Book Review: Secret Fire

Over the last couple weeks many of you lovely readers have been asking for my book advice. I am honored that you all recognize me as an avid reader, and I am touched to know my taste is already this respected. Unfortunately for me, I am so well read that it has actually hindered this post. You see, I have had to keep putting it off and putting it off because I just couldn’t decide between the literally thousands of books I have loved and been moved by. How can I pick just one to review??

But everything changed yesterday.

There I was, home alone and texting my boyfriend, A. We were doing the usual casual chatting… until… he wrote the most scandalous thing EVER. I took a screen grab for you all:


HE WAS SEXTING ME. In all my years I have never sexted or been sexted. I had no idea what to say in response! I don’t know about you all, but it really took me by surprise.

So, I turned to my one trusted source, the woman who taught me everything I know about my body: Johanna Lindsey, America’s favorite romance author.

I pulled the first Lindsey book my eyes fell upon and let it fall open to the well creased pages. My response was perfection:


Mmmmhmm. I know. A never responded- and I don’t blame him. I bet my sensual reply sent him through the roof!


Well enough about me, this is about the fabulous Johanna Lindsey and her novel Secret Fire (in which I found the above quote). And with that, welcome to our first ever Des Geulasse book review!


I first read Secret Fire about a year after it came out and LOVED IT. I mean a true page turner, could not put it down.

Last night was the fifth time I’ve read through it, and it honestly ages better than a fine wine.

The heroine, Katherine, is not only strong and independent, but a fiercely proud and poised woman. Lindsey does a great job at filling her out as a character, and by the end of the novel Katherine seems so real I sometimes forget she isn’t an actual friend of mine! I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve gone to text her and realized she doesn’t have a phone because she’s not human! 

The love interest, Dimitri, is a Russian prince who is passionate but a bit ill tempered. Though his relationship with Katherine is rocky at the start, everyone can see that their personalities complement each other completely. I would probably complement him more, but I think Katherine is a good second. Honestly, I really am happy for them.

Johanna Lindsey has a great command of the written word, and her floral style works exceptionally well with this period piece. I find that Lindsey gives so much beautiful detail without the story ever feeling verbose- it really is an impressive quality in an author! I especially love the way she describes the character of Dimitri, he sounds absolutely delicious- like something I could just savor all night long. He’s like a sultry, large, ripped, sweaty, strong piece of candy with chest hair and a really dirty musky smell with undertones of vodka. Or slice of this cake.

Anyways I won’t give away how the two get together in the end, so you’ll just have to read it to find out! Secret Fire is a definite 8/10, so give it a shot.

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  • Reply
    May 25, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Huuuuuge J Lindsey fan here- Secret Fire is one of my all time faves. You do such a great job reviewing it, Phyllis!!!!! I totally know what you mean about feeling like Katherine is a friend, I so wish she was real.

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    Tania B
    May 26, 2016 at 7:30 am

    I’ve been looking for a good book recommendation. I love literature because it expands the mind and opens the heart. I can’t wait to read this, it sounds like a classic.

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    May 26, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Hmm not sure if this is the book for me, I don’t usually like romance novels because they remind me of my ex boyfriend and how we used to have romance book clubs and he would read his favorite chapters out loud to me… but I’ll definitely give it a shot! Maybe we’ll get together again if I tell him I’m reading this!!!

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    May 27, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Dang girl, I cant believe u would post your sexts. Just don’t try to run for office one day. But get it girl, get it!!!

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      May 27, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      Lol thanks Beckie, I think my readers deserve all the deets 😉

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    May 27, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I always tell you this Phyllis, but A seems like such an amazing man! You are so lucky! I will definitely check out the book!

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      May 27, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      Thanks Josie, I totally agree!

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    June 16, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Can you do more on sexting?? I know you admit you’re not an expert but I would love to hear more about it. I never know what to say? or send? How much is too much??
    Do you know how to pose for nudes? or good props to use in sexy photo shoots?
    I need so much help with this. I feel like I never take good enough selfies. There really is an art to it!!
    I know this is supposed to be about the book and honestly I don’t think I will have time to read it.
    I do think I will check out Paris Street Style…thanks for the insights


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      June 22, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Hi Angela! I totally know what you mean! I think the Geulasse sisters will have to do a post on this soon 🙂

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