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"Burned" by Eliza Gayle is a fiery BDSM novella that crackles and smokes as it treats a reader with some amazing fire play.

Everything about the novel is intense; Ruby is a product of a marriage built on a deep BDSM relationship between her parents, a relationship that has colored her perception of the BDSM lifestyle. Although she understands the concept of the relationship, she still has issues with total subservience to a man; hence her unwillingness to succumb to her desires to experience the full force of Zane’s special brand of dominance.

Like a moth to a flame, Ruby is drawn to the essence, color and heat of the burning flame. The flames beckon and beguile her in ways that she doesn't understand, yet is powerless to resist. Ms. Gayle's empowering Ruby with an overwhelming desire and need to experience the thrills and dangers of fire play is a testament to her writing prose. I have never read a novel with a focal point in fire play and I must admit that "Fire and Desire: Purgatory" had me reveling in the experience; the fire scenes are absolutely delicious.

The novel unexpectedly features not one but two fire play specialist. Zane and Gabe both exude equal measures of male dominance, yet it is Zane that I feel tips the scale as the more aggressive of the twosomes. The two men clearly care for Ruby, but it is Zane whose need for her is the greatest. I love how while Zane has respected Ruby's decision to not get involved, there are events that transpire the evening of his performance at Purgatory, which facilitate his assertion of his place in her life. Overall the novella is extremely written with a smooth story-line and scene transitions. The pace is fast and exciting delivering an intoxicating sexual adventure that ended too quickly. I would love to see this novella expanded into a full bodied novel?

"Burned" is a delicious afternoon delight that will surely have a reader scrambling to read Ms. Gayle's other books. I highly recommend it.

Book Blurb for Burned

Welcome back to Purgatory! A club for every fetish...

Being a fire inspector is the perfect job for a girl with a fire fetish. Ruby has come to terms with her obsession, and thanks to her part-time job as a bartender at Purgatory, she can dabble in a scene she isn't sure she belongs in without going too far or too deep. But there's one Dom in town who makes her burn for things she wishes she didn't.

Zane made sure he was on the performance roster at Purgatory for charity night because Ruby would be on duty. He's respected her wishes to stay away as long as he could, but tonight while his fire burns bright he'll take possession of the willful beauty who has captured his heart.

If you enjoy your romance with BDSM, be sure to try Eliza's Pleasure Playground series that starts with Midnight Playground and Power Play.

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Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2011 4.50