Dana reviews Soul Fires (Soul Fires series book 1) by C.J. Black (Published by Liquid Silver Books, December 20, 2015, 100 pages) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb: A missing journal, a thief in the night, unbridled passion between two men with ethereal powers that sets their souls on fire … C.J. Black is pleased to present Book 1 of her paranormal romance series Soul Fires. Myles Bryce and Demetrius Jordan live in a world where things really do go bump in the night. Together, they’ll have to find a way to stop the evil stalking them. Hot, sexy, and filled with all manner of paranormal beings, you’ll love Soul Fires!
The moment Myles Bryce lays eyes on Demetrius Jordan, the attraction is intense. But there’s something about Demetrius that frightens Myles. A power that the other man exudes that even Myles can’t fathom. Myles himself is not quite normal. He possesses the power to control and manipulate the emotions of others, what he calls his “insight.”
Demetrius Jordan is seeking a prized possession stolen from him by a shadowy enemy, a journal that contains all of Demetrius’ secrets. An incubus who has lived many lifetimes, Jordan traces the journal to Myles’ bookstore. When Myles refuses to return Demetrius’ property, Demetrius’ first instinct is to take what is his. But then he senses Myles’ own power, the taste of it like the sweetest wine, and Demetrius takes Myles with a fierce passion, branding Myles as his own. Demetrius entrusts Myles with the journal until he chooses to retrieve it. But a thief is watching as well and he wants to possess both the journal and Myles.
Content Notes: Hot, Anal Play, Anal Intercourse, GLBT, M/M, Paranormal, Contemporary, Demons, Ghosts, Spirits, Hauntings, Incubi
I had a lot of mixed feelings reading Soul Fires. There are many interesting concepts brought into the story. Myles has special abilities, though it’s not mentioned if he is a witch, a psychic, or something other. He runs a book shop that is inhabited by ghosts but lives a fairly normal life outside of that. He’s not happy that he has abilities. It’s just one more thing that makes him different than anyone else. Demetrius is an Incubus. He feeds from sexual energy but doesn’t aim to drain his lovers. His long life is possible by moving from human body to human body, not trying to impregnate anyone. He seems to be a pretty ethical demon though, meaning no harm, which makes him different from any other incubi characters I’ve ever read about before.
There is an entity harassing both Myles and Demetrius searching for something that would be very dangerous for humans and for the demons that can inhabit them. The story line was involved, but I enjoyed it. My mixed feelings come from the feeling that it took a very long time to read the book. At 100 pages, that confused me. I believe it might be because the book is a lot of set up for a series. There is also a lot of descriptiveness. At times it was so vivid that it felt like the story was suited towards being a movie. Beyond that it felt like a long read, I can’t say anything bad about the story. I’m looking forward to reading the next book and hope to see Myles become more comfortable with his abilities. Also I’d like to see how their relationship develops with Demetrius needing to draw energy from Myles every time they have sex, and there is lots of that. I’d definitely recommend reading this book if you like a good paranormal love story.