This book was provided to Paranormal Romance Lovers and the reviewer for free in return for a review.
In a grim biker bar with wizard mercenaries on her tail and a “found” amulet around her neck, Sadie Howard needs a miracle. What she gets is the man who broke her heart nine years ago.
Marcus Aurelius is a changed man, in more ways than one. The preppy, confident medical school student is now a hard-bitten, magic-wielding assassin. He’s also a man on a mission. He has debts to pay and old wrongs to right before he dies—sometime this week.
As the secrets of Marcus’s heart are revealed, Sadie learns that nothing is as it seems and that the man who broke her heart also saved her life and paid in agony for her freedom.
With wizards trying to kill her, phoenix blood burning in Marcus’s veins, and a villain who’ll stop at nothing to acquire the amulet Sadie has promised to a friend, their roadtrip is a one-way ticket to extraordinary adventures. The question is, who will survive?
Phoenix Blood is the first novel in the new paranormal romance thriller series, Old School. Each novel is a standalone read.
I’m a sucker for paranormal romances that involve mystical creatures, especially the less common ones, so I was really excited to read this one. Between the magic, the fantastical beasts, and the adventure Ms. Schwartz weaves into this tale, there is something to entice just about anyone.
I found the characters to be likeable and relatable, so I was rooting for their happily-ever-after from the start. There’s just something about a tortured hero that makes my heart melt a little. Okay, maybe a lot! The heroine is capable and trusts her own instincts. What I appreciated from the heroine is that she didn’t fall into the “too stupid to live” category that we often see female characters fall into. When danger was around, although we know her to be strong in her own right, she doesn’t rush into the fray and just hope for the best.
The story itself is a good one. It has a good premise, but I’ll admit that I found some of the problems our hero and heroine faced seemed to resolve themselves a little too quickly, or with little or no intervention from them. There were areas where the tension could have been ramped up to suck me deeper into the story.
What I found myself looking for was more depth of emotion in certain scenes, which never quite made it to the degree I was hoping for. Although we get a clear sense of the love between the hero and heroine, some scenes could have tugged at my heartstrings more, and I so desperately wanted them to.
Sexy scenes are not quite closed door, but definitely on the cooler end of the heat level spectrum. For those looking for less steaminess in their stories, this book might be right up your alley.
I really enjoyed this story, but it would have been spectacular with more emotion. Still a very worthy read in my opinion.