May 21, 2009

Mind Games - Review

Mind Games
by Cecilia Tan
Ravenous Romance, 2009

For most of her life Wren Delacourt has been aware of the strong intuitive force she carries within. At times she could actually predict future events, although not always. She had no control over when these thoughts or feelings appeared. Sometimes very important events would occur of which she had no foreknowledge. Her parents' death in a car crash is one terrible example.

As an adult Wren gingerly follows her intuition. When her younger sister Abby goes missing, her intuitive sense strongly suggests the police not be involved. Still something must be done. She decides to hire her own investigator. Looking through the yellow pages she randomly selects the name of a private detective, Derek Chapman. As she quickly discovers this choice was not truly random. Other forces were at work.

Derek and Wren connect in a powerful way that neither could believe possible. They eventually embark on an intense sexual relationship that strengthen Wren's psychic abilities giving both of them clues to Amy's whereabouts.

Cecilia Tan has been writing for several years in the erotica field, but here she has written something slightly different. Besides using paranormal aspects, Tan has brought together erotic fantasy with, believe it or not, a sweet romance. You are rooting for Wren and Derek to find a happiness that has long been denied both of them. The author also skillfully uses humor. Lawrence is Wren's neighbor and dearest friend. She has complete trust in his grand sense of fashion. The scene where he takes her shopping at Victoria's Secret is hilarious. Tan writes with her usual melodic prose combining engaging characters with a deftly plotted treat for the senses.


lastnerve said...

Dang, this looks like an outstanding read! Just added it to my To Be Read list

DeSeRt RoSe said...

Very interesting review.. added to my tbr!!!

DeSeRt RoSe said...

Um you do mean the book's name is Mind Games don't you ?!

Patricia Altner said...

lastnerve and DeSeRtRoSe

It's is quite an interesting book!

DeSeRtRoSe - Thanks for pointing out my huge oooppps. Yes, the title is Mind Games, just like it says on the cover!

I need a vacation!

DeSeRt RoSe said...

LOL yeah that's what I thought because I went searching for Midnight Games on Shelfari to add it to my virtual TBR and could not find it.. then tried to look at the authors site since it might be a new book and not yet posted on Shelfari.. AND in the end I realized the cover of your post says Mind Games.. so I guess we both need a vacation ;)

Patricia Altner said...


I'm thinking Hawaii for a month!!

Caffey said...

Neat! I've read, I believe, her being an editor of a book. I just read a couple of books that were great at Ravenous, so another to get!

Patricia said...


You are absolutely correct. Cecilia Tan has had a long career as an editor, a publisher, and a writer.

I recently corresponded with her and she has agreed to do an interview. That will be posted July 6 or 7.

I'm really excited about this!

chey said...

Mind Games sounds like a book I'd like to read!

Patricia Altner said...


Be sure to stop by on July 7 and enter the contest for a copy of the book.