"The first word I can think of is WOW ... definitely different from most of the books I read, which is why I wasn't sure it was my cup of tea, but it was my cup of tea and my cup of coffee, it filled all the things I would want from a book ... I can't wait for more."
~Paranormal Romance Guild
FICTION: A dark story of passion and revenge, Blackwell is an erotic creation authored by New Orleans native Alexandria Weis, and Lucas Astor. With the action sequences taking place on the soggy soil of Bayou St. John and cobblestone roads of the French Quarter in the late 19th century, this book explores voodoo, the inspiration for Oscar Wilde’s A Picture of Dorian Grey and the fatal results after succumbing to lust, envy, pride, greed and wrath. The main character, Magnus Blackwell, enters a Faustian pact and fails to take the power of his sins seriously, resulting in tragedy and vindication for a bloody revenge. A guilty-pleasure read that kept me captivated knowing something sinister is looming in the plot and over the characters. Blackwell offers a semi-painful climax (the good kind) at just the right time. If you have a new year resolution to read more books, this is a great one to knock out in a few days.
NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE
"... the narrative is crisp and has a contemporary ease to it for a flawless reading. The vivid characters are one of the main strengths of this story, other than the fascinating premise and well-paced plot. As for its supernatural element, New Orleans is always a good choice and I’m glad that it’s one of the settings in Blackwell. It is a provoking yet absorbing read about the dark, twisted and dangerous part of the human psyche. ...this is a solid debut for the series from Weis and Astor. I’m curious to see how the story continues." ~Reader's Favorite
"... an intriguing, dark tale complete with vividly drawn characters, and a uniquely compelling character in Magnus. ...seamlessly blends mystery, magic and matters of the heart to create an enthralling read. Readers will be engaged from the start of the story to its climactic ending." ~Melanie Bates, RT Book Reviews
Shelves: susan—Susan reviewed on behalf of Mytimeoutbookblog
I give Blackwell 5 stars. The suspense hooks you in, the steamy scenes make you want to continue, but the characters and their stories drive you to the end. Alexandrea Weis has written a very good story with lots of suspense, steamy scenes, and great characters, a love triangle gone very wrong. Magnus Blackwell is handsome, wealthy, and the envy of all. After meeting Jacob at Harvard, an unlikely friendship began. Magnus wants the girl, but Jacob gets the girl. Devastated, he leaves for New Orleans, becomes involved in a world of brutality. Magnus embarks on an evil path to destroy Jacob and get the girl back. Can he see the error of his ways before it's too late? Jacob O'Connor is an orphan who, with hard work, managed to get a full scholarship at Harvard to study architecture. On his first day he meets Magnus, and they become friends even though their lives could not be any more different. He meets and gets involved with the woman that Magnus wants as his own. Will she stay with him? Blackwell is a suspenseful dark romance novel. There are many steamy scenes, and some very morbid thought processes, but the story is definitely interesting and the characters are fantastic. I really enjoyed this book, and one must remember that revenge is a dish best served cold.
…set in New Orleans, Louisiana; steeped in magic, spirits and the practice of voodoo; betrayal, murder, discovery and revenge. Two friends, one woman and years to plan his retribution, Magnus Blackwell is a man possessed by anger, evil and a dark, foreboding malevolence that is focused on avenging the loss of the only woman that called to his heart. Jacob O’Connor will get his retribution by destroying everyone that gets in his way including the man who has been the focus of his anger and grief. Alexandrea Weis pulls the reader into a dark and fated tale of catastrophic jealousy; of one man’s overwhelming anger and need to destroy and break the only friend that he has ever known. The premise is intriguing, thrilling and suspenseful; the characters are passionate in their desires and pathways to revenge. BLACKWELL is a tragic tale of jealousy and love; of betrayal and revenge; of dramatic and questionable journey of vengeance.
Kimberly (The Book Sirens) rated it FIVE STARS
Revenge is a dish best served...with a side of Voodoo stars!
Whoa! This was a crazy good story. Set in the late 1800s, Jacob is a poor orphan lucky enough to have a benefactor to pay his way through Architecture school at Harvard. There he meets the arrogant, filthy rich and slightly sinister Magnus Blackwell, and they become fast friends despite their differences. From the beginning you realize that Jacob is the good guy and Magnus is anything but. Somehow they become quite good friends, that is, until a woman comes between them. And that is when things get interesting. I don't want to give anything away, let’s just say Magnus is evil. His thirst for revenge against Jacob is palpable, and he will stop at nothing to ease his rage. But, that isn't all there is to this story. OH no, no, no. Just when you think you have it figured out BAM this takes a turn you will not see coming! I loved this story, it is dark, dangerous, and depraved, with some paranormal and voodoo thrown in for good measure. This story is written and paced to absolute perfection and will have you squirming in your seat. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book!