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Phoenix Heart is set in modern times- chronicling the lives of a vampire and his human lover. The two have traveled together since WWII, solving supernatural crimes, while battling discrimination and their own inner demons. June 2nd holds a special place in their hearts, as it was the day that they met on the battlefield and became hopelessly entangled together. Despite it being 70 years later, they are still as desperately devoted to one another as they were then, and on this momentous occasion; the two plan ...
Phoenix Heart is set in modern times- chronicling the lives of a vampire and his human lover. The two have traveled together since WWII, solving supernatural crimes, while battling discrimination and their own inner demons. June 2nd holds a special place in their hearts, as it was the day that they met on the battlefield and became hopelessly entangled together. Despite it being 70 years later, they are still as desperately devoted to one another as they were then, and on this momentous occasion; the two plan romantic outings for one another.
However, this year promises to be special for more than one reason. In the middle of investigating a brutal murder, and shopping for anniversary presents, the couple is approached by a strange Warlock and his talking koala. Quickly they find themselves wrapped up in a demonic plot that threatens to destroy the very world as they know it.
Can the unlikely heroes triumph over some of the world's most dangerous adversaries and still manage to have a fabulous anniversary, or will a third wheel in their coupling drive a wedge in an otherwise perfect union?
Travel together with Shorty, Lorenz and their huge entourage of friends. Fall in love with the nerdy lab assistant, help babysit a skulk of foxes, and don't forget your ticket to the circus.
Follow the threads of Fate as they are twisted, tied and knotted together in the first of the Stolen Elements Series.
**Phoenix Heart is a m/m paranormal romance with some strong sexual and violent content. Please be advised that this content may not be suitable for all audiences.
Posted October 2, 2014
Don’t judge this book by its cover. This cover did not grab my attention at all, but the synopsis did. Phoenix Heat is an interesting and unique paranormal story about a group of individuals (not human) saving the world from the evils that lurk.
The story begins with Lorenzo dreaming about the first time he laid eyes on Cyrus (Shorty). Lorenzo was a Nazi scientist. The facility he was working at was invaded by a lone killer who was destroying everything in his path. That killer was Shorty, vampire extraordinaire. These two are definitely an opposites attract story. Lorenzo can appear very cold. He if extremely focused, is OCD, an alcoholic and introverted. Shorty is a sweet, romantic, energetic, fun-loving extrovert who happens to be a vampire. How these two managed a 70 year relationship is beyond me, but they are sweet together.
What I liked most about this story was its characters. This book is more than just Lorenzo and Shorty. You have Lorenzo’s assistant Hawk, Hawk’s demon father, a phoenix and many, many more characters. The author does a good job creating individuals that are likeable and flawed. Each one is unique and memorable. Also the story is interesting and intriguing.
What didn’t work for me was the lack of detail. There is a lot going on in this book, maybe too much. Things are not explained in detail, but brushed over. While reading, the author gives enough information to follow story, but not enough to explain what and why some things are the way they are. It wasn’t until after I read the book that I realized there is a prequel. Many people have said to read it first. This would be my suggestion to others.
Overall, an enjoyable story that could be great with a little more editing.
Posted September 23, 2014
Well, that was a ride!! I don't want to spoil them too badly so I'll just say that this book has some of the most well developed characters that feel real. Shorty is indelibly xeroxed into my memory and Lorenz was beautifully flawed. Their co-dependency is, well, cute. My favorite has to be Hawk, I thought he was adorable and his love story was like icing on the cake.
What didn't work out so well for me, really number 1 is editing. This book did need a bit more of it. There were some incorrect words (sheer vs shear, seams vs seems, taunt vs taut*) were the ones I wrote down, the problem with these is they interrupt flow for me when I'm reading. Secondly I think a good editor could have helped with all the unanswered questions with some of the characters situations and this universe. Maybe there are things unanswered for an anticipated sequel (which I would definitely read) but every time I turned around I found myself asking myself, "ok, what is that? Was that ever explained?" Found myself back-tracking in the book a few times to re-read. I'd rather not have any telling in a book like this, the author did do a good job overall of "showing" but working in those additional details could have solved some head scratching for me and enhanced my enjoyment of the book.
Lastly, this is me, not a flaw in the book but it was very distracting that Lorenz spoke phonetically. What's worse, he then attempted to correct himself much of the time. Honey after 70 years you may as well just hang that up. I'm one of those people who didn't enjoy it in Huck Finn, and I didn't enjoy it here. But again, that's just me.
*I have to say, mixing these two particular words seems like a right of passage in MM romance editing fails. And I think it's my new biggest. pet. peeve. ever. When I saw it, I actually had to put the book down and walk away for a while. LOL!
Posted September 18, 2014
This book was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review.
Interesting concept, but delivery had a few problems.
This read had so many things going on with different characters that I kept finding myself going back thinking I missed something. But I hadn't. I think it was about a possible earth ending war with demons and a group of different beings coming together to prevent it. Two of the main characters were a vampire and his lover ( a doctor who did experiments on vampires during WW2, maybe humans too, I'm not really sure). The vampire keeps him alive longer by feeding him blood. They met when the vampire saved some people during the war.
The characters ranged from different types of demons, to halflings, to a time keeper to a Phoenix, with different family relationships thrown in. And I really didn't feel a connection to any of them. And for a war looming there didn't seem to be too much concern. This is a long read without the meat.
The biggest problem I had was the fact that the author wrote phonetically one of the characters German accent! I felt like I was reading a bad B Movie, and had to stop and think - "What did I just read?"
If you like campy, then you might like this. But it was difficult for me to finish.