- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 18, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 197568821X
- ISBN-13: 978-1975688219
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,277,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Inside Phoenix Paperback – October 18, 2017
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Roni stepped out of her own comfort zone writing Inside Phoenix. I feel that writing YA has been amazing for her, because I love her YA books so much. Stepping out of the YA world, and into the adult world was a huge bonus to us readers, because HELLLLLLOOOOOOO we love our YA, but damn it, I love me some hot, steamy scenes in my books just as much as the next overworked, not enough time in the day, I need more hours in the day, hell no I am out of wine, will I ever get a raise, woman in this world! Let me introduce you to Phoenix, Ian, and all that is Inside Phoenix!
In case it has been awhile since you read one of my reviews, remember, I review from the heart. I will never give you any spoilers, and if I love an author, you are going to think that I kidnapped that author and they write just for me. So enjoy.
Supernatural, paranormal...oh yes. Just what I love. I am not a romance reader. If it does not have some type of paranormal or supernatural aspect to it, I am going to get bored. (yes, there are exceptions but you get my point). Wolves. Wolf packs. Alpha Males. Are you drooling yet? You should be, because let me tell you what! This book is all about them wolves. Good lord do I love me some wolf shifters. When you have wolf packs, alpha males, and a female involved, you know you have some good reading ahead of you. Oh did I forget to mention an amazing AND gorgeous Alpha FEMALE wolf that refuses to accept her rightful place in the pack? Yeah...she is doing it rightfully so too. So you have to love her for it. So that is gist and high overview of the book. I am not going into much more detail that, because you need to read the book to find out. Trust me, you are going to love it! Happy Howling!
This was a real enjoyable read for me a very strong breath of fresh air in the shifter genre. Here we have Phoenix Reynolds a former model turned shop owner who's a Lykos (wolf shifter) that's a virgin in both sexual experience and shifting. Everything about her is the composition of an interesting and complex character to get to know as you read about. While her background as a model wasn't all that great the real sadness lies in the relationship with her mother who is the reason her life took a turn toward model and all the hardships within. It's what makes her what she's all about after she leaves the profession and what makes her seek out so much control and centering in her life. Also what happened to Phoenix in her modeling career and which was the reason she quit is the reason she looks after her sister Shannon so strongly.
Eventually into Phoenix's life comes Ian Brody the sexy charming Alpha, former football star, currently covering as a football coach. Who notices that Phoenix is a virgin Lykos as well as a women he would most definitely like to know as well as court. His younger brother Ryder who is also his beta informs him that she's a former model since Ian can't place where he's seen her and thus starts his desire to go for her. Now Ian does have his own complications in life. He has to pretend like he's in recovery from an injury. He's an alpha who has to figure out about killings that are happening to many young Lykos as well as a few humans. And now he has to find a way to get Phoenix who's definite Alpha presence (despite her lack of shifting) and icy barriers tend to shield his advances. Though since he's Alpha the challenge of gaining her affection is something he relishes and makes him only that much attracted to her.
What I love about this story is you have two characters that have very strong similarities, but come from completely different backgrounds in upbringing. Phoenix has never had a real relationship in her life and her complex desire for control puts her in an odd enough position. Ian frustrates her but also intrigues and excites her. While on Ian's side no matter how hard she pushes he pushes back harder and cracks that icy wall. I consider the fact that both these two have younger siblings whom they are close to that also get into a relationship with one another is what helps Phoenix break out of her shell and helps Ian get closer to her.
The background characters are also a fine assortment of characters that also in my opinion help the story move along so nicely. Especially since they are pretty much involved with the unnatural world that the main focus characters are in. From those within Ian's pack and other packs. To characters like Leo and Robert who are gay friends of Phoenix and Shannon. Right down to a few humans as well. All of who were well written.
What pretty much makes this story and Phoenix the focus point is how much she grows and changes through her friendship, dating, and eventually mating with Ian. He breaks her out of her shell and makes her unafraid of her the heritage lying dormant within her. It also definitely puts her in touch with what it means to be apart of a pack and get closer to others of her kind, which is something she's never know do to her upbringing or lack there of. And though a lot of sad revelations happen near the end of the book, it doesn't bring her down but makes her stronger. In the end the only issue I had with this book are some minor areas where it needs editing in regards to word placement, but other then that it was an excellent read. I only wish we had a novella related to Shannon and Ryder.