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Life is full of temptations, but there is none so powerful as that between human and succubus.
Sadie Hall has loved her best friend, James Baker, all their lives, though she had no idea how he felt about her until her powers developed and she could suddenly see his every waking fantasy.
She’d lived a simple life in a small farm town in which almost everyone was human, but her world was turned upside down when an alluring stranger arrived to tell her she was becoming a succubus, like him. Soon, she would need to feed daily off the sexual pleasure of others, though when her mentor warns her of the addictive nature of human-succubus relationships, Sadie must fight the tempting attraction between her and James.
Now Sadie must choose, will she continue to keep James close even as she desperately tries not to feed from him, or will she risk losing the one person she wants the most?
Note this is a polyamory, bisexual romance, with the main focus on Sadie and Jimmy’s relationship. Themes include forbidden/unrequited love, friends to lovers, light edge play/denial, and group sex.
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Check out what this reader had to say about Flames of Rapture!
Flames of rapture is an erotic page turner for new adult readers. In this alternate United States, Riley Kade creates an immersive world where people with magical traits live alongside humans in cities that are sometimes rural, sometimes industrial and sometimes ethereal. While certain forms of magic are accepted in society, the most taboo are those who feed from humans, and in particular, the succubi – people who can give great sexual pleasure to others through any type of physical touch, but who must feed off of the sexual pleasure of others in order to live.
We find our protagonist, Sadie Hall, struggling to navigate her newly formed identity as a succubus in a town that does not accept human feeders. To make things more complicated, she is warned against having a romantic partnership with humans just as she develops strong feelings for her human best friend, Jimmy. When Sadie decides to leave home, she is unexpectedly joined by Jimmy, but is determined to keep her feelings to herself. She takes every chance to redirect her attention and longing to explore the people she chooses to feed from.
What I love about this book is that Kade gives Sadie’s character the freedom to explore sexuality without inhibition. Nothing is taboo. Sadie does not think twice about who or what she is interested in trying, but reacts on intuition. In her journey, she fumbles with steamy hookups, orgies, sensuality, the difference in how she feels when she feeds off of individuals she finds connection with and when she does not. Her approach to her body’s new needs make her relatable to what so many of us experience when we first get out from under the influence of what is familiar, and instead, let our desires and curiosity lead our sexual journeys.
Despite attempts to keep their friendship platonic, though, the sexual tension between Jimmy and Sadie builds each chapter. The more they try to avoid their feelings, the more problems it causes. When Sadie finally admits her feelings and relays the potential consequences of their coupling, they become determined to nurture their romance without skin contact. Kade keeps the chemistry between these two friends taught through the end as they tease and pine for the other. Their relationship is easy-going, reliable and they know how to work as a team. They always have each other’s back, even when they are upset with the other person, which makes it easy to root for their partnership.
While jealousy makes an appearance in this romance, RK refreshingly does not make it take center stage. Jimmy embraces Sadie’s transformation and does not run from her reality of needing multiple partners. He is supportive, patient and encourages Sadie to take care of her body. Instead, RK focuses on the challenges that arise from how well their personalities complement or work against each other, whether they share the same long term vision; if their values align. Sadie leans towards impulsivity and is action-oriented. Jimmy is emotionally intuitive and more risk-averse. Given their personality differences and being each other’s first real adult love, it is unclear whether Kade will keep them as a couple, make them a throuple or introduce an alternative love interest to Jimmy in the next installment, but I look forward to how it will unfold.
In the midst of figuring out their relationship, Jimmy and Sadie must also contend with the politics of their world as it moves to the foreground of the story. When they are unexpectedly left with a journal that reveals a plan to pit nymphs and human-feeders against humans, they are unsure of how to handle the sensitive information. However, when this plot unfolds in front of them, they are quickly forced to make a decision: remove themselves entirely from conflict, or, take action. While it makes sense that Sadie is inclined to be doing something to change what is going on around her, I would have liked to see more of Jimmy’s mental processes about this. Historically, he has been drawn to “going home”, but chooses to follow Sadie instead. Will there be a point when it’s not worth risking his life to create change?
Not unlike the political climate the U.S. has found itself in recent years, this story echoes how easy it is to sow division by exploiting the vulnerabilities and tension between communities, and in turn, how quickly that tension escalates to violence. Kade’s beautiful world building is a blend of urban fantasy, political drama and star-crossed romance. Time and time again, she gracefully illuminates that finding your footing in the world is a messy, unpredictable process. A must read for those who are looking for a seductive, fast-paced adventure.
-Katie Miracle ARC review
Meet Author Riley Kade
Riley Kade is a romance erotica writer with interests that vary from fantasy, paranormal romance, to modern romance, and one day she’ll write her erotic sci-fi series. But in all things, she likes it hot and heavy. Her debut piece is a paranormal romance trilogy, coming out now.
Riley enjoys writing high-tension story arcs with big payoffs. When she decided to switch to a career of writing romance during the pandemic, she immediately realized just how many dirty little stories she had rolling around in her head. And now she’ll be sharing them as fast as she can type.
She lives in the pacific northwest, surrounded by trees, mountains, and water. And she only listens to about one fairy porn book a week, mostly while doing the dishes since she has so many of her own stories to write!
Interview with Riley Kade
What inspired you to write this story in particular?
Man, well I was trying to write something else, but I’ve had this fantasy for years about having the power to cause sexual pleasure just through skin contact. It’s a very satisfying idea, having such a skill. In fact, it’s almost too easy, too powerful. So I asked myself the question, what challenges or obstacles would a person have with such a gift. And in answering that question I met Sadie and Jimmy, and the second I began to picture them I just wanted to know more. Though Sadie’s powers are very sexual, I liked the idea of her being just a regular person, someone we can all relate to. She’s not some special mythical seductress. She’s just a girl. And I really wanted to know more about her journey.
What are your values as a writer?
So… the truth is, though I have a million sexy stories I want to tell and a very healthy imagination, that is not what got me into the idea of writing romance. I love the romance genre, but I’ve always struggled with the fact that the heroes are usually the richest and most powerful men in society and they frequently abuse our beloved heroines, which are things I find trouble connecting to. In real life, I certainly wouldn’t like those men. The Mr. Darcy character in the new Fire Island movie at one point says something like, “Oh, I’m just a lawyer for tenants’ rights, nothing sexy.” And I was like, “Ooh a tenants’ rights lawyer, now that’s hot!” So, I want to write because I want more stories about people that I would actually like if I knew them. Oh, and I’m super into consent and I’d like to see more of that.
What are your favorite tropes?
I’m way into hate-to-love stories and forced proximity. I’m all about the big emotions and big drama, so anything where there is high-tension between “enemies” that are somehow forced to spend time together, I’m here for. It’s ironic that my first book is mostly a friends-to-lovers, but it’s also really high-tension under forced proximity so it worked for me.
First sexy book you read?
Kusheil’s dart. Very sexy consensual kink book.
In some ways, Flames of Rapture, is similar to Kusheil’s because it straddles the line between romance and fantasy pretty evenly, which I always enjoy, though it can be hard to find.
How long have you been writing or when did you start?
I started writing three years ago. I’d just left my job teaching and decided to go back to school for a graduate degree in math. I wrote the Carnal Fever Trilogy in the summers in between, and finished it up the year after I graduated.
Why paranormal/urban fantasy? What drew you to the genre?
I love the way you can use magic to create tension. You can build different sexual kinks right into the construction of the world. It gives you so much to play with.
What comes first for you — the plot or the characters — and why?
I now have 37 different books planned and I think I can safely say that they are all driven by the characters, or some particular scene that defines a dynamic between people. Most of my ideas are single paragraphs describing someone. “So, there’s like this dude, and he has…” I like people driven stories since they are what matter to me, but I do love a good plot. The fun part is in seeing how the characters drive the story when you give them a little bit of freedom.
What’s your favorite type of paranormal creature and why?
Anyone a little bit tortured, so… most of them! But if I had to choose, it would be the succubus. They’re like a more direct vampire. They need desperately to feed from humans only instead of blood it’s pleasure they require. I can get behind that for sure. Or under it. Or on top.
Would you and your main character get along?
Oh my god, I think we would totally get along. At first, I think I’d be a little intimidated by her, but then I’d talk to her a while and realize – okay, underneath all that she’s actually a little bit awkward (which would be clear immediately if she tried to flirt with me the way she does with Hetia). But I love having women in my life who are really sexually confident, so I think I would love to just be Sadie’s friend. And I also wouldn’t mine watching her fuck people, haha.
What is a significant way your book has changed since the first draft?
Oh wow, it’s changed so much! The biggest thing though, is I cut out one of the love interests
and moved him entirely to book 2. The problem was he and Sadie aren’t in the same place in book 1 and cutting away to his story kept interrupting Sadie and Jimmy. Which totally didn’t work because as you’ll see, this is a very high-tension story and no one wants to cut away in the middle of it. Sorry Troy, we’ll meet you soon though, baby.
Where can our readers find you?
Check out my website at www.rileykade.com
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