Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
First, I want to thank Ms. St. James for this novella because now I have had my Phoenyx fix until the next full book comes out. I know that Ms. St. James is working her fingers to the bone to finish her new book—well that’s what I think, and I am sticking to it.
Jane Grimshaw (the Phoenyx), once a supernatural assassin ridding Crystal Haven of things that go bump in the night and bring disaster with them, is now just another lost soul.
Jane watched as Judas, the vampire she grew to love, was beheaded by her half-sister Lilith; then watched as Spider killed her real father, whom she just learned existed. As a succubus-witch hybrid, she is convinced she is a danger to people she loves. She has pushed everyone away, including her uncle and her best friend, Cortez.
Jane is self-destructing and packs a garbage bag with what is left of her life and moves into the Pink Pussy to room with Monroe. When Morty, the owner of the club, insists on rent payment for boarding, she agrees to dance in a cage for the establishment—something he is more than happy to allow her to do. Who wouldn’t want to watch the Phoenyx shake her booty?
While Jane is stumbling through life alone and without purpose, trouble is brewing with Marcus’ pack. Marcus was the next in line to be Alpha, but when his father died he decided he didn’t want that. He went into real estate and became a successful business man.
Vanessa, a shifter Marcus found as a small pup and saved, fell in love with him and believed they would one day run the pack together. She is now the acting Alpha. When the truth of his feelings for her are revealed, she finds a way to bring him back to the fold—a way that could sever any relationship she ever hoped to have with him.
This book contains a lot of explicit sex and, if that offends you, then I would say skip this book. But please know that that has no bearing on the remainder of the series. There is betrayal, sex, secrets and lies and, well, I can’t think of anything I love more in a paranormal book.
I have mentioned this before. This is a series that must be read in order as each book leaves unanswered questions which are answered later. I admit I hate when a book leaves you hanging, but every so often, a series comes a long that is so good it doesn’t matter. This is one of those series’.