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Kiss the Flame by Christopher Rice ~ ARC Review (2015 paranormal romance, @chrisricewriter)

Kiss the Flame by Christopher Rice ~ ARC Review (2015 paranormal romance, @chrisricewriter)Author: Christopher Rice
Title: Kiss the Flame
Series: Desire Exchange #1.5
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts Incorporated
Pages: 125
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Kiss the Flame Blurb~

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?
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*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*


“Kiss the Flame” is great for fans of the Desire Exchange series.

I was a little lost about what the desire exchange actually is since I haven’t read the previous books.

At first, the term ‘desire exchange’ was used without me understanding what that term meant..It does become clearer as the story progresses, but it took me a while to catch up. Therefore, I recommend starting at the beginning of the series, despite the blurb saying that this is a standalone novella.

Although I normally bemoan present tense writing, this one was written well enough to where I didn’t even notice the tense most of the time. The story moves along at a quick pace, and the characters are interesting.

My main complaint was that it took so long to get to anything paranormal. There was a little hint at the beginning, but not much else out of the ordinary until around 30% into the story.

If you don’t like extremely detailed sex scenes, this probably isn’t the best book for you to read. I see now why this is listed on some sites as erotica.

Overall, I thought the story was enjoyable to read. I give “Kiss the Flame” 4 stars (B+) for having a great premise and interesting characters.


To learn more about “Kiss the Flame”, you can see our spotlight on this novella here.


About Christopher Rice

After publishing four New York Times bestselling thrillers by the age of 30 and being declared one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive, award-winning writer Christopher Rice became the first author to make his erotic romance debut part of the 1,001 DARK NIGHTS series. THE FLAME: A Desire Exchange Novella kicked off a steamy new series set in New Orleans, featuring magical candles and a sexy new breed of supernatural beings, The Radiants, who are devoted to helping heroes and heroines realize their heart’s desire. THE FLAME earned accolades from some of the biggest names in erotic romance and was quickly followed up by THE SURRENDER GATE: A Desire Exchange Novel, available from Evil Eye Concepts as a Blue Box Special. Aside from authoring eight works of dark suspense, Christopher is also the co-host and executive producer of a streaming Internet radio show he launched with his best friend, New York Times bestselling author Eric Shaw Quinn. Each Sunday at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT, THE DINNER PARTY SHOW WITH CHRISTOPHER RICE & ERIC SHAW QUINN brings you a new episode at


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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