LOCKED IN A BANK VAULT TOGETHER...
THEY MIGHT REDEFINE THE MEANING OF ‘SAFE’ SEX
Misty Carlisle works as a bank teller in Boston’s financial district. She’s had more rotten luck in her life than most, except when her childhood crush shows up to cash his paycheck. Then her heart races and her mouth goes dry.
Gabe Fierro is a firefighter—and a phoenix. Like his brothers, his biggest challenge is finding a woman open-minded enough to accept a shapeshifter into her life. When his boyhood friend asks him to watch over his little sister Misty, he reluctantly agrees. But when the bank where she works gets held up, Gabe does everything he can to protect her. The two of them end up locked in the bank’s vault…where things get steamier than either of them ever imagined.
Readers love Ashlyn Chase’s Boston Dragons:
“This story has it all, laughter, tears, magic and sizzling heat.”—Night Owl Reviews, 5 Stars, Top Pick!
“Snarky dialogue and sizzling heat.”—Booklist
Too many plot beats in quick succession, insufficient emotional realism, and a reliance on tired gender stereotypes mar Chase's Phoenix Brothers paranormal series starter, which feels more like a late title from her Boston Dragons series. Phoenix shape-shifter and firefighter Gabe Fierro promises to keep an eye on his friend Parker's younger sister, Misty Carlisle, who works as a bank teller in Boston, while Parker is deployed. Gabe thinks of Misty as a little girl and is surprised to see that she's grown into a gorgeous woman with romantic feelings for him. He soon feels more attracted than protective. Misty must deal with a slimy boss, disturbing health issues, and the loss of her home, while Gabe manages his guilt about becoming Misty's lover and fends off his mother's aggressive encouragement of the relationship. The supernatural elements are meager: taking phoenix form seems joyless, depicted only as a family secret and a vague outlet for letting out frustrated feelings, and nothing supernatural enhances the bland sex scenes, even after Gabe discloses his identity. In a crowded field, this paranormal is missable.
This book is just not good. The plot is heavy with holes, the paranormal theme is neglected until the last 20 pages, and the writing is simple (at best). Even though it was free, it was a waste of time.