No. 118 (essentialsaltes) wrote,
No. 118
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Slightly Embarrassing reads... Candice Arkham

I was intrigued by the idea of a romance novelist using the nom de plume Candice Arkham. Surely, there would be some squamous love in there somewhere, so when I found a couple of her books on ebay for next to nothing I pounced. Sadly, no eldritch exchange of ichors in them. Even with a title like Forbidden Yearnings! Surely a reference to a Love That Dare Not Have Its Name Spoken!
[Having looked a little deeper, it looks like there's more hope for her other works, like Deadly Friendship, or Ancient Evil -- “The lure of love led her through a jungle of horror to a house of blood.” Why couldn't I have found that one on ebay?]
The identity of Ms. Arkham is not that great a mystery, since a tiptoe to the copyright page shows the works are attributed to Alice Ramirez, who posted an interesting Amazon Review of her first book, Geek.

Anyway, in Splendors of the Heart, a young sports reporteress flies to Spain to get an interview with the nation's most famous matador, who sexually harasses her until she falls in love with him. A complicated situation obstructs their union.
In Forbidden Yearnings, a young photographeress gets a job with a famous photographer, who sexually harasses her until she falls in love with him. A complicated situation obstructs their union.
I am out of my depth in judging Candlelight Romances, so my review boils down to: competent prose.
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