Burn Like Ice by Adonis Devereux
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (29 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Anal Play/Anal Sex
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Sage
How can you love the mountain and the river, the very air and the deep fires that move through the secret places of the world? That's Kassius's problem, for he is in a love affair with a mighty elemental being who also happens to be his Emperor and best friend. But when his lover must take Rakel as his bride for political purposes, will Kassius be left out? Will he no longer feel the kiss that burns like ice?
When I chose to review this short story, I wasn't looking for plot or great characters. I was just looking for hot sex, and the dirtier the better. This, with the various warnings attached, seemed to fit the bill. However, after reading it, I did discover the moving plot and compelling characters within. Although the story is short, it is a complete story.
Kassius is a man sent to bring the beautiful and young Rakel back to his Emperor. Kassius is in love with the Emperor and they have been secret lovers for ages, so it's very hard on him that his mate is now going to marry a woman. Kassius battles feelings of both jealousy and secret love. While he would never betray his lover, he is also deeply attracted to the blushing bride.
Rakel has never been touched by a man. All her life she's been prepped to become the Emperor's wife, and now that day has come. She's taken away from her family, friends, village and taken by Kassius to the man she's destined to marry, a man she has never met. She's anxious and scared, and Kassius is there for her. She develops a lusty desire for him, but how can she act on it and betray her new husband.
So you can see the conflict right there. All the characters in this short story are driven by different desires and needs that are forbidden for them. Definitely great characterization and plot.
Another thing I loved about this story is the setting. I've never read anything set in a place like that before and I'll be sure to read other works by this author to learn more about this fantastical world where elementals and Emperors live. My only complaint about that is I wanted more description of it. I wanted to see the journey they traveled and see this country and village, and I wasn't able to imagine it.
Now we're getting to my favorite part of any short story, the sex. Despite all the warning labels attached to this story, the sex wasn't hot. I wanted dirty and this wasn't. It was sensual, romantic, tender, and passionate. It wasn't "I need to do you now" one night stand kind of sex. It was "I found my soul mate" kind of lovemaking. The sex was written differently than in other erotic romance stories and I really liked the sensual vs hot writing style.
Although short, this is worth the read. And here's the kicker. This book is currently FREE! Get yourself a copy today.