Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★☆
Reading Time: 4 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of Phoenyx in Flames from Daisy St. James in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher’s generosity. You can’t fake these stars, baby!
“Any last words?” She asked, almost sweetly.
“Phoenyx,” the vampire hissed.
There weren’t any second chances for the undead in situations like these, at least not by her standards. Especially not after having the audacity to try and take her out. That was the biggest no-no of all. When that happened, you paid with your life––or un-life, so to speak. Silently, she pulled the pin and launched the grenade at his feet. It exploded on impact, sending the living corpse in every direction but South.
Phoenyx smiled coldly. “I love it when they say my name.”
As a child, Jane heard voices. Felt what others could feel.
She was witness to the things that went bump in the night and could tell a person’s deepest, darkest thoughts with only a touch. Until tragedy changed her life completely, thrusting her into the care of Hutton Grimshaw.
Esteemed chair member of The Order of the Flame, Hutton does what he must. Training young Jane to be the one thing the shadows feared. Now, at the age of twenty-five, she is known as Phoenyx, the world’s deadliest supernatural assassin.
The hard and fast rules change when she finds Judas, a vampire, suffering in a back alley with no memory of who he is, or why he’s becoming more and more human every day. With a price on her head and the survival of humanity at stake, Phoenyx finds herself . . . Changing. Her true nature is slowly beginning to reveal itself and mysteriously, Hutton is the only one who seems to know why.
After years of taking down the supernatural beings that plague her hometown of Crystal Haven, Phoenyx finds herself teetering on the fine line between good and evil. While her attraction to Judas begins to consume her, growing like a fire out of control, one thing becomes undeniably clear . . .
If you play with fire, you’re going to get burned.
First Line: “Warehouse B was on fire and Phoenyx was the one who’d struck the match.”
I want to be Phoenyx. Like, now. For some reason, when I picked up this book, I thought it would be about shapeshifters. This seems to my first impression about everything lately. I’m obviously off my rocker.
At first, I wasn’t quite sure if this was a standalone novel. It definitely reads like one and—let’s be honest—I am known for reading a series backward, so it doesn’t really matter to me. Phoenyx’s story is left open-ended, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens to our valiant heroine. But in terms of a conflict and somewhat-resolution, Daisy St. James does not disappoint.
We are first introduced to Phoenyx (her real name is Jane) and a lot of people just want her dead. What a great place to start a book. Not everyone wants Phoenyx dead, though. Some just want to torture her, imprison her…you know, the usual.
But have no fear, Phoenyx is like Buffy the Vampire Slayer on CRACK. This woman is so baller you’re going to want to be her for Halloween (or every day of the year). She’s a—get this—paranormal assassin.
“I walked into Warehouse B thinking I was going to have a blast—and BAM! I get jumped by three vamps.”
Not only do we have vamps, but we have demons galore.
Now, let’s talk about the romance for just an itty-bitty second. Umm. Can vampires be real? Because I could use one. If he can read to me every night, even better. He can re-read me this book.
Phoenyx comes across Judas. Is it fate? Abso-freaking-lutely. He can’t remember who he is and Phoenyx is put into an awkward situation. Duty mixes with compassion, all of this transforms into hot, sexy lust, and Phoenyx is now in some serious trouble.
Judas transforms, as well as Phoenyx, and our feisty heroine is suddenly put in the middle of a paranormal mess. He’s straddling the edge of fate, destiny, and free-will. Gah, the tension!
I love Phoenyx (obviously) but Judas can have my blood any time, any day. He’s so vulnerable when Phoenyx and him meet, but GAAWD this man in dangerous! Daisy St. James knows how to write dat alpha love. The storyline is phenomenal, the characters are undeniably delicious, and I can’t wait to find out what happens to Phoenyx in book two. Would it be wrong of me to beg for an early release? No. 🙏
The only thing I’d say I didn’t particularly enjoy about this text is it moved too fast at times. I mean, if you’re into fast-paced reads, this book is for you. But when Phoenyx and Judas were together, I wanted that sweet juju to last!