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The Lick of Fire Collection from twelve best selling authors. Enter this supernatural world of fire and heat, magic and adventure, and get lost in everything DARK, delicious and FIRE.
Rising Darkness is the seventh story in the Lick of Fire Collection and the first in Élianne Adams’s Rising Series within the collection. It is a stand alone, full length novel featuring tortured phoenix shifters and the women who make them whole again.
He cannot die…
The phoenix will continuously rise from the ashes. For Zenon, this is his ultimate curse. Left to rot at the end of a chain for millennia, he is desperate to end the suffering of one horrendous demise, and rebirth, after another - to finally find peace. Desperate for anything other than his fated life of solitude. Desperate for his true death.
She cannot live…
Tormented by an unrelenting heart affliction, Nickie has to endure dying repeatedly. The physical pain of death is eclipsed only by the paralyzing fear of when her heart will stop beating next… and whether or not this time will be the last. That is, until she learns the myth of phoenix shifters, and the healing power they have over their human mates.
Together they could be everything…
An evil is rising. One more powerful than any the phoenix shifters have faced before. If Zenon and Nickie cannot convince the others to help, the pain they’ve already endured will pale in comparison to their future.
Finally! Ms. Adams has made my dreams come true with a shifter book about my favorite mythical animal- the Phoenix. The birds are so beautiful, yet tragically sorrowful. Bears, wolves and lions are still great, but give me a Hero who burns and is born anew through fire.
Zenon is that hero, him and his two brothers are suffering under an horrendous curse. They have been tethered by the neck for 1,000 years, suffering through the spasms of death and rebirth. I found Zenon to be unique and pretty darn AWESOME! I was magnetically drawn to him because of his pain, his history, and how he describes it so perfectly. His opening is soulful and so full of heart, that you feel his agony and torture.
Then, we have Nickie, who even with a heart ailment, she lis out there willing to kick butt to keep her man. Her connection to Zenon is pretty ingenious, and it’s going to be fun to watch that play out with the other characters also. Nicky is spunky, despite the suffering she has been through. I think her character lightens up Zenon and he’s able to heal mentally from his experience faster because of her.
At first, I had so many questions about the Phoenix shifters, but Ms. Adams easily imagined believable ways to make communication, travel, and other needs of Zenon/Nickie met. I can’t wait to see more of the Phoenix shifters and their mates. I think making a shifter paranormal story somewhat realistic is important. This was a wild ride for me!
Rising Darkness is the first book in a series, so there’s always a buildup of the background, but it didn’t overpower the love story. I’m almost afraid to say more so I don’t give away any spoilers. This book is a FINE read and I can’t wait for the next ones. I give this book 5 stars!!
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