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Synopsis: Legend says a phoenix will rise again—but all that remains of the immortal bird are ashes and whispered fairy tales…
Lyra Adams enjoys her job as a rare books dealer, but when an angry wizard barges into her store and demands she fork over a unique tome from the antiquities section, she’s not about to let him get away with grand larceny without a fight.
Except it’s suddenly very difficult to defend her wares, seeing as the wizard turned her into some kind of weird red bird by flinging a handful of ashes in her face.
Her only hope of returning to her normal, human self lies in the hands of the one man she never wanted to see again: her lying, stealing, sorcerous scumbag ex, James Pierce. The same light-fingered thief who tried to steal that very same tome from her a few days before.
She knows she can’t trust James with her heart or her inventory. Can she trust him to turn her back?

My review: I really don’t know what to make of this. It tries too hard I think to be a number of different things. The romance angle doesn’t really have any romance in it. Lara is turned into a phoenix by a wizard who steals one of her rare books. There’s then a race against time with her ex-boyfriend to turn her back human again. So there goes the romance because no one wants to see a love story between a man and a firey bird.

The biggest problem is length. At 150 pages it’s more a novella and once you take out all the action of which there is a lot, you don’t leave a lot of room for character development. Or even character introductions. People just are there and you kind of just have to go with the flow and hope someone introduces them at some point. Which they don’t

Hopefully the next one will rectify that but for now a so-so start to the series

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