The Surrender Gate
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 ...more
Mr. Benoit, Emily's benefactor, is near death. She will inherit everything. His last request is that she finds his estranged son. The trail leads Emily and her best friend since childhood, Jonathan, on an adventure into a secret club. Along the way other characters are introduced including their security Frank and Marcus. The storyline has elements of Loui ...more
I’m going to be blunt about this one and say that you MUST READ THIS BOOK. I was first introduced to Christopher Rice through his 1,001 Dark Nights novella, The Flame. 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, evocative style. The imagery he creates through his lush descriptions makes you feel like you’re intimately present in...more
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There is something really special about the way Christopher Rice tells a story and I’m not just purestdelightawardtalking about the way he can make me feel like I’m walking the streets of New Orleans or in the middle of some strange ritual in a tent in a bayou. Along with his uncanny ability to transport the reader into his books he adds in so much intrigue, suspense, sexiness and just the right amount of humor that I get completely lost in h ...more
The book had a little bit of everything from romance, sex, suspense, drama and action. It wasn’t your run of the mill erotica. While the main plot centered around trying to reconnect a father with his son, the deeper layer surrounding sexuality, ...more
The plot centers around a secret society of people in a group unhibited by anything. They want to obtain their sexual desires at any cost. However, the characters will soon find out how far they must go in order to finally f ...more
After reading the novella set in the same universe, I immediately purchased the author's full-length novel. And while I enjoyed it for what it was, a paranormal romance with plenty of erotic moments, I wasn't as blown away as I was by my first experience with Rice's writing.
I thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters, from the main three to each of the supporting cast. This story also took the "paranormal" concept and added an interesting little spin -- the main hero and heroine are 100 ...more
I bought this one on kindle as it was 99c and even though I have never really clicked with Christopher's writing, I am a fan of him as a person (well the projection of him on Facebook anyway and I love the interchange between Christopher and his Mum, Anne Rice. What a marvelous relationship they have!). I was also keen to read erotica from a male POV.
On the plus side, this was a really quick read, not because it is particularly short but because of the way it was writte ...more
Set to become one of the wealthiest women in New Orleans, Emily Blaine would trade it all if only her father-figure/benefactor Arthur Benoit wasn't dying. He's asked her only for one thing...to find his only son Ryan and deliver a deathbed letter to him. The only lead she has is a whispered name of a secret sex club...cult...place...EXPERIENCE...The Desire Exchang ...more
I met Christopher at RT this year, and the guy is a gem - for real, total sweetheart. But if I'm being honest here, and I am, the synopsis for The Surrender Gate is going to be much longer than my review for it.
The Surrender Gate starts off pretty promising, as Erotica's go. The first sex scene happens some thirty pages in and it is DIRTY. Just how I like 'em in my erotica. I even sold it to another blogger by telling her one particular detail of said sex scene. It's not something you ...more
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 3 1/2
Emily is a girl on a mission. Two mission: One to find out what the heck her best friend is up to when he leaves her. But what she finds is not exactly what she expected. And her time as a spy is interrupted with a crash though a skylight. And the second is to find the long lost son of her dad’s best friend. But in order to do that Emily is going to have to cross boundaries she has only ever dreamed of crossing.
I a ...more
Why I didn't give the book 3 stars: Marcus! Once I was able to see into his head, I wanted to keep reading. I would ...more
I am a huge fan of Mr. Rice, and was unsure how I felt about him branching into erotica, but I was pleasantly surprised as just how well it is done. He still has that raw, gritty style that he is known for in his other novels, a style I love. He develops characters well and he is able to move the story along at a pace that makes sense and ...more
I picked this book up after it was referred to me by another one of my favorite authors ( Lorelei James) and I'm so glad I listened, I absolutely love the writing, the story, and the characters. I'm looking forward to reading more books from the series. Keep up the good work, I loved it. ...more
I just loved this story. Jonathan was a second character but he was great, he was funny and lightened the mood when it got serious and some of those phrases he came up with had me laughing. I've read the others in this series and they were great also hated for it to be over. I just hope it continues. Marcus and Emily just complimented each other. ...more