Wicked Embers by Keri Arthur
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I didn't realize this was a second book in the series before I requested it. I tried to get the first book but was not sent a copy. This might have really impacted my enjoyment of this one. While I liked the nonstop action and do like to dive right into stories, it was a little rough to juggle all these stories going on at once.
Emberly is a phoenix that is cursed to get her heart broken. She has already done this lifetime's heartbreak, but her ex is still managing to stomp in and out of her life. Her phoenix mate keeps picking up the pieces when he re-breaks her heart, but it's getting old quick. Beyond this story, I get a little sketchy on the details. There's a mafia of vampires that is out to get them. Or maybe more than one mafia. Or something. There's a group of mutant drone vampires and a big bad leader of the virus created vampires. There's also a race to find someone's notes, or research, or backup of research. I think it was sold by the owner of the company? Oh, and she has dreams of some mythical creature eating organs. But her phoenix mate doesn't. Maybe it's specific to her and not her race?
Like I said, sketchy details here. Either way, all these things make Emberly run from hideout to hideout, stopping only to have lots of sex with her Fae booty call, Jackson, or have prophetic dreams of death. She decides to stop trying to run from stuff about halfway through and take the fight to them. So they end up chasing after the mafia vampires, the evil organ eater, and research note stealers.
There is a very abrupt ending here where I think some things are resolved (at least we get 1/3 for sure resolved). I'm not quite sure where the book series will go, but it will undoubtedly involve action, action, action (and sex). It seems like this book is torn between being a smutty paranormal romance and action read. With so many big bads roaming around and a lot of open cases, there isn't much time to smut it up enough to be enough of a PNR for me.
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