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Divine Torment (Black Lace) Mass Market Paperback – 8 Aug 2002
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I'll say up front that I really believe it's difficult to say, in a general manner, whether the sex is really hot in an erotica book. People are turned on by different things and so it's pretty subjective on my part but hey, that's what reader reviews are for I suppose.
Anyway, I thought that two or three of the sex scenes were smoking hot and written very well, nice tension, build up and well, climax. Veraine was a pretty sexy alpha male type dude. However, other scenes seemed to be added at the last minute, to make the story seem more like erotica.
The story, a city under seige by a foreign force, the inhabitants being ruled by a woman who is the goddess incarnate (sort of like the Indic goddess Kali, a goddess of destruction and death). Veraine (sort of like a Roman soldier) leads his men in to save the city because it provides the empire with strategic value. That part is fine and even interesting, but there are times when the story becomes laden down with stuff that goes nowhere. The actual invasion part is not very long and is tied up quite quickly, despite the fact that the book is leading up to it from the first pages.
I thought that in an attempt to write a more drawn out book of erotica, that the story and the sex suffered and by the end, I didn't care about either one.
The story takes us back in time to a land where the Irolian warrior rulers send one of their young generals, Veraine, and a troop of his top soldiers to protect the ancient temple city of Mulhanabin against an attack by the unwashed hordes, aptly name, the Horse Eaters.
The city is of interest to the barbarians since a young female, considered to be a god by the city's occupants, of course lievs within the temple, and, must, at all costs, be protected. The general not being one to worship any gods is like a fish out of water while he and his men prepare for the imminent attack.
At the very beginning of the book, and true to the authors style, general Veraine's private celebration, after being advised of his promotion to general, with two slave girls belonging to his superior officer, is in my mind worth the price of the book alone.
For those of us that love sizzling erotica set in make believe times and lands I also suggest that you check out 'Primal Skin' by Leona Benkt Rhys, and 'The Hand of Amun' by Juliet Hastings ..... trust me you will not leave the room or these books until you have deoured them or they have devoured you ....