Review: The Flame by Christopher Rice


The FlameThe Flame
Christopher Rice
Rating: A+

What I’m Talking About:

Hey. Hey you. Fan of super sensual erotic romance? Like a little paranormal tossed in to make things interesting? Get your hiney online and one-click some of Christopher Rice’s erotic romance. Yup. He’s the son of Anne Rice, and to be honest, I like his writing better than his mom’s. So there.

Chris’s first erotic romance offering is through the 1,001 Dark Nights project, a pretty cool consortium of authors constructing stories under the guise of someone taking the place of Scheherazade and having to tell the king a new story every day to save their life. I am IN LOVE with this concept! I’d heard about the 1,001 Dark Nights tales, but I’d never had the opportunity to sit down and actually read any of them. I was finally tossed in the melee of these beautiful tales when I found out about Coastal Magic Convention, and because I’d have the opportunity to meet Christopher Rice.

Um. Why didn’t anyone point out the fact that Mr. Rice was writing erotic romance to me before now?!? Seriously. If this title is his maiden voyage in writing my preferred sub-genre of romance, we ALL need to sign up for newsletters, or do whatever we have to in order to stay up-to-date on his ER releases. I’m going to attempt to explain why I’m so enamored with his writing, but I fear I’ll fail miserably.

I am IN LOVE with Mr. Rice’s voice. I’ve read erotic romance penned by men before, and unless it was M/M, the work has always fallen flat for me. I know I’ll be tapping my Chris Rice folder on my Kindle in the future for a comfort read—because it’s just THAT good. Here:

“All of it is just too much. It’s heady smells, the depth of feeling it stirs within her. It’s the aromatic equivalent of a bittersweet song played on a lone violin, and each note animates a desire she would like to stay dormant, the desire to once again be at the center of the raw, animal passion of the two men who own her heart.”

Maybe it’s because I closely identify with Cassidy, the main character. The want, the desire, the need for something magical to simply ignite my passion. A magical fix-all for some of the things I can’t quite attain (you don’t need to add in the bedroom to this, dirty-minded people!). Or maybe it’s because I want to simply let go and be able to pursue my heart’s desire. All of us have that ONE thing we want to do. One thing we believe will make us happy. One element of our lives we wish we could change. The quirky owner of a candle shop murmured the following words to Cassidy:

“There is no virtue in ignoring your heart’s desire. To deny it, perhaps, is a noble thing, if it will hurt others or betray a trust. But to ignore it is to condemn yourself to a lifetime of darkness.”

Shut. Up. Get outta my head. How many conversations have I had about this VERY topic? (My crit partner isn’t allowed to speak here) I’ll bet most of us could come up with an item or two that would fall into this category. An element of our lives in which we feel unfulfilled. Mr. Rice digs deep and plays on this desire in The Flame.

I didn’t take this story literally, though. Not in the slightest (although it was SUPER hot, and the author crafts some of the most sensual bow-chicka-wow-wow I’ve read in a while). To me, it was one more nail in the coffin for another aspect of my life. I suppose it could really mean anything to anyone, depending on where they are in their lives. I did fall into a book coma, somewhat, after reading The Flame. Not gonna lie. I was worried for a day or so that Christopher Rice had ruined me for other works (don’t worry, that wasn’t the case…). When an author can find those areas of insecurity, need, and play to those aspects of my life, they’ve constructed something that goes beyond mere entertainment. The English teacher in me wants to teach a collegiate class on erotic romance and highlight this novella as an example of how it’s all about more than sex.

I’m reading Surrender Gate right now. It’s the full-length novel following The Flame in the Desire Exchange series. I can already tell I’m going to adore it, and it’s not just for the connection to the characters (although there IS that…) and the well-crafted plot.

My Rating: A+ Personal Favorite


About the Book:


Cassidy Burke has the best of both worlds, a driven and successful husband and a wild, impulsive best friend. But after a decadent Mardi Gras party, Cassidy finds both men pulling away from her. Did the three of them awaken secret desires during a split-second of alcohol-fueled passion? Or is Mardi Gras a time when rules are meant to be broken without consequence? 

Only one thing is for certain—the chill that’s descended over her marriage, and her most important friendship, will soon turn into a deep freeze if she doesn’t do something. And soon. 


The invitation stares out at her from the window of a French Quarter boutique. The store’s owner claims to have no knowledge of the strange candle. But Cassidy can’t resist its intoxicating scent or the challenge written across its label in elegant cursive. With the strike of a match and one tiny flame, she will call forth a supernatural being with the ultimate power—the power to unchain the heart, the power to remove the fear that stands between a person and their truest desires. 

Release Date: November 11, 2014
Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
1,001 Dark Nights #11, Desire Exchange #0.5
Erotic Romance with Paranormal Elements
paperback (128 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Purchased with my own funds

Purchase Info:

Reviews in the Series:
Dance of Desire by Christopher Rice (Chapel Springs #1, 1,001 Dark Nights #36)

  • I’ve enjoyed other things that I’ve read from Christopher Rice, but it was not erotica. Man you have me SO curious now. I’m definitely making sure that this story, at least, is on my wishlist!

  • I want to read an awesome book

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