ARC Review: The Flame by Christopher Rice

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ARC Review: The Flame by Christopher Rice
The Flame
Book Info

Released: November 11, 2014
Series: Desire Exchange #0.5
Pages: 80

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“The Flame didn’t disappoint on any level.  It was beyond hot, a truly evocative and captivating read. ” ~ Under the Covers

I had the pleasure of reading The Flame as my first foray into the writing of Christopher Rice.  I’m always fascinated when an author jumps genres.  It’s a risk on one hand, but holds the possibility of capturing a whole new audience.  I’m equally fascinated by erotica or erotic romance written by men, regardless of the author’s sexual orientation.  As men tend to be the less expressive of the sexes (glaring stereotype, I know), there’s something incredibly sexy about getting into a man’s mind and exploring his fantasies.   The Flame didn’t disappoint on any level.  It was beyond hot, a truly evocative and captivating read.

Cassidy and Andrew are a happily married couple who attend a Mardi Gras party in New Orleans with Cassidy’s gay best friend, Shane.  In a spontaneous moment of passion, all three are drawn into a mutual embrace which is cut short, leaving them hungry for more.  It takes a little divine intervention/magic to bring them together, to free them of the hesitations they harbor about becoming more to each other than friends.

Mr. Rice’s writing style is really a pleasure to read.  It’s lush with descriptiveness, enhanced by the romantic backdrop of New Orleans.  If you haven’t been to the French Quarter, you’ll feel as if you were there, walking the streets with Cassidy.  The candle shop owner we meet is as seductive as the candle he sells to her.  Be prepared for some scorching m/f/m scenes, some erotic, some romantic, but all unique and captivating.  It’s hard to believe this was Mr. Rice’s first foray into this genre.  He writes sex like a seasoned pro who knows how to bring fresh scenes and emotions to the table.  I was also impressed at how fully each of the characters was fleshed out in a novella length work.  I could have read a full length novel about these three!  I extremely impressed and will be checking out some of Christopher Rice’s other works.  I hope he continues to dabble in erotica as well, as he will develop quite a new following if he keeps this up.

*ARC provided by publisher


About Christopher Rice

By the age of 30, Christopher Rice had published four New York Times bestselling thrillers, received a Lambda Literary Award and been declared one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive. His latest novel is THE HEAVENS RISE, a supernatural thriller about a young woman who is exposed to a mysterious parasite in the Louisiana swamp that gives her the power to control minds and unleash living nightmares. THE HEAVENS RISE is currently a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Novel. Together with his best friend, bestselling novelist Eric Shaw Quinn, Christopher recently launched his own Internet radio show. An outrageous and irreverent comedy variety program, THE DINNER PARTY SHOW WITH CHRISTOPHER RICE & ERIC SHAW QUINN streams 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at, with new live episodes premiering Sunday evenings at 8 PM Eastern, 5 PM Pacific.

Christopher’s first novel, A DENSITY OF SOULS, was published when he was just 22. The controversial bestseller was greeted with a landslide of media attention, much of it due the fact that Rice’s mother is a legendary vampire chronicler who shares his last name. He served as a contributing columnist to The Advocate for many years and his additional criticisms and witticisms have been featured in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and his own Facebook page, which currently hails over 100,000 subscribers. The members of the InsightOut Book Club selected his novel BLIND FALL as one of the best novels of 2008, and his noir thriller LIGHT BEFORE DAY was hailed as a “book of the year” by mega-best selling thriller novelist (and Jack Reacher creator), Lee Child. His short fiction has been featured in the anthologies Thriller and Los Angeles Noir. He recently served on the board of directors of the West Hollywood Library Fund, which was instrumental in securing private funds to build a brand new state-of-the-art library in the heart of the city he now calls home.


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