“The Redemption of Don Juan Casanova”
by Lloyd Lofthouse
Rating 3/5 Stars
First I would like to thank Virtual Author Book Tours and the author, Lloyd Lofthouse, for this book.
In “The Redemption of Don Juan Casanova” Lloyd takes us to a night club in the seedy late 80s. Don, the title character, is raised in a near Mafioso style family who trained him in the art of Lothario. A Lothario is a serial seduction artist, similar to the historical figure who’s name they borrow, Giacomo Casanova. The novel opens with the death of Jonah Casanova, the de facto patriarch of the current generation. Suspicion follows in the wake of more deaths and disappearances around the southern California hot spot, the Aphrodisiac Academe. Don must keep himself out of jail and an early grave as attempts are made on his life. Seduction and suspense mix to create an exciting cocktail.
I enjoyed this work but there were some issues for me. It starts off very strong with the sexual references and at first I thought it was going to turn into an erotica. Those scenes do back off considerably which would make the rest of the book easier for those who are offended or uncomfortable. There are strong elements and references to domestic abuse throughout the book, but Don is portrayed more as a champion for women’s defense. He seems to “love” each of his conquests, in his own way, which makes him more appealing than he would normally come across for me. While there were a few typographical/grammatical errors, none were severe enough to really trip up the experience.
The plot reminds me a little of Godfather meets Studio 54 and on the cover was very appealing. I was a little young for the club scene during the timeframe of the book, but Lloyd gives a clear and believable picture. His experiences as a Vietnam Veteran, a school teacher, and a maitre d of a night club all prepared him for the characters and environs he wrote about.
To wrap up this little review, Anyone with at least a mild tolerance for some graphic scenes and language will easily get through this book. The action, once rolling, builds like a steamroller to a real surprise ending. To find out, you will have to read the book.