Book Review": Chastity Flame by C. Margery Kempe

KempeChastityFlame Title:  Chastity Flame
Author:  C. Margery Kempe

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Publisher:  Ravenous Romance
Genre:  Thriller, Erotica
Length – 206 Pages
Other:  M/F, F/F
Pagan & Pagan Elements: YES/NO
Card Rating:  — 3/5 cards
Reviewed by: Monica

About The Book:

Chastity Flame loves her job as a secret government operative. She
foils criminal masterminds, travels the world, and finds new lovers in every city. Then she meets art historian Damien Michelet in front of one of her favorite paintings and discovers there’s more to life than just lust (although there’s plenty of that, too).
But Chastity doesn’t have time to think about what this sexy distraction means while she’s trying to uncover a vast computer virus scheme that will destabilize European currency and amusing herself with various lovers across the continent.
It’s hard work saving the world-it can be lonely, too. Before Chastity can make a decision about what to do about Damien, she takes part in a daring rescue of a geek genius, only to discover that the fellow operative lending assistance is none other than Damien! On the plus side, now she won’t have to explain her job-but what to do about that rule about no romance between agents? Will she risk the security of her country for some really wild sex-and the possibility of love?

The Review:
Chastity Flame by  C. Margary Kempe was a pretty quick read. One thing that was ever present was the fact that Chastity is a slut, and has sex as much as she eats and sleeps. Not a bad thing, just an observance. Chastity is a strong female character and is totally confused by the feelings she develops when her lover starts to become more. The feelings Chastity develops arrive pretty quickly and without explanation in my opinion, but Damien and Chastity have a ton of heat. Damien is the perfect partner for Chastity, he is strong enough to keep her on her toes but not so strong as to over power her sense of freedom.
Speaking of heat, this book is practically radiating steam. There are lots of different things to chose from, Ms. Kempe doesn’t write the same scene over and over, and even throws in some F/F love.
The villain in this story is practically seething evil, right down to the evil, maniacal laugh. He’s got everything you could want in a villain: betrayal, treason, kidnapping, etc. He has it all. If you like lots of steamy variety and a thrill ride that keeps you on your toes, this book is most definitely for you.

Pagan Elements:  NONE, however the author is Pagan. 

Cover (Rated 1-10): 7 Cover isn’t too bad and fits with the story.
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11 thoughts on “Book Review": Chastity Flame by C. Margery Kempe”

  1. Thank you, Monica for taking the time to read and review my book. I’m glad you seemed to enjoy it. I’m a little surprised at your using the word “slut”; even though you say it’s “not a bad thing” I admit I was a little taken back since it’s so often used as a negative thing against women. I’m sure a lot of people would call her that — though I wonder what they would call the men.

    By the by, while there isn’t much of the way of paganism in the narrative, I am a proud pagan author.

    Thanks again!

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  2. I will change the Pagan Author thing is just a sec Mz. Kempe.

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    On a personal note, I am learning that the beauty of erotica is taking ‘old’ stale definitions of negative words and giving them a new age and proper revamping so to speak.

    While the word ‘slut’ may give some a sour feel, in the fantasy land of erotic, it maybe claiming its way to fame–>being seen as a sexy–secure-enough-too-have-her-own–pleasures-kind of-woman.

    Personally, I say women should take back the word and turn a negative into a positive. Why should men have all the fun—and according to what is making erotica an instant sell and so very popular—they’re not lol.

    Congrads on a great review Mz. Kempe!!!!! We hope you will submit future works with us.

    Monica, GREAT JOB!!!!! I am so dang tickled with our reviewers this month lol

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  3. As the review editor I am the one who left the word “slut” in the review. The reviewers here call ’em like they see ’em and while some might find negative connotations to the word “slut”, I for one think when we are dealing with erotic works, it is a suitable description. I evaluate reviews based on balance of what the reviewer thought was good and what the reviewer doesn’t like so much, and Monica wrote a well-balanced, positive review. We thank you, Ms. Kempe for your comments and for submitting your work to The Pagan & The Pen for review and hope to see more of your work.
    Rie McGaha
    P&P Review Editor

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  4. Hey, CH — I can see that point of view: I like “witch” for the same reason, as in “yeah, I’m a witch, You got a problem with that?” Maybe I should feel the same way about slut.

    Rie — Oh, I would never ask for censorship. I’d rather people just say what they think and then be able to talk about it. It seems an unfortunate outgrowth of our media at present that too many people expect to be able to say what they want, but when people disagree they feel “attacked”. There’s nothing wrong with disagreement — it’s inevitable! I’m just glad there are still places like Pagan & Pen where people can disagree and still be respectful. In those conversations, ideas are opened up and minds are changed.

    I’ll certainly be glad to send more work to P&P for review. I was very impressed with the specificity of Monica’s comments on the development of characters. Too often reviewers mention only the narrative. Appreciated!

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    1. lol Mz. Kempe, Witch is a big one along with Warlock lol.

      We welcome disagreements here and we welcome people to add to the info. We have been blessed with both. And personally, I don’t think Rie or myself took the whole slut issue as a disagreement (just to make it clear for anyone who reads this). I am thankful you pointed it out so others can kick in an opinion of the word and erotica.

      I was reading in a book by Barbara G. Walkers that many terms that were used against women, to slander their nature or sexuality, were not always so.

      For instance…the term Bitch was actually a Goddess name and no, she wasn’t a female dog lol. I’d have to look up the details (rushed for time at the moment) but it was actually a name of a Goddess and in later centuries it became a term for female dogs and then a slander against women.

      We also know that women have been suppressed concerning sex and their desires for how many centuries. I also wanted to point out that I believe erotica is changing that. Women and what they want seem to be busting out of the closet so to speak lol. Awesome…

      So thank you Mz. Kempe and all writers of erotica for making that happen.

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  5. I’d love to hear more about that origin: in Old English it means exactly the same thing, just a different spelling: “bicce” which is coincidentally similar to “wicce” which is the feminine version of the OE word for witch (“wicca” is actually male or plural). Since I’ve seen a lot of misattributed meanings for “wicca” (e.g. it has nothing to do with “bending” — that’s a different root altogether), I’d be interested to see the derivation. Do you recall which book it was in?

    Thanks!

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    1. Mz. Kempe,

      Barbara G. Walker “The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths & Secrets”—I love that book. I have had two copies. My first one literally fell apart. I am always recommending it to people but I don’t think my raving does it justice.
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      Ok in short, under Bitch, it says that it became a naughty word in Christian Europe but it was actually one of the titles for the Goddess Artemis Diana, leader of the Scythian alani.
      It says that the Great Bitch was known in all Indo-European cultures beginning with Sarama who led the Vedic dogs of death. There’s a bunch more info on it.
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      If you have the cash, I know its a recession and everything, but try to buy the book if you don’t own it. The book itself is highly controversial to certain historians but I adore it. She lists resources for each piece of info so it wouldn’t be hard to cross check at all.
      She also has info under the word C*nt…although I admit, I still struggle with using or hearing that word lol. Believe it or not, erotica is helping me ‘awaken’ if you will lol.

      Thanks for chatting it up about all this today. I kind of get hungry for such conversations lol.

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  6. Thanks so much for the info: I am definitely going to check it out. The histories of words and their meanings are fascinating to me (that’s why I study what I do). I’ll have to see what she says about the “C” word, LOL. As a Derek & Clive fan, I think I have a more relaxed attitude toward that particular taboo word. Then again, as an Anglo-Saxon scholar I tend to favour words with Anglo-Saxon roots as opposed to French or Latinate words (e.g. vagina).

    LOL — I love these conversations, too, and my students are always keen to have them. 🙂

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    1. One thing I totally rave about is a professional brain storming woman…and when you add pagan to the mix then its cause to yank the doors off the temples, drag in all the boy toy slaves and throw down on hell of a celebration.

      You rock on Mz Kempe–you Angelo/Saxon GENIUS!

      Oh and in the book—Son of a Bitch was not a term early Christians used to call someone’s mother a female dog lol…by name calling someone that, it was an insult that meant devil—a spiritual son of the Pagan Goddess. Interesting STUFFS. I love this book lol.

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    2. Hee hee — and you’re a doll, CH! I actually meant to say above that my students are NOT always keen to have them, LOL. But enough of the time they are, I suppose. I have some terrific students. They haven’t called me genius though! Thanks for that.

      Definitely going in search of that book — sounds like much fascinating material!

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    3. http://www.womens-way.com/WEMS-5.pdf

      That will show you the massive index. She does kind of a genealogy with history and information. For instance, she will take a character of the Bible and then track it to every Goddess or God or pagan lore which predated it.

      Book Description

      Do You Know…

      * where the legend of a cat’s nine lives comes from?

      * why “mama” is a word understood in nearly all languages?

      * how the custom of kissing began?

      * whether there really was a female pope?

      * why Cinderella’s glass slipper was so important to the Prince?

      The answers to these and countless other intriguing questions are given in this compulsively readable, feminist encyclopedia. Twenty-five years in preparation, this unique, comprehensive sourcebook focuses on mythology anthropology, religion, and sexuality to uncover precisely what other encyclopedias leave out or misrepresent. The Woman’s Encyclopedia presents the fascinating stories behind word origins, legends, superstitions, and customs. A browser’s delight and an indispensable resource, it offers 1,350 entries on magic, witchcraft, fairies, elves, giants, goddesses, gods, and psychological anomalies such as demonic possession; the mystical meanings of sun, moon, earth, sea, time, and space; ideas of the soul, reincarnation, creation and doomsday; ancient and modern attitudes toward sex, prostitution, romance, rape, warfare, death and sin, and more.

      Tracing these concepts to their prepatriarchal origins, Barbara G. Walker explores a “thousand hidden pockets of history and custom in addition to the valuable material recovered by archaeologists, orientalists, and other scholars.”

      Not only a compendium of fascinating lore and scholarship, The Woman’s Encyclopedia is a revolutionary book that offers a rare opportunity for both women and men to see our cultural heritage in a fresh light, and draw upon the past for a more humane future.

      link :
      http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780062509253/The_Womans_Encyclopedia_of_Myths_and_Secrets/index.aspx

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