Book Reviews

Devouring Flame (Dreamspun Beyond, Enchanted Occasions 2) by E.J. Russell at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Immortals / Angels & Demons / Magic / Mythological Creatures / Vampires / Wizards & Witches / Interspecies / Romance / Humor/Comedy / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 08-January-2019

Book Blurb

Reunited and reignited.


While cutting through the Interstices—the post-creation gap between realms—Smith, half-demon tech specialist for Enchanted Occasions Event Planning, spies the person he yearns for daily but dreads seeing again: the ifrit, Hashim of the Windrider clan.


On their one literally smoldering night together, Smith, stupidly besotted, revealed his true name—a demon’s greatest vulnerability. When Hashim didn’t return the favor, then split the next morning with no word? Message received, loud and clear: Thanks but no, thanks.


Although Hashim had burned to return Smith’s trust, it was impossible. The wizard who conjured him holds his true name in secret, and unless Hashim discovers it, he’ll never be free.


When their attraction sparks once more, the two unite to search for Hashim’s hidden name—which would be a hell of a lot easier if they didn’t have to contend with a convention full of food-crazed vampires on the one day out of the century they can consume something other than blood.


But if they fail, Hashim will be doomed to eternal slavery, and their reignited love will collapse in the ashes.


Luckily Smith is the guy who gets shit done. And Hashim is never afraid to heat things up.


Book Review

‘Devouring Flame’ is just about the perfect title for a story about two fire-based beings who basically ignite each other’s souls after their first encounter. The story is set in an Interstitial pocket – a realm between realities where both magic and technology work. Enchanted Occasions is central to this series, and with its many supernatural and other employees, it’s a great part of this very imaginative world the author has created. Where it was a wedding in book one, this time EO has been hired to organize the vampires’ Centennial Feast. It’s a day once every 100 years when vampires who can eat real food, and as you can imagine, that requires some doing.

The two main characters are Smith, a half demon who has trouble maintaining his inner fire, and Hashim, who is an indentured ifrit in need of a hero to get him out of slavery. There are numerous stumbling blocks the main characters have to overcome before they can hope to get their happy ending: a fundamental misunderstanding about each other’s situation when they first meet, secondary characters with their own agendas getting in the way, and more than one surprise. Their adventures are full of hilarious details that take everything we know about the supernatural and blend it into a new whole: goblin berserker chefs, a minotaur who is just about the gentlest creature you can imagine, a garnish crisis or two in the kitchens, and many more situations that made me laugh out loud.

But at the center of it all is a touching romance between two men who are each missing something the other can give them. Smith needs the heat Hashim has to give, and Hashim loves the fact that he doesn’t have to hold back his inner fire when he is with Smith. Smith is a rebel at heart and willing to fight for Hashim’s freedom, and Hashim is never afraid to display his talents – once he trusts Smith not to betray him, that is. Their adventures, once they start talking, take off at breakneck speed, and I held on for a very entertaining ride toward what I could only hope would be a happy ending.

If you like your romances with a healthy dose of humor and more than one surprise, if an adventurous quest for freedom between the realms is your thing, if you like complicated characters with emotional backstories, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read set in a brilliantly developed supernatural world, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It’s as funny as the first tale in this series, and I sincerely hope there will be more!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 230 pages/54822 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-January-2019
Price $4.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback, $9.99 bundle
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