A Phoenix Is Forever by Ashlynn Chase

A Phoenix Is Forever by Ashlynn Chase
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (352 pages)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

She didn’t see this hot cop coming.

Dawn Forrest is ready for a big change. She’s determined to put her criminal past behind her and only use her extraordinary psychic abilities for good from now on.

Luca Fierro is a Phoenix shifter and rookie cop with something to prove. The last person he should tangle with is a newly reformed bad girl, especially one as irresistible as Dawn. But he needs her help to find a missing child, and every minute counts. This case is going to put their skills to the test and force them to keep their sizzling attraction at bay…

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It was enjoyable to see the hero, Luca, try to follow orders. My reasoning is because he’s capable of doing things regular folks can’t and yet, he wants to belong so he curbs his natural inclinations, well, as much as he could. I could sense his frustration, his earnest willingness to ‘do’ something and being stymied because he has to follow protocol. The author clearly illustrated how exasperating it is to always have to follow rules. Rules that slow the progress down, preventing action, and Luca is all about action. Readers will find out just how rules and protocol can be used for ill instead of good. It made perfect sense then that the hero is left chomping at the bit. Like the blurb said, he’s trying to find a missing child and that’s a great reason to want action. Now.

I really liked Luca and Dawn’s first meeting. It made an impression and it brought the reader into the story that begins unfolding from that point. Practically everyone is on stage and by chapter 3, I was completely hooked. What will it take to find the little girl? Who took her? Why? Will she be rescued? How, and by who? The additional suspense spiced up the plot and provided opportunities for the hero and heroine to see in each other their strengths, and even weaknesses. That relationship give and take was what I liked about the couple.

If anyone has been reading the series, then you know about the goddesses. Suffice to say, they were quite the helpers. But of course, they have pizzazz and flair whenever they’re on scene.

As for the villain who caused all the grief, fear and mayhem, I kind of figured it was going to get serious when Luca was tasered. I cringed on his behalf. Since this is a romance story with a happy ending, the villain has to be caught and brought to justice. Comeuppance was delivered upon the villain, but considering the damage done and how the felonious blackguard played fast and loose with so many lives — spending a little extra time explaining why the punishment fit the crime, because I didn’t get it, would have been most welcome. I wanted to feel … more vindicated. I wanted to see the criminal suffer a bit more because the fallout touched so many people. It was incredibly heartbreaking. In fact, the scene with the desolate father was truly genius because his pain came right off the page. So, yeah, I really wanted to bask in justice being served. Also, I wanted more proof that Rita was taking concrete-to-the-reader steps that showed just how strongly the heroine’s effect was on the little girl. I was quite taken with how Dawn approached her and the girl’s reaction. I know it would have made the book longer, but I would have been fine with that.

Gabriella and Antonio are the best parents in the world. They have such a capacity for love; with role models like them, it’s not a wonder Dawn fell for Luca. Adding to the ‘awww’ factor was how they dealt with Dawn’s grandma.

Like I said, this romance story has a happy ever after, and Ms. Chase used the final chapter to wrap up all the threads with one, big, glittery bow of happiness. It was like a giant epilogue and I couldn’t ask for more. Luca’s romance with Dawn is a must read. Fans of the series have a wonderful experience in store when they pick up their own copy of A Phoenix Is Forever.

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