Reviewed by Kati Dancy
It started for me about six or seven years ago. One day, while browsing on Amazon.com for a hotter than usual romance, I stumbled upon a book called “Cooking Up A Storm” by Emma Holly. The book was published by Black Lace, a British publisher. The story was about the owner of a restaurant named Abby, who embarks upon what can only be called a sexual adventure after hiring a new chef, named Storm (yeah, OK the name is silly — the romance is HOT!). The book itself spoke to a side of me that I wasn’t expecting. One that enjoyed daring sex, sex that was definitely outside the expected for mainstream romance. I knew it as soon as I finished the book, that Emma Holly would become an auto-buy for me. And I can say now unequivocally that I consider Emma Holly to be the gold standard in erotic romance.
Her newest book is called Demon’s Fire. It continues a series that first began in her paranormals The Demon’s Daughter and Prince of Ice. This is the story of Prince Pahndir, who was a secondary character in the first two books. Pahndir is a Yama, basically an alien race, but one that is very compatible with humans. Pahndir was a captive of a Pillow House (house of prostitution) in the first two books, but now has been freed. He’s moved to the town of
This book is tremendously sexual in nature. Because it is a paranormal, Holly is able to weave sex throughout the story without it feeling forced in anyway. The love scenes are varied and creative. As a Yama, Pahndir has certain physiological differences that make sex with him unique for both Beth and Charles. While the ending of the story is non-traditional, it was a credible one for me and I enjoyed it very much. While it’s not my favorite Emma Holly, she has created an interesting world that works well with the strong sexual nature of this series. It should be noted that this story does feature non-traditional sexual encounters that might not work for everyone. But the series continues to be a fun and interesting backdrop for some spectacularly well written love scenes.