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.