An Enchanted Occasions story
Can a chance meeting rekindle their incendiary attraction?
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 ever 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 the job done—and Hashim is never afraid to heat things up.
Devouring Flame is a 54,000-word enemies-to-lovers, second-chance paranormal rom-com featuring a down-at-heels carnival with sinister undertones, a minotaur with an affinity for flowers, a prima donna goblin berserker chef with serious knife skills, and a guaranteed HEA.
I am fascinated by the wonderful world-building this author does, as familiar tropes are twisted just enough to provide freshness and thought-provoking stories. Not only are many of the secondary characters just as intriguing as the leads, but the reader is effortlessly drawn into their stories and invested in their struggles.
This book was fantastic and I love this ‘verse that EJ Russell has created, not that I’m surprised, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, she’s one of my favorite Urban Fantasy authors. The story started a bit slow, but once it picked pace, wow, I couldn’t put it down. I was completely spellbound by the characters and the plot and very invested in what would happen. I can’t recommend this book enough!
The world building is wonderful, and the story — the Twilight Carnival, the way magic works, the way the different species come together at EO to make the impossible happen — is captivating.