Flames of Passion, Part 3 of Annie Oakfield’s entertaining and very erotic series The Bucket List, was released this month. As always, Annie writes very well and with detail – here is an author who enjoys research, and I think one of the things that makes her writing so good is wondering how much of this fantasy has been realised as part of her research.
This third episode is an excellent short story, almost (but not quite) as good as the first. Lucy wakes up – or perhaps she’s dreaming – to the threat of fire and smoke. But help is at hand in the shape of eight very attentive firemen.
There were eight guys here. Eight guys! I would never get away with taking only one of them. They’d all want me. A shiver of fear chilled me. I’d never been with more than four…
I suppose if I have a complaint about this one – and it’s a minor and rather philosophical one – it is Lucy’s belief that she is dreaming. The reader will, of course, suspect that it’s not really a dream, and maybe it isn’t.
I pushed back against him, not bothering to wonder if he was wearing a condom. It didn’t matter, did it? It was only a dream.
If it’s not a dream, Lucy is seduced into some very unsafe sex, and we’re left hoping that Amber gave the firemen sexual health checks and that Lucy is on the pill.
And if it is a dream? Well, I generally find dream sequences to be uninteresting as story ideas.