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  • Phoenix Rising (Phoenix of the Heart) on Oct. 02, 2012

    Take a step back to the 80's and meet Beth. She just doesn't have any luck with men including the one she dating. Until one day she is introduced to the world of computers and BBS. Enter in the Keeper and despite a humiliating moment her luck has changed. Follow the journey of the Phoenix as she rises from the ashes. Oh wow, what can I say. LOVE the book. What a sweet love story. To find love in the last place you would think considering the world of computers in the 80's. I feel complete empathy for Beth. Who hasn't dated a guy that won't go away? I know I've dated a few 'Jims' in my time. The characters are completely likable and anybody who lived through the 80's will recognized the computer terminology. If you don't, may I suggest Googling it. This is the first book I have read by Michelle Stevens. I find her very well written. Her story flows nicely with humor and honesty anyone that has dated can believe. I look forward to the next chapter in Beth story as well as more books by the author. Very well done Ms. Stevens!
  • Hunter on Oct. 30, 2012

    I was giving an ARC of this book for my honest review. The 1st half is the romance of Cole and how he meets the love of his life Leila, his Dreamgirl. This sweet love story has it all - world wind romance of innocent love, the development of their relationship, his sudden illness and how it brings them closer together, even some action. The pain of losing his love how he survives brought me to tears. Up until this point I was wondering how the title of the book came into play until tragedy strikes. Half way through when the story changes I now know why this book is called Hunter. Meet Job. He introduces Cole to the world of the Sched. This is what killed Cole's Dreamgirl. Cole is now determined to help rid the world of Scheds so no one else will suffer his pain. How Cole's life and training of how to become a hunter is exciting. Normally I read books from a woman's point a view. To have a story with romance and adventure told from a male perspective is very refreshing. And of course there is a cliffhanger. I can't wait to read the next book.
  • Brie Pleases her New Master (After Graduation, #1) on Jan. 30, 2013

    Just finished reading and OH BABY is this book hot! This book starts exactly where Brie Bows to Her Master ends. The elevators have closed and Brie and Master head off into the sunset. Follow along as we join the adventure of their new D/s relationship. The safety of the school is gone and now they are in a more realistic setting. Brie’s new Master loves her but he is a true Dom and it’s fascinating to see how she is discovering her new place in life. This series definitely has an edgier feel to it. The 1st few pages already had me in stitches but it wasn’t too long before things got hot and steamy. I love how the author writes her erotica…it’s so sensual, so arousing…it hits me in all the right spots and leaving me wanting more. I especially love how the author did a remarkable continuation from one series to the other with a perfect seamless flow. I cannot wait for the next book to come out! Another hot one Red Phoenix!
  • The Collaring Ceremony: His POV on Nov. 14, 2013

    I love when authors give you a new POV from another characters perspective. Brie's collaring was one of my favorite parts in the series and to experience it from her new Master's view made it even so much more special. To experience his thoughts and feelings brought tears to my eyes with sorrow and joy. This made the HEA so much more meaningful and enriches the series to new heights. Thank you Red. This is truly a special gift all Brie fans will enjoy.
  • The Billionaire's Bet: A Seductive Deal on Dec. 20, 2013

    Giggly sexy. That is my first thought when I finished reading The Billionaire's Bet: A Seductive Deal. I like when I can read a book that has me giggling and sighing. The premises of a romance author having a dry spell with her sex life as well as her writing, hooking up with a Dom whose name is Dom…I find that very comical. I’m not sure if that was the author’s intent but that is what I walked away with. Enough about that, on with my assessment of characters and story. Book one of the series introduces us to Julie and Dominic. Julie is an interesting character. At times, I feel she is a mature adult but then I get glimpses of her youth. Still I think her character is sweet and somewhat flaky. Dominic seems like a fun guy. I get the sense there is more to his personality than what we are seeing but for now I’m enjoying his playfulness. Their hook up was fairly quick but, since this is a novella, it’s to be expected. The sex was yummy and the BDSM not too overwhelming. I got to hand it to author Clarissa Wild. She did a good job by not having Julie be all worldly and experienced, especially since she is a novice to the whole D/s and BDSM world. Her innocence and lack of experience seems very genuine. I was giving the box set of The Billionaire's Bet by the author to review. I feel in all fairness that each book deserves to be reviewed as well. As the beginning book to the series, I find that The Billionaire's Bet: A Seductive Deal was a good introduction. I look forward to the next book. I received this book from the author for the express purposes of an honest review. The opinions and rating of this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensated. Stars – 3.5 Flames - 3
  • Divine Sanctuary on June 30, 2014

    Seems like I have been waiting FOREVER for Divine Sanctuary to come out. Let me say it now, it was well worth the wait. With so many twist and turns, this final entry in the Divine trilogy will keep you on the edge of your set guessing until the very end. Let’s start I am not a big mystery fan. However, I do like a good PNR story. It doesn’t have to have to be a vamp kind, humans that are ‘different’ will do me just as well. So knowing that this is a PNR mystery what is about this book and series that drew me in? I like Ms. Tardif writing style. She spins a good tale and creates characters that I can find myself interested in. Our MCs, Jasi and Brandon, I have been following along and just love. Jasi is tough and smart but not completely infallible. Brandon is a nice balance to her a both a work and relationship partner. As they work together on this case I found myself not only interested on what they were investigated but as well as how their relationship progress. The secondary characters of Ben and Natassia were great as usual, but it was Natassia’s interactions with ‘Jay’ that had me cracking up and wishing for more. As for Father Jeremiah and all his cult followers, I definitely did NOT drink the Kool-Aid. I knew one of them had to be the killer especially with their stepford wive/ blind minion following but the actually one. Yup didn’t see it coming. But I’m getting ahead of myself. So on to the mystery. Did I see the whodunit coming? Absolutely not! I was guessing the whole time but all the reveals definitely had me out in left field wondering how did I not see that come?! For you the reader, I suggest trying not to guess the who/what/how and just enjoy the story. Because even if you do figure it out, there will be a few strange twists that will have you scratching your head wonder how did I miss that. I got to mention the cover. When I first saw it I was curious to its meaning. The gates almost resemble something you would find at a cemetery. Mix it with the title I was thinking…some sort of religious aspect (?) I was missing. Now that I finished the book I look once again at the cover and the gates. Oh yeah I get it now. Am I going to explain? Not without giving a spoiler so you will need to read the book for yourself. But I do suggest once you finish Divine Sanctuary to go back and look at the cover. It definitely will give you a new perspective on what it means. So this is the finally book in the Divine Trilogy. I know because it’s in the Message from the Author. I’m not exactly disappointed. Ms. Tardif did a great job finishing out all the linger issues I had. Now while this book can be read as a stand-alone there are a few lines running through the whole series that won’t make sense unless you read all three titles. This is definitely a must read series for anyone who is a fan of the author as well as anyone who likes PNR mysteries. I received this book from the author for the express purposes of an honest review. The opinions and rating of this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensated. Stars– 5