Review: The Surrender Gate by Christopher Rice

Review: The Surrender Gate by Christopher RiceThe Surrender Gate by Christopher Rice
Series: Desire Exchange #1
February 3, 2015
Genres: Erotica
Pages: 263
Format: Paperback
Amazon US

Emily Blaine's life is about to change. Arthur Benoit, the kindly multi-millionaire who has acted as her surrogate father for years, has just told her he's leaving her his entire estate, and he only has a few months to live. Soon Emily will go from being a restaurant manager with a useless English degree to the one of the richest and most powerful women in New Orleans. There's just one price. Arthur has written a letter to his estranged son Ryan he hopes will mend the rift between them, and he wants Emily to deliver the letter before it's too late. But finding Ryan won't be easy. He's been missing for years. He was recently linked to a mysterious organization called The Desire Exchange. But is The Desire Exchange just an urban legend? Or are the rumors true? Is it truly a secret club where the wealthy can live out their most private sexual fantasies?

It's a task Emily can't undertake alone. But there's only one man qualified to help her, her gorgeous and confident best friend, Jonathan Claiborne. She's suspected Jonathan of working as a high-priced escort for months now, and she's willing to bet that while giving pleasure to some of the most powerful men in New Orleans, Jonathan has uncovered some possible leads to The Desire Exchange—and to Ryan Benoit. But Emily's attempt to uncover Jonathan's secret life lands the two of them in hot water. Literally. In order to escape the clutches of one of Jonathan's most powerful and dangerous clients, they're forced to act on long buried desires—for each other.

When Emily's mission turns into an undercover operation, Jonathan insists on going with her. He also insists they continue to explore their impossible, reckless passion for each other. Enter Marcus Dylan, the hard-charging ex-NAVY Seal Arthur has hired to keep Emily safe. But Marcus has been hired for another reason. He, too, has a burning passion for Emily, a passion that might keep Emily from being distracted and confused by a best friend who claims he might be able to go straight just for her. But Marcus is as rough and controlling as Jonathan is sensual and reckless. As Emily searches for a place where the rich turn their fantasies into reality, she will be forced to decide which one of her own long-ignored fantasies should become her reality. But as Emily, Jonathan, and Marcus draw closer to The Desire Exchange itself, they find their destination isn't just shrouded in mystery, but in magic as well.

Well, hell.
I met Christopher at RT this year, and the guy is a gem – for real, total sweetheart. But if I’m being honest here, and I am, the synopsis for The Surrender Gate is going to be much longer than my review for it.
The Surrender Gate starts off pretty promising, as Erotica’s go.  The first sex scene happens some thirty pages in and it is DIRTY. Just how I like ’em in my erotica.  I even sold it to another blogger by telling her one particular detail of said sex scene. It’s not something you read often in books and fuck was it hot in all the secret fantasy type ways.  
Secret fantasies is pretty much what The Surrender Gate is all about, a secret society – The Desire Exchange – takes people willing to pay the price and makes that fantasy come to life. Sounds yummy, right?
Here’s the catch….
There is a shocking LACK of erotica in this erotica.  When it does finally happen again, after that first delicious taste, it’s tinged in this strange paranormalish curtain and I just didn’t understand it. I couldn’t get behind it.
There was one thing that kept me going. The humor.  The witty banter between Emily and Marcus and even Emily and Jonathon, was great. I loved that part of The Surrender Gate.  I was just really confused by so much of the rest of it.
I think Rice has a strong voice and will find his place in the literary world, but maybe not with this book. 

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About Christopher Rice

By the age of 30, Christopher Rice had published four New York Times bestselling thrillers, received a Lambda Literary Award and been declared one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive. His two novels of dark supernatural suspense, THE HEAVENS RISE and THE VINES, were both finalists for the Bram Stoker Award. He recently entered the erotic romance genre with three works in all new series called The Desire Exchange. They include THE FLAME, THE SURRENDER GATE and KISS THE FLAME, due out in November 2015. His debut novel, A DENSITY OF SOULS, was published when the author was just 22 years old. A controversial and overnight bestseller, it was greeted with a landslide of media attention, much of it devoted to the fact that Christopher is the son of famed vampire chronicler, Anne Rice. Together with his best friend, New York Times bestselling novelist Eric Shaw Quinn, Christopher launched his own Internet radio show. THE DINNER PARTY SHOW WITH CHRISTOPHER RICE & ERIC SHAW QUINN is always playing at and every episode is available for free download from the site’s show archive or on iTunes.

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