Sunday, 29 November 2015

Spotlight and Review: Phoenix Bar by Annelise Reynolds

Phoenix Bar (Steel Demons MC Book 1)
Texas born, MC bred. Grit is used to rotating his women like he rotates his socks, but that all changes when he meets Phoenix.

Phoenix is hiding from a past filled with hurt. Just as she finds love with Grit, the pains of her past are going to come back to burn her.

Can Grit keep Phoenix safe or will Phoenix die trying to protect those she loves from the flames of her past?

Ikira's review - 5 out of 5 stars

Wow! What the blurb doesn't tell you is this is a seriously HOT read. Seriously, I started to read in the daytime whilst the kids where around but soon realised this was one for the evenings when they weren't around.

I read this book 'cover to cover' in under 24 hours which is testament to how 'un-put-downable' it is!

The author writes well, keeps you gripped and wanting more throughout. The main characters each get the right amount of time and space in the story and each have enough going on to sustain that - a really good balance which can be hard to achieve.

The only drawback about this book in my opinion - the next one isn't out yet!


Shona's review 3 of 5 stars

This was a slow burner for me. One of the reasons for this was the way the story was told, we got alternating POV's which I normally love, but in the beginning I think Reynolds got hung up on showing us how both main characters were feeling in each scene which meant that we got the exact same scenes back to back. That soon changed though and the pace of the book picked up quite quickly.

This book would be improved with another sweep of the editorial pen, it doesn't need a massive amount of work doing to it, but I did find some of the phrases were repeated regularly in the beginning. Some of the scenes could have been fleshed out a little more, I was left with more questions than we got answers and feeling a little cheated with the ending... The book was building for a big finish and for me, it felt like it was rushed with the majority of the action unfolding off the page.

My overall thought when finishing this book was that I did enjoy it, and I would consider reading the second book in the series.

Kerry's review 3 of 5 stars

I was given this book for an honest review. I'm not 100% sure what to feel about this book. From the very first page it drew me in I wanted to know the secret. That's what kept me reading I think. The main characters are all great on their own but I don't think Phoenix and Brice have much chemistry, they don't talk for months but suddenly she announces she has a meeting and he demanded to go with her to make sure it wasn't a date? I liked that we got the learn about all the other characters not just the two main ones. I thought the book ended a bit suddenly I would have liked to know why some things happened to some of the other characters without giving to much away I can't say much but I'm sure everyone else who has read the book will know who I mean.

I really liked Ember and hope she and Titan get their own book as I would most defiantly read it, the banter between the two of them is comical and I hope she can get some closure from her past with Titan. Overall I found it to be a good book loved the mystery of what had happened in the past and would defiantly read another book by this author.

Claire's review 3.5 out of 5 Stars

I really wish I could give this book more stars! The storyline was a good idea and intriguing enough to keep me reading until the end to find out what would happen and what was Abby and Mac's secret. It was well thought out, with plenty of desctiption and explanation to understand exactly what was happening, and i enjoyed the alternating points of view between chapters.

Unfortunately I was put off very near the begining with the 'Woman sharing' of the group, which I found repulsive and the men cant have any respect for the women involved to just use them for sexual gratification. A strong male character is always good but I felt Grit, wanted to own Abby more than be her partner, and with Abby being a strong, sassy individual I just cannot see that she would be so accepting to be owned.

The writing in this book was good, and kept you hooked on each page, I would advise that it needs another look through as there was a few errors, but in general they dont take you away from the story.

This is a great debut, and I look forward to reading the books that follw in the series, as I'm sure the author has a lot more to tell us, and that we will see Reynolds grow as an author.

Author Bio

I'm a single mom of the two best kids in the world, no I'm not biased at all. By day, I'm a student and mother, and by night I'm a writer. My schedule is chaotic at best and insane at worst, but I love it and would not change it. I've wanted to be a writer for a long time, and the fact that I've had one of my biggest dreams come true is completely amazing to me. The support I've gotten from my friends and my fans has been overwhelming and humbling to say the least. I'm so excited to be able to call myself an author and to show my kids that dreams do really come true.

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