We are so excited to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for KISS THE FLAME by Christopher Rice!! KISS THE FLAME is a standalone novella that combines the worlds of THE FLAME and his novel THE SURRENDER GATE, brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights. It was released on November 10, 2015! Grab your copy of this sexy novella today!
About KISS THE FLAME:
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?
Review by Kelli:
Let me start by saying this - I have never read any of Christopher Rice's stories before - boy have I been missing out!
I must admit - I LOVE LANEY! I also really enjoy the other main characters: Michael, Lilliane and even Bastian Drake, though his part is quite small in this story. Lilliane's back story broke my heart. I love the advice she gave Laney and the other things she said to her, and I feel that those words were needed to help make a difference in Laney's decision.
"There will always be a reason not to tell her truth. There will always be a reason not to bare her heart. There will always be the fear that she is too poor, too angry, too blunt, too smart for her own good. Fear, she has learned, will latch on to any self-doubt or insecurity you have in its quest to keep your life small. Fear tells you it's protecting your heart when it's really just starving to death."
The above quote really struck home with me. For as long as I can remember, I have been insecure. I too have had the fear. I believe that is where my anxiety comes in. I always fear that I am not good enough or smart enough or whatever enough.
I will also say that while this is classified as erotica, it's not a full blown "50 Shades" type of story. The first sexual scene doesn't even happen until 3/4 of the way through the book and it was sweet, not harsh (like stereotypical erotica) at all.
I highly recommend this story and I can't wait to read the two that it combines: The Surrender Gate and The Flame.