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All Fired Up [Kindle Edition]

Kristen Painter
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


“Breathtaking prose, enthralling story-telling, a rare find. Painter is a major talent!”- NYT Bestselling Author Gena Showalter

“Highly entertaining, utterly charming and memorable. A fantastic story. Kristen Painter has a new fan.”
~ Long And Short Reviews

“I was completely entralled in this debut novel by Kristen Painter. Who doesn't want a sexy, uberhot Viking at their beck and call? This book made me pause and think about what I would want to change in my life and the consequences that it may cause. Captivating and charming.”
~ Publishers Weekly, Beyond Her Book blog

“Painter's tale is a great read with a strong, likable heroine and a hero to die for. The paranormal aspects are woven seamlessly into contemporary New York, and the author's fun writing style captures the mood perfectly.”
~ Romantic Times Book Club Magazine


About the Author

Kristen Painter resides on the Spacecoast of Florida with her retired Air Force hubby and three feline dependents. Her writing has explored many genres—poetry, non-fiction, short stories, and now fun paranormals, quirky young adult or dark & twisty urban fantasy. Her work has been seen in Sun magazine, Cosmopolitan, and the Romance Writers Report. A two-time Golden Heart finalist, she’s also the co-founder of the award winning site, Romance Divas, and the past vice president and webmaster of two RWA chapters, Chesapeake Romance Writers (CRW) and SpacecoasT Authors of Romance (STAR) and the current President of ESPAN. She’s represented by The Knight Agency.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1012 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (September 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,558 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new voice in romance! September 10, 2009
By valarie
Format:Kindle Edition
I downloaded this book because it looked like a really unique take on paranormal romance with a fantasy Viking and a contemporary heroine. I had no idea I'd discover a new must-have author! From the first page, I was in love with Ms. Painter's sharp, witty, entertaining voice and fell hard for spunky and *real* heroine, Calleigh. The hero is as hot as promised on the cover, a sexy Viking with heart and soul, but it is the heroine who stole the story for me. The story moves at a great pace, with a perfect balance of witty banter, sexual tension, and action. I read it in two nights, laughed out loud, and got a little teary in the end. Wonderful new author and I can't wait to read more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot! September 9, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
It's hard to believe this is Kristen Painter's first book--the writing is so assured and fast-paced, the characters are so well drawn, and the tension between the very sexy hero and the completely lovable heroine is hard to beat. I've never been that interested in Vikings, but this book totally changed my mind! A great, satisfying read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VaVaVoom - Viking Goodness! Yum! August 27, 2010
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Snappy witty dialogue that's laugh out loud funny will keep you reading until the cows come home. The characters are well fleshed out (pun intended) and quite charming in this paranormal frolic through a disillusioned lass's life.

Calleigh unintentionally has called upon a Phoenix named Alrik who will grant her three changes. Given she's just quit her job because her lech of a boss came on to her, she's dumped her fiance since he was caught sleeping with her cousin, and both her parents passed away recently her life is not exactly moonbeams and pennywhistles.

She has to be careful what she wishes for though as sometimes what we get is not what we really want. In the words of an old Norse saying "Bad is called good when worse happens". Alrik is a Viking who desires nothing more than revenge in the beginning - for his wife who murdered him and his family. He became a Phoenix for vengeance alone. After spending time in Calleigh's world though will he realize that he can love and trust again?

I laughed through this book because the interactions with the characters are really funny - sometimes poignant as well. Alrik is everything you'd think of when you hear the words "Viking Chieftan". I was surprised that this was a very PG novel given the cover. Well maybe not all PG but it's been a long time since I've read a romance that doesn't have at least one sex scene. I would describe the spicy parts of this as pretty tame and more like interludes - not the full enchilada. Since I like me some major spice you'll understand that my giving this 5 stars really reflects on just how fabulous the writing is. Easily amongst the best I've read in the romance genre. I've been reading romance for over 30 years and this one feels fresh although the concept is similar to other books I've loved.

Those who enjoy historical, contemporary, and paranormal romance will find much to love in this tale.

af hefnd er ást!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thouroughly enjoyable September 14, 2010
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Count me in with others awaiting more from this up and coming new author! I loved this cute, fun, and charming book! There are times in my life when I wish I'd had a Phoenix!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent paranormal. Very romantic. February 3, 2014
By Rebecca
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me but may be perfect for you... September 2, 2014
By Mel E
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The Phoenix was an interesting variation but this book did take a bit for me to get through. I am glad I read it as there is warmth, humor, and an interesting storyline but the heroine was not someone I could completely get behind and wanted to smack a few times and tell her to "man up"! I like strong, plucky heroines so this was not my cup of tea but if you like a good story with a good cast of characters, steamy scenes, and a heroine who grows from a mouse to a confident person from a man's love then go for it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Sweet Romance with a wonderful Hero! March 8, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
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!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fired Up about Kristen Painter's book! October 11, 2009
By jdq
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Kristen Painter's debut novel is a read with pacing perfection, stellar character development, and a great amount of warm tinglies. Humor, depth, imagination, connection, redemption and more, it's all in this book. I recommend it now, will continue to do so.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I enjoyed reading this story it kept you interested throughout the book. The characters are great and the story flows well.
Published 2 months ago by Kayla Warren
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book although highly reminiscent of Sherrilyn Kenyons Fantasy...
Good book although highly reminiscent of Sherrilyn Kenyons Fantasy Lover. Viking out of statue, Greek demigod out of a book. Still pretty good and worth a read.
Published 3 months ago by justin cox
4.0 out of 5 stars it is a great summer read
Fast paced,interesting story is a great summer read.
Published 9 months ago by Donna D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Love, Love!
I love this author! I love Vikings! I love LOVE! Too much love you say? NEVER! You must read this book, and every other book by this author as well!
Published 15 months ago by jepdog
4.0 out of 5 stars something different
After reading the description for this book I just had to read it, and I'm so happy I did. It was a really nice quick read for me that I think was really well developed. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it twice
This is the only romance novel I think I've read twice. I really enjoyed the originality of the story even if it was predictable. Can I please have a Viking phoenix too now?
Published on February 20, 2013 by Carina King
5.0 out of 5 stars save me a Viking
I did enjoy this book. I find this Viking very fascinating, I will continue to watch for this author. she has a mini story sequel to this one. I liked it, too. Read more
Published on January 22, 2013 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Not so good.
This was not such a good book. The story started off a bit interesting, but then got lamer and lamer. Read more
Published on April 19, 2011 by F.A.
3.0 out of 5 stars been done better
All fired up is a book about a man (phoenix) trapped in a statue and he has to grant wishes or "changes". Read more
Published on January 23, 2011 by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Award winning author Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists and incredible worlds. She writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

The former college English teacher can often be found on twitter @Kristen_Painter or on Facebook at where she loves to interact with readers. She's also the co-founder of, an award-winning writers' forum. Sign up here: to find out when her next release is coming out.

Kristen lives in Florida with her retired Air Force husband and a horde of feline dependants. She is represented by the Knight Agency.

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