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A Taste for Passion (Book 1): Ellora's Cave Presents Paperback – August, 2003

4.3 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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"...A Taste For Passion, is chock full of emotion, and tense, heartwrenching moments..." -- Trish Lasha for Romance Junkies

"...Fans of erotic vampire romances will enjoy this powerful tale...action-packed and filled with angst..." -- Harriet Klausner for The Best Reviews

"...an exciting, sexy tale...The characters draw you in at the first line and hold you captive..." -- Ketsia Lerebours for Simegen

4 Stars--"...Michelle creates every woman's vampire fantasy with a hero who is dark, brooding and dangerous..." -- Pamela Cohen for Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine

About the Author

Born and raised in the southeast, Patrice Michelle has been a fan of romance novels since she was thirteen years old. Though she enjoys reading many types of books, from mysteries to sci-fi, she has always come back to romances, saying, "There’s just something about a sexy happy-ever-after that gets to me every time."

Patrice has always preferred reading sensual romances and when she started writing, all her stories leaned toward the erotic. Writing both paranormal and contemporary romantica books for Ellora’s Cave has given her the freedom to let her imagination run free, to push the envelope to her heart’s content.

She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, photography, and writing, lots of writing.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Ellora's Cave (August 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843605694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843605690
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,607,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
My stomach is upset, and I'm not sure if it's because I have caught a tummy bug or simply because this horrible book literally gave me the sh*ts! This book reeked like week old fish left out in the sun, and left a similar taste in my mouth. And yet, somehow it has gotten rave reviews from many other readers. Might I conclude that this is because its author has lots of friends who have all chipped in to write good reviews for it and increase its sales? Or is it because good taste is a thing of the past? I wonder...

On the plus side, this book is VERY short, shorter in fact than most junior fiction, so at least the pain it caused me was over in a few short hours. It's only 171 pages long, and the words are printed BIG with double spaces between every paragraph. (A cheat's way of passing off a short story as a real novel.)

Okay, that was the one GOOD thing about it. Now to the bad...

First of all, it's just one big cliche. The author looks like she got hold of one of those 'How to write a romance book' books and just copied it verbatim. All the traditional, hackneyed romance novel phrases turned up: the sensitive bud, the pebbled flesh, the nubbin, the liquid heat, the damp curls, etc. etc. There is nothing new or original here, nothing at all. Worse though, the author repeats the same annoying phrases over and over, ad nauseum. Her personal favourite word seemed to be 'trail', as in 'trailed his lips', 'trailed his kisses', 'blazed a hot trail' and so on. Barely a page goes by without the hero and heroine trailing all over each other. In fact, sometimes they do it several times a page. Could the author find no other words to use than 'trail'? By the end of the book, there were more trails on their bodies than on a hiking map of USA parks!
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Ms. Michelle has penned a great Vampire Romatica story that was not only very sensual but had a storyline that was great fun. The characters of this story had great chemistry and Ms. Michelle managed to combine not only sensual love scenes but also humor in a story that is fasted paced. You will be loath to put this book down until the final page. I'm very careful about what vampire stories I read but I will be adding Ms. Michelle to my "must read" list immediately.

Lucian is a vampire that has been looking for the reincarnation of his love Elizabeth. He knows that he will find her it's only a matter of time, or is it? He begins to loose faith when he literally brushes up against a woman leaving a cemetery and he feels something for the first time in years.

Rana Sterling has just buried her beloved grandfather Jack. She is trying to come to terms with her loss when she comes across an antique dealer and finds an unusual ring that she feels compelled to buy. This purchase will change her life. Before she knows it she finds herself dreaming the most sensual and erotic dreams of her life. She can't believe it when she comes face to face with her dream lover. What she doesn't know is that her life is about to change in ways that she can't imagine but is fate going to take her away from Lucian before she realizes how much she cares for him?

This was a fast paced read that was not only humorous but also sensual. This was the first time I've ever read anything by Ms. Michelle but I look forward to picking her books up again in the future. I highly recommend Ms. Michelle you won't be disappointed.

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From TT reviewer Patricia McGrew
Rana Sterling is grieving for grandfather, Jack. At the graveside service, she barely notices the man she brushes up against on leaving. For some reason he now fills her dreams at night and her thoughts in the daytime. To try to escape her grief, she gets in the vette and takes to the open roads.
No amount of driving can stop her thoughts. On the way back to town she
stops at a small antique shop. Looking at a tray of jewelry, Rana is drawn to the rings. Placing it on her finger, it's a perfect fit. For some reason the ring sells like Lavender. Paying for the ring, she wears it out of the store.
Lucian Trevane is a vampire. He has five days to take over the leadership of his people. It was a position he didn't want without his soul mate. She had been lost to him for centuries. Seventy years ago she was killed before he could claim her as his mate. He had place the ring in storefronts in hopes of her coming back to him again. When his sister, Sabryn tells him a young woman came to her shop and brought the ring and had the ability to smell the fragrance he knew his love was back. This time he had to get to Rana before his rival for leadership, Kraid gets to her first.
As much as Rana is attracted to Lucian, she runs in fear when she finds out he is a vampire. Running into the street, she is struck by an oncoming car.
Dying, she goes to the Gatekeeper. He tells her Lucian is a good man and would make the best leader for his people. Without her help he won't take the position, so he wants her to go back to earth and help Lucien defeat Kraid. But she has to stay pure and not let him take her as his true mate until he is Leader and then she has to come back to heaven.
Can Rana stand leaving Lucien for a second time?
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