Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fire and Ash

Title: Fire and Ash
Author: Gabrielle Evans
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
ISBN: 1-61034-538-X
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Tired of the fighting among the younger members of the paranormal community, the elders come up with a plan to stop it. At a toast during a meeting of the UPAC Conference, a spiked drink ensures everyone seeks out a mate, but they must be from another species and the mating must be registered within twenty-four hours or else. 

Zaiden isn’t happy with the elders plan and is trying to escape from the chaos when he meets Asher, who’s trying to do the same thing. When they get to the building’s main entrance, they get turned away and before they know it, they’re mated. Asher might not be thrilled but he’s willing to commit to a life with Zaiden, which means moving to Tennessee. Originally, Asher isn’t in love with Zaiden but he definitely likes him. The problem is that someone else likes his mate too, and is willing to do just about anything to get rid of the competition. Asher. 

Fire and Ash is the third release in the Midnight Matings series, this one by Gabrielle Evans and it can be read as a standalone. 

I liked Ms. Evan’s creative pairing of Zaiden and Asher and how cute is it that Ash – Asher - is a phoenix shifter…it’s a great play on words. I don’t know why but a phoenix shape-shifter is rare in paranormal fiction, at least what I’ve come across, so I was thrilled when I discovered his race. The background information on him is well placed within the story, as are the facts surroundings Zaiden’s painful past. The personalities of both men are unique and well developed, their reactions to the elders expected and the struggles they have to overcome to become a couple realistically portrayed.  The mystery of who is stalking Zaiden is a great addition to the story and while I had some idea of who the villain’ was, the revelation of the true identity at the fast-paced ending was a surprise. Enjoy.

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