Darkness can be stained by light. Light can outshine the darkest of corners.
Behind a window in Amsterdam’s desired Red Light District, Samantha practices the art of seduction. Man after man, she controls them, seeking what they both want. But behind the façade of the glass, lies her truth waiting to be uncovered. An inner battle of light and dark takes place as Sam learns to release the past and truly live the beautiful tragedy that is life.
Red lights and black hearts collide in a tale of heart and soul.
|Image: Fabiola Francisco|
On the surface, Red Lights, Black Hearts is a contemporary romance. Our main character, Samantha, is one of Amsterdam's infamous Red Light girls - but she has a dark past filled with long-buried secrets. Over the course of the book, we gradually learn more about Samantha's past and discover the path that led her to where she is at the point the book begins.
The role of love interest is fulfilled by German businessman Max. At this point I've got to be honest - I didn't see much of a connection between the two. Max is billed as an almost otherworldly hero-type character, full of wisdom and advice, spouting Paulo Coelho quotes at every turn. Because of that he just felt kind of unreachable, as though he's too perfect to be entirely human. The whole 'sun and moon' analogy didn't help with that either.
As you'd expect from a book so heavily infused with Paulo Coelho, there was a lot more philosophy and deeper meanings than I was expecting. As much as anything, Red Lights, Black Hearts is a story about discovering yourself. In fact, the biggest story in this book is Samantha's internal journey; the romance is much more of a sideline. It's not a true romance novel, but it doesn't suffer for that. Instead, this introspection helps make the book stand out from its contemporaries, and establishes the author as much more than just a romance writer.
Rating: 3 stars.
Red Lights, Black Hearts is available to buy now.
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