Review of: Devouring Flame by E.J. Russell

TITLE: Devouring Flame
AUTHOR: E.J. Russell
SERIES: Dreamspun Beyond
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Jan 8, 2019

BLURB:

Reunited and reignited.
While cutting through the Interstices—the post-creation gap between realms—Smith, half-demon tech specialist for Enchanted Occasions Event Planning, spies the person he yearns for daily but dreads seeing again: the ifrit, Hashim of the Windrider clan.
On their one literally smoldering night together, Smith, stupidly besotted, revealed his true name—a demon’s greatest vulnerability. When Hashim didn’t return the favor, then split the next morning with no word? Message received, loud and clear: Thanks but no, thanks.
Although Hashim had burned to return Smith’s trust, it was impossible. The wizard who conjured him holds his true name in secret, and unless Hashim discovers it, he’ll never be free.
When their attraction sparks once more, the two unite to search for Hashim’s hidden name—which would be a hell of a lot easier if they didn’t have to contend with a convention full of food-crazed vampires on the one day out of the century they can consume something other than blood.
But if they fail, Hashim will be doomed to eternal slavery, and their reignited love will collapse in the ashes.
Luckily Smith is the guy who gets shit done. And Hashim is never afraid to heat things up.


I loved Devouring Flame by E.J. Russell. It’s the thirty-fifth book in the Dreamspun Beyond series and the second book in the Enchanted Occasions series. I love how unique this book is and the world that the author had made. I love that there’s a company out there the paranormal community can hire to plan their special occasions. In this book, Enchanted Occasions Event Planning is hired to cater a huge feast for a convention of vampires for their one day out of the century they can consume something other than blood. But like in the first book, Nudging Fate, things do not go as smoothly as they should.

Smith is a half-demon tech specialist for Enchanted Occasions Event Planning. As a half-demon, he has an inner flame that has to be feed to keep him alive. If the flame goes out, then he will die also. If he were a full demon then he would be able to recharge it himself, but his human genes keep him from being able to do that, and so he needs to consume severely charred meat to keep his flame alive. There was one other way to keep his flame alive, and that is being with another fire demon or ifrit. He’s only had one night with an Ifrit named Hashim of the Windrider clan that he met during an Enchanted Occasions event. On their one literally smoldering night together, Smith revealed his true name—a demon’s greatest vulnerability. When Hashim didn’t return the favor, then split the next morning with no word, the message was received, loud and clear—thanks but no, thanks. While cutting through the Interstices—the post-creation gap between realms—Smith spies the person he yearns for daily but dreads seeing again, Hashim.

Although Hashim had burned to return Smith’s trust during their one night together, it was impossible. The wizard who conjured him holds his true name in secret, and unless Hashim discovers it, he’ll never be free, as Smith finds out when he sees him performing a fire dance at the interstices Las Vegas Carnival. With their attraction sparked once more, the two unite to search for Hashim’s hidden name, but if they fail, Hashim will be doomed to eternal slavery, and their reignited love will collapse in the ashes. Luckily Smith is the guy who gets stuff done, and Hashim is never afraid to heat things up.

To make things even more complicated, they have to contend with a convention full of food-crazed vampires on the one day out of the century they can consume something other than blood, a Ringmaster, and finding out who’s hunting and trying to kill Hashim’s friend Rion, a Minotaur and fellow carnival attraction.

I loved Rion. He was huge and scary looking and didn’t have any friends but Hashim, but he was the most innocent and friendly Minotaur. I loved getting to know him and hope that he gets his own book in the future.

If you read the first book in the series, Nudging Fate, and enjoyed it, I recommend reading this book, Devouring Flame. I enjoyed it just as much as the first one.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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