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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Amethyst Flames by Selene Noreen

Amethyst Flames by Selene Noreen
Publisher: Freya’s Bower
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemp
Length: Short Story (43 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 2.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Dahlia

Kayla Dunsmore has had her share of heartache. Her husband turned out to be an abusive jerk, she survived cancer, and her family has been ripped from her life by a tragic accident. Now, she's just tired of fighting to survive and is ready for a stroke of good luck. Unfortunately, it's not to be. The last straw comes when, once again, the doctor tells her the grim news: the cancer is back. Not only is it back, but it will take a radical treatment for any hope of survival.

Zarth, an advisor to the goddess Freya, is by himself, the way he likes it. His kind, the Phooka, don't do well in numbers. But the moment he sees Kayla, Zarth doesn't want to be alone anymore. And that's a problem because, according to Freya, the only way to save her is to take her to the planet Amethyst Flames.

The planet is fraught with danger for Kayla, and to compound the issue, Freya tells them that Zarth must share Kayla with his brother Tirian.

Can Kayla handle the transition to a new planet and a new lifestyle? Can Zarth and Tirian learn to share? Or will they burn up in Amethyst Flames?

Kayla and Zarth have scars of both the emotional and physical variety for very different reasons from very different realms of the universe. While Zarth's physical scars were due to going to battle for his goddess, Kayla's scars are due to the viciousness of her ex-husband and the ravages of cancer therefore making her a victim in battles she had no choice in fighting.

It puzzled me some when Kayla first meets Zarth, because her questions are not those typical of having met someone for the first time especially if that someone is not even of this realm. When Zarth relates his fear of beds or lack of experience with emotions to Kayla, she doesn't acknowledge those quirks, as I would have expected her to. I guess if I was in my last moments on earth I wouldn't be puzzling over little trivialities like that either, but if affected my ability to really believe the story. I also struggled a bit with confusion during some scene changes.

It was, however, heartfelt to read what Kayla had gone through not only with her ex-husband, but also with continuing struggle to survive and beat cancer. Kayla is definitely an uplifting character in her own right and shows much strength in never giving up no matter how dire the circumstances. Readers will definitely take away a message in Kayla's courage.

Zarth and Tirian's family dynamics are interesting, to say the least, and unlike most ménages, the twins don't start out sharing Kayla so easily which made this a unique story.

Ms. Noreen's new world is very creative and should capture and keep the readers attention. I recommend this book for fans of fantasy stories, new realms and new creatures with happy pleasurable endings.

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