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Doomsday Can Wait

Doomsday Can Wait

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by Lori Handeland

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Rated Four 1/2 Blue Ribbon from Romance Junkies

Werewolves? Vampires? Demons? Oh, my!

Pyschic ex-cop, Liz Phoenix is back. She's managed to thwart Doomsday once, but the army of demons intent on bringing about the Apocalypse isn't done yet. Neither is Liz.

Having lost three quarters of her troops, Liz must rely on the help of a


Rated Four 1/2 Blue Ribbon from Romance Junkies

Werewolves? Vampires? Demons? Oh, my!

Pyschic ex-cop, Liz Phoenix is back. She's managed to thwart Doomsday once, but the army of demons intent on bringing about the Apocalypse isn't done yet. Neither is Liz.

Having lost three quarters of her troops, Liz must rely on the help of a half-vampire, a fairy and a Navajo skinwalker to keep the end at bay. She believes she's making progress until she meets the Naye'i, or woman of smoke, a powerful demon who is also the mother of the shaman, Sawyer. The Naye'i wants Liz dead.

But lately, who doesn't?

Doomsday Can Wait is the second installment of the fan favorite urban fantasy series The Phoenix Chronicles, written by New York Times Bestselling Author Lori Handeland. If you can't get enough of the novels of Laurell K. Hamilton and Kelly Armstrong, try The Phoenix Chronicles!

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Lori Handeland
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Phoenix Chronicles Series , #2
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Meet the Author

Lori Handeland sold her first novel in 1993. Since then she has written many novels, novellas and short stories in multiple genres--historical, contemporary, series, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and historical fantasy.

She has been nominated five times for the RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, winning twice, for Best Paranormal and Best Long Series Contemporary. She is a Waldenbooks, Bookscan, USA Today and New York Times best-selling author.

As well as writing The Nightcreature Novels, The Phoenix Chronicles, The Shakespeare Undead series, The Luchetti Brothers, the Rock Creek Six and numerous stand alone novels, Lori also writes gritty, sensual western historical romances under the name Lori Austin.

Lori lives in Southern Wisconsin with her husband enjoying occasional visits from her grown sons.

She can be reached through her website at www.lorihandeland.com or www.loriaustin.net

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Doomsday Can Wait (Phoenix Chronicles Series #2) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
iluvvideo More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to this book. I'd read the first in the series and really enjoyed it, even though I was in the minority, it seemed. I liked the characters, the story and yes, even the graphic sex (which I found unusual for this type of novel). So given all the above, why didn't I like this book? For several reasons. #1-The Sex. It seemed that all the sexual doings were missing from this one. Sure there was some, but it didn't come until the last third of the book and it was nowhere near as hot (and important to the plot) as in the first novel. It seemed as if the author read the criticism of the first book and toned it way down. #2-The characters. Rather than any appreciable character development, it seemed that the plan was to add several new characters, that just seemed to have what was needed for each tense situation. #3- The plot. Since the characters remain almost the same as in the first book, I found it very hard to work up any concern over their well being. I was just looking to see where the author would drop the next unbelievably convenient twist to the story. And #4- New characters. These were poorly developed. It seemed that they served their initial purpose and were never heard from again, or kept around doing a whole lot of nothing. So maybe it was my expectations. I REALLY wanted to like this book. The first one introduced me to an author and her style (one I'm usually not drawn to). I was swept along early and found it hard to put the book down. This one seemed to need more of an effort to get a few pages done each night. The first left me wanting to know what would happen to everyone. By the end of this book, I was just glad to be done. I may try the next one in the series, but I won't have very high expectations. Maybe that'll help.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First I will start by saying that I read the short story in Hex Appeal, liked summer a lot and wanted to find out what happened to her and Jimmy. They are side characters in this series. The book is well written but I hate the main character. Liz comes across as selfish stupid and short sighted or naive at best. She is supposed to be a 20 something ex-cop not some teenager. I understand she has to make tough decisions with bad options and she's been screwed over a lot in her life but despite claiming she is doing things for the "greater good" she is really just doing what she wants with little to no regard for others feelings. When is made apparent that she is no longer on a "mission of mercy" it should have at least made her pause and think about the messed up thing she was planning to do, instead she just barges a head like a bull in a china shop. I feel like she is almost a sociopath. She doesn't seem to empathize well, understand or care about other people's feelings. She's pretty much just a terrible person.
shancole More than 1 year ago
One betrayal after another. I found myself skimming the last half of the book just to find out the things I cared about. My curiosity will eventually get the best of me though and I'm sure I'll finish the series.
spitzlady More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Phoenix is a seer, she has psychic powers that allow her to fight the forces of dark. While at her day job, as a bartender, a strange woman walks in and tries to kill Liz. This woman Liz realizes is called the Smoke Woman. She's dangerous and needs to be stopped. With her army scattered to the wind or dead, Liz calls on Summer, the fairy, to help. Summer knows where Liz's ex boyfriend is so they hit the road. With bits of information she gets from her dead foster mother, Liz goes on a nationwide hunt for the power to destroy the forces of evil. When I first open this book, I thought to myself, am I going to be disappointed in the sequel to Any Given Doomsday, but I wasn't. It was fast paced and just as gory. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone with a weak stomach to read, because there are scenes of suicide and creatures being ripped apart.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Phoenix used use her psychic skills with the Milwaukee police, but soon learns what her horrific visions mean when monsters murder her foster mother Ruthie and left her unconscious; now she can see the monsters (see ANY GIVEN DOOMSDAY). Because of her skills, she has become a federation leader fighting the dark. She actually wins her first battle though many of her soldiers die in the confrontation as she learns the difficult responsibility of a general as she deploys people she knows she is sending to die even though success delays Doomsday for now.-------- Liz has numerous enemies now including the Navaho witch woman of smoke Naye'I, mother of her skinwalking ally Sawyer. She is unsure she can trust her former lover Jimmy Sanducci; as she and he recently learned he is a dhampire who feels he is losing his restrain to not turn to his sire's enticing malice. To defeat Naye'i, Liz knows she needs two allies, Sawyer and Jimmy, but one is the son of her adversary and the other has walked the dark side next to his purebred malevolent father. ---------- The second Phoenix Chronicles urban fantasy has the world even darker and grittier in spite of insuring DOOMSDAY CAN WAIT for a future engagement. Liz is terrific as the story line focuses on her inner doubts re sending people to certain death and trusting Sawyer and Jimmy while trying to understand the enormous visions that shake her core as all she sees is bleakness. The apocalypse is here as Lori Handeland provides a powerful gloomy world with little hope for humanity's survival as the sinister minions of wickedness march forward seeking a second battle. The constant war of attrition is on the side of evil.---------- Harriet Klausner
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Great 2nd book. Love Sawyer.
ElieReads More than 1 year ago
Its a great read especially if your into paranormal romance. The book is a good balace of romance and action. I like the different paranormal creatures appear.
crystasolo More than 1 year ago
One of the best books of 2009 in my opinion. I couldn't put it down. Anxiously waiting for the next in the series.