Published by Imdalind Press on 2019-12-16
Length: 1395 pages
Reviewing Kindle from Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2021 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge, COYER 2021
My story started as all epic tales do; with the heroine—namely, me—naked and locked out of my hotel room.
That’s when I saw him. And my life would never be the same. Expensive suit. Deep rumbling voice. Long hair so perfect, I ached to see it tangled and dripping with sweat. But don’t get ahead of me, this story doesn’t lead to a happily ever after. As a Phoenix shifter, that kind of drab monotony isn’t my style. Not to mention he’s a king, and Grade A Mother F-er, who thinks drinking my blood is the key to eternal life.
Not exactly Prince Charming.
Still, even if he was, who wants to saddle themselves to one stallion when there are so many others to ride? With the swarm of dragon shifters suddenly in my life, I find myself in the mood for a little bareback... Self-control is definitely not my strong suit, but if I want to keep up on this fun little hobby of mine called being alive, I have to keep my hands off them. A task that seems impossible when I want more than anything to run my fingers through their hair. Over their lips. Down their abs. Up their thighs...
No! Must. Stay. Clothed.
Even when my “bristling mating instinct” indicates I have three mates instead of one, I battle against my more... playful impulses. But this game was over before it ever started.
I’m going to be so screwed.
It’s been a while since I’ve dived into the shifter world of urban fantasy, but I wasn’t about to pass up a Rebecca Ethington book! The Phoenix’s Ashes: The Complete Series is an urban fantasy, paranormal reverse harem romance. Say that three times fast 😉 Following Ellie, a Phoenix shifter, as she comes of age, The Phoenix’s Ashes is a fast-paced adventure, full of snark, steam, and a few explosions.
The book begins with Ellie jumping off a cliff. She can only hide her shifter for so long before her Phoenix is bursting out of her skin. So she takes calculated risks, though I’m not sure jumping off a cliff with a bunch of witnesses is the smartest thing to do 😆 Ellie is snarky and full of sass, which I personally love. I can’t get enough of snark and dry humor. She’s also extremely naive about the paranormal world around her. Sheltered in a traveling circus by a witch and a Dragon, Ellie knows very little about who she is or where she came from. It’s all been hidden from her and her from the outside world. The Dragon King hunts her believing her blood to be the key to immortal life.
Then enters the Dragons: Killian, Jarron, and Drake. They are brothers and sons of the Dragon King. Two have spent their lives hunting her and one has spent his life protecting her in secret. Even now that the series is over I still can’t decide which of these boys I like best. Killian is the oldest and definitely lives up to being the alpha. He’s really hard to like at first because he is so stern and set in his ways. He’s a my-way-or-the-highway kind of guy. Jarron is the typical middle child, the peacemaker, and charmer of the group. I instantly liked him. Despite having the role of playboy, he has this self-deprecating charm about him. It’s endearing. Drake is the youngest and also the outcast of the family. Having attempted a coup to overthrow his father several years prior, he was burned and forced back into his human form while his Dragon dies slowly inside of him. Understandably bitter yet somehow still hopeful, Drake is the voice of reason 99.99% of the time.
The story follows Ellie as she uncovers who she is, what it means to be the Phoenix shifter, and her relationship with the Dragon brothers. I loved the world-building here. It’s immersive, and as the reader you learn things as Ellie does. Most of the chapters are from her perspective with a few chapters from the other Dragons thrown in. Light on romance, though there are still some steamy scenes, and heavy on the action, The Phoenix’s Ashes is sure to please any urban fantasy fan.