Thursday, 9 April 2009

Review – Slow Fires – Sarah Black





The Blurb

Mia loved the solitude, the emptiness and quiet of Navajo country, but her loneliness made her feel as if her heart was encased in ice. She could feel her art becoming sterile. Her desire still burned bright, though, the desire for men to love and a life of meaning, full of passion and art.

Kevin and Russ brought kilns for her school art studio. Friendship, and then sexual passion bloomed between them, as unexpected and beautiful as desert flowers after the rain, and as fragile. Russ is strong and quiet as the mountains, and the big wood-fired Noborigama kilns respond to his touch as a master. Beautiful and wild, Kevin is an artist for the ages.

With Russ’s fire and Mia’s intuitive understanding of the sensuous beauty of the human body, their art begins to make joyous leaps, their passion turns to love, and the eyes of the world begin to turn their way.
The world has expectations, rules, laws. What’s right? What’s immoral? The cost of turning your back on society can be harsh. The eyes watching them are cold and bitter and judgmental. Mia and Russ and Kevin find themselves under attack from all sides, and can they save the life they’ve built?





The Review



Mia – The art teacher who not only love what she does, but love the fact that she has complete control over what she does with her life. Not given to overt friendliness she finds herself drawn to two men, and she is loving it.

Russ - Kevin’s partner in work and life, he is the one that holds the team together, the one who takes on more than he generally has to, but he’s usually correct in his assessment.

Kevin – Since childhood, he has known that Russ was the other half of himself – he’s the impulsive one, the one who can take onboard Russ’s moods and passions, and he is also the one who is always willing to take the first step for something they both want. 



The Plot

Mia is living in a remote village after getting her MFA, she now teaches at the local school. She throws all her effort and enthusiasm into getting the art department up to par as best as she can. When she gets the OK to buy a Kiln for her school – she did not know that something more than she expected was about to be delivered.

Kevin and Russ are just doing there job - delivering a Kiln. When they meet Mia, they knew that a new phase of their life had just begun. However all is not well in this little paradise that they would like to make. Bigotry, jealousy and downright pettiness has a hand in them having to face some harsh realities of life.

Being attacked from all front is not what they expected, but with a friendship so new, can they see the gem that each can bring to a relationship or will life and it’s sometimes poisonous sting break them apart.


“Let us do your back,” Kevin said. He tugged on the sleeve of her robe, and she let him slide it off her shoulders. Russ took the lotion and Kevin untied the waistband of the robe and pulled it off. She was wearing a pale blue bra and panties in a soft, stretchy knit.
“Nice,” Russ said. He crooked his finger at her. “Come a little closer, lady.” She climbed up on the bed. Kevin reached his hand inside her bra and cupped her breast with his warm fingers. He stroked across her skin, and Mia could feel her breathing quicken at the wonderful tingle that tightened her nipple.
Kevin looked over at Russ. “Russ, feel this.” Russ reached for her, slid his hand inside her bra and over her breast. His hand was bigger than Kevin’s, but just as warm. They were moving their fingers over her, touching her like she was precious.
“Why were you reading Lawrence?” asked Kevin.

Slow Fires © Sarah Black



Surprise Element

This book was like a flower unfolding. Not only was i introduced to a new author, but i was immediately impressed with her writing as she has a way with words that flowed. I also met three people who were just everything that is the reality of human nature. They laughed, they cried, they fought and they made their share of blunders.

I was hooked and this was just after about a few pages into Slow Fires.




Nothing to jump up on the roof about. The HEA was assure, that much was even doubtful at time – as the twist and turns literally sneaked up on you. I was so caught up in the life of these three people that when i was almost finished i realised a few thing – Ms. Black kept me guessing right up until the last page and i loved it.


Smut/Ick Factor

Can i say a re- read is already planned. I wont say they were swinging from the chandeliers, but it was most certainly something special.

Being with two men was a novelty for Mia, but she was so attuned to these two, it felt like the meeting of minds.

Russ and Kevin have been together for a long time but they knew immediately how special Mia was and would be to them. 




This is my first book by this author and it wont be my last. Her writing style is so easy, it flow well – all of the usual and the unusual made up this story. From the angry wanna be’s, to the fun loving best friends and of course the characters who provide the tension that made the story all the better.

The author dealt with a whole slew of issues that are just spot on. Her characters are not your role over and die type either, they all three have a backbone, but they clearly know what fight to fight and which argument to step away from.

The level of interpersonal tension, as well as sexual tension was beautifully portrayed. It felt real, it felt like something that would and could happen to you.

All the characters were fully developed, we didn’t know everything about them, but we knew enough to understand why they acted the way they did or said some of the things they said.

Watching the relationship blossom was the main highlight of the books for me, the bridges they had to cross and more over how the dynamics of Kevin and Russ personality had to bend and expand to include the newest member to their team.

The artistic theme that the book is set around was a good choice as these three people just by their whole nature and natural inclination was in there element and it played a big past in gelling them together.




I won’t even go there. This book was just a beautifully written book, the character had depth – I knew them, where they were coming from, where they were going and was left satisfied.

There are times when i wish a book would have gone on a little longer – this book was just perfect as it was.




I am a huge fan of the ménage genre so was very taken with the cover. there’s a simplicity to it and it is such a reflection on what is actually happening in this book. These are basically three simply people caught up in a situation that they could not control even if they wanted to.



15 Speak To Me:

Unknown on 9 April 2009 at 14:51 said...

Hi EH!

What a great review, I can tell this one was special. The characters were described so well. So loving with each other...sweet. Good Job!

I love it when I find a book that really peaks my interests! Thanks for the great review!

Dottie :)

Lea on 9 April 2009 at 16:51 said...

Hi EH!

Menage stories are one of my favorite themes as well. Your review of this book is wonderful and I am excited to read it.

Needless to say, it's on my list!

Thank you so much for sharing. :)

Warm Regards

VampFanGirl on 9 April 2009 at 17:07 said...

Fantastic Review E.H.!

I love how you add quotes. I'm a big fan of those. :)

I don't read many menage stories. It's not that I don't like them, it's that I seldom buy them or find one that has a great plot to match the hot sex, you know?

I recently bought 'At Love's Command' by Samanthat Kane at Barbara's recommendation. I'll see if I like that first before I start buying these types of books again. I think for the most part, I'm a one man, one woman kinda girl. :)


Blodeuedd on 9 April 2009 at 17:36 said...

Great review, you do make me wanna go and read this book :)

I love an author that makes the language flow and makes it easy for the reader to read.

Oh quotes, I need to think about that cos that would be a fun thing to have in my reviews :D

Erotic Horizon on 9 April 2009 at 17:58 said...

Hey Dottie,

This was a real surprise, as I am having a writers block of sorts - so just picked it up to see what it was about.

I was pleasantly surprise..

I loved the protags very much..


Erotic Horizon on 9 April 2009 at 17:59 said...

Hey Lea,

You won't be disappointed, the book was written with clear entertainment value in mind..

You'll like this book.


Erotic Horizon on 9 April 2009 at 18:12 said...


I know ménage can be quite off putting when the plot fails or fall short so leaving the protags floundering.

With Samantha Kane books, while i am the first to recommend them - please have an open mind and enjoy them for what they are - for true historical reader, there are huge amount of issue to be found with those book.

But I get Ms. Kane's world and the HEA she wants for her "partnerships" as this is how they refer to themselves. Please read from the beginning( the first one) to get the full effective of the book.

Slow Fires is in a totally different category - Just a totally different read, not as dark, with just one storyline and less agro.


Erotic Horizon on 9 April 2009 at 18:24 said...


Ms. Black has some style with her writing - I was halfway through before I knew it.

So good.


Anonymous said...

This one sounds pretty good. Passionate and forbidden love--my kind of story.

VampFanGirl on 9 April 2009 at 21:29 said...

Thank you for recommendations regarding the Samantha Kane books E.H. I'll definitely be sure to go into them with an open mind.

Oh, I've gifted you with some blog awards!

:) VFG

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TheChicGeek on 10 April 2009 at 03:35 said...

Hi EH ;) Great review! This one sounds really good. I'm really loving this new look here too :)

Erotic Horizon on 10 April 2009 at 05:54 said...


Thank you for the award... I have been by your place with a big scream already..



Oh yum yum yum..

How sweet is that - literally...


Erotic Horizon on 10 April 2009 at 05:58 said...

Yeah Barbara...

There was all that and more going for this book... I think you would love all the little angst going in this book.


Erotic Horizon on 10 April 2009 at 06:01 said...

Hey Chick Chick - this would be something different for you, but it has some brilliant writing..

Thanks for giving my new look another look...I am still having to work on a banner.... but all in good time.