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Book Review: Divine Phoenix by Heather Rainier

by on June 29, 2012

5 Kisses!

 

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Divine Phoenix is the 10th book in the Divine Creek Series by Heather Rainier, and I swear to you that each one is better than the last. A quick explanation of the series is that they follow the trials and tribulations of the residents of Diving Creek as they meet their mates, and battle their personal demons. It loosely follows a more rugged cowboy romance theme; with most of the Hero’s working on or owning a ranch of some sort. Most of the ten books follow a ménage romance (2-3 men with 1 woman). They are all Happily Ever After stories, but they range just like relationships do in the sexual kinks of the lovers. There is NO denying the sexual chemistry in all of the books, nor can I say that there are ANY of the hero’s that couldn’t sweep me off of my feet. 🙂

Now, for the real info, here is the description from Divine Phoenix:

Every woman wants a fairy-tale ending, but Lily Valentine has given up on that. Other women may get their happily ever after, but what she lives is more like a nightmare. Admitted loner Clay Cook has heard all the stereotypes about artists and even lived some of them. He struggles with his craft, wondering if his best work is behind him.

Mortally ill, Lily flees to Divine, barreling headlong into Clay’s life from the distant past. Clay’s brother Del returns from a lengthy deployment, suffering from deep trauma of his own, at a loss for how to move on from it. In an effort to remake herself, Lily unintentionally does more harm than good.

As Lily Valentine rises from the ashes of her former life, jealousy I sparked and danger comes calling. Will Clay and Del be able to save her when her old life tries to reclaim her?

Reviewed: I loved Lily Valentine. She was emotionally vulnerable with a heart of gold, and she desperately wanted to find that strength inside of herself to become more. With Clay’s support she is able to blossom, and when Del entered the picture it was like a piece of the puzzle slid into place. Clay is a quiet man with a deep need to care for and love Lily, and in doing so he finds the strength to reach for what he most desires. Del carries a lot of guilt from his deployment in the Military, and I found him to actually be the most relatable of the three characters. He struggles with how to blend the angry soul that came back from the war; with the sparkling happiness he feels around Lily. They are faced with a life or death battle over Lily against her ex-husband, and of course, because this is a HEA they come out on top. I loved that Lily was described as a real woman with curves, and she showed a certain level of self-consciousness, but at the same time she was confident enough that the men desired her to let herself dress up for them, and feel sexy in their presence. I won’t share the secret of the Phoenix, but this was the only piece of the story that I found to be predictable. It turned out like I figured it would when I started the story. However, I think it gave Ms. Rainier a great way to introduce the character for her next book. Bravo Ms. Rainier! I can’t wait to read the next one!

As always Live, Laugh, and Love like today is your only chance!

~Lori

*I do not claim any rights to this book, it’s content, or the cover art. I am only using them for review purposes.

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