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Two souls, born thousands of miles apart, but destined to be together from birth. She was born to a vampire and a human, with beauty and power that would remain unparalleled. He is the son of the only living phoenix in existence. Two very different people, one destiny. Only one thing stands between the two and their future. Stephan, the son of Lucifer, demented by his quest for revenge and crazed by the power he holds, will see them dead first. Jade and Michael will fight for each other, and they will fight for their families. Because destiny will always bring everything full circle.
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
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Jade knew he was coming, her mate. He just didnt know that yet. When Michael arrives, he is put through his paces, but no one except Jade knows his true value. Forces begin to conspire against them, but Fate has her plan, and it will be seen through, one way or another. I joined Ms James beta reading group late, after Phoenix was released, and have not managed to read any of the early books. Ms James asked me not to. She had a "secret book" in writing, she said, and wanted someone who had not read the Fordidden Love series OR The Boston Clan series to look at this book with fresh eyes. Of course I said, feeling a little daunted by the task ahead of me, but excited all the same! Jade is Angel and Brea's daughter, a born vampire, far more powerful than anyone else in the house, even Gage. Michael is Phoenix and Kelly's son, the second living phoenix in existance. He has his own powers, one of which is made very clear very early on. Others crop up as the book moves on, for both of them. Both Jade and Michael are now adults, and this book takes place a long time after Phoenix does, although its not made clear how old these two are, just that they are adults. Its very clear they arent teenagers though, so I'd pitch them very early 20s. All the previous characters appear in this book, Angel, Brea, Sebastian, Jessica, Leigh, Rebel, Gage, Serena, Samuel, Azerial, Phoenix and Kelly, and a few surprises, too! And I loved that we get to hear from all the main characters, not just Jade and Michael. Some baddies have their say too, nasty pieces of work that they are! The book is very fast paced, taking place over a few short weeks, but so full of action, you dont notice HOW fast it flies, til you are done. It is violent, yes, but with vampires, dragons, witches, fey, phoenix and all manner of paranormal things against an undead army, and the son of Lucifer hell bent on revenge, thats not surprising. Its super hot and sexy, where Jade and Michael are concerned, and, although its fairly tame, it still hits the spot! All too often you get lots of kinky paranormal sex, and sometimes, its rather refreshing NOT to read about it all! Emotions are the main thing here, and they are described in such a way that you get it, you really do! You get, from almost everyone, how intenese their bonds are, not just to their respective mates, but to Jade and Michael, once its obvious what they are to each other, and the lengths they will go to protect them. And they do, they go, literally, across the world and back for them. Each one of them would lay their life down for Michael and Jade, and that comes across, beautifully. There are a few twists and turns, a few surprises for certain characters that THEY dont see coming, and it kept me on my toes, right til the end! As I said, I was asked NOT to read any previous books, to look at this one with a fresh pair of eyes. I could follow what had happened in previous books, not exactly (cos recapping 6 or 7 books in their entirety would make this a long ass book) but the gist of those books came across loud and clear. NOW I will go back and read those books. I need, for my own personal satisfaction and NOT because I'm missing anything, to read them. If you haven't read any of Ms James' books before, read this one. I read it in one sitting, did not do anything all day. :-) 5 full stars
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I live in KY with my family. While I hold a "real job" my first love will always be writing.
I enjoy lots of different kinds of books, and many different authors. Some of my favorites are, but not limited to, Sandra Hill, Lori Foster, Kelly Armstrong, Stephen King, James Patterson, J.R. Ward and Emma Holly. But I think I would read just about anything with a good plot.