So far in my monthly Erotica review of Xcite Books novels I’ve been able to maintain a degree of professionalism, providing you with a slightly personal yet fundamentally non-biased opinion of the erotic manuscripts kindly forwarded to me… With, KD Grace’s Elemental Fire however, the “cool points” (as they say) flew out the window.
From a very early age I’ve tenderly nursed a passion for anything remotely Carpathian or of the mythological occult. Whilst my classmate’s daydreamed of being in Bucks Fizz I was diligently building a shrine to my VHS copy of Hammer Horror’s The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1974) starring the then pin-up, soon to be national treasure, Joanna Lumley.
This, along with my penchant for Mummy Seymour’s collection of Mills & Boon romantic fiction, clearly defined my love for a large slice of steamy mysticism. And Elemental Fire, with its romantic love letters to the Lake District, lusty fire demons, withering witches and revenge obsessed sex magic had me from page two.
The third and final installment of The Lakeland Heatwave Erotic Trilogy opens with an establishing back track seven years. KD Grace exercises her dulcet repartee like literary foreplay, reminding and welcoming the reader back into the already established esoteric Dream World where currently, protagonist and antihero, Kennet Lucian lies in mortal peril; preparing to enter a covenant with a fiercely sensual fire demon.
And from thereon in the delicious narrative delicately unfolds to reveal a hauntingly erotic tale of revenge, regret, betrayal, passion and romance.
The unique beauty of the story manifests in the fact that a conversation on the very real subject of love, lost love, and the concept of loving again occurs before any penetrative act of intercourse; and this insight into the main characters motivation, thought process and inner conflict made him utterly believable and somewhat attractive!
That being said, this novel contains the most sensuous sequences of lovemaking I’ve yet read in my position as Erotic Fiction Reviewer.
Evidence of this can be found at Chapter Ten where, Cassandra the succubus and Anderson, the ghost-turned-flesh share an impassioned embrace that plays out at an excruciatingly arousing pace and in the process allows readers to bask in the ethereal ambience; reminding this erotic critic simultaneously of character driven cinematic masterpieces such as, Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris (1972) and environmentally atmospheric Eastern gems, such as, Noribumi Suzuki’s notorious sexploitation thriller Star of David: Hunting for Beautiful Girls (1979) which pays as much attention to natures beauty as to its brutally misogynistic subject matter.
Indeed, in Elemental Fire KD Grace indulges us with her sumptuous descriptions of picture postcard backdrops, gratifies ones desire for fantastical yet convincing, totally original fiction and satisfies the ravenousness appetite for erotic text with tantalizing aptitude. Truly, my only regret upon finishing this novel was that I hadn’t read the first two editions beforehand! In summation; Sweeties says, The Lakeland Heatwave Series is a must, must read!..