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Curse of the Phoenix Boxed Set
     

Curse of the Phoenix Boxed Set

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by Rachel Firasek
 

Book One: The Last Rising

After paying two millennia's penance to Osiris, world-weary Phoenix Ice has had enough. Saving souls without any hope for her own redemption isn't how she imagined spending eternity. Fed up, she decides her next death will be her last. But when she sacrifices her own life for a sexy Texan in a catastrophic plane crash, she has

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Book One: The Last Rising

After paying two millennia's penance to Osiris, world-weary Phoenix Ice has had enough. Saving souls without any hope for her own redemption isn't how she imagined spending eternity. Fed up, she decides her next death will be her last. But when she sacrifices her own life for a sexy Texan in a catastrophic plane crash, she has no idea the consequences will be so great…or that she'll end up back in his life for her next assignment.

Now that Turner Alcott has survived the worst, finding a wife and mother for his son matters more than ever before. When the mysterious Ice comes into his life, Turner knows she's the one—but love is the last thing Ice wants. If he wants to win her heart, Turner must teach Ice how to forgive herself, and prove that love is the ultimate sacrifice.

Book Two: The Last Awakening

For three hundred years, Arabella's life has been one meaningless death after another. In a cruel twist of fate, Osiris gifts the phoenix her mortality and long-gone voodoo magic with a warning that she must save her next soul within a week without using magic, or she'll lose her power forever.

Ex-soldier Greyson Meadows desperately wants to be freed from the nightmares and guilt that haunt him. Confronted by a waif of a woman who forces him to face the truth about his past, he runs fast and hard, fighting the need to prove himself worthy despite his perceived failures.

When Ari becomes the target of her own magical blunder, the weak will find strength and the strong will fall. One will have to give up everything so the other can have peace, but will love's magic withstand the loss?

Book Three: The Last Beginning

Though she's always hated being a phoenix, Sadie has to admit immortality has its advantages. She's seen and done more in the last 150 years than she'd ever dreamed of, but she can't get past the fact that Osiris has done nothing but manipulate her and her fellow phoenixes.

Or that, when her last incarnation as a phoenix comes to a fiery end, the fire slowly begins to consume her body.

Sun god Osiris is ashamed of his role as ruler of the Underworld, but he unless he can figure out how to save Sadie, that's exactly where she's going to end up. Permanently. Terrified he's going to lose her, he takes her on a hunt for The Book of the Dead, which is the only way he knows he can save her—even if it means she'll hate him forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622665945
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
06/24/2014
Series:
Curse of the Phoenix
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
424
Sales rank:
714,208
File size:
2 MB

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Curse of the Phoenix


By Rachel Firasek, Libby Murphy

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Firasek
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-594-5


CHAPTER 1

Heat licked along the wing of the plane, flickering like tiny fingers waving good-bye. Ironically, the thought of dying didn't hurt, but rising again increased her heart rate and caused a damp drizzle at her temple.

The torture of passing through the portal and waking with no memory didn't appeal to Ice any more than learning to live a new life — damn Osiris and his punishments.

Ice didn't want to think about her ex. The last time she'd truly seen Osiris, he'd been in pieces — literally. Even dead, the ascended sun god was really beginning to piss her off. He refused to grace her with his presence, yet sent her across the world to rescue souls without any warning about whom she'd save.

"Excuse me."

The raspy drawl tightened her chest with a long-withered desire, forcing any thought of her ex-husband from her mind. Her attention shifted from the window and the musings eating her conscience. His scent teased her, spicy and exotic, like a piece of home where the hot desert sand met the Nile.

It had been centuries since she'd been home.

A shift in the aisle brought her back to the giant about to sit in 32A. His size alone should have intimidated her, but not a single ounce of fear lingered when he leaned forward to toss his briefcase in the cargo hold above her head. No, she'd gladly die again for just one touch of those large hands on her body.

She shifted in her seat, leaning to the left. When he sat, his arm brushed against her breasts, washing away the memories of every caress she'd ever had. Ah, she'd let too much time pass since she last took a man. The need gnawed at her. Green eyes flashed her way. Maybe he'd be in for a bit of fun before their world ended. And it would end today. Her hair had streaked with white that morning, her only real notice until the aches began. The pains started in her back and pierced her stomach like a sharp arrow. They dragged her to her destination, which is how she found herself on a plane to Dallas.

"Hello," she purred in her most seductive voice, a cross between Marilyn Monroe and Jennifer Tilley. Not quite pure enough to be angelic, but not so annoying a dog would whine when she spoke.

He tipped his head before folding a black, pinstriped suit jacket — Armani, if she had to guess — across his lap. Long fingers unbuttoned the top two buttons of his white shirt to reveal a bronzed triangle of skin. His sun-kissed blond hair curled over one brow and the top of his collar. Yet, she wouldn't call it shaggy. More like a work of art she itched to muss with her fingers.

When his glance flashed across her face, she wanted to lower her eyes in embarrassment for her saucy thoughts, but a goddess never lowered for a mere mortal. Instead, she smiled at him, hoping he'd finally speak to her.

Those green eyes flickered her way once more, but he didn't return her smile. Instead, he fished a cell phone out of an interior pocket of his jacket, too busy to offer a response to her invitation. Or maybe too stupid. His dismissal would've hurt before, but now, after centuries of watching humanity's fall, it only pissed her off. The smile slid from her face and her heart.

Her eyes narrowed. If only she had use of her powers in this world. Yeah, he'd think twice before ignoring her. If he wanted to be cold, she'd freeze his ass and give the polar bears a new glacier to fish on. It's too bad this world stripped her magic. She turned her back on the man to gaze out the window.

"Hey, Brodie, how's it going, buddy?"

Nice. The man ignored her to chum it up with a bud. At one time, no male dared turn from her.

"I know. I know. I promised I'd be home this afternoon, but the plane was delayed." The man paused. "I know, Son, but you'll have to be a big boy and understand. I'll be home tonight. I promise we'll make the next ballgame."

So, maybe he wasn't all bad. If he cared about a promise to his son, he must be halfway decent. Perhaps she'd judged him too harshly. Sure, she'd been wrong before.

The boy's voice rose, dragging a weary breath from her seatmate. The muffled, high-pitched whine carried across the air. If the tantrum coming through the line held any clue, he was young and devastated.

"Brodie, you need to calm down or your asthma will flare up." He lowered his voice. "Settle down. Shhh." The man's rumble seemed to soothe the distraught child and stoked her banked desire. "Put Mrs. Osborne on the phone." He paused again. "I love you, too, buddy."

Ice watched in fascination. He explained the delayed flight to Mrs. Osborne, then put the phone away. The man raked a hand over his wavy hair. His head sank back against the seat, a frown creasing his forehead. A slightly crooked nose sat atop a tilted mouth that made Ice wonder if he'd dimple when he smiled. Her interest traveled down to the dip in his chin, beneath the faintest hint of gold stubble.

A faint blush crept across his cheeks beneath the beard. How cute.

"Sorry about that," he said.

"Excuse me? Sorry?" He was polite — sweet. No. Remain indifferent. Indifference allowed her to feel nothing. She could ignore him if he was a jerk. No memories, Ice. No conversations. You know the drill.

"I didn't even introduce myself, but I wanted to make sure I reached my son before we had to turn off our cells." With his head still reclined, he turned to regard her with a wicked grin that did indeed show off a dimple along one corner. "I'm Turner Alcott."

He stretched a hand across his wide chest toward her. She glanced down at his offered palm. If she flipped this from casual conversation, she could maintain control and forget this peasant after his death.

Forgetting was a good thing.

She reached for his hand, her nails scraping along the sensitive flesh before settling into his grip.

Lesson Number One in controlling a man: find his weakness. Every man had one.

His nostrils flared, and his quick intake of breath confirmed he was at least mildly interested in her. She tipped her head to the side and grinned, hoping he'd read the "let's slink down the aisle to the lavatory" in her eyes.

"Ice." Her smile widened. She bit her lower lip and dropped her lashes.

He leaned forward, his face inches from hers. "Now, that's different. Why Ice?"

"Why not?" She moved closer, until their lips almost touched. His aftershave wrapped around her. The sandalwood and vanilla scent cramped her stomach with a need threatening her sanity.

The pesky flight attendant chose that moment to interrupt her ploy. "Excuse me, would you like a pillow and blanket?"

Imaginary daggers pierced the helpful attendant. "Yes, please," Ice gritted through clenched teeth, fighting to maintain the false smile plastered across her face. The blanket might come in handy. Ice paid the woman and gracefully snatched the parcel.

The unwanted distraction ruined the brief interlude. Turner settled in his seat, another hint of pink shadowing his face. "Do you fly often?"

She twisted in the small seat and rested her back against the glass. "Too often. And you?"

"Yeah." He shrugged. "Work demands it. I have a son, Brodie. I would cart him and his nanny with me, but his asthma usually acts up on the plane."

When he said his son's name, his eyes lit up, reflecting bits of gold amongst the green. Love. Such a sad sentiment these humans had. Love wouldn't keep his son from dying one day. Love was a soft emotion that tore your heart in two.

No thanks.

She'd loved like that once and it had destroyed her. The monster inside her would never know that kind of vulnerability again. Forget the child.

A pinched smile escaped her, but he seemed determined to carry on a conversation regardless of her lack of enthusiasm. She'd like to be doing something other than talking right now.

He stretched his legs forward and slumped deeper into the seat. "Do you have kids?"

He must have a damn sorcerer working for him. Was it Pick on Ice Day? Damn, nosy humans. She schooled her face into a practiced calm. "Not anymore."

He watched her, calculating eyes too focused on hers. His blush deepened. "I'm sorry. Do you ... do you want to talk about it?"

"Not particularly."

He nodded. "Fair enough. You don't say much, do you?"

Not about her son. Never about him. Talking only made her remember and she couldn't allow that. No memories. If she went down Memory Lane, the monster would get out and Osiris would add to her growing years of penance.

"Only when I have something to say." She lowered her voice to a seductive whisper. "Is there something you'd like for me to say?"

He didn't take the hint but grinned. "Wow, I don't think I've ever met a woman who didn't have something to say. No offense, but most gals in Texas speak more than they listen."

She should probably have been offended, but his words held a ring of truth. The women in her care, three little birds needing guidance through the portal, proved his statement every day. They argued more than they learned and listened only to the words they wanted to hear. It was frustrating.

The pilot's voice interrupted the low buzz of conversation, announcing the start of their journey, or possibly the end. It all depended on how you looked at it. She used that opportunity to arrange the pillow against the window, and covered her lap with the small blanket. She might as well be comfortable when all hell broke loose.

"So, Mr. Alcott," she waved a hand at the suit jacket lying on his lap, "it's obvious you're on a business trip, if that suit is any indication. I'm surprised, though. You said Texas. No cowboy hat?"

Ice reached up to untie the bow at her collar, and the ribbons glided through the eyelets holding the tunic in place. It slipped, revealing her left shoulder and lace camisole underneath. Turner's eyes followed the material sliding along her skin.

Time for Lesson Number Two: when "subtle" doesn't work, "in your face" usually produces results.

Gotcha. Now come to me, she beckoned.

"No. I'm from the city, but I do have a small ranch." He tugged the collar of his shirt and straightened in his seat. With a nervous laugh he replied, "You know boys, they never quite grow out of cowboys and Indians."

"Well, this little Indian's been real bad."

Ice leaned forward, resting both elbows on the armrest, invading his space and forcing his eyes down the front of her shirt. The sweet control settled the nerves tingling along her spine. It would happen soon. Death would surround and invade. Only one would be spared.

"Oh yeah?"

"Now, don't play naïve. We both know what we want." She trailed her nails along his forearm. The bulge, now evident in his pants, proved he wasn't immune to her.

He sat back, but kept his arm within her reach. "We do?"

The big cowboy feared his little Indian. How funny. She clutched the blanket in her free hand and draped it over the armrest and his lap. "You seem a little chilled. I can feel the goose bumps through your shirt."

He cleared his throat. "Uh, yeah. Chilled."

Incoherency always promised fun.

She scooted in the seat until she sat facing forward, then draped her left arm over the armrest. Her hand slithered under the blanket and she inched her fingers up his thigh. His clenched teeth spoke to her in ways he didn't need to. "Um, baby, do you like that?"

"Ice, I ... I don't think you should —"

Too much talking. He needed a dose of feel-good. Ice scraped her nails over the ridges of his erection, teasing the zipper of his slacks down.

His hand gripped hers above the blanket. "Christ."

He wanted the control, but she needed it.

"Has it been awhile, Mr. Alcott?"

"Yesss," he hissed.

Poor guy, he had no idea this might be his last little bit of pleasure. The least she could do was make it the best ever.

"It's been a while for me, too. When the seatbelt sign is off, let's make our way to the back of the plane."

* * *

Turner fought to keep his eyes open. The beautiful minx next to him squeezed his thigh inches below his aching shaft. Her features hinted of an exotic ancestry, but her pale skin kept him from placing her heritage. Arched dark brows flirted with him. Long eyelashes fluttered against high cheekbones, devoid of makeup. Her lips plumped into a pretty pout, and her small chin gave him ideas. Would he notice the smooth satin cleft when he slipped into her soft oval mouth?

He was no better than a randy teenager. Shit. He never let other people control him this way. The plane's tilt kept him pinned to the seat. The pressure in the cabin made his ears pop and his head throb, which now matched the pulse throbbing below his belt. They'd have at least twenty more minutes before leveling out, and he'd be free to run from the temptation she offered.

He distracted himself with thoughts of the woman. Ice. Her name matched the glacier-blue of her eyes. She flicked a hand at a strand of blue-black hair that kept teasing forward to brush against her brow. Her hair, streaked with white highlights, didn't fit the young woman's appearance. Did she dye it, or was it naturally gray? He quieted the urge to push the strand behind her ear. If he touched her now, he wouldn't quit.

"Ice, you need to stop."

"Why?" she purred. The woman actually purred. He'd never heard a grown woman make that sound.

Dangerous.

He had to stop this before he let her get his zipper down again. It pained him, but he grasped her slender wrist and tugged her hand from beneath the blanket, lifted her hand to his mouth, and placed a kiss on her palm.

"I really appreciate what you were trying to do, but I don't do this."

"Do what?" She laughed, and stuck her bottom lip out and pouted. Cute. "Oh, very well. I thought you might like a little fun. It helps ease the nerves, you know."

"My nerves are —"

"Come on, Turner, don't you want to find out what color my nipples are?"

He jerked at the image his mind conjured: berry red nipples thrusting toward his mouth. "Jesus. Woman, don't you know what that kind of talk does to a man?"

Her eyes dropped to the blanket still draped across his lap. A nice tent outlined exactly what it did to him.

He dropped a hand to cover the evidence. "Enough. Turn around and stop torturing me."

She winked. "Baby, I'd torture you in a way you'd never forget."

Well, when she put it like that, how could a cowboy not lasso his Indian? Turner chuckled and scanned her body. She'd promise a good romp.

Before he replied, the chime from the overhead speaker indicated the attendants were about to make an announcement.

"Excuse me, ladies and gentlemen, this is the captain. We're about to reach our cruising altitude, but please remain seated. We're approaching a storm system that may give us a bit of turbulence. Thank you."

After the announcement, the attendants hastened to their seats and strapped in. Several other passengers twisted around to follow the path of the uniformed workers. Definitely not a good sign.

They cruised for another half hour with no problems, yet the attendants remained in their seats. Turner's mouth had dried from panting over the now-silent woman next to him. He glanced back at the attendants and motioned for a drink. The frown and brisk shake of her head irritated him. Damn, it was hard to get good service nowadays.

Midway through their flight, the first few bumps reminded him of the captain's warning. Soon those small jerks morphed into complete drops in the air. He forgot all about the beauty and sex sitting next to him when his ass left the seat a time or two, and he pressed himself deep into the hard cushion.

He glanced at Ice. The damn woman stoically sat through the jarring bumps. She picked at a piece of lint on her pants and scowled when it didn't immediately release. She arched a brow at him and with a slight sniff and chin raise, turned away from him to watch the plane bob along the clouds. Obviously, she was pissed because he hadn't taken advantage of her offer immediately.

Stupid, man. She was exactly what he needed after the weeklong hell in Florida.

He thought of his son. Brodie. If something happened to him, Brodie wouldn't have anyone. The state would possibly take him, but at five, the chances weren't good for placement. Turner had witnessed firsthand how hard it was being in the system, waiting for a family to decide if they wanted you. He'd lived a life there and it wasn't pretty.

The pilot's voice sounded over the loudspeaker. "Excuse me, ladies and gentlemen, please remain seated and calm. We should pass through this in a few more minutes."

The announcement shut down.

Turner's hands wrapped around the outer armrest, and Ice's forearm balanced on the divider. His knuckles turned white under the force of keeping his ass in the seat.

Her soft words drifted through his worry. "Are you okay?"

Great. Now she wanted to talk. The damn plane could fall from the sky any minute and she finally decided to get over her irritation at his lack of complete indecency?

"Um, I'm not sure. I fly a lot, but never through anything like this. You?"

She watched him, her forehead wrinkled as if she didn't quite comprehend what he'd said. A gasp and shudder passed through her before those cold eyes warmed. "It's your lucky day, cowboy."

"What —"


(Continues...)

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Tucked away in the heart of Central Texas, with the loving support of her husband and three children, Rachel dusted the cobwebs from her craft. Returning to those twisted regions of her mind, she creates dark urban fantasies and soul-searching paranormal romance.

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Curse of the Phoenix Boxed Set 0 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
I had different reactions to all three of the books. Wasn't so fond (3 star) of Ari's story, loved the Osiris story, and really liked Ice's story. I loved the take on the Egyptian mythology and the phoenixes. Definitely worth the time to read.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3 - Perfect Summer Reading Stars. I really enjoyed reading this set of Novellas, each one follows onto the next and offers up the story of a different Phoenix. I liked the father/son dynamic between Turner and Brody in the The last Rising, it added that extra dimension to the story,but it did take me a while too warm up to Ice. Greyson and Arabella and their ‘against the odds love in The Last Awakening, was really enjoyable to read too, especially as I have a massive soft spot for traumatised ex-soldiers, especially when they are trying to adjust to living life again, I really liked Ari and the sacrifices she was prepared to make. Osiris and Sadie’s book The Last Beginning was my absolute favourite tough, their search for the Book of the Dead, and the places they visit whilst dealing with their feelings for one another, with the threat of possibly being permanently parted made it a novella I couldn’t put down until I knew its outcome. A goddess never lowered for a mere mortal. This box-set offers up the reader a selection of interconnected light paranormal romances, they are easy to dip in and out of, but the characters are likeable enough that you want to keep reading, and the stories are developed enough that they don’t feel rushed or like they are missing development in essential areas. It is a book I would happily take away with me on holiday and chill out by the pool with. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle: This was a very enjoyable, quick read bundle. I actually read them as standalones, but back-to-back-to-back, and while they can be read out of order, reading them together and in order as they are presented in this Bundle would be my suggested way to enjoy them. :) Curse of the Phoenix is a collection of three stories about strong, independent, beautiful women that have been made into Phoenix by the god Osiris and charged with saving destined souls by taking their place in death, while atoning for sins made in their previous lives. The world building was intricate and complex, yet beautifully crafted with deep, multi-faceted characters. The individual tales were slightly dark, but flowed with a wonderful tempo and ended with the HEA that we all long for in good paranormal romances. Each book centered around one of the Phoenix, starting with Ice, followed by Arabella and Sadie, yet each was part of the others story and brought the entire bundle together. There was a bit of an underlying 'message' in each book, as well. I felt that book 1 was full of hope, book 2 was all about forgiving yourself and book 3 showcased how opposites sometimes are the best partnerships. The dialogue was utterly intriguing and I loved the witty banter, the action - while not quite as in your face as urban fantasy - was perfect for the tales as they were told, and there was just enough intrigue to keep you guessing a bit.  Overall I really enjoyed the Curse of the Phoenix bundle. Book #2 was my favorite of the 3, but all of them kept me engaged and wanting more. I most definitely recommend this bundle if you're looking for an engaging quick read that will allow you to get lost in fantasy if only for just a bit. :) 
ShellsBellsMH More than 1 year ago
Actual rating: 4.5 stars Curse of the Phoenix is a collection of three stories, centering around a trio of women who are each a Phoenix--a being who helps save souls destined to keep living. This is one of the more creative and complex fantasy/paranormal stories I have read for some time. I thought Rachel Firasek did a great job creating characters that were flawed, passionate, and who were struggling with their own serious, but relatable, issues daily. Their tales are definitely gritty, showing a dark side to life, but to me this only made it seem all that more realistic. Well...as realistic as we can get when we're talking about mythical creatures such as a Phoenix. Each book in this anthology showcased one of the trio of Phoenixes: Ice, Arabella, and Sadie, although they all made an appearance in each story. Book one, The Last Rising, focused on Ice helping single father Turner and his son Brodie. She was a tough lady, but Turner tried to charm her with his controlling demeanor. I wasn't sure if I would like him, given his pushy tendencies, but Ice liked that side of him and it really did work for their situation. I thought their romance was a source of hope, especially for Arabella and Sadie to see that their sacrifices were worth something. Book two, The Last Awakening, was probably my favorite out of the three. There was just something about the connection Arabella and Greyson had that made me really root for them to make a go of it. They both carried a lot of guilt from their pasts as survivors of horrific events. So they truly understood what emotions were warring inside and knew how to be there for each other. Plus, I loved how Grey got such a kick out of Ari's creole accent and language. It made the love scenes quite interesting... Book three, The Last Beginning, was just as interesting as the previous stories, and answered my questions about Sadie and Osiris's relationship. They were quite the intriguing pair. He wanted nothing more than to claim her as his own, and she felt completely manipulated by him even though she couldn't stop her attraction to him. It was almost like an opposites attract feel to their romance which led to a lot of very sensual tension and sexy banter. Overall, I truly enjoyed the Curse of the Phoenix anthology. It was easy to get wrapped up in the emotions and actions of all characters involved. I would highly recommend this if you're looking for something that will hold your attention and take you on a fantastical journey.
Sami_Creech More than 1 year ago
Book 1: Ice has had enough of being reborn again and again because of a curse Osiris put on her. She is tired of living again just so that she can die to save someone else’s soul. On another mission for Osiris she meets Turner on a flight that is bound for doom. Turns out it is his lucky day for his is the life she is sent to save. Once she is done with that mission she vows that it is her last however Osiris has other plans. He sends Ice back and who does she run into but Turner again. This causes Ice some confusion since never before has she run into one of her marks after saving them. Turner takes one look at Ice and is inexplicably drawn to her. The more he tries to get to know her the more she pulls away for she knows she only has a limited time on this earth and forming attachments will hurt not only her but those she eventually leaves behind. Ice however cannot help but to be drawn not only towards Turner but his son Brodie as well. The closer she becomes to them both the more she realizes that she was wrong to believe she could never love again. Of course the inevitable happens and she dies in someone’s place again. Will Ice finally be able to convince Osiris to send her back to Turner or will he continue to make her live and die for others? Book 2: Aribella has had 300 years of living with guilt and nothing she does seem to alleviate it. Not even dying in place of others and giving them a second chance at life. She goes on her mission looking for her next target and when she finds him he has a profound effect on her. Gray is a broken man. The war has left him with scars both inside and out. It’s the ones on the inside he battles with every day. He is simply looking to numb the pain and uses alcohol to achieve this. While at the store trying to stock up on his “medication” the unthinkable happens and scars him even worse. Ari knows that she was sent to save Grays life and after she does she demands that Osiris send her back. She knows that he is more broken now than he was before and she is determined to help him. Gray thinks he imagined Ari that fateful day so when she reemerges in his life he is thrown for a loop. Ari is hell bent on saving Gray from himself even though he tries to keep her at a distance. Will they be able to heal each other and help the other deal with their pain and suffering? Or will they be each other’s undoing?  Book 3: Sadie is the last of Osiris’s Phoenix’. She is also the only one who he turned for his own selfish purposes not because she needed to learn any lesson. Something goes terribly wrong on Sadie’s last mission. She manages to save her mark but on her return trip things go amiss. Sadie is sick and not the kind of sick even Osiris can fix. Doesn’t mean he is going to stop trying. Sadie has given Osiris a reason to live again and he will not give up on her. He tries everything in his power to save her. Even against warnings form friends he still tries. In the end nothing he does will prepare him for what becomes of Sadie. Will Osiris be doomed to live his eternal life with regret and pain? Find out in this amazing story!
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Book One: The Last Rising My Review Ice has had enough of being a Phoenix. She has saved many souls but never has healed her old wounds. She decides the last person she saves will be her last. She saves a Texan and something about this man touched her. Turner is raising his son on his own and is healing from a plane crash. He wants Ice as soon as he sees her and she makes him see he needs his son more than work. Just when they get close something may tear them apart. Ice will have to learn to let go of her past. Ice is a good name for this phoenix as she seems to be all ice. She tries her best to stay away from Turner and his son. She is drawn to them and want to do anything to show Turner he should be with his son more. She is afraid to get close to the child but when she has to it really begins to break her shell. Turner is a great guy who just works to hard. Ice heats him up like no one has in a while. There is the love in this book but it has danger as well. The first scene pulls you in and you never want to stop reading this book. I loved getting to know more about Ice and watching her let go. 4 out of 5 Stars Book Two: The Last Awakening My Review Ari is a phoenix who did something horrible a long time ago. She unleashed something she couldn't control and now she is paying for it. She has saved many souls but it hasn't helped her any. Now when she is ready to give up she gets the chance to be a mortal again. She just has to save Greyson. Greyson is haunted by his past and memories of being a survivor. Ari gets him to start to care about life again and have hopes. Ari just has to learn to control her magic and not kill anyone. They have another danger they have to face and Ari will have to be in control if they are to have a chance. Ari to me at times seemed like a young girl. She is scared of herself and doesn't know what to do. She is afraid of her power. She knows she cares about Greyson and doesn't want anything to harm him. Greyson is used to drinking his problems away. He hides his pain behind the bottle. Ari brings him to life and gets him to want to quit drinking. She is very special he just doesn't know how much she is. Ari seemed to have tons of power but was never taught to use it. She has a deep emotional tie to her power and if she gets out of hand it could kill innocent people. A ghost from her past isn't ready to let her go and live a normal life either. As you can see there is action in this book along with the romance. I really enjoyed this story. 4 out of 5 Stars Book Three: The Last Beginning My Review Sadie hates her life. She spends her time saving people as a phoenix and has had to sea her friends become mortal and have a real life. She likes the fact she has lived a long life but she s ready to move on. The only problem is Osiris the god who turned her into a phoenix. He doesn't want to let her go and did something a long time ago he is afraid to admit. He is afraid to let her goal as it would mean saying goodbye to the woman he loves. He will do anything to save her and keep her with him. Sadie isn't afraid to let go she only hopes she doesn't end up in hell. Osiris is a very powerful god and you really get to see all sides of him in this book. He is the god behind the phoenix and has his reasons for choosing each one. He picked Sadie because she caught his eye and caused him to care. Sadie feels ashamed of what she had to do to survive when she was alive. She doesn't feel worty and doesn't believe Osiris can really love her. She isn't afraid of danger or dying. She is very proud. I love the journey to all the places these two go to and all their adventures. It has lots of love and a great paranormal plot. 4 out of 5 Stars Overall I enjoyed all three stories as they all had great characters and a great plot. I love what these Phoenix have to do. The author does a great job on all three stories and I connected with all the characters. This is a nice new take on paranormal books. If you love paranormal books give this set a try. 4 out of 5 Stars
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read. Curse of the Phoenix is three books in one and all three stories are great.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Curse Of The Phoenix Bundle - Three Books In One Author: Rachel Firasek Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC Published: 6-24-2014 ISBN: 13-978-1-45557-435-3 ASIN E-Book: B00KP86AMO Pages: 424 Genre: Romance Tags: Paranormal Overall Rating: Great Reviewed For: NetGalley, Entangled, Sizzling PR Reviewer: DelAnne The common thread of the three stories is the heroines' servitude to Osiris for past indiscretions. Each woman dies over and over again to save others and rises again each time to start the cycle over once more. Until a time when the gods provides the one they are sent to save, who saves them... Ice has served Osiris for two thousand years and has had more than enough. She has decided that Tucker Alcott will be her last. Osiris has other plans. Arabella's time as a phoenix is less at three hundred years, the difference is Arabella is use to having her voodoo magic to help her with her work. Now she is being forced to complete her task without using any kind of magic or loose that same magic forever. Little do the gods or Greyson Meadows realize love is the greatest magic of all. Sadie Marie has been a phoenix the least of the three at only One-Hundred-Fifty years, but her life as a mortal or immortal is soon to come to an end. Her anger over Osiris's manipulations over her and the other phoenix's lives will live forever. Osiris knows he cannot go on without Sadie in his live and takes her and goes in search of a way to save her. These three stories will keep you glued to your seat as you devour Curse of the Phoenix from beginning to end. I truly resented my time sleeping as I wanted to finish the book. The book continues to evolve with each story. Prepare yourself for a long reading session. Intriguing characters, humorous dialog and intense love scenes to keep your heart racing and your laughter close at all times. pick up a copy and enjoy your quiet time. A pity there were only three stories in the bundle.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
The Last Rising: This book was a great quick read. Ice has been doing penance for Osiris for two millennia for a crime that she doesn't understand, and she's getting really sick and tired of it. Her last trip ended in a fiery plane crash after saving a man named Turner, and to her amazement her next assignment puts her right back into Turner's life. Ice is determined not to let Turner into her heart, but finds it becomes harder and harder to deny their attraction is just physical. Turner is determined to prove to Ice that he is the right guy for her. The characters had a surprising amount of growth and development for such a short book, and it was great to watch has Ice and Turner each taught the other important lessons on life and love. The book ends with quite a twist that I had no idea was coming and set me up to read the next book, The Last Awakening. The Last Awakening: The thing I like most about this series is that even though the stories are short, they jump right into the action and carry you along right until the very end. Arabella is a fiesty voodoo priestess, or at least she was. Something went wrong with a spell one day and she ended up serving as one of Osiris's phoenixes until she learns her lesson. While serving as a phoenix may sound glamorous, it's actually quite the opposite. Having to die over and over again in the place of others wears thin quickly. Then one day Ari saves Greyson and everything changes. Ari is willing to risk her soul to try and help him fight his inner demons (which are pretty nasty), but she is only given a week to do it. Now, Greyson is ex-military, and has carried around guilt from his time in the service for years. When Ari shows up and tries to show him that he has nothing to be guilty about, he runs the opposite way at first, not realizing just how much he needs her. As Ari tries to help Greyson, she realizes that she needs his help as well, and fast. Osiris has given her a time frame to save Greyson and it's quickly approaching when she finds out that everything she knew about her past was wrong. Facing this will push both of them to their emotional limits. I really liked Ari in the first book of the series, The Last Rising, and was excited to see her starring in her own. I've become attached to the characters and couldn’t wait to read the third book. The Last Beginning: The last book in the Curse of the Phoenix series really brough it all together with a fantastic ending. Osiris has finally admitted (at least to himself) that Sadie is something special and different - but when she heats up, literally, with fire coursing through her body he has no clue what is going on. Their relationship goes through several stages as they try to find a cure to whatever has happened, but Osiris may still be too arrogant and make a mistake that could lose her forever. Each of the phoenixes has had a very unique and special touch to their character and their happily ever afters. In my opinion, each one got a little better throughout the whole series. Sadie's ending is epic in many ways. Osiris was still too much of a jerk for me to really like him a whole lot though. He's an arrogant man, that thinks that because he is a god, he has the right to do whatever he wants. This was a very good series - lots of fun with some great characters. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*