Candelabra by Afton Locke

Story: 6
Presentation: 7
Total: 13
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Paranormal Quickie
Blurb: Tandy travels to Scotland's Loch Enya castle to attend a BDSM convention she hopes will overcome her control-freak tendencies. When Bryne pulls her into his room of fire, she fears she's stepped into the lair of a crazy man. But as he mesmerizes her and sears her with his hot passions, she consents to a BDSM session of hot wax play that turns out to be the most intense journey of her life. Entrusting her body and mind to him might heal her, but the elemental fire fairy has an agenda of his own that threatens to consume them both in flames.

Review: With the first few words, you knew this was going to be a fun story. Tandy is a very likeable character from the beginning. The premise was fun. There is humor, adventure, and the promise of naughty BDSM sex. We meet Bryne and the story heats up…literally. And for three quarters of the story, I was in it, squirming in my chair, loving the chemistry between Tandy and Bryne and yes, the sex is scorching. (this it literal too because he is a Fire elemental.

But then the story fell apart. This strong heroine who needs lessons in submission, becomes a whiney date that lost appeal. They had two hours together, were together under the premise of “lessons” in BDSM. Yet, she says things that left me scratching my head.

From the story - “Why can’t you admit you never intend to see me again? That this was just a cheap, one-night stand?”

I don’t understand her indignation when they only had two hours together and it wasn’t supposed to have meaning. Now in fairness to the story, she was emotionally moved by the encounter and had given him her trust in an interesting wax scene that was totally hot. But it seemed out of her character to all the sudden become clingy after she had been built as this woman ready to have an adventure in BDSM and a submissive which is a total switch for her dominant ways.

I also struggled with the world building. There was setup, major story content, that was never followed through with or explained in the story. Bryne being a fire elemental is never explained well.

In the story Bryne says - There is much about being a fire elemental you don’t understand. It would take years to explain.”

Tandy presses for answers and his reply is vague. Apparently he doesn’t know much about his world either. It makes me wonder if the full world was considered before the story was written because there was very little substance.

The story is still enjoyable to read if you don’t dwell on the unanswered questions. Perhaps there will be subsequent books that will give us a better glimpse into this world. I feel like I’ve gotten only the rudimentary shell of the storyline’s potential and would like to see the idea developed.

1 comment:

Afton Locke said...

Points well taken. Yes, I am planning to explore this world in more depth in a future, longer book. Thanks for reviewing my story.

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