Christopher Rice Writes Sexy, Intelligent Erotic Romance

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I had started to lose hope in regard to the erotic romance genre. Seriously, if I read one more story about a virgin or good girl who found her sexual awakening with a bad boy (who generally treats her like crap, by the way, so how is that sexy?), I was going to start tossing books off my balcony.

And don’t get me started on the prose in some of these books. It’s as if writing about sex gets you off the hook; you suddenly don’t have to worry about beautiful language, just turning on your audience. (News flash—beautiful language is HOT!)

Then, Christopher Rice made me a believer again with his novella The Flame. Chris’s novella is an installation in the 1,001 Dark Nights series, a sexy take on the legend of Scheherazade. I mean, what better way to distract your murderous husband than by telling him undeniably erotic and magical stories? The Flame would most definitely distract me…And I’m hoping you’ll pick it up so it can transport you, too.

The Flame centers about Cassidy Burke, her doting and gorgeous husband, Andrew, and the couple’s impulsive yet sweet gay best friend, Shane. The three have found the seemingly perfect balance of friendship—until a Mardi Gras party and a stolen kiss awakens hidden longings within each of them. The encounter and the swirling emotions left in its wake will make them rethink their relationships—and their sexuality. Add a dabble of magic and you have the premise of a very sexy and fun book.

In a mere 110 pages, The Flame contains more depth and meaning than erotic books three times its length. Chris obviously understands the importance of the emotional connection to sex and intimacy in erotic fiction, because The Flame is rife with human emotion that runs the gamut—excitement, disbelief, hesitation, fear, and love. The entanglement of the three central characters is complicated, messy, and real—and, as the reader, we sit next to them on their emotional roller coaster, trying to sort out all the new feelings and longings alongside them.

And can I take a moment to fangirl over Rice’s writing? It’s intoxicating. I honestly felt like I was sipping a cocktail by page two of the book, because I was swimming in luxuriant words. I knew that I was reading something that appealed to both my mind and my…well, we won’t go there…but you get the point, right? This is smart work for fans of sensual literature. And it’s about damn time. I love the experience of picking up a book and learning about sexual positions and vocabulary.

Lucky for all of us, Rice plans to write more works in this genre. (Did I mention this is his first foray into erotica? Bitch.) Apparently, the public reception of The Flame has been astoundingly positive. And I think Chris enjoyed the process. Just a little bit. Because The Surrender Gate, his next erotic romance novel, is already being promoted on his website.

Whatever is compelling Chris to write more, I’m excited he’ll be a new voice in the erotica genre—a genre that needs writers like him—writers that use gorgeous prose, create complex, deep, interesting characters, and leave us begging for more.

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