Book Reviews

A Taste of Sin by Kassandra Lea at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Angels/Demons / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 06-April-2014

Book Blurb

The angel Samuel has a secret, one that beckons him back to the neon lights of Las Vegas. It’s a place he’s forbidden to go, but he can’t help it when he knows what lurks below in the sea of humans. When he puts away his wings he finds love in the arms of Flynn, a demon.

Story also appears in the Spinning the Top Anthology.


Book Review

“I can resist anything but temptation.” Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892, Act I

The above quote came to mind when I was wondering how best to summarize the essence of this story. It’s a wonderful, extremely hot short story about an angel who just cannot seem to stay away from his personal temptation – Flynn, who is a demon of all beings! One of his observations expresses his dilemma: he feels as though his heart is a little blacker than it should be, like he has been tarnished, and he figures that Flynn’s heart is probably less dark than you’d expect from a demon. An interesting way to express the fact that the world isn’t just black and white, but that there is a zone of gray in which the extremes can coexist.

Samuel is a very conflicted angel. He has a few issues with how heaven has behaved in the past, and I got the feeling he was more than a little fed up with all the bloody battles he had to fight over the centuries of his existence. He is also attracted to Flynn – and cannot seem to stay away. Their power exchange is interesting – and very hot! Samuel submits to Flynn’s darker desires, and loves the experience so much that he risks everything and keeps returning.

Flynn seems to be a little cruel and somewhat sadistic, but he clearly enjoys what he is doing to and with Samuel. He would never admit it, but he has become quite attached to the angel – and hates to always see him leave after a fairly short encounter. Maybe that is how it has to be without either (or both) giving up who they are deep down. I have a feeling it will take them at least a few centuries to figure it out. And what an enjoyable time they will have of it!

If you like to read about the naughtier side of angels and want to find out what happens when one submits to a demon in the bedroom, if you enjoy stories about “the gray zone” in between black and white, and if you’re looking for a short, extremely hot read, then you will probably enjoy this short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 14 pages/3700 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-March-2014
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