amazon.

About the Author:

1-19-2014 10-20-27 PMSometime in early 2009, Brantwijn Serrah ran across an erotic novel in her local Barnes and Noble, and fell in love with the gorgeous geisha pictured on the cover. Sad to say, the book didn’t live up to expectations. After one too many iterations of the phrase “his most honorable penis”, Brantwijn decided to write her own story instead. The idea for Lotus Petals, the tale of a geisha seduced into the world of vampires, was born.

When she isn’t visiting the worlds of immortals, demons, dragons and goblins, Brantwijn fills her time with artistic endeavors: sketching, painting, customizing My Little Ponies and sewing plushies for friends. She can’t handle coffee unless there’s enough cream and sugar to make it a milkshake, but try and sweeten her tea and she will never forgive you. She moonlights as a futon for four lazy cats, loves tabletop role-play games, and can spend hours watching Futurama, Claymore or Buffy the Vampire Slayer while she writes or draws.

In addition to Lotus Petals, Brantwijn has had several stories published in anthologies by Breathless Press, including the 2013 Crimson Anthology and 2014 Ravaged Anthology.  She’s also had a short story published in the Cleiss Press Big Book of Orgasm, and hopes to have several more tales to tell as time goes on.  She has author pages on GoodReads and Amazon and loves to see reader comments on her work. Her short stories occasionally pop up at Foreplay and Fangs, her blog at

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