But Ryder is her light in the dark, and she trusts that he will someday free her from the hell she was thrown into.
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I felt sorry for Sabine, as she didn't know that she was a phoenix and would rise again, so she faced her death multiple times thinking it was the end due to the memory loss that occurs with a phoenix rising. I liked how Sabine sometimes bolstered Ryder's self-esteem to help him see that he wasn't a horrible vampire She was definitely naive and had to face a lot of hard truths, but I think she could have trusted Ryder a little more at times. The fated mates trope usually moves pretty fast in the romance department, but this one unfolded at a slower pace because our couple was in captivity a good portion of the book.
I liked the action and drama that was interspersed with the romance and sexytimes, and Sabine and Ryder definitely had enough chemistry to steam up my kindle. This story had a multifaceted plot conflict as there were additional villains introduced that added different twists the the plot. Between the plot conflicts and the narrator's performance, I had no trouble paying attention to this story as I was driving. The narrator did a good job with her character affectations, conveying the appropriate emotion and inflections as she read.
I recommend this book to those looking for a unique paranormal romance - as you don't see many phoenixes in PNR. Characters from previous books turn up in supporting roles, and a new villain appears on the scene—one who appears harmless at first. At one point, Dante rises from one of several deaths with total recall of his entire life, including his memories of the origin of fratricide among the phoenixes. In addition, his memories provide new information about Cassie's true genetic heritage. Dante also reveals to Cassie all of the shocking details of her death and regeneration in New Orleans in the previous book, information that contradicts her own memories.
All in all, this is another well-written addition to the series with plenty of sexy action, dramatic suspense, and fiery battles. In this mythology, there are supposedly only three phoenixes in the world. This is the third novel, so I assume that it is also the final novel in the series, but perhaps not. Maybe a fourth phoenix will enter the scene in a new book. I'll keep checking and will update this post if Eden announces any more additions to the series.
In each book, a soul-mated couple meets one another, faces a series of dangerous enemies, and finds their HEA. Here is a book-by-book list of the soul-mate couples:. Cain O'Connor is a phoenix. He has tremendous fire-power and can use flames like weapons to incinerate people, buildings, weapons, or anything else that gets in his way. Unfortunately, several months ago, a thuggish snake shifter somehow got the drop on Cain and sold him to Dr.
Since then, he has been chained up in a fireproof room deep within the Genesis research center and renamed Subject Thirteen. When Eve sees Subject Thirteen, she has the usual lustful soul-mate reaction as does he. Eve watches this scene in horror, but is then even more shocked when Cain bursts into flames and comes back to life as a mindless, bestial brute. Later that night, Eve sneaks out of her room to rescue Cain, and they escape, destroying Wyatt's lab on their way out.
The story then follows Cain and Eve as they go on the run from Wyatt and his minions, which include the U. From this point on, the plot is a never-ending series of repetitive scenes: Run. Make love.
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Get caught. Run again. For readers who love Eden's erotic romances, this one will not disappoint you. No matter how many enemies are after them, Cain and Eve take time out for frequent bed breaks, and Eden provides graphic descriptions of each gasp and moan and thrust.
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The plot—sociopathic "scientist" brutally experimenting on supernaturals—is quite stereotypical, although Eden does make a slight attempt to gain sympathy for one villain late in the book. The narrator did a good job with her character affectations, conveying the appropriate emotion and inflections as she read.
I recommend this book to those looking for a unique paranormal romance - as you don't see many phoenixes in PNR. I am definitely looking forward to seeing what happens with our third phoenix, Dante, in the next story. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher, Tantor Audio.
Jun 27, Gaele rated it really liked it Shelves: challenges , kensington , tantor-audio , paranormal , abrc , audio-book , reviewed. AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 2 Story 5 This is Ryders story, an older vampire that has been imprisoned, starved and tortured all in the name of science. Sabine had been blissfully unaware of the experiments or paranormal beings as she lived her life quietly on the outside. B AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 2 Story 5 This is Ryders story, an older vampire that has been imprisoned, starved and tortured all in the name of science.
Ryder is amazing in this story, instantly he realizes his snack of Sabine is so much more, and seeks to enlighten her as he plans to get them both out of the lab. But, finding her unharmed and alive, the doctor pulls her into the experiments, determined to discover her secrets.
After meeting Ryder in the first book, I was curious to see just what he would do to break free of the torture, and if he would actually make the effort to get the other imprisoned subjects free as well. And the connection that he finds with Sabine as he explains their situation and her specialness is just marvelous. There were some moments that felt authentic to Sabine — particularly with her confusion, but the overall performance lacked distinction to make it memorable. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review.
I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed And to stay with me anyway. Another solid gold winner from the imagination from Ms. I recommend that you read book one before you read Once Bitten, Twice Burned as part of this book actually runs concurrently with Burn for Me.
Ryder and Sabine are another strong couple, hot literally sexy, a 4 - "I want you to see what I am.
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Ryder and Sabine are another strong couple, hot literally sexy, and not afraid to beat the crap out of anyone that gets in their way. Knowing that the next book Playing With Fire is Dante's story, makes my girly parts clench! I am kind of running out of good things too say about Cynthia Eden, now. Every book I have read by this author is superb, and this one is no exception. Sep 18, Linda rated it it was amazing. Ryder is a Vamp in captivity, with secrets that hes not about to let anyone torture from him, even if they try to starv him. What he never expected was the sacrificial lamb theyre throwing in with him..
Sabine cant understand what is happening, or what they want with her, but she knows this is bad. Will she get out of it alive, or is this the last thing shell experience? Neither of them are prepared for what is going to happen to them PNR Romance, action, suspense and smutty fluff in a great combo. Love this series!
Mar 05, Laura the Highland Hussy rated it it was amazing. Review posted on Got Fiction? Ryder was absolutely intriguing, so I was thrilled to get my hot little hands on his book. He has to have a taste. As we know from the first book, when the phoenix rises, the beast is in control, and memory is spotty, or sometimes gone completely. Sabine is no different. She keeps fixating on going home though, not realizing that she can never go back.
Not just because maybe not everyone will accept her, but she will also bring danger to their doorstep. But Wyatt told her to kill Cain, or he would kill her brother. So she has to try. He wants Sabine. Meanwhile, Sabine is scared of burning. And it does things to her. May 06, Stephanie G rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviewed-read-by-eva.
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The second book in the Phoenix Fire series is a riveting action packed read. Sabine Acadia was kidnapped and thrown into a cage with a monster — but one with a gentle touch. They need to escape he knows things about her, secrets that she needs to learn fast before she loses the fight to set all her urges free. Th The second book in the Phoenix Fire series is a riveting action packed read. The fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps readers on the edge of their seat with lots of suspense, action, drama, betrayal, discovery and romance.
The author paints the events and scenes with vibrant images and details that capture the imagination and the well orchestrated action scenes are believable and keep the adrenaline pumping throughout. The strong compelling characters are easily related to and with the spine tingling suspense of waiting to find out how the experimentation on Ryder and Sabine changes them the reader is drawn deeper and deeper into this fascinating world. The attraction between Sabine and Ryder explodes from the pages in a fiery inferno of passion and the sex scenes burn even hotter.
Their pain grips the reader with its intensity as they fight to survive against emotional and physical betrayal and all the changes that happen to their bodies from the experiments. I was totally engrossed in this story from the very beginning, its gripping emotional drama and captivating characters drew me in from the very first page. I loved the first one and this one is no different. Jul 14, Melissa Greene rated it it was ok Recommends it for: romance junkies I got excited by the heart-pumping opening to the book, and for a while the tension between the main guy and gal kept me hooked.
But then, somewhere along the way the two main characters stopped acting like people and more like There's a scene where the phoenix girl Sabine gets released by one of the baddies who has been torturing her in horrific ways. After the baddie releases her, the baddie tells her essentially 'Do what we tell you or we kill your brother.
So she could just kill them all and save her family Probably because it worked better for the plot, Sabine agrees to do whatever they want. Even though she could stop them once and for all. Sorry, I don't like protagonists who are brain dead. Don't make your main character invincible and then come up with lame plot devices to make them helpless when they clearly aren't. May 05, Madhellena rated it liked it Shelves: paranormal. I love the paranormals in this series, but the wimpy naive heroines are getting on my nerves sometimes.
In this one, we have a pheonix female with no clue who she is getting involved with the first ever vamp. Great potential, right? Well, the story sort of fizzled because said pheonix was a moron with such a soft heart that she got them into trouble several times by refusing to allow the guy to kill the bad people. I mean, come on, you are being tortured and killed over and over by scientists and I love the paranormals in this series, but the wimpy naive heroines are getting on my nerves sometimes. I mean, come on, you are being tortured and killed over and over by scientists and their guards and yet you ask for them to be left alone?
Then she runs back to her family knowing they are being used as leverage against you and put them all in danger. Also, the whole "you're a monster" thing got on my nerves - the guy has been a vamp for centuries and he's trying his best to rid the world of bad guys and she freaks out because he drinks blood? I really need a story with a strong heroine next.
Jan 16, Jessica Frances rated it really liked it. I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Burn for Me, and I was excited to read the second book in this series. My only complaint was the rehashing of story we already knew about because of the first book.
Still, I fell in love with Ryder and Sabine. Their love story was truly epic and I loved the action, suspense and romance in this one. Another great read from Eden and a must read for parano I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Burn for Me, and I was excited to read the second book in this series.
Another great read from Eden and a must read for paranormal fans! Mar 05, Kyndall rated it it was ok Shelves: guilty-pleasure , shallow , poorly-developed-side-characters , iffy-about-the-sequel , poorly-developed-main-characters , all-over-the-place , not-my-favorite. And such a disappointment after the first installment. There was hardly any character development and I didn't feel connected to them at all. They could have died and I would thought oh well, the book ends even sooner.
How frustrating after a great first book! Apr 12, Erika rated it really liked it Shelves: paranormal-romance , vampires-or-similar. Jan 28, Helyce rated it it was ok Shelves: reviewed-for-smexybooks , pnr-romance , , arc-from-publisher. Ryder Duncan is starving! So when the guards finally bring him a woman to feed on, his control slips and he drinks her dry.
Sabine Acadia was kidnapped and brought to the labs at Genesis. Confused and scared out of her mind, she is no match against the power o Ryder Duncan is starving! Confused and scared out of her mind, she is no match against the power of the vampire she is tossed into a cell with.
But as the life is leaving her body, she senses him trying to help her. And then she feels the burn, as flames consume her body. Once Bitten, Twice Burned is book two in Ms. I loved the first book, Burn For Me. I thought the introduction of a new type of paranormal character, a Phoenix, was unique and fresh. At the same time, I thought the author did a great job of humanizing the paranormals, giving them emotional qualities that were believable. Unfortunately, this second book, did not work as well for me.
The first part of this book runs concurrent to book 1 and is detailed in a way that I found too repetitive having read book 1. I already knew what Sabine was and that Ryder was obsessed with her. Once Ryder and Sabine escape the facility and are on the run, there is a lot going on.
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They have this unmistakable chemistry between them, but Sabine fights it. There is a lot of focus on blood, specifically the blood exchanged between Ryder and Sabine and what exactly that means. I loved Ryder in book one. I was excited for his story, knowing he was paired with a Phoenix. I knew that this author could explore some very interesting avenues here.
And she does, but the romance was flat, nonexistent. This seemed really odd for me, especially for Sabine who had thought herself human all her life until her first change. The author introduces a new character, another Phoenix named Dante. He flits in and out throughout the book. He is extremely powerful, even more so than Cain from book one. He seems out to get Sabine-which is expected I guess.
We learn in book 1 that the Phoenixes pretty much died out because of their need to kill other Phoenixes. Ryder and Sabine continue to evade him, but he shows up at the end in a pivotal scene that sets up the next book. He escapes with everyone else in book one, but the tests performed on him had changed him in a way that made him extremely dangerous to everyone. Lastly, I struggled a lot with the dialogue in this book.