Adina barJonas is a successful junior
partner at her firm. The problem is, Adina has devoted so
much of her life to work, she has no personal life to speak
of. But when Hanukkah time rolls around, Adina’s in for a
few surprises. Her father sends her a VirtualClone, a
machine designed to give its user a “totally integrated
sensory experience.” With this toy, Adina’s able to not
only meet some of her favorite historical and literary
figures, but indulge in some deliciously wicked erotic
encounters. What Adina doesn’t know is that her father and
uncle have made some slight alterations to the VirtualClone
which will change Adina’s life forever.
Eight Days Ablaze is
perhaps one of the most interesting, unusual stories I’ve
read in a long time. Angelia Sparrow definitely kept me on
my on my toes, weaving in twists and turns I never expected
and tying everything together to deliver a satisfying,
The story is essentially Adina’s.
There is a character who could, I suppose, be deemed the
“hero,” but he plays a very small role. While this is
rather unusual (I believe) in a romance, for Eight
Days Ablaze it works and it does so because of
Adina’s innate likeability and the ease with which I was
able to relate to her. Though set in the year 2045, Adina
is the modern working woman, with all the struggles that go
into that, giving the story a contemporary feel even with
the improved gadgetry of the future. Her father, the other
primary character in the story, is a rather unusual
father-figure, being a high-end sex worker and thief, but I
found him incredibly interesting, if overly manipulative.
I’m afraid not much can be said about Eight Days
Ablaze without giving away key elements of the
plot. What I can say is that the sex scenes were
scorchingly hot, the heroine smart, strong, and appealing,
and the plot full of surprises. I’ll admit I picked up this
book because I wanted to read a Hanukkah story, but Ms.
Sparrow gifted me with so much for. Eight Days Ablaze
was a charmingly different tale that kept me engaged
from start to finish and is a holiday story that will be on
my mind all year ‘round.