Foreword Reviews

911 Call for Rapture

Unraveled Ecstasy

Clarion Rating: 2 out of 5

911 Call for Rapture is sexy, contemporary erotica about the love lives of the one percent.

What happens when you mix fire and ice? You get either a five-alarm blaze or a pathetic puddle. Gloria E.’s erotic romance 911 Call for Rapture is the sultry tale of a relationship between polar opposites.

Vincent Frowler is definitely not gay. Definitely. He’s tall, handsome, and full of “super powerful sperms.” The issue is that nobody seems to inspire his lust. He’s not hard up, just frigid. Although the architect-turned-billionaire tried to kindle his flame with “a young wild, insatiable nympho who gave him a full cardiovascular workout regimen,” he finds himself literally cold to the touch, and unresponsive to female attention.

Enter Ariah “Butterscotch” Sinclair, an irresistible goddess of a business maven who is determined to light Victor’s loins on fire. She’s the pinnacle of femininity: a confident, sexy head-turner who is gorgeous inside and out. Ariah knows she can have any man she wants, and she sets her sights on blue-eyed Vincent.

Their courtship leaves plenty to be desired, though. Ariah struggles to awaken the manliness she senses in Vincent, and he’s oblivious to her needs. 911 is tortuous, slowly unspooling Ariah’s frustrations and disappointment. Sex scenes are graphic, but mostly unsatisfying, raising the question: What’s such an incredible woman doing with this low-wattage, dim bulb of a man?

Vincent slowly rises to the challenge, but the stakes of 911 are fairly low. For a feisty, self-confident character, Ariah has a disappointing propensity to put her relationship first, even when she gets literally nothing out of it—not even sexual satisfaction.

In spite of questions about the characters’ motivations, 911 is a spiffy, fun book. Ariah and Vincent’s romantic trials are good material for the long, well-woven tale. Landscapes, dialogue, and physical details are crystal clear, right down to the temperature of a winter night. Folksy, humorous characters offer a break from the romantic tension as well.

Although 911 is an erotic romance, it toes the line between seriousness and satire. Vincent and Ariah are two-dimensional, and their responses to the problems they face are predictable. Supporting characters, including Ariah’s parents, are better developed and behave in a more believable way.

Some of the book’s over-the-top moments distract from the characters’ chemistry, while quippy dialogue injects a little too much humor into serious scenes. 911 focuses on the extremes of romance, and struggles to find the middle ground between two dramatically different partners.

911 Call for Rapture is sexy, contemporary erotica about the love lives of the one percent.

Reviewed by Claire Foster

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