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Review: Kiss the Flame by Christopher Rice

Kiss the Flame - CoverTitle: Kiss the Flame

Author: Christopher Rice

Genre: Erotic Romance

Series: Desire Exchange (Book #1.5), 1001 Dark Nights (#27)

Publication Date: November 10, 2015

Format: eBook, 125 Pages

A-Sin: B00QSR5Z04 (Evil Eye Concepts, Inc.)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

In a standalone novella that combines the worlds of THE FLAME and his novel, THE SURRENDER GATE, New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice returns you to a mysterious candle shop in the New Orleans French Quarter where the scents of passion provide the courage to embrace your heart’s desire.

Are some risks worth taking?
Laney Foley is the first woman from her hard working family to attend college. That’s why she can’t act on her powerful attraction to one of the gorgeous teaching assistants in her Introduction to Art History course. Getting involved with a man who has control over her final grade is just too risky. But ever since he first laid eyes on her, Michael Brouchard seems to think about little else but the two of them together. And it’s become harder for Laney to ignore his intelligence and his charm.
During a walk through the French Quarter, an intoxicating scent that reminds Laney of her not-so-secret admirer draws her into an elegant scented candle shop. The shop’s charming and mysterious owner seems to have stepped out of another time, and he offers Laney a gift that could break down the walls of her fear in a way that can only be described as magic. But will she accept it?

Light this flame at the scene of your greatest passion and all your desires will be yours…
Lilliane Williams is a radiant, a supernatural being with the power to make your deepest sexual fantasy take shape around you with just a gentle press of her lips to yours. But her gifts came at a price. Decades ago, she set foot inside what she thought was an ordinary scented candle shop in the French Quarter. When she resisted the magical gift offered to her inside, Lilliane was endowed with eternal youth and startling supernatural powers, but the ability to experience and receive romantic love was removed from her forever. When Lilliane meets a young woman who seems poised to make the same mistake she did years before, she becomes determined to stop her, but that will mean revealing her truth to a stranger. Will Lilliane’s story provide Laney with the courage she needs to open her heart to the kind of true love only magic can reveal?

Quick & Dirty: Kiss the Flame is a steamy, seductive look at love and romance. The paranormal world of ghosts, immortals and candles really intrigued me.

Opening Sentence: We see ghosts every day; we just don’t realize it.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Kiss the Flame is a steamy and seductive look at love and romance. It is not often that an author can surprise me with their take on the paranormal. This was my first taste of Christopher Rice and I don’t want to stop reading. I do have quite a few of his books on my TBR pile and now I really want to dig them out to see what else I’ve been missing. I haven’t been this sucked into a story in a long time, let alone a short story.

Laney Foley is in love but unfortunately it is with a teacher’s aide. She can’t act on her feelings while he is teaching her a class, it might jeopardize her scholarship. Laney can come up with every reason to not go out with her gorgeous teacher but he certainly makes it hard on her. Michael Brouchard is a man who has learned a hard lesson about waiting for love so he certainly isn’t waiting around to let Laney know about his feelings. But Laney has so many hang-ups about Michael, relationships and life that she just can’t get her head around what is happening to her. She is waiting for the other shoe to drop, and it does in a way, with a small candle shop hidden on the very fringes of the French Quarter in New Orleans.

Laney meets a mysterious man at the candle shop who says that all her fears and hang-ups will disappear if she follows the directions on the candle. A candle that smell just like the young man that she is in love with. Laney doesn’t quite believe her anxieties will just disappear with a candle so she holds off on lighting it. And it is a good thing, as a warning in the form of Lilliane Williams, a woman who has succumbed to the candle. Lilliane warns Laney the danger of what could happen if the candle doesn’t work and she also lets Laney know what could happen if it does in fact work. It is all just a huge gamble that Laney has to decide if Michael’s love is worth lighting the candle.

Kiss the Flame is a dark story with a character that really has to work on her hang-ups and the terrible self-doubt/self-esteem that has hounded her all of her life. I loved the angle of opening up and working through your doubts. Michael did seem a little too good to be true but he is definitely what Laney needed in her life. I loved the atmosphere and setting of this story. I really felt like I was in the French Quarter with Laney and Michael.

Overall, words cannot say how much I really enjoyed this story. It was quite sexual with two characters exploring their feelings for each other. I am excited to know that there are two other stories set in this same world and I cannot wait to explore the other levels to this paranormal world.

Notable Scene:

I’m not good enough.

There it is. A voice clear as a bell, a voice that sounds like her mother, her father, and all of her cousins rolled into one, a voice that speaks to her so clearly and with words that sound so carefully chosen, how could she not listen to it? How could she not heed its angry, hurtful advice?

You can go to as nice a school as you want, little girl, but it won’t change the fact that you are poor white trash putting on airs and he’s gonna smell this on you every day while you smell vanilla and campfires, and then he’s gonna drop you like a cold, hard stone.

Desire Exchange Series:

0.5 The Flame

1. The Surrender Gate

1.5 Kiss the Flame

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FTC Advisory: Evil Eye Concepts, Inc/InkSlinger PR provided me with a copy of Kiss the Flame. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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