Burn For Me: Phoenix Fire #1 by Cynthia Eden
Cynthia Sax is on the blog today with the first in her paranormal romance series Phoenix Fire: plenty of combinations, mystery, action and heat round out this first book, narrated by Jillian Macie. Please read on for my review of
Burn For Me
So, having had some fun reads from Eden in the past, I was curious to see just what her shifter stories could bring, and I don’t think I could have started with a better one! Eve is a journalist working to discover if the paranormals in the research lab are really there of their own free will. She’s got a hunch that not all is as advertised, but she needs to really dig to discover the truth behind the horrific experiments. Subject 13 is particularly interesting to her: his trials are torturous, and she won’t just walk away.
Cain was tricked by a shifter and woke up to find himself poked, prodded, pinched and chained – part of an experiment disguising torture that he never would have been part of. Angry, frustrated and upset with himself for being duped, he’s intrigued by Eve, but knows that he can bring her nothing good – and perhaps their attraction will lead to her being injured. But, with Eve, there is no reining her in. She’s determined to right the wrongs, expose the bad guys, and never will walk away no matter the danger to herself. And she’s intrigued and attracted to Cain, she’ll do what she can to get him out safely – and find a way to help free the others.
Non-stop action from start to end with a wonderful twist that was wholly unexpected: the mad scientist is truly that, with plenty of justifications to explain his actions and torture. Cain is all badass alpha with a huge hero complex – everything that goes wrong is his fault, and he’ll never allow anyone close enough to be effected by yet another failure of his. Eve is just amazingly bold and brash: she’s unconcerned with her own safety while others are in jeopardy, her hunches are most often omniscient, and she’s just a lovely balance of strength and determination to face off with Cain.
Narration for this story is provided by Jillian Macie, and her voice has a youthful quality that perfectly suited Eve, even though the other characters were not as distinctly different. A bit careful with her pacing, that became an issue in the more action-packed faster moments, but there was never the feeling that words or moments were missed because of rushing. A little too over-worked on the hushed and strident moments, the narration seemed to smooth out as the story progressed, and while not adding a great deal of intrigue, it also didn’t distract greatly.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 3 Story 5
Title: Burn for Me
Author: Cynthia Eden
Series: Phoenix Fire #1
Also in this series: Once Bitten, Twice Burned, Playing With Fire
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Romance
Narrator: Jillian Macie
Published by: Brava, Tantor Audio
Published on: 18 April, 2017
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 59 minutes
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About the Book:
Eve Bradley was undercover looking for a story, not a cause. But something about the man they called Subject Thirteen got her involved. The scientists said he was a devil, and they had a decent case: Terrifying power. A bad attitude. And looks that could lead anyone to sin. . .
Cain O'Connor knows the minute he catches her candy scent that Eve could drive him wild. But she's a threat--in a way no one has been for him in years. She's safer away from him, too. But with a powerful conspiracy determined to shut Eve up for good, there's no time to argue. All they can do is trust their instincts--and their hearts. . .
A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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