Phoenix Rising by Cara Carnes

Phoenix Rising by Cara Carnes
ROAR series Book #1
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (127 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

Sometimes you have to crumble to ashes before you can fly.

Riletta knew hardship. As a shifter who couldn’t shift, she was raised in a wolf pack that ostracized her. She was ready to tackle the world when she was dropped off at the university with no identity, very little cash, and the only thing she wanted—freedom. The last thing she expected was for the university’s resident Alpha wolf to stake a claim.

Macen Giordano hadn’t expected the little female to bring out his protective wolf, but he’s not about to let university politics harm the innocent shifter. Riles may not be wolf, but she is his.

When prejudices threaten them both and shed light on her true nature, the two must survive the impossible to earn their destiny.

“It’s a library. What’s she going to do? Research you to death?”

Riletta is a shifter with no identity. She was found abandoned by a wolf pack that had no idea who she was or which species she was. She was dropped off by her no good alpha at the university. From then on starts her life to freedom and self-discovery.

When Macen meets Riletta on the very first day in the university Macen has this overwhelming feeling to protect her.

This is about a shifter who has been demeaned, degraded and kept in less than tasteful conditions, and her flight to freedom and love.

For me the one thing that makes this whole series or book different than any other book was Riletta and who she really was. Not to say that the book as a whole was not engaging. I multitask a lot, even when I am reading a book. Rare is a book nowadays that could pull me in completely and make me come back again and again. The author did a wonderful job doing that.

However, I have one small problem with the wordings in the whole book. This is a New Adult erotic book. Not a young adult. But every now and then some of the characters would slip into dialogue that reminded me of children or young adults or teenagers. I understand that Phoenix Rising is set at a university and both the main characters are students. But somehow I kept thinking that the way they talked was not in complete synch with the whole story and their characters.

Ms. Carnes did a wonderful job of portraying the different sides of Macen that endeared me to him. At the same time it was touching to see the progress in Riletta with the help of some special characters. I do hope there is a second book in this in the near future. I will be looking out for the latest book. I want to know more about who Riletta is and what she could do.

I enjoyed this story about an alpha with a protective instinct and a shifter who has yet to find her true potential.


  1. I live short stories and love New Adult. This sounds like a great book to try.

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