Review of Thomas’s Muse (A Quidell Brothers book) by Kris Austen Radcliffe

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Four years ago, for a brief moment, Sammie Singleton became the muse of an artist she didn’t know. The moment vanished, and now Sammie spends her nights with a different man.


Her life is black and white. But she needs food for her soul to feel alive.


She needs color. She needs art.


Everything changes the moment she meets Thomas Quidell. Brilliant and talented, Sammie quickly realizes Tom is her artist–and the man she’s been fantasizing about all these years.


Tom offers her more than a lifeline. He opens her eyes to a new life. Vibrant, loving, fulfilling. But is she strong enough to take a chance?


Talk about a sensual and visually beautiful novella.  I was hooked from the first page.  I will admit that I read some reviews after I read the book and honestly, I don’t agree with most of them.  This book takes place in span of a couple of weeks and I thought Ms. Radcliffe did an excellent job of creating characters that came to life from the very first page.

I was especially taken by Thomas.  Yes, he is younger than Sammie but that’s not the point at all.  In fact, that plot point was great when it is revealed to both Thomas and Sammie.  What would you do if you found out that you meet that one person in your life years ago and finally found them in the most basic way?  That’s what happens to Sammie and Thomas.  She remembered one thing about him and he remembered one thing about her.  *sigh*  And no, it’s not sexual at all.  There was a sweetness, or maybe an innocence about it.

Sammie was also a great character.  Especially her ability to realize that your douche of a live in was just that…a douche!  Plus, like she said…she felt “valued” by Thomas.  Not a plaything.  She was her own person and Thomas loved that about her.  He didn’t use her and throw her out like today’s trash.  She finally found someone who loved her, valued her and bright light into her world.

I would be remiss not to mention how visually stunning the book is, too.  Yes, your senses come alive when reading Thomas’s Muse.  It is set in the world of art but Ms. Radcliffe doesn’t bore you with the details.  She just lets you “see” the book through your own eyes and its brilliant.  I felt connected with not only the characters but the scenes as well.  Side note:  Bart is the cutest thing EVER!  Just saying…

While there is sex in the book and its erotic, it very sensual in nature.  I felt like a voyeur at times but Ms. Radcliffe wants you to be there, with them, in the moment and yes, I was.  That was the point of the scenes.

Dear readers, I fell in love with Thomas and Sammie.  I think you will too.  And yes, we get a glimpse of Thomas’s brother and the heartbreak that he has had to endure and the woman that will right his world.


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QUIDELL BROTHERS: (Contemporary Erotic Romance)
Thomas’s Muse
Daniel’s Fire (coming soon)

The FATE ~ FIRE ~ SHIFTER ~ DRAGON series: (Urban Fantasy Romance)
#0: Prolusio: Three Stories of Fates, Fire, Shifters, & Dragons
#1.5: Conpulsio: A Novella
#3: FIFTH OF BLOOD (available Feb. 2014)

“Allegories of the Tarot”, an anthology of the Major Arcana, includes the Fate ~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon short story, “Dmitri and the Mad Monk”.

“Honey to Soothe the Itch” (Science Fiction)

As a child, Kris took down a pack of hungry wolves with only a hardcover copy of “The Dragonriders of Pern” and a sharpened toothbrush. That fateful day set her on a path traversing many storytelling worlds–dabbles in film and comic books, time as a talent agent and a textbook photo coordinator, and a foray into nonfiction. After co-authoring “Mind Shapes: Understanding the Differences in Thinking and Communication”, Kris returned to academia. But she craved narrative and a richly-textured world of Fates, Shifters, and Dragons–and unexpected, true love.

Kris lives in Minnesota with her husband, two daughters, Handsome Cat, and an entire menagerie of suburban wildlife bent on destroying her house. That battered-but-true copy of “Dragonriders”? She found it yesterday. It’s time to pay a visit to the woodpeckers.


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