Nestled amidst the former glitz and glam of the South of France, Last Call for Caviar by Melissa Roen is a guilty pleasure for any reader. It takes you to a world of luxury that is also becoming a world of uncertainty and fear. This novel opens up worlds of contrast for the reader, from love and lust, exotic and demonic, hope and despair, and high times and end of days. It introduces readers to an epic fight for love and for humanity.
Our heroine, Maya, is a smart but somewhat tragic figure trying her best to survive as the world comes crashing down around here. As rumors of war and the end of the world circulate around her, perhaps the worse devastation that Maya faces is not the destruction of mankind but the breaking of her own heart. To know that the world is in despair is one thing; she is strong-bodied and strong-willed to fight to stay alive. Armed with her weapon and a sexy protector, the odds are quite in Maya’s favor. However, living with a lonely heart and soul is what would be most detrimental to Maya. How many of us if we knew there was no tomorrow wouldn’t also yearn to find loved ones and tell them our true feelings for them?
The cast of characters in Maya’s world are intriguing to say the least. From her loyal companion Buddy to her nemesis Anjuli, the relationships in the story are well defined but also full of twists and turns. Many of the characters have a sense of mystery to them, which makes the book quite intoxicating. Many are the types of characters you would like to meet at a dinner party and get to know more about, which is good since there are plenty of dinner parties in the book. Even in the midst of chaos, the charades must go on.
That leads to the setting. The imagery and decadence used to describe the setting made me feel as though I was there. You can almost smell the money towards the beginning of the book and the despair at the end as their world begins to crumble further. Also, the era is fascinating. Survival of those who adapt in changing time has been an anthem in books for centuries. The author could have gone just with the end of days story and written a fine book. However, the sensuality and adventure of the book are what sets it apart from other novels. If you want to be exposed to a world of wealth, tragedy, and love, Last Call for Caviar is a great read.