Devouring Flame (Enchanted Occasions Book 2) by E.J. Russell #Audio #Paranormal #LGBT #Review #MM

Erryn reviews Devouring Flame (Enchanted Occasions Book 2) by E.J. Russell. The ebook was released May 11, 2020 and is 216 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Kirt Graves.  It was released October 5, 2021 is 6hrs and 25min. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why I read this book: I loved book 1.


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.

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My Review: 

After re-reading the synopsis, there’s a lot to unpack with this book.  First of all, I loved the main characters.  Poor Hashim is a slave to Ringmaster and as long as the man knows Hashim’s real name, he wields all the power.  At one point, Hashim believes he’ll be set free.  Alas, in heartbreak, that doesn’t happen.  He also discovers that the released slaves might not have had happy endings after all.

Smith’s just an ordinary demon.  He works for Enchanted Occasions – the event planning organization that caters to the supernatural both above and below.  This time, they’re catering a vampire feast.  Apparently for one day every 100 years, vampires can eat real food.  So in comes the berserker chef to whip up a feast.  And it’s Smith’s job to keep everyone on task.  Except he’s distracted by the one man he’s never been able to forget.

Things don’t look good for the two men until they are able to use power beyond the human realm to attempt to bring down Ringmaster and his fiendish schemes once and for all.

Anyway, I won’t spoil the exciting ending although I will say I loved the HEA.  Also, Kirt Graves did a great job narrating this story and I appreciate how perfect he is for this series.

Oh, and I loved the minotaur.  Just saying…

My Rating:

10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars

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E.J. Russell–grace, mother of three, recovering actor–writes romance in a rainbow of flavors. Count on high snark, low angst and happy endings.

Reality?

Eh, not so much.

She’s married to Curmudgeonly Husband, a man who cares even less about sports than she does. Luckily, C.H. also loves to cook, or all three of their children (Lovely Daughter and Darling Sons A and 😎 would have survived on nothing but Cheerios, beef jerky, and Satsuma mandarins (the extent of E.J.’s culinary skill set).

E.J. lives in rural Oregon, enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.

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