The Surrender Gate is the second offering in the Desire Exchange series and not only does it not disappoint, it pretty much floored me. I learned from The Flame that Rice has a truly captivating, sensual, an intelligent erotic exchange style. Think 2D versus 3D, which is perfect for a series that utilizes the complex and rich locale of New Orleans, infused with more than a hint of the supernatural.
He charges Emily with fulfilling his dying wish: to find his long estranged son, Ryan, and deliver a letter, the contents of which are not disclosed. They must infiltrate The Desire Exchange, a secret organization purported to fulfill the sexual fantasies of the rich, with the hopes of finding Ryan. This is a dangerous proposition, with players that have a lot to lose. In seeking Ryan, many questions remain unanswered. What exactly is the Desire Exchange?
Who runs it?
I love that I found it hard to categorize The Surrender Gate. The plot is driven, fast-paced, unpredictable, and leaves unanswered questions that beg to be fleshed out in upcoming sequels. The sex runs the gamut from forbidden to somewhat kinky to conventional. I was completely drawn in, captive to each word and action. These characters lack the angsty hang-ups that have been driving me crazy lately. The dialog is natural and sometimes hilariously funny.
I truly liked all the main players. Marcus knows how to turn on a girl with a brain. He worships Emily without being submissive and is deliciously dominant without being a Dominant. Emily is a strong, determined woman who has natural fears without being paralyzed by them. The contrasts, blurred genres, and beautiful prose make it a unique story that I can recommend to anyone who re romance and could be a bridge to those new to romance in general.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book. New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice's first foray into erotic romance, The Flameearned accolades from some of the genre's most beloved authors. Kenner called it "absolutely delicious," Cherise Sinclair hailed it as "beautifully lyrical" and Loreli Jam New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice's first foray into erotic romance, The Flameearned accolades from some of the genre's most beloved authors.
Kenner called it "absolutely delicious," Cherise Sinclair hailed it as "beautifully lyrical" and Loreli James announced, "I look forward to reading more! Arthur Benoit, the kindly multi-millionaire who has acted as her surrogate father for years, has just told her he's leaving her his entire estate, and he only has a few months to live. Soon Emily will go from being a restaurant manager with a useless English degree to the one of the richest and most powerful women in New Orleans. There's just one price. Arthur has written a letter to his estranged son Ryan he hopes will mend the rift between them, and he wants Emily to deliver the letter before it's too late.
But finding Ryan won't be easy. He's been missing for years. He was recently linked to a mysterious organization called The Desire Exchange. But is The Desire Exchange just an urban legend? An intelligent erotic exchange are the rumors true?
Is it truly a secret club where the wealthy can live out their most private sexual fantasies? It's a task Emily can't undertake alone. But there's only one man qualified to help her, her gorgeous and confident best friend, Jonathan Claiborne. She's suspected Jonathan an intelligent erotic exchange working as a high-priced escort for months now, and she's willing to bet that while giving pleasure to some of the most powerful men in New Orleans, Jonathan has uncovered some possible le to The Desire Exchange—and to Ryan Benoit.
But Emily's attempt to uncover Jonathan's secret life lands the two of them in hot water. In order to escape the clutches of one of Jonathan's most powerful and dangerous clients, they're forced to act on long buried desires—for each other.
When Emily's mission turns into an undercover operation, Jonathan insists on going with her. He also insists they continue to explore their impossible, reckless passion for each other. But Marcus has been hired for another reason.
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He, too, has a burning passion for Emily, a passion that might keep Emily from being distracted and confused by a best friend who claims he might be able to go straight just for her. But Marcus is as rough and controlling as Jonathan is sensual and reckless. As Emily searches for a place where the rich turn their fantasies into reality, she will be forced to decide which one of her own long-ignored fantasies should become her reality. But as Emily, Jonathan, and Marcus draw closer to The Desire Exchange itself, they find their destination isn't just shrouded in mystery, but in magic as well.
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I've said before the challenge I often find with erotica is the lack of nuanced story-lines, dynamic and engaging characters, and a prose that keeps you reading well into the night. Every single character in this book has something to offer. Emily is a heroine I found myself personally invested in and not simply waiting for I've said before the challenge I often find with erotica is the lack of nuanced story-lines, dynamic and engaging characters, and a prose that keeps you reading well into the night. Emily is a heroine I found myself personally invested in and not simply waiting for her to get some.
Her friendship with Jonathan is as complex and rich as it is rooted in something that felt very real. Enter Marcus, who throws the entire story, and her world, into a tailspin, on the verge of her entering into something she knows she must do, but can't fathom how. I also appreciate the sexual agency of all the main players here.
Emily is not ashamed of her desires She's confused by them, and when she finds herself falling in love, she's concerned by them, but that's no the same thing. Jonathan hasn't chosen this an intelligent erotic exchange because he's hard up on cash And at the backbone of the story is the Desire Exchange, which exists not simply to help rich folks get off, but to help them seek an absolution they probably won't find elsewhere.
Most of them didn't even know they were looking. From the concepts to the characters, this is another phenomenal offering from Rice. Whip-smart dialogue, characters you actually care about, fluid, lyrical prose, and a plot point that will give and give and keep on giving as the series progresses. On, and sex. Very gratifying sex.