Friday, September 9, 2011

Quickie Review: The Last Rising by Rachel Firasek

The Last Rising (Curse of the Phoenix, #1)The Last Rising (Curse of the Phoenix #1)
by Rachel Firasek 
ebook, 102 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Entangled Publishing (first published September 3rd 2011)
ISBN13 9781937044282
Courtesy of NetGalley
After paying two millennia’s penance to Osiris, world-weary Phoenix Ice has had enough. Saving souls without any hope for her own redemption isn’t how she imagined spending eternity. Fed up, she decides her next death will be her last. But when she sacrifices her own life for a sexy Texan in a catastrophic plane crash, she has no idea the consequences will be so great…or that she’ll end up back in his life for her next assignment.
Now that Turner Alcott has survived the worst, finding a wife and mother for his son matters more than ever before. When the mysterious Ice comes into his life, Turner knows she’s the one—but love is the last thing Ice wants. If he wants to win her heart, Turner must teach Ice how to forgive herself, and prove that love is the ultimate sacrifice.

My Thoughts:

The Last Rising was a sensational novella from author Rachel Firasek. The story itself was based in mythology with Isis, Osiris and the phoenix which I thought added a great element to the overall story arc and really made it unique. With a fast moving plot and Firasek’s fluid writing I devoured The Last Rising in no time at all. Being only a hundred pages or so, I was surprised at how much story was packed into it and how well it was developed. It flowed like a full length novel. The romance was full, sensual and at many times heart wrenching as Ice fights her attraction to Turner and her feelings for his son Brodie, because she knows that in the end she’ll have to leave them. But Turner is unwilling to give up and pushes Ice to the brink. Just when Ice realizes that she can’t live without them it may be too late. I enjoyed the buildup and suspense in their relationship.

I also loved the formulating of the villain in the story and the twist it took at the end, I definitely didn’t see that one coming though now that I look back there were subtle little hints which feels like will carry into the series and I am looking forward to seeing how that develops. The secondary characters we interesting and added some great dialogue and humorous moments into the story, readers also received little glimpses into them and what we’ll be seeing later in their own books.

A fun, quick read and I am looking forward to the continuation of the Curse of the Phoenix series! 

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Rating: 4 Wine Glasses - Loved it!

Sexual Content: Adult content for sure with this fiery phoenix and hot blooded cowboy! 

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