Series: Alpha Pack #7.5
Published by Penguin on March 15th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Sexual Content: Explicit sexual scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
From paranormal romance star J.D. Tyler comes a sensual tale of the Alpha Pack—a top secret team of Navy SEALs with supernatural abilities... Wolf shifter and Firewalker Phoenix “Nix” Monroe has finally met his ultimate Bondmate—Alpha Pack nurse Noah Brooks. Unable to accept his own sexual identity, Nix rejects Noah despite the intense attraction he feels towards him. By the time Nix realizes he has cast aside the love of his life, it may be too late to save Noah from a terrifying enemy...
I initially really liked the main characters in PHOENIX RISING, a short story in the Alpha Pack series. Unfortunately, I disliked almost everything else about the story: pacing, foreshadowing, the villain, the mythology, the stereotypical homophobia...
Phoenix "Nix" is one of the enforcers in Alpha Pack, a group that protects the world from demons, and miscellaneous evils. He is a lean, mean, lupine killing machine with a seriously messed up background. So messed up, actually, that it was ridiculously gimmicky when his past caught up with him. The timing was so forced I just had to roll my eyes aggressively.
Noah, a human nurse from the hospital who cares for injured shifters and magical beings, is a likable, fun characters. He is upset because although Nix has acknowledges that he is his mate, Nix refuses to be seen in public with, and much less mate with him. Noah interested me at first, being vulnerable but determined to prove himself to his pack, but then his actions at the end were so out of place that I lost all love for the character.
The villain was one-dimensional, and the fight with him advanced nothing, plot-wise. Readers knew he wasn't going to be defeated in the events of this short story, and especially when characters can teleport at will, it was clear that he was going to escape as soon as the going got too tough. The big battle was totally anti-climactic.
Other characters' powers were just as annoying and we're just cop outs to override the need for proper foreshadowing and storytelling. One character in particular can see the future but can't alter it, and spouts off warnings to the main characters: dark times are coming for you, you will have to believe in him and his abilities, bla bla bla. To make matters worse, Nix also mentions when he visited a voodoo witch who told him about his special powers, which were ridiculous. Psychics have their place, but spoiling the story is not the point.
Overall this was a book with good erotic scenes, okay romantic scenes and very little else gluing this ridiculously short story together.Series Titles:
- Primal Law
- Savage Awakening
- Black Moon
- Hunter's Heart
- Cole's Redemption
- Wolf's Fall
- Chase The Darkness