Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on March 6, 2018
LOCKED IN A BANK VAULT TOGETHER...THEY MIGHT REDEFINE THE MEANING OF 'SAFE' SEX
Misty Carlisle works as a bank teller in Boston's financial district. She's had more rotten luck in her life than most, except when her childhood crush shows up to cash his paycheck. Then her heart races and her mouth goes dry.
Gabe Fierro is a firefighter―and a phoenix. Like his brothers, his biggest challenge is finding a woman open-minded enough to accept a shapeshifter into her life. When his boyhood friend asks him to watch over his little sister Misty, he reluctantly agrees. But when the bank where she works gets held up, Gabe does everything he can to protect her. The two of them end up locked in the bank's vault...where things get steamier than either of them ever imagined.
Earlier this summer I bought Hooked on a Phoenix by Ashlyn Chase on a pure whim after reading the synopsis and I have to say that I am really happy that I did. At first I thought that this was a new to me author but I realized once I got home that I have one of her previous books sitting on my shelf that I really want to read now which just happens to be the first book in the Boston Dragon series.
From what I can gather I think this series, the Phoenix Brothers and the Boston Dragons are tied in together but I don’t think you have to read either or to read the books but it might make sense in the end and that is what I plan on doing. I might end up reading them simultaneously.
Before I begin my review I should also mention that later in the week I will be reviewing More Than a Phoenix which is the second book in this series.
I don’t tend to read a lot of paranormal romances as you can probably tell from my blog with the one exception to that being Terry Spear’s books which I will read all the time and just adore and love them. So, I think I now can add Ashlyn’s book to this as well. Which will turn in to automatic buys and reads for me.
I have read wolf shape shifter books but never a phoenix shape shifter book so this was entirely new to me and one I wanted to read more about. I loved how a little mythology was added to the history as well as the rebirth of the phoenix.
In this case our main character is Gabe (Fierro), he is the fourth of seven sons and he is also a fireman (one of many in his family). It appears as though all the male children born into the Fierro family are phoenix’s. To date there are no girls in the family so they don’t if that is passed on to girls. His mother is human and its his dad that is the phoenix.
When Gabe’s old time best friend, Parker, asks him to keep on eye on his sister (Misty) because he is going to be deployed, he is not all that excited until he meets her and then its all bets are off as much as he tries to keep in cool and remember that she is his best friend’s sister. Misty has always had a crush on Gabe and to this day those feelings are pretty strong although I don’t know how strong they will be when she finds out that Gabe has no issues on pursuing any kind of relationship because he is still dealing with the tragedy of what happened to the family dog many years ago. Can Gabe get past that?
Through all kinds of situations from the bank robbery, to Misty’s mysterious illness and her apartment blowing up Gabe has always been there more ways then one and I actually think that Gabe is starting to feel the same way about Misty but his friendship and loyalty to Parker is holding him back. But will the news Misty has to tell him make him change his mind?
I really enjoyed this and looking forward to continuing this series with More Than a Phoenix to see where this will go and the future books. Check back on Friday to see what I think.