Saturday, March 18, 2006

The Devil's Concubine

By Jaide Fox
New Concept Publishing
ISBN: 1586088203
Erotica, fantasy, romance
$5.50 (eBook)
$11.99 (Print)

2 1/2 stars

The cover of this book is what drew me to purchase it. Since I am a fan of IR (interracial/multicultural) stories, I immediately picked this one up for my reading pleasure. Well, for the most part, it was pleasurable, but it lacked the fire needed to send me blazing.

The story takes place in an ancient time of fantasy. Talin is a man-beast who is enraptured by the tales of a splendidly stunning princess, whom he is drawn to by shear curiosity. When he meets Aliya, Talin is immediately enthralled by her beauty. He must have her, so he does what a true Alpha male always does, takes what he wants without asking permission. YUM! Unfortunately, this is where the story loses its spunk. I expected a great deal of sexual tension and heat from these two people during their interactions, but the problem lies in the fact that there isn’t much interaction to truly tell THEIR story.

Several times throughout the story, Aliya and Talin have heated discussions that are raw and downright HOT, but then it ends without a payoff. For me, the story lacked a true story between the two main characters. Talin is a complicated man-beast who wants human woman that fears him. Aliya was raised as a good girl, but finds herself tempted by the devil himself. There were many opportunities to see these two build something real and hot and saucy; however, I was left with interaction that lead nowhere until later in the story…much later. Of course, there is tons of dialogue and story when the two main characters are apart. Who cares about that??

I think too much time was spent telling their separate stories instead of them as a union. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy it, but the sex left me dry instead of wet. I’m a freak, I know that. So when I read erotica, I like to not only read about their thoughts as their bodies come together but I want to hear them express their innermost desires out loud to one another, not just a description.

Aliya and Talin had instant chemistry but the writer didn’t delve into it enough to make them believable. There is a moment in the story near the end where they are flirty and playful with one another and it was fantastic to see them communicating in such a way, but once again, it was too little to late.

In all, The Devil’s Concubine is a nice read; just don’t expect a lot of passion, intrigue and damn good sex.


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