Apr 20, 2010
PAGAN & PEN REVIEW
Title: Chocolate Snake Bite
Author: Selena Illyria
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Genre: Contemporary paranormal, romance, erotica
Length: 88 pages
Other: Light BDSM * M/F * M/F/M * Ménage * exhibitionism
Pagan & Pagan Elements: no
Reviewed by: Karmyn Klein
Card Rating: 3
About The Book: Every relationship has problems and for months now all Dale and Val have been doing is fighting. He wants it to stop, so drastic times call for drastic measures. Dale takes some Love’s Bane potion, hoping that Val will be too busy lusting after him to fight with him—but sex can’t solve every problem. Once the lust has cooled they are able to talk.
Val doesn’t want just part of her lover. She wants all of him, even the dark aspects of his sexual desire. She yearns for his brand, but every time she brings up the subject, he shuts her down. How can they communicate when he won’t open up?
Will the arrival of his brothers and a trip to the Demonic Snake court help their relationship or hurt it?
The Review: In Selena Illyria’s imaginative world snake demons not only exist among us but they are incredible lovers. Chocolate Snake Bite is a fun romp with two sexy, fun characters who can’t seem to find the trust they need to make the relationship work. I grew frustrated with the story when every trouble in the relationship turned out to be no trouble at all. For example, Dale is afraid that his bite will hurt and possibly kill Val but when he does bite her there’s no tension or worry over it. He doesn’t hold his breath and wait to see if she’s in pain or will survive, even though these were the concerns that prevented him from biting/marking her in the first place, and one of the big reasons for the problems in their relationship. These types of inconsistencies litter the story, leaving me confused and frustrated because if the conflict wasn’t really there to begin with, then there could be no resolution either. Despite my frustration, it’s a fun, quick read with many hot, inventive sex scenes. I read it in one sitting and would absolutely purchase new books in this one-of-a-kind series because the author has such a fresh, original voice and a wonderfully creative world.
Cover (Rated 1-10): 2-
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