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Desire can heal the coldest heartor burn it to ashes. Alrik Gunn knows from bitter experience that change isnt always for the better. From the woman who annihilated his Viking clan to the goddess who tricked him into centuries of slavery, betrayal has dogged his existence. The Goddess of Love is going to let him avenge his family, but for a price. As a Phoenixa merchant of Desire can heal the coldest heart—or burn it to ashes. Alrik Gunn knows from bitter experience that change isn’t always for the better. From the woman who annihilated his Viking clan to the goddess who tricked him into centuries of slavery, betrayal has dogged his existence. The Goddess of Love is going to let him avenge his family, but for a price. As a Phoenix—a merchant of change—he must grant a human woman three chances to change her life. When former Irish dancer Calleigh McCarthy tosses a carved-bird statue that belonged to her ex into a roaring bonfire, she unwittingly summons an honest-to-god Phoenix. A sexy, irresistible Viking who offers her an unbelievable bonus—three get-out-of-her-crappy-life-free cards. She’ll take it, even if it means guarding her cautious heart against the dark pain behind Alrik’s eyes. Alrik has vowed never to let love sway him again, but Calleigh’s innocence and kindness throw him off balance. Yet even as his need for revenge fades and his love for her grows, he is bound to let her make her choices without interfering. One wrongly chosen word, and any chance for happiness—for either of them—will go up in flames.


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Desire can heal the coldest heartor burn it to ashes. Alrik Gunn knows from bitter experience that change isnt always for the better. From the woman who annihilated his Viking clan to the goddess who tricked him into centuries of slavery, betrayal has dogged his existence. The Goddess of Love is going to let him avenge his family, but for a price. As a Phoenixa merchant of Desire can heal the coldest heart—or burn it to ashes. Alrik Gunn knows from bitter experience that change isn’t always for the better. From the woman who annihilated his Viking clan to the goddess who tricked him into centuries of slavery, betrayal has dogged his existence. The Goddess of Love is going to let him avenge his family, but for a price. As a Phoenix—a merchant of change—he must grant a human woman three chances to change her life. When former Irish dancer Calleigh McCarthy tosses a carved-bird statue that belonged to her ex into a roaring bonfire, she unwittingly summons an honest-to-god Phoenix. A sexy, irresistible Viking who offers her an unbelievable bonus—three get-out-of-her-crappy-life-free cards. She’ll take it, even if it means guarding her cautious heart against the dark pain behind Alrik’s eyes. Alrik has vowed never to let love sway him again, but Calleigh’s innocence and kindness throw him off balance. Yet even as his need for revenge fades and his love for her grows, he is bound to let her make her choices without interfering. One wrongly chosen word, and any chance for happiness—for either of them—will go up in flames.

30 review for All Fired Up

  1. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Rebecca ♥

    I dont have a lot to say about this, but I will say that I loved Alrik and Cal. Alrik was very sweet and demanding, Cal was very funny and candid. And the story was original and interesting. But dont judge this book by its cover. The hot torso may lead you to believe that it is a hot and sexy read when it fact it is not. There is zero sex in this book. There is a lot of angst and romance, but no sex. Although there is some sexual dialogue, so I would recommend this to all but the youngest and I dont have a lot to say about this, but I will say that I loved Alrik and Cal. Alrik was very sweet and demanding, Cal was very funny and candid. And the story was original and interesting. But dont judge this book by its cover. The hot torso may lead you to believe that it is a hot and sexy read when it fact it is not. There is zero sex in this book. There is a lot of angst and romance, but no sex. Although there is some sexual dialogue, so I would recommend this to all but the youngest and most sensitive readers. Although the ending seemed to be setting up a sequel about Valentius, there is as of yet no sign of a sequel.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Julie (Jewlsbookblog)

    The book has some drama, a little kissing, and no sex. The story was simply a cute and funny read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    First in the All Fired Up paranormal romance series and revolving around the Phoenixes, a group of men who were betrayed in their lives. The couple focus is on Calleigh McCarthy and Alrik Gunn. My Take This story reminds me of Sherrilyn Kenyons Dark-Hunterverse with a jealous goddess and men who die wanting revenge. Only its more of a softer, cozy romance rather than the scarier romantic suspense of the Dark-Hunters. I did have to keep checking to remind myself this was a Painter story, as it is so First in the All Fired Up paranormal romance series and revolving around the Phoenixes, a group of men who were betrayed in their lives. The couple focus is on Calleigh McCarthy and Alrik Gunn. My Take This story reminds me of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunterverse with a jealous goddess and men who die wanting revenge. Only it’s more of a softer, cozy romance rather than the “scarier” romantic suspense of the Dark-Hunters. I did have to keep checking to remind myself this was a Painter story, as it is so much cozier than her House of Comarré and Crescent City. Although, as I think on it, it’s sweet like her Jayne Frost spin-off. Calleigh's family are such protective sweethearts, and I thoroughly enjoyed Alrik’s experiences with cars, food, and elevators. There were a few inconsistencies. Alrik has been called to other times, so I should have thought he’d know about clothes. Her uncle Seamus is supposed to be famous and is shooting modeling campaigns, but later he claims he does socialite weddings and corporate portraits. Painter never did explain why Uncle Corri was her dad’s guardian? I also found Calleigh’s leaping into choices annoying. That first choice of hers was really annoying! Although. That third choice was totally unexpected. I do wish Painter had played this up more. It does help that Painter uses dual third-person point-of-view from Calleigh’s and Alrik’s perspectives, as it allows us to know what each is thinking and experiencing in this tale of heartbreak and betrayal. It was a fun, beachy sort of read, and I'll be curious to know which Phoenix is up next. The Story It’s been a crappy year for Calleigh, and this latest betrayal is the end. Tonight is gonna be bonfire night, including that stupid statue she bought Brad! But an hallucination shows up…calling himself a Phoenix who will grant her three opportunities to change her life. The Characters Calleigh McCarthy has quit her job and the dance studio, dumped her fiancé, and still mourns the death of her parents, Eagan and Catherine McCarthy. Snickers is her Maine Coon cat. She does have the rest of her family, including the nightlife-loving Uncle Seamus who is a photographer; Leona is Uncle Seamus’ assistant, and Shay is the makeup artist. Uncle Corri is married to Aunt Moreen, and they have a daughter, Bridget, who competes in Irish step dancing. Corri is a partner at McCarthy, Davis and Reagan. Marta is the receptionist. Jeana is her cousin and best friend…and gorgeous with no morals. She’s also the style editor at Couture, a women’s fashion magazine. Alrik “the Iron” Gunn was a Viking chieftain in Eire back in A.D. 876. He’s been a Phoenix ever since. Brad Volk is an estate lawyer with wandering eyes. And everything else. Change #1 Dr. Welborn bought a car. Dexter is a doorman. Paulo is the model in the Uber Homme marketing campaign. Change #2 Doreen works in patient care at Genesis Assisted Living. The Brotherhood are… …more men who were betrayed who chose to become Phoenixes under Freya , the Norse goddess of love and destiny. Eros, a demigod, was the first and does seem to exercise some control over Freya. Marcus Augustus Vincentius had been a centurion. Dimitri has given himself over to Freya. Si-Khu is an Egyptian. Mrs. Adalaide Crouper is Calleigh’s nosy neighbor. Little Joe’s is a diner with good food. Badu is a model and Seamus’ latest girlfriend. Erika is a coworker of Calleigh’s; Tessa Wilson had been a coworker. Mr. Berger is the handsy boss. Travis Fimmel was a hot model. Dieter is a German client from Uber Homme. Dizzy is a not-so-tuneful cat. Eire, Ireland, A.D. 876 Aran had been Alrik’s brother. Dagny is the beautiful daughter of a rival clan, the Keiths. Her father had been Geirmund. A feis is a traditional Gaelic arts and culture festival that includes dancing competitions. Amelia Maxwell Sinclair, a spoiled brat, had been an 18th century job for Alrik. The Cover and Title The browns and creamy white of the cover feels rather bare only because that nicely muscled eight-pack has a hairless chest and there’s no text across it. Most of the text starts one-third of the way down with the title words in white, outlined in black, and stacked one atop the other down the center. The author’s name is in a deep red and spread across the bottom. The title is what happens when a Phoenix shows up; he (and his target) get All Fired Up.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hbeebti

    Pretty cute and at times silly. 3.5

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sherri

    Sweet Alrik has plenty of reasons to distrust feeling emotional towards women. As he gets to know Calleigh the emotional wall he built around his heart begins to crumble. I enjoyed his point of view when it came to her generous spirit and her beauty. Calleigh learns that honor and loyalty are more than words from Alrik.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jess the Romanceaholic

    This was my first Kristen Painter novel, and let me tell you, it won't be my last :) The premise caught my eye immediately -- who hasn't wished for a genie of sorts to grant three magical changes in our lives? Add to that the fact that the "genie" isn't a genie at all, but is, in fact, a hunka hunka burning Viking and well, I'm fangirling all over that! One thing that stood out to me the most with this book was the humor. There were definitely serious themes, and possibly even a hint of a parable This was my first Kristen Painter novel, and let me tell you, it won't be my last :) The premise caught my eye immediately -- who hasn't wished for a genie of sorts to grant three magical changes in our lives? Add to that the fact that the "genie" isn't a genie at all, but is, in fact, a hunka hunka burning Viking and well, I'm fangirling all over that! One thing that stood out to me the most with this book was the humor. There were definitely serious themes, and possibly even a hint of a parable underneath everything. From Arlik's obsession with Cinnabons and bagels to Calleigh's tendency to oggle his behind, this book had me grinning the whole time, even through the angst. I'm not sure if this is marketed as a YA or Adult novel, but it definitely had a YA feel to it. For once though, that's not a bad thing :) I was in the mood for an easy, lighthearted read after some of the heavier stories I've picked up lately, and this novel fit the bill perfectly. Even better? At less than $4 for the Kindle edition, you really can't beat the price :) 4 1/2 (minus the 1/2 because dangit I wanted Calleigh to get some lol)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Creslin

    3 stars. It was a really quick and enjoyable read for me. This was one of those books that you read just to unwind. I loved our viking he was really hot and very protective even when he thought that he just was attracted to our heroine. The chemistry between them was sizzling and I couldn't get enough of them both. What bothered me a bit is that both of them are guarded from past relationships and broken hearts and it should've been harder for the to let go their doubts and start something. But I 3 stars. It was a really quick and enjoyable read for me. This was one of those books that you read just to unwind. I loved our viking he was really hot and very protective even when he thought that he just was attracted to our heroine. The chemistry between them was sizzling and I couldn't get enough of them both. What bothered me a bit is that both of them are guarded from past relationships and broken hearts and it should've been harder for the to let go their doubts and start something. But I guess the writer explains that(view spoiler)[ with the bond that they seem to share. (hide spoiler)] Still though I found it hard to come to terms with the jump from the start in the physical attraction. Anyways I don't know the plans of the writer about these series and if she will publish more of those stories for other of the vikings too, but if she will I would gladly read them to pass my time.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Loved this book! It starts out with a vicious murder making vengeance a must for Alrik. I was completed enthralled with just the first chapter. I loved the main heroine as well, which usually doesn't happen. Calleigh's name, family, demeanor, humor, everything was wonderful. The betrayals were a great addition to the paranormal romance. I was still laughing even 3/4 of the way through, and literally I couldn't put it down. I read it in one sitting. I hadn't read anything by Kristen Painter Loved this book! It starts out with a vicious murder making vengeance a must for Alrik. I was completed enthralled with just the first chapter. I loved the main heroine as well, which usually doesn't happen. Calleigh's name, family, demeanor, humor, everything was wonderful. The betrayals were a great addition to the paranormal romance. I was still laughing even 3/4 of the way through, and literally I couldn't put it down. I read it in one sitting. I hadn't read anything by Kristen Painter before, but now I can safely safe she is a favorite author of mine.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kiera Bryant

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I could see where she was going - but I was left a little let down. The fact that Alrik didn't even get revenge on Dagny was REALLY annoying. This felt barely pieced together. The reactions and interactions barely made sense. One of the redeeming factors for me was Alrik himself. He was a very likable lead male. Calleigh...eh, I could have taken or left her. I won't be continuing with this series unless I hear that it's picked up and she's polished it more.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    I enjoyed this book, especially the hero, Alrik. He had been betrayed and yet he was open and honest and I found that I liked everything about him. Calleigh was funny and very considerate but in some parts of the book, she irritated by by the decision she made or how she treated Alrick. Overall, it was a very enjoyable book that I would recommend to any romance reader!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Lynch

    This was fun and original. There are a lot of Viking books out there, but a Viking in contemporary times? I fell in love with Alrik and truly could identify with the protagonist and the decisions she had to face.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dara

    I totally had a Cinnabon craving after reading this book! This was a fun read, and I unexpectedly enjoyed it! I won the ARC, so I might not have normally picked it up cause I prefer historical romance. But this was a really good story!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carina K

    This is one of the very few romance novels I've read more than once. The main female is a bit weak for my taste but I love the concept of the Phoenix working for Freya. I sincerely hope there is another Phoenix character in a future book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gnome Claire *Wishes she was as cool as Gnome Ann*

    All Fired Up was okay, bits of it were funny and other very sweet but Calliegh was really annoying, her three changes were just such obviously terrible decisions. I really couldn't get over the annoyance I felt at her.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laura Holland

    Just awesome that is all I can say!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Shettel

    Awesome I enjoyed reading this story it kept you interested throughout the book. The characters are great and the story flows well.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Edna

    3.5 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessica ♡~ Book&Coffee Lover ~♡

    Wow! This was such a great book, filled with all kinds of emotions .. this book really sucks you in and makes it very very hard to put down! Result i read this book in a single sitting :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    MLL

    A quick and enoyable read. I was hoping for more of this series but I can't find that any more were published.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dana Andrews

    I gave this 5 stars because it was so entertaining and fun to read. I couldn't put it down!! If I can't have Alrick I want a Viking Phoenix of my very own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jo * Smut-Dickted *

    Really fantastic romance. Lots of UST!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie Lopez

    A wonderfully fun book, is there a 2

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Desris

    Great book This is the first book I read from painter but I intend to look up all of her books to read and I m far from a young adult . Lol.

  24. 4 out of 5

    pawprintedheart

  25. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

  26. 4 out of 5

    Persephone

  27. 5 out of 5

    Denise

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

  30. 4 out of 5

    Wolgan

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