Luminous

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Luminous

Phoenix Institute, Book 2

This is a suspenseful science fiction and mystery tale. The characters are engaging and intriguing and the combination of police procedure with superhero elements forms a fascinating story that starts with a bang and never slows down. The remarkable powers that Noir demonstrates lead to some unusual problems that need to be solved and her insecurity is combined with a dogged determination that makes her irresistible to the protective man who becomes inextricably involved in her life. This was a creative reworking of a classic tale that introduces new solutions to the conundrum of life as a being with extraordinary powers and I can only hope that there are plenty of other tales in this entertaining series.

“Luminous” by Corrina Lawson is part of her ‘Phoenix Institute’ series (preceded by “Phoenix Rising”). This is an exciting tale of a woman who is trying to find the evil scientist who has experimented with human subjects and created superbeings. Lieutenant Aloysius James wants to find the perpetrator of a horrendous bank robbery but never expects to encounter a woman clothed completely in black who manages to sneak in without him noticing and calls herself, unsurprisingly, ‘Noir’. The lieutenant will have to suspend disbelief as he becomes embroiled in a struggle to find an evil pair called ‘Jack and Jill’ and he will have to find a way to overcome both the amazing powers that they have to draw upon as well as corruption in his own department. Fortunately, Noir has remarkable resources of her own and is anxious to join forces with someone who has a common goal and a surprising acceptance of her own unusual aspects. Together, they just might survive long enough to vanquish the murderous villains before they begin another crime spree.

This is a suspenseful science fiction and mystery tale. The characters are engaging and intriguing and the combination of police procedure with superhero elements forms a fascinating story that starts with a bang and never slows down. The remarkable powers that Noir demonstrates lead to some unusual problems that need to be solved and her insecurity is combined with a dogged determination that makes her irresistible to the protective man who becomes inextricably involved in her life. This was a creative reworking of a classic tale that introduces new solutions to the conundrum of life as a being with extraordinary powers and I can only hope that there are plenty of other tales in this entertaining series.


Book Blurb for Luminous

He thinks he’s seen everything…until he encounters a woman he can’t see at all.

As a teen, Lucy left home to gain the independence to pursue her dreams. When a renegade scientist captured and used her as a guinea pig, she escaped, but not unscathed. Rendered permanently invisible and with little memory of her previous life, she has transformed herself into Noir, a rogue crime fighter with one goal: find and stop her tormentor from harming anyone else.

Police Lieutenant Aloysius James thought he’d seen it all in the crumbling and corrupt Charlton City, but a brutal bank robbery committed by a monster has left him feeling he’s out of his depth. One man is missing from the scene and if he isn’t found soon, Al fears he’ll be as dead as the rest.

Al is unprepared for the one woman with the key to solving the case—Noir, who seems equally surprised he doesn’t find her unique ability repulsive.

Together they go out into the night, joining forces to track the monster down. They never expected their desperate alliance would generate a force of a different kind. Attraction…and desire.

Warning: This book contains sex without sight, requiring the characters to do everything—yes, everything—by touch alone.


Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2012 4.50