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.

After dying in 876 A.D. at the hands of his bride, Alrik Gunn became a phoenix working for the goddess Freya. When called to Earth, he grants three changes which can be kept or discarded. His new charge doesn't know any of this, and Alrik is surprised not only by the times she lives in but also by the way she treats him. He's never known such kindness, nor been this smitten in centuries.

Calleigh McCarthy found her fiance cheating and decided to burn his belongings. When she pitches a bird figurine into the fire, Alrik appears. Affirming he's real and that he must obey her commands, she asks Alrik for her changes. She gets three days to try them; if they don't work, they can be reversed. Calleigh begins falling for Alrik but is reluctant to admit it. Making her last wish, she realizes too late that she might not see Alrik again. (SAMHAINPUBLISHING.COM, dl $5.50)
Reviewed by: 
Karen Sweeny-Justice