I am a huge lover of giveaways and contests; especially if they involved free books. So I “attended” a release part on Facebook and was really excited to win this book from the author. Please note, that this did not alter my opinion of the book in any way.
I really enjoyed reading this first installment of the Phoenix series. The story begins with the leading lady, Daughtry, in a dark place, desperate for something to change or end. Daughtry had been tormented by visions of death for a year when we meet her. Just one touch from someone is all it takes for her to vividly experience how that person will die. It is breaking her down piece by piece, and honesty it’s heart wrenching for the reader. You really feel her anguish.
Daughtry is on one heck on an emotional rollercoaster for the entirety of the book, so the indecision and confusion is easily understood. The only thing I had a hard time swallowing was ease of acceptance of everything she was learning. There was some hesitation for, like, a minutes; but after that she just kind of rolled with it. I don’t know, but I think that I would be a little less fine with it than she was.
Cody was quite the leading man, I gotta tell you. Brooding, sarcastic, and gorgeous, his hot and cold attitude toward Daughtry was just as tempting as it was frustrating; for both Daughtry as a woman and me as a reader. I loved him and every snippet of his story endeared me to him even more.
While the relationship between the main characters is enough to keep your interest, the mystery behind who was helping the Dalshie successfully attack the Rengalla was suspenseful and well done. The plot twists are difficult to spot and make complete sense when revealed. I am interested to see what happens in the next installment, Dark Phoenix, available February 12..
About the Author
Despite moonlighting as a zookeeper and then a dog trainer, Elise decided that the only mammals she wanted to work with were her dark and sexy heroes and heroines. She inherited her love of reading from her mother and grandmother who dutifully kept stacks of romances where her teenaged fingers could easily pilfer them. She lives in Northern California with her three dogs, two energetic (read crazy) boys, and her awesome (see prior comment) husband.
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