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"R. Phoenix writes with an intensity that easily pulls the reader inside the story and captivates you till the end. There is mystery and intrigue, fear of the unknown, fear of what is known, and yet you continue on because you need to know the outcome. I was completely immersed inside the world she created around Khaz and Noah and I hated to see it come to an end." - MM Book Escape
"This series is incredibly addicting because there is no warning as to what is coming next. Will it be another semi-sweet romantic build? Or will it be mind games and manipulations like Bought was?" - Queercentric Reviews
From the Author
The first three works in this series (Bought, Ravel, and Recoil) were originally written as standalone works and can be read independently of one another. These characters' lives begin to come together in the fourth book (Owned). Owned takes place immediately after Recoil and three weeks after the end of Bought. Temper follows Ravel and occurs at approximately the same time as Owned.
In January 2017, I revised and re-released Bought, Ravel, and Recoil. The name of the series, 'Ripples in the Status Quo,' was updated to 'The Fate of the Fallen.' In March 2017, I revised and re-released Owned and Temper. In April, I revised and re-released Refraction. If you purchased these books prior to that time, please contact me, as Amazon will not provide updated copies.
R. Phoenix keeps getting better and better! This book kept me on the edge of my seat. The ending just about killed me! I hate cliffhangers and this one is brutal!!!! Noah the human slave captured as part of the rebellion, unable to be broken by the toughest slavery going. Then you have Khaz the Vampire who needs money forced to take in this stubborn human to break him. You have to read the story to find out who gets broken and how. This story is a must read!!!!!
Let me say upfront that the author can tell a good story and is a competent writer. I keep going back and trying R. Phoenix for these reasons. Unfortunately, I'm always a little disappointed at the endings. It's because I like a HEA ending and R. Phoenix doesn't do those so I'm always left feeling out of sorts. So, if you like darker reads that don't deliver a HEA (although also don't end up in total despair) you might really like this book and the others in the series. I don't want to discourage anyone from trying them because I do think the author is talented and deserves a nice following. I want to give the author props for writing and story telling. Ultimately, the books just aren't for me. . . but they might be for you. :)
I loved this installment in R. Phoenix's Ripples in the Status Quo series. Khaz is a vampire who has shut himself off from the rest of the world, even though he is a supe, he has not really experienced what some would call the benefits of being a supe. He lost his sire and has been drifting from century to century, not really "living", that is until he is asked to "break" a human rebel named Noah. Khaz wasn't prepared for the feelings that Noah stirs inside of him, it's as if Noah makes Khaz's heart beat again. With the lingering knowledge that with or without his help in taming Noah, he will be sold and more than likely become a shell of the human he once was, Noah makes a hard decision that hopefully he won't regret.
So much packed into a tiny amount of pages! Honestly, I went in unsure if I would enjoy this kind of book. (Vampires, werewolves etc) I was hooked by the first page. The characters were beautiful together, they were dimensional and I loved them both. To be able to make a reader fall in love with characters in such a small piece of work is remarkable. The ending made me want to scream! I hate cliffhangers, I would be extremely disgruntled if I didn't already have the next book. I must find out what happens!
Extremely well written .. I wasn't expecting to feel such turmoil following khaz`s inner emotional struggle in regards to Noah.. Ms. Phoenix has once again toed the very line between erotica and emotion..