For over a year, Connor has served the guy with the sad eyes one drink a night He drinks it, pays, then leaves One night he orders two and Connor finally gets him to talk Little by little, week by week, Connor coaxes Lucas to open up and falls in love with him along the way But is love enough to help Lucas overcome the physical and emotional pain of what he s been through And can Connor really understand the horror of what happened The first novella in the Recovery trilogy....
|Title||:||Phoenix: Rise from the Ashes (Recovery Book 1) (English Edition)|
|Publisher||:||Small Black Cat Media 23 Juli 2018|
|Number of Pages||:||278 Pages|
|File Size||:||595 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Phoenix: Rise from the Ashes (Recovery Book 1) (English Edition) Reviews
PLEASE READ FIRST MY RATING SYSTEM!!!To my ratings (thanks to amazon I had to change it again and 'upgrade' it a little bit. 5* is now 5,5* and my old 3* is now a 4*):5,5* - very very good and rare (it would be a Blow-Away-book like 'Liberty' from Seth King, 'Save the kids' series from EM Leya or 'Jesse's Smile' from Angelique Jurd), it's like an A+5* - very good and will be often reread and is a WOW-book with interesting plot and surprises (like most of Andrew Grey books), it's like an A4,5* - it's the place between I really like it and I love it, it's like an A-4* - a really good book, which will be reread a few times (most romances where you can enjoy for relaxing and during waiting times in hospitals). I can recommend them definitively! It's like an A-B3* - it could be more then a one-time-reader, but not really an often reread book2* - it was ok to read, but it's more a one-time-reader (i wouldn't recommend it heartly, but it was ok) It's like a C-, D1* - sorry, but that isn't really a book for me (too many mistakes, not nice plot, unlogical, NO-GO). It's like failure in the whole line, dismissed, repeat the classUnfortunately it was finished too fast. It’s a great shorter story, but I wished, it would last longer. I liked the story.I had want to know how the meeting with the parents went, how the own bar works.... so many possibilities for another story....
I love Angelique Jurd and I just remember taking a chance on the first book of The san Capistrano series when it was first published. Ive loved everything she's written since then and this title is no different. I love Lucas and Connors' characters and wish that these two could become full novels. Lucas is so beautiful and so vulnerable you can't help but to love him. I love that he doesn't let his insecurities dictate his life and allows himself to truly live and fall in love with Connor. This was sent as an ARC but I had already Pre-orded it anyways. People listen to me, I have read hundreds of m/m romance novels and novellas and I can count on one hand of the authors who are auto-buys, without even reading a blurb, and Angelique is one of them. read this! then go read the San Capistrano series, and Jesse's Smile, and Daisy's Yellow, I promise you, you won't regret it. I know I didn't,
I enjoyed this story very much. I loved the characters, also I loved how Lucas recovered from his fear. A good story, with a great storyline.
“Hope rises like the phoenix from the ashes of shattered dreams.” ~ S.A. SachsOften bartenders, like Connor of 'Phoenix: Rise from the Ashes' by Angelique Jurd, listen to people’s problems while they drink. Connor doesn't mind. He is good-hearted and a great listener. He can tell who needs to talk and who doesn't. When a guy, Lucas, starts coming to his bar every night, for just one drink, Connor is curious as well as concerned. It is clear that Lucas is in pain and needs someone to talk to, but it is just as obvious that he isn't ready.One rainy night, Lucas comes in and has his normal one drink. Connor starts a conversation with him. This night, Lucas stays to have another drink. After his shift, Connor runs into Lucas who encourages Connor to join him in a booth. During their pizza, Lucas conveys to Connor how he was caught in a fire and, while trying to save a small boy, suffered, extensive burns that still plague him. Connor understands how much it's taking for Lucas to confide in him and appreciates the trust he is putting in him. After eating, Connor walks Lucas home. To Conner's amazement, a few days later, Lucas asks him out to dinner! Lucas and Connor become very close but that's as far as it goes. When Lucas asks Connor to come to his apartment, Connor and Lucas have amazing, but Connor is concerned that being with him will freak Lucas out.This book is intense and the characters are wonderful. I love Connor for his strength and understanding and Lucas for his bravery. This is a powerful beginning to a new series. I can hardly wait for the story to continue. Thanks, Angelique, for an intriguing start.Originally posted at Rainbow Book Reviews.
What sets this author's books apart from most of those out there is the warmth and feeling of sincerity that they have. Yes, there's some sex in them, but they have actual tales, likable leads and aren't a vehicle for the obligatory, bog-standard MM sex. In fact, I've tended to skip the sex scenes in most of her novels as they slow down her tales, but that's not a complaint - I suspect the majority of MM readers read for the sex content.This is book 1 in a trilogy and isn't connected to other tales that the author's done. It ends in the start of a HEA for the leads, but you know there's more in their pasts that's going to come to light, and perhaps fester. That's where AJ does it best - her emotions are genuine and heartfelt and you feel for her characters. I can't wait to read more.She does lose 1*, though, as her tales aren't edited very well and aren't proof-read well; lots of silly errors and several words that appear with more than one spelling in the same tale. I don't begrudge the book at this price, but if it were more expensive and not in KU, I'd probably be harsher in a review - I expect quality in a read put out by a professional author.
👍👍4.5 starsLovely short story with a theme of renewal and love, it's totally focused on Connor and Lucas and their tentative then assured steps toward a loving and trusting relationship.The author did a great job. I found Lucas' tragic backstory terrifically touching. He needed a sympathetic someone to get his life back and it looks like he found him. I am looking forward to reading more about this couple.I read a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.