Reviews
 
for Mardi Ballou’s fun and sizzling romances



Cover                                Desert Destiny - reviews

5 STARS--TOP PICK: For the time traveler lover, Desert Destiny delivers an enticing story of love, desire betrayal and discovery. I just adored this novel; the writing is so crisp and smooth, the historical references add such a vivid imagery to the landscape of the novel and the chemistry between Marisol and Prince Grentoori permeates the pages. ...an exceptional...splendid piece of work.”
   -- Vicci, Night Owl Reviews        Read the full review

4 HUNKS: Desert Destiny gets hot, sizzles, and is a full story. It makes you want to take your own spa marathon.”
   -- Moriah, RomFan Reviews        Read the full review

4 1/2 TEA CUPS: ...a very good book with lots of twists and turns to keep it interesting. I was very impressed with the author’s writing and her seeming in-depth knowledge of ancient cultures.”
    -- Hunter, HEA Reviews        Read the full review


Cover                                Fangly, My Dear #3: Playing with Matches - reviews

4 CUPS: The passion sizzles, the dialogue is crisp, and the plot wonderfully done... .a mesmerizing read that keeps the reader spellbound. With intense action, steamy romance and a dynamite couple...”
   -- Cherokee, Coffee Time Romance        Read the full review

4 GLASSES: With a dash of mystery, and a load of sensuality, Playing with Matches is a great read and I recommend it.”
   -- Suzi, www.IReadRomance.com        Read the full review

“...a great addition to the Fangly, My Dear series... A good short novel, I truly enjoyed it.”
   -- Nancy Eriksen, ParaNormalRomance Reviews        Read the full review

“I enjoyed this book...  [Tanith’s] love/hate fascination with vampires was interesting, and her chemistry with Gabe was very hot.  The suspense in trying to catch a killer was really well written...  Ms. Ballou tied up the storyline very well..”
   -- Vivian, Joyfully Reviewed        Read the full review


Cover                                Fangly, My Dear #2: What’s a Ghoul To Do? - reviewsGolden Angel

5 ANGELS - RECOMMENDED READ: Written with Ms. Ballou’s usual flair for the humorous and with a great cast of characters... I really loved the interactions between Rafe and Lilith.”
   -- Hayley, Fallen Angel Reviews        Read the full review

“...wonderfully written and romance pure... Sweet, paranormal and worth reading, I will be on the lookout for more in the series.”
   -- Amber Chalmers, ParaNormalRomance Reviews        Read the full review

Joyfully RecommendedJOYFULLY RECOMMENDED: ...even better than the first in this series (Byte Marks).  I loved Rafe’s alpha character... [His and Lilith’s] attraction and instant affection for each other was very well written.  The amazing sex coupled with their love for each other, really made What's a Ghoul to Do? a great read...”
   -- Vivian, Joyfully Reviewed         Read the full review  

“...you will love this book... I loved [Rafe]. Very sexy, very alpha and has no qualms with getting what he wants... I am already looking for the next book in the series and hope that Ms. Ballou has even more in the future.”
   -- Laurie J - The Good, The Bad, The Unread        Read the full review


Cover                                Whatever Maura Wants - reviews

“A quick read that packed a lot into a small space. Fantasies realized, self-discovery, and a steamy love story. If only everyone could have a birthday like Maura’s!”
   -- Chris, Night Owl Romance        Read the full review

5 STARS: a very steamy book that sizzled from the first page to the last. I loved Maura’s character... I really liked the way Antonio and Maura developed as a couple. The plot was wonderful... very well written...”
   -- Val Pearson, Just Erotic Romance Reviews        Read the full review



Cover                                Long, Slow Ride - reviews

Multiple O’s (Oh Baby, I'd go back for more!): Older woman, younger man... wild, hot, steamy, and emotional. Why can’t I find a limo driver like that?”
   -- Sinclair Reid, RRTErotic (Romance Reviews Today)       Read the full review

4 HEARTS: action-driven... a fantastic job of making the plot not only believable but highly enjoyable.”
   -- Shannon, The Romance Studio        Read the full review

4 ANGELS: I fell completely in love with Jeff... I promise that you’ll not regret the purchase because this is a very hot couple...”
   -- Missy, Fallen Angel Reviews        Read the full review

“...a short and sexy older woman/younger man romance that hits all the right places... For your own fun ride, try Long, Slow Ride.”
   -- Katie, Romance Junkies        Read the full review

RECOMMENDED READ: The sexual tension between these two characters was steamy enough to fog up windows all across the countryside... The passion... is palpable and makes for a good read.”
   -- Lynda, Simply Romance Reviews        Read the full review

“... wonderful short story... a hot and steamy tale... you’ll walk away a little breathless and a lot happy for Lori.”
   --  Angi, Night Owl Romance        Read the full review

“I really like Ms. Ballou’s writing voice and I like the characters she created for this story. The sex scenes...were hot. The chemistry between the characters showed not only during the sex scenes but also when they were just talking and getting to know one another... [Ballou’s] becoming a must read author for me.”
   --  Laura J - Good, Bad and Unread        Read the full review


Cover                                Fangly, My Dear #1: Byte Marks - reviews

“Their chemistry is smoking hot and it just leaps off the page.  ...erotic dream sequence that is just phenomenal...  a great read and a nice change of pace from the typical vampire story.”
   -- Vivian, Joyfully Reviewed       Read the full review

4 ANGELS: Hold on tight [for] a fast-paced sensual ride through the lives of three paranormal communities...”
   -- Shira, Fallen Angel Reviews       Read the full review

“Well written and interesting and a wonderful book for anyone into the Vampire paranormal genre.”
   -- Stacy, ParaNormal Romance       Read the full review

“Mardi Ballou has built a very intriguing world... If you like stories featuring ghouls, vampires, witches, strong heroes and equally strong heroines then Byte Marks will be right up your alley.”
   -- Diane Mason, The Romance Studio      Read the full review

“...a very good story, with fun and sexy characters and lots of room for more stories from this paranormal world (at least I’m hoping there’s more).”
   -- Laura J - The Good, the Bad, the Unread       Read the full review


Cover                                Perfect Pear - reviews

Perfect Pear was indeed a treat. This story is cute and quirky. The dialogue is snappy and I burned through the pages to see what was going to be said next. I loved the sexual sparks leaping off Adam and Penelope. ”
   -- Harper, Two Lips Reviews        Read the full review






Cover                                Noel, No Way - reviews

5 NYMPHS: ...inventive vampire spin on A Christmas Carol. Ms. Ballou has not only presented an engaging storyline but has also successfully packed amazing depth into this heartfelt spin-off... urges you never to forget the spirit of the celebrations and the true meaning of being with a loved one.”
   -- Bramble Nymph, Literary Nymphs Reviews Only       Read the full review

5 ANGELS: ...not at all the way Dickens imagined it!  ... wonderfully entertaining... It isn’t monetary greed that is Carlie’s problem but neglect of her relationship to Vincenzo because of pursuing her writing goal. What a unique parallel!”
   -- Stephanie B., Fallen Angel Reviews       Read the full review

4.5 BLUE RIBBONS: Mardi Ballou twists the beloved Dickens’ A Christmas Carol into a unique vampire story that certainly captured my interest,,. There was something so heartfelt and intriguing about this story that I found myself devouring the pages and felt great empathy for all the characters involved.  I was fascinated by the twists in the plot...”
   -- Chrissy Dionne, Romance Junkies      Read the full review

Cover                                Reluctant Goddess - reviews

4 STARS: ...a unique, imaginative, and humorous plot... delightful characters... refreshing to have a heroine that was a little on the large side. Fans of erotic romance will enjoy this one.”
   -- Annie Boling, ReviewYourBook.com       Read the full review







Cover                                Triple Booked - reviews

“...a great erotic read that just flew off the pages. ... Keep it up Mardi, you will always have me as a reader of your great books.”
   -- Nicole Harvey, Paranormal Romance       Read the full review

4 ANGELS: Mardi Ballou’s signature style shines through... Humorous and serious by turns the plot moves right along... two hot men with me in the middle, yummy.”
   -- Hayley, Fallen Angel Reviews       Read the full review

 “...I was enthralled... Ms. Ballou certainly knows how to turn on her readers!”
   -- Marcy Arbitman, Just Erotic Romance Reviews       Read the full review

“...a fun magical and very entertaining story that I’m sure many will enjoy.”
   -- Ley, Joyfully Reviewed       Read the full review

Cover                                Possession - reviews

4 ANGELS: a very heartbreaking tale... Mardi Ballou has impressed me with the longing and emotions of these two characters, including a non-traditional happily ever after that I didn’t see coming. But readers should find Possession to be a true love story in every way.”
   -- Katie, Fallen Angel Reviews       Read the full review

Possession yanks its reader through some of the most passionate and troubling times...: first love, murder, death of a beloved, rape, betrayal, wild exhilaration, exorcism, and more death. ...something that’ll haunt you for a long time... a unique, poetic tragedy that transcends the ordinary and gives you a glimpse into the Otherworld.”
   -- Chris, Joyfully Reviewed       Read the full review

“a late 19th-century historical [sic] romance set in the English countryside. ...marvelously atmospheric (the moors, the fogs)... elegant prose.”
   -- Mrs. Giggles       Read the full review


Cover                                Tingle Bells - reviews

4 STARS - Sizzling: Mardi Ballou has another winner. Tingle Bells is a feel good erotic romance. With just enough magic and spice to keep the reader going, this is a 4 star treat.”
   -- Kimberley Spinney, EcataRomance       Read the full review

“...packed with sensuality and humor... a quirky tale that showcases the pitfalls of searching for Mr. Right and the love of family, warts and all. And that is a story worthy of the season.”
   -- Isabelle Spencer, RRTErotic       Read the full review

4 CUPS: ...refreshing and different. I appreciate the way Ms. Ballou ties the concepts of home and tradition into this hot tale of love during the holiday season. If you like stories of two men who are totally enamored of each other, then you will enjoy this story of Christmas love.”
   -- Susan, Coffee Time Romance       Read the full review

4 ANGELS: A light hearted plot..., two smoking hot men and some tingle bells made for some tingling body parts. I always enjoy Mardi Ballou and her witticisms and Tingle Bells was no exception. A fun romp that left me with...a wistful wish that the holiday season was just a bit closer.”
   -- Hayley, Fallen Angel Reviews       Read the full review

4 STARS: a solid plot...  great characters... If you are a fan of M/M and family reconciliations (and feuds), then Tingle Bells could be a read you don’t want to miss!”
   -- Elizabeth Marie, Just Erotic Romance Reviews      Read the full review

“A tightly woven tale, Tingle Bells wraps itself around a reader and doesn’t let go until the last page. I loved the Clancy clan, with all their quirks and problems. The heat between Justin and Ramon is intense, both physically and emotionally. Readers will take delight in Tingle Bells.
   -- Amelia, Joyfully Reviewed       Read the full review

TTL Cover                                Anniversary Waltz - reviews

“Ms. Ballou takes two very unique couples and combines them flawlessly together. Anniversary Waltz kept me guessing and had my emotions on a roller coaster ride. You will love this ending! Anniversary Waltz will make you smile and make you fall in a love again and again.

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   -- Klarissa, Joyfully Reviewed       Read the full review




TTL Cover                                Heliotropic 3: To the Light - reviews

4 ANGELS: To The Light continues the unique series... Once again, this reader was impressed with the emotions some characters must deal with in this story... Val and Paul’s relationship only grows stronger... Mardi Ballou has managed to bring not only two characters, but two totally different characters, full circle entwining them into each other’s lives to the point they can’t imagine the other not there.”
   -- Shayley, Fallen Angel Reviews       Read the full review

4.5 STARS: Mardi Ballou continues her Heliotropic series with the story of a planet filled with handsome men who use sex to worship the sun. -- Sizzling...”
   -- Candy, eCataRomance       Read the full review

“...the eroticism...is off the charts and is sure to titillate the reader.”
   -- Isabelle Spencer, RRT Erotic       Read the full review


PSM Cover                                Petits S’Mores - reviews

4 STARS: This story has everything: danger, romance, unrequited love... a killer book that any lover of the vampire genre needs to get.”
   -- Sheryl, EcataRomance      Read the full review

4 STARS: [The] plot was on point and brought all of the pieces of this short story together... an excellent job..”
   -- LT Blue, Just Erotic Romance Reviews      Read the full review

5 HEARTS: the sexual encounters...are exceedingly arousing. I kept stopping to reread! This book flows seamlessly, and I simply LOVED it! Petits S'Mores is another winner from Mardi Ballou!”
   -- Marcy Arbitman, The Romance Studio    Read the full review

3.5 LIPS: ...a short tale that both entertains and arouses... this story leaps out and grabs you and doesn't let go until the very last page. I highly recommend this hot, hot book to readers who love mysteries, vampires and scorching sex! Fabulous job, Ms. Ballou!”
   -- Two Lips Reviews      Read the full review

4 ANGELS: ....packed full of plot and humor, the characters are well fleshed and the writing style draws you into the drama.”
   -- Hayley, Fallen Angel Reviews      Read the full review


ITD Cover                                Heliotropic 2: In the Dark - reviews

4.5 STARS: Mardi Ballou takes the readers along for the ride as Paul discovers what it is like now that he is a Vampire... The sex scenes are vividly erotic. I hope there is a third book to this series.”
   -- Candy, eCataRomance     Read the full review

4 STARS: ...a wonderful story... a perfect sequel to...From the Light... a good mix of action, a little bit of mystery, interesting sex scenes and some humor... The characters...express a wide variety of emotions for each other: love, hate, jealousy and anger... The story has a wonderful flow... grabbed my interest with the dark intensity... The ending was a wonderful surprise and bonus.”
   -- Tamar Reid, Just Erotic Romance Reviews    Read the full review

4 ANGELS: The introduction of Trey...brings in an additional wonderful character. The unique moment of the spider was one this reader was not prepared for, yet Mardi Ballou did a great job at...creating quite an erotic image. ”
   -- Shayley, Fallen Angel Reviews       Read the full review


FTL Cover                                Heliotropic 1: From the Light - reviews

5 HEARTS: Val and Paul are so immediately right for each other that their love and attraction just shines from the pages... This story is highly recommended and I am eagerly awaiting the next installment in the Heliotropic Series.”
   -- Annie, The Romance Studio      Read the full review

4.5 CUPIDS: This is a great story about two people from different races, planets and with totally different needs, who manage to get together because of love... The sex scenes are great -- scorching and very emotional... lots of tension, emotion and a book that shows that love can conquer all.”
   -- Susanne, Cupid’s Library Reviews      Read the full review

4 STARS: The love between Val and Paul is only the beginning of their story. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.”
   -- Candy, eCataRomance      Read the full review

4 ANGELS: an imaginative plot pitting two very different characters against a formable opponent that is evil through and through... unique and new to the many paranormal plots out there... Mardi Ballou has started a series that is sure to see some intense passion and fights for survival.”
   -- Jessica, Fallen Angel Reviews      Read the full review

3.5 STARS: definitely has an interesting concept... I give Mardi Ballou thumbs up for her creativity... erotic and entertaining...”
   -- Suni Farrar, Just Erotic Romance Reviews      Read the full review


YVIF Cover                                Young Vampires in France - reviews

4 CUPS: ...a very good vampire romance, full of conflict and past tragedy. The author paints a wonderful picture of France and the love scenes are very, very hot! I will definitely read the previous novel.”
   -- Maura, Coffee Time Romance      Read the full review

4 HEARTS: Monique and the Comte were fascinating, well-written characters... I loved reading and enjoying their sex along with them... I enjoyed reading the book a great deal”
   -- Marcy Arbitman, The Romance Studio      Read the full review





TTTC Cover                                Third Time’s the Charm - reviews

4 STARS: [The] characters are so well developed that I could feel their intense physical longing for each other... I could feel and almost share their desperation. The story is fast paced with a lot of longing written into very few pages, but it captured my attention from the beginning and kept me enthralled to the very end.”
   -- Karen H., Just Erotic Romance Reviews, Newsletter #74     

4.5 CROWNS: This story is loaded with sexual tension that isn’t relieved until so close to the end that you’ll be screaming in frustration. Brianna and Misha’s powerful attraction will have you believe that you too can walk through a movie screen into another time period and find true love. Mardi Ballou’s story sizzles...”
   -- Scarlet, Realms of Love      Read the full review

“I was fully engrossed... and devoured [it] in a single sitting... great descriptions... The sex is hot and fits beautifully into this very well told time-travel story.”
   -- Maura, Joyfully Reviewed      Read the full review

3.5 BLUE RIBBONS: Mardi Ballou has the ability to take the mundane details of everyday life and turn them into possibilities that exist in worlds where imagination is the limit. She creates passion and romance with the written word, and makes us believe that even going to the movies can be an adventure of love and lust.”
   -- JT, Romance Junkies Reviews      Read the full review

3.5 HEARTS: Ms. Ballou’s wondrous imagination transforms this tale into a dreamy read. One filled with a novel premise and clearly defined writing... a romantic and timeless tale between two clandestine lovers... an exciting journey.”
   -- Janalee, Love Romances      Read the full review


LFH Cover                                Love for Hire / Down and Dirty - reviews

5 UNICORNS: This has got to be one of the best anthologies I have ever read. I loved all three, which is highly unusual. Each story is unique and dripping with hot sex and powerful emotions. If you want to try out an anthology, this is the one! Whatever mood you are in, any of the three stories will leave you contented.”
   -- Anita, Enchanted in Romance      Read the full review

4 ANGELS: ...each author created two very strong individuals that were willing to fight for what they wanted. The character and plot development in each story is superb and you will hate to see the story end. I look forward to reading more from these authors.”
   -- Tewanda, Fallen Angel Reviews      Read the full review

4 HEARTS: : ...a sparkling anthology of wit, love, thrills, and sensuality.
   Love for Hire is a quirky story featuring two characters that..make a delightful duo... a hot sexual tension that adds another layer to their story... another exceptional story in this anthology.”
   -- Sarah W, The Romance Studio      Read the full review

4 STARS: Each story in Down and Dirty is steamy and hot to trot. The book is a great read... The book doesn’t disappoint! I recommend that readers pick it up today!”
   -- Chantay, Euro Reviews      Read the full review

4 CUPS: ...three very erotic stories that will keep you reading until all hours of the night. The suspense builds in each of the stories so the book is impossible to put down... The sex is hot and you may need ice water to cool off...”
   -- Sherry, Coffee Time Romance      Read the full review

4 STARS: This story has a lot of twists and turns, none of them predictable. I liked the playfulness, openness and exploration between Stephanie and Nick... That really intrigued my imagination... I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun read.”
   -- Ellen Bunch, Just Erotic Romance Reviews      Read the full review

4 HEARTS: Love for Hire is a typical Mardi Ballou book: you enjoy the story from the beginning to the end... a great story.
   ...an anthology that the reader will not be able to put down.”
   -- Danny, Love Romances      Read the full review

4 STARS: This is another great story by Ms. Ballou, one that will draw you in, have you falling for the characters and rooting for their happy ending.”
   -- Trang, eCataRomance      Read the full review


FNF Cover                                Pantasia 3: Forever on the Isle of Never  - reviews

4 STARS: ...full of sass, class and sizzle... a great novel which is impossible to resist. Ms. Ballou has got a terrific gift for creating characters which seem so real they bounce of the page! It’s refreshing to finally read a story which features older characters that have such a good time! ...a fantastic heroine, a sexy hero, wicked humour, electrifying sexual tension and plenty of hot sizzling sex scenes to melt your hard drive! ...wickedly good read!”
 -- Julie Bonello, eCataRomance      Read the full review

4 1/2 BLUE RIBBONS: [Mardi Ballou’s] taken the subject of a middle age woman who is slightly overweight and built a poignant story around her wants and needs... If... you like reading about hot and heavy lovemaking, you’re in for a treat with this one.”
     -- Nickie Langdon, Romance Junkies      Read the full review

5 HEARTS: I really enjoyed the characters of Nan and Mike... They’re like a lot of people I know in their 50’s and older... Also outstanding were...Pete Payne, Lily Tiger, Dominic Laredo and Gwyn Verde [who] stood out in their characterizations as though they walked into the room. This is a fun story. I recommend it to everyone.”
     -- Ellen, The Romance Studio      Read the full review

“... red-hot sex scenes... the love scenes get dirty (literally)... What else can readers expect between a construction worker and someone who works with clay? Readers ... should not miss this sensual tale.”
     -- Holly Tibbs, Romance Reviews Today      Read the full review

4 STARS: Once again Ms. Ballou delivers a fabulous, fun story with great characters.”
     -- Trang Black, Just Erotic Romance Reviews          Read the full review

4 1/2 UNICORNS: Two individuals bruised by life come together...  I really felt a connection with the two main characters... [who became] dear to my heart.”
   -- Rachelle, Enchanted in Romance      Read the full review

4 CUPS: Nan and Mike are very realistic characters, and it’s refreshing to see a story featuring a heroine who is not in her twenties or thirties. Like people you know in real life, both Nan and Mike do things that will aggravate you as the reader, but they are so likable, they are easy to root for. ...a charming enjoyable story that will make you smile.”
     -- Cindy Warner, Coffee Time Romance     Read the full review

“... a very honest look at an older woman/younger man relationship. The author does not shy away from the doubts that might plague this type of relationship. Nan and Mike have a deep emotional and sexual bond that make them strive to have a relationship no matter what hardships they have to overcome.”
     -- Tewanda, Fallen Angel Reviews      Read the full review
coverf                                Fangs ’n’ Foxes - reviews

5 CUPS: The characters are the most unique vampires I have ever read about... Ms. Ballou exhibits such imaginative writing skills that the story almost pops right off the pages. A must read for fans of the vampire genre. ...most definitely a keeper!”
     -- Susan White, Coffee Time Romance      Read the full review

4 1/2 UNICORNS: ... somewhat like an erotic twist to the West Side story. Two leaders at war to rule both lands and two tooth fairies that just want peace. Who knew a tooth fairy and a vampire can be erotic?”
     -- Melinda, Enchanted in Romance      Read the full review

“Written in the in the style of old Mafia bosses, Fangs and Foxes is an absolutely original, funny and sizzling read. Ms. Ballou's somewhat comical take on vampires made me laugh out loud. With plenty of sexy, scorching scenes to spice it up, Fangs and Foxes is a story I’m definitely going to read over and over.”
     -- ObsidianKiss, Vampire Book Club      Read the full review

4 STARS: Sex...is very steamy especially in the dentist’s chair. LaLilia uses her ‘appendages’ to the fullest for the ultimate mutual satisfaction. If you want to read a story with some unique and refreshing characters this one is for you.”
     -- Ann Lee, Just Erotic Romance Reviews      Read the full review

4 STARS: ...a really interesting story. I loved the take on tooth fairies as vampires. Ms. Ballou does a great job of putting the feel of New Jersey into Fangs ’n’ Foxes right down to the dialog... This is a story that you’ll definitely have a sweet tooth for.”
     -- Susan Biliter, eCataRomance      Read the full review

“Vampires can have love lives just as screwed up as anybody else’s, and here’s the proof. ...a kind of a dirty West Side Story vibe, if Tony and Maria were supernatural characters and the gangs kept biting each other.”
     -- Hoot Island      Read the full review

4 HEARTS: I highly recommend this book and can promise readers will not be disappointed.“
     -- Angel Brewer, The Romance Studio      Read the full review

RATING: 9 Anyone who likes steamy love scenes, interlaced with humor and an excellent writing style will love this”
     -- Elizabeth, Novelspot     Read the full review

YVIL Cover                        Young Vampires in LovePRISM award Finalist in RWA’s PRISM contest! - reviews

5 ANGELS: Mardi Ballou is an exceptional author who has taken vampires to a whole new level. They show a level of humanity not normally seen in stories about vampires. Vampires can love, and be hurt by love, just as humans can. I found this story very intriguing and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.”
     -- Dawn, Fallen Angel Reviews       Read the full review

4 1/2 STARS, Heat level: O(rgasmic): Young Vampires in Love is an utterly delightful vampire paranormal erotic... very original... The adventures of Lynette and Darlene, who have lived in seclusion for over 30 years, provide for quite an amusing ride... The erotic scenes in this book are PIPING hot. There are a couple of scenes in a club that literally had me squirming on my seat. ...this book certainly is one to try.”
     -- Mireya Orsini, Just Erotic Romance Reviews       Read the full review

4 STARS: funny and entertaining... This interesting novel excellently combines well described characters and humor with really hot sex, romance and BDSM... a refreshing and unusual insight into the love lives of vampires, this story is definitely a must-read!”
     -- Ulrike, Mon Boudoir       Read the full review

“...filled with lots of searing, scorching sex, just about any kind you can dream up. Certainly, Mardi Ballou does not lack in the imagination department! Better have a cold drink nearby when you read this one. Young Vampires in Love is guaranteed to make anyone’s blood boil!”
 -- Katherine J. Turcotte, The Road to Romance       Read the full review

4.5 CUPIDS: ...pure engagingly erotic fun. Full of amusing situations and sensual delights, this clever story will tickle your funny bone and raise your temperature at the same time... very entertaining and very HOT... a clever, quirky and sexy story... Make sure you pick this one up!”
     -- Ulrike, Cupid’s Library Reviews       Read the full review

4 STARS: excellently combines well described characters and humor with really hot sex, romance and BDSM. ...a refreshing and unusual insight into the love live of vampires... a must-read!”
     -- Susan Biliter, eCataRomance Reviews       Read the full review

4 CUPS: Mardi Ballou has a great sense of the absurd. Her sense of humor is really what makes her stuff so fun to read. ...incredibly hot contemporary sex scenes. The juxtaposition is done with intelligence and a tongue planted firmly in cheek. ...something for every sexual taste... and it is all done well. Lovers of paranormal romantica, as well as those who like a few hearty laughs with their spicy sex scenes, will enjoy Young Vampires in Love as much as I did!”
     -- Kim, Coffee Time Romance       Read the full review

“...a spicy paranormal with some comedy thrown in... The main characters were great, the scenes erotic... Nevertheless, the one person who stood out in the book for me was their Sire, Laurence de Cormignac, the Compte du Montnoir.  I hope that Mardi Ballou does a book on him also.  His presence in the book is exciting -- a bad boy with an accent that deserves his own story.”
     -- Kaleen, Enchanted in Romance       Read the full review


Pantasia 2: For Pete’s Sake - reviewsFPS cover

5 STARS, Heat level: O(rgasmic): Ms. Ballou draws this story with perfect finesse... great characters... Pete is written as an unlikely male character... Lily is a modern independent woman written with great detail... get out all the toys... This is a highly entertaining book with a great sense of humor and a few twists thrown in to make it more than a typical erotic romance.”
     --Julie Esparza, Just Erotic Romance Reviews       Read the full review

4 1/2 STARS: Once again, Ms. Ballou has written a story with enchanting characters who are well developed and are sure to entertain. The distinctive story line will grasp the reader’s imagination and give one several hours of gratifying pleasure... characters that will pull at your heart. They are intelligent, strong, and very realistic in nature... the sparks fly from combustible heat. With the abundant, keen humor making this reader laugh out loud, this story will definitely keep you amused, and I was sorry to see it end.”
     --Amelia Richard, eCataRomance Reviews       Read the full review

4 HEARTS: This book had me laughing out loud at the twists and turns... a wonderful and delightful tale... Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, this book is a fun sequel.”
     --Angel Brewer, The Romance Studio       Read the full review

4 BLUE RIBBONS: For Pete’s Sake is [a] charming tale... Mardi Ballou’s sequel to Hook, Wine, & Tinker is a great success and shows how one of the lost boys becomes a man.”
     --Sarah W., Romance Junkies       Read the full review

For Pete’s Sake is a story of revenge, ambition, and the sensual adventures of a couple who do not appear likable at first glance... an erotic story with a humor-filled plot... Mardi Ballou knows how to raise the heat in her writing, and has penned a tale that is sure to please. Crank up the air conditioning... -- you will need it”
     --Patti Fischer, Romance Reviews Today       Read the full review

4 UNICORNS: Filled with passionately sexy scenes and entertaining dialogue, For Pete’s Sake can be enjoyed as a standalone novel for those who haven’t enjoyed its predecessor... A perfect read for a hot summer night...or anytime at all.”
     -- Leigh, Enchanted in Romance       Read the full review

Cover Pantasia 1: Hook, Wine & Tinker - reviews

“...delightful novel by first time EC author Mardi Ballou... Hook, Wine & Tinker is a sexy, fast-paced romp that features an upbeat heroine and two would-be beaus... The well-drawn and consistent characters keep the story humming along, pushing ahead the bubbling undercurrent of sexuality... The use of fantasy, costumes and mild bondage both entertains and excites. ...a well-written, fun yet deliciously sexy story that is sure to entertain.”
       --Ann Leveille, Sensual Romance Reviews       Read the full review

4 STARS:...The original Tinkerbell never had it so good. Dominic is a nerd-turned-hunk, who just oozes sex appeal. The characters are believable... Steamy, sweaty sex abounds, with both Dominic and Gwyn acting out some of their fantasies, with handcuffs, costumes, scarves and pearls all playing their part. After reading this, I will always think of Captain Hook as a hero, and Never Neverland will not be the same.”
       --Michelle Naumann, Just Erotic Romance Reviews       Read the full review

5 HEARTS:...Gwen is the perfect vehicle for this story... The readers will find themselves... swept off their feet right along with her as she meets Dominic and spends the night in the true spirit of Halloween celebration -- exploring being someone you normally aren’t... Ms Ballou sweeps the reader along with her explorations so skillfully and intensely that they may feel as if they, too, spent the night with Dominic... This isn’t a classic fairy tale... It’s better!... one of the best romances of the season!”
       --Kitty, Love Romances       Read the full review

“...Hook, Wine & Tinker demonstrates the importance of taking a chance on love. Dominic and Gwyn are soulmates with their love of adventure and eagerness to play games. Join them for a night so hot it should come with a warning! A fast, fun story to savor again and again. Ms. Ballou will have her work cut out for her to turn self-absorbed Pete into a convincing hero in the sequel coming out later this year.”
       --Denise Powers, Sensual Romance Reviews       Read the full review

5 Blue Ribbons5 BLUE RIBBONS:... Mardi Ballou writes a passionate and sensual tale... The amazing chemistry between the characters, combined with the intriguing storyline, made for a very hot and arousing read. I found Hook, Wine & Tinker to be an exciting and erotic tale that is sure to entertain the reader until the very end.”
       --Jennifer A., Romance Junkies        Read the full review

4 1/2 STARS: ... a modern, adult fairy tale that is spicy and erotic in nature... The pages of this enchanting story sizzle throughout the book, and the heat level is set on burning... I was kept on the edge of my seat wondering what game this creative couple would play next. On an emotional level, I was cheering for this caring couple to realize they were destined to be together. If you like your characters intelligent, thoughtful and possessing quick-witted humor, then be sure to read Hook, Wine & Tinker very soon. Ms. Ballou’s next book is Pete’s story and I can not wait!”
     --Amelia Richard, eCataRomance Reviews       Read the full review

“Ballou’s novel is an erotic and enjoyable read. It features a sexy yet sensitive hero and a sympathetic heroine who faces a difficult choice. She must decide overnight in which man to put her heart and her trust: the Lost Boy or the Pirate.”
     --Marilyn Weigel, Romantic Times, July, 2004       

4 ANGELS: It was wonderfully written, erotically woven, and easy to get lost in... Ms. Ballou’s efforts create a fascinating short story, with rich and indulgent characters that make even the most lurid sexual fantasies seem plausible and possible, not to mention utterly enjoyable. Even better than a ‘beach’ book, this is a story suited for a hot soak in a bubbly tub with a nice drink, though this reading might just steam up more than the bathroom.”
     --Becky, Fallen Angel Reviews       Read the full review

“...The bedroom romps between Gwyn and Dominic are very hot, sweet, and fun. Fun with costumes, toys, even a bathtub livens up their time together keeping the reading intense. I truly enjoyed the games that Ms. Ballou created for Gwyn and Dominic.”
       --MeriBeth McCombs, The Road to Romance       Read the full review


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