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Posted February 26, 2012
The Last Awakening is the second book in Rachael Firasek's Phoenix series and certainly a wonderful addition.
In The Last Awakening we have Arabella * Ari* who has been sent to save her Marks life. Here Ari finds Greyson Meadows and ex - solider who is a tortured soul, carrying hurt, and guilt like no other. She finds him in a convenience store and this is where Ari will meet her death again. Ari has been doing this for over 300 years,loosing herself to the phonenix time and time again but after seeing Greysons eyes, hurt and damaged soul she decides he needs her. In her plight with Osiris , she is sent back to Earth to save Greysons soul but this may just cost her , her own ?
Rachel has woven her magic throughout this read, two characters with a connection like no other. Deep and dark yet intertwined, both needing someone to heal the hurt and move on with life.
Both Ari and Greyson have Damaged souls inflicting more guilt upon themselves than one could possibly carry. The connection between Ari and Greyson was magnetic; at times you could feel your heart aching for them both and other moments I had the reader in frenzy just to get to the next page. The love was scorching, yet filled with something more than just the loving, it was all wonderfully portrayed with such depth and not just on the physical level. They both needed each other to heal and Rachel has put forth the emotions well in this story.
The storyline is short, but don’t let this deter you, it’s not rushed, very well paced, and everything one could want in this story is present. No gaps, no rushed scenes, it has all been well placed and delivered as if the book was over 500 pages long. !! The depth and connection involved between the characters was well delivered and envisaged, heartfelt moments where you could feel the characters pain and other moments I’m sure you will be grinning from ear to ear. ** wink **
Hot love scenes that will scorch your eyelashes, but also have you sheepishly grinning feeling kind of happy for the characters. This will make more sense when you read the story. Other scenes you will be gripping at your reader - and holding your breath!!
I enjoyed the fact that Rachel has also brought forth characters from her first book - I liked seeing them surface and provide depth also into this story. Friendships and past history bonds Ari and Ice, Turner, Mike and Greyson. A wonderful selection of characters I’m sure you will enjoy. !
I’m sure you will even see a different side to Osiris in this story !! I enjoyed his placement in this story; it gave us more feeling to his character and more depth. It showed us that he did what he did for a reason and really because he cared!! You must read book one then this one to get this!
Rachel balances her stories well with equal amounts of romance, storyline and twists and turns you won’t see coming.
I eagerly await book 3 in this series and recommend this book to all who love romance, heartfelt moments, a little action and smexy scenes! And even maybe a happily ever after!
Posted February 6, 2012
The Last Awakening was a very different story than The Last Rising but I enjoyed them equally. I actually think that I was caught by surprise as to how different these two stories are but why wouldn’t they be I asked myself afterward. Every man and woman has their own unique story and the world would be pretty boring if we were all the same.
As the book opens, Arabella is being drawn to the next person that will need her. She soon discovers that it is a handsome man in a grocery store in the middle of nowhere. An old veteran goes crazy and shots the place up. The handsome man made and impression on Arabella and she begs Osiris to send her back to him. Arabella is back on earth after spending three hundred years serving the god of the underworld, Osiris. He has warned her that she is on her own and her voodoo magic has been returned however her phoenix has been taken in its place.
Greyson is an ex-solider and has horrible issues, those issues continue after the grocery store is shot up and one of his best friend’s wife and two young children die of their injuries yet Greyson survives. Not on that but the beautiful woman he met in the store that day disappeared into flames and has been no where to find. The guilt is horrible and he really does not know what to do with himself.
Greyson heads to his local hangout only to find her there, he cannot figure out how she is out and about let alone working. He is drawn to her but just can’t allow himself to get involved, it is just too much. Arabella has different thoughts and keeps pushing at him but her voodoo is getting out of control and she doesn’t know what to do about it. Will the two be able to work things out or will disaster strike first.
I really enjoy this story it has twists and turns all over the place, many surprises that you never see coming. Greyson is a huge basket of conflict, one moment I totally get him and the next he leaves me confused as to his action and why he makes the decision he has. But the man is smokin’ and knows how to please Arabella. She also has her own troubles, she struggles with her voodoo and this brings a welcome surprise in the book and that is the return of my favorite character from book one. We get a small peak into their lives along with some trouble that Arabella faces with her voodoo.
All in all, this was a page turner that I sat and read in one sitting. Rachel Firasek knows how to put together a novella that balances the romance and a real story, something that I have found few and far between in the novellas I have read. Typically, they are all romance and sex or they are all plot with sneak peaks at the romance and sex but nothing lasting for memorial. I hope that you will check out both of these novella! They are on the top of my recommendations!
Posted January 12, 2012
The Last Rising begins on an airplane that leads to a fiery crash where both Ice and Turner are on board. So sick and tired of Osiris’ “game”, Ice is wearing thin and giving up on hope as she takes her last breath (again). When her next mission brings her right back into Turner’s life, she finds herself feeling confused with feelings she forgot were even possible. This story fluctuates from Ice’s point of view back to that of Turner’s, each exploring and revealing every thought, feeling and hesitation they experience.
Every character in this book was memorable, especially Brody, Turner's son. It wasn't hard to fall in love with the little one no matter what he was doing. The phoenix clan worked well together, each with a unique personality that didn't overpower the main storyline, but did make way for their stories in the future books.
Did I mention steamy? There are quite a few scenes where Rachel has you guessing and waiting for the real thing to happen, only to keep you guessing for a bit longer. No need to worry though, she eventually gives us what we want.
While I did enjoy this book there are a couple of things I have to note, without reading the summary first, I honestly didn’t know what Ice was or why she was doing kept having to live and relive her life. And I feel like this could have been better explained in the first chapters. Now as the book goes on and you learn more, it eventually answers your questions, but not until quite a bit later.
Overall, The Last Rising was a very fast-paced, novella that will leave you feeling satisfied.
Posted January 7, 2012
This is the 2nd installment of Rachel's Curse of the Phoenix series. The 1st book in this series, The Last Rising, was a very good read and, even though this installment was quite different from the 1st, I was not disappointed by this 2nd entry in this series. I do, however, highly recommend that these books be read in order as much background into the role of the phoenix and other primary characters who are in both books are introduced in the 1st book.
This is the story of Arabella, former phoenix, and Greyson Meadows, a solder suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Rachel really develops both of these characters well and mixes an intriguing story, their budding romance & even some voodoo magic into a story that you won't want to put down.
I'm looking forward to the next installment in this series...
Posted January 5, 2012
This is book two in the Curse of the Phoenix series. Rachel Firasek has created another exquisite masterpiece with the right blend of paranormal and romance. The other characters are given life as well as the protagonist and I love that. I like to see each character have a different story. It makes them more real to me. The up and downs of relationships are told well and helped flesh out the characters.
If you like bittersweet romance with paranormal elements, this book is the one for you.
I give this book 5 stars for this beautiful story weave and I look forward to book three.
Posted December 23, 2011
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 I really hope to see a third book come out.