Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Rise Out of the Flames
Author: Jackie Nacht
Series: The Phoenix Brothers #1
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 62 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: June 24, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Come and get saved by these phoenix firefighters brothers.
Holden, a phoenix shifter, works at Rhodes Fire Department alongside his family. When he encounters his Sun, Rick, he’s half naked on the fire escape and Holden knows he’ll do anything to save Rick from the burning building. Even with the world knowing about paranormal beings, Holden has to figure out a way to tell Rick about himself. Phoenixes exist under the radar; keeping to small groups out of the limelight. Slight problem with maintaining secrets since it seems Rick may have unknowingly exposed himself to the phoenixes new enemy. How will Holden protect Rick with what happens when he goes up in flames?
Review: This short story was way too cute…and I don’t usually do cute. As a matter of fact, I usually hate cute. So, why did it work? Because it had the right mix of sexy, sweet, angst, alpha male, and humor to stop me from choking on the sweetness overload. The grief was real, the situations were not always funny, but the dialogue and the antics of the brothers in trying to assist Holden with his date and budding relationship with Rick was just too much fun. I love when a book surprises me, and this one did it.
It is very hard to put a new spin on the paranormal, mates, “hiding from the humans” trope, but this new series, encompassing the Phoenix brothers, has taken the “tried and true” and put a cute and humorous spin on difficult situations…and it just worked for me. I look forward to seeing where the series goes from here, and it really doesn’t matter which brother’s book is next, because they were all pretty amazing. It’s not a long book and things happen fast, but for a change of pace between long novels, it was just what I needed.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*