Thursday, March 1, 2012

Kyle’s Return

Title: Kyle’s Return
Author: Stormy Glenn and Lynn Hagen
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
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ISBN: 1-61926-019-0
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Shape-shifter Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Finding a dead man in an alley isn’t odd for Detective Anthony Santano and following his instincts, three days later, he’s in the morgue to witness Kyle’s return to life. With gun-toting goons on their trail, getting out of Portland is the only way to keep Kyle safe, which means calling in some favors from a few unsavory characters.  

Kyle Talon’s life hasn’t been easy. When he’s attacked, he’s surprised to wake up in the morgue and to find himself alive. Even more shocking is he’s falling in love with the detective who saw him return to life and who’s sworn to protect him. Together they flee the city, trying to find a safe haven while learning as much as they can about Kyle’s new powers and their growing love. If they can get far enough away, they might stand a chance at a forever together. 

Kyle’s Return is book two in the new paranormal series Phoenix Rising and it takes up shortly after the first release left off. Because of the interlocking concept and characters, the books should be read in order.  

The opening with Tony recognizing the similarities between dead Kyle and Collin from the first book gets the story off to a fast start. That puts Tony in the morgue when Kyle returns from the dead…and when he freaks out…very, very loudly. The authors have outdone themselves with Kyle’s personality. This little guy is a pistol…full of energy, foul language and anger. I enjoyed the changes he underwent as the story progressed, as he learned to trust for probably the first time in his life. Then there’s strong, protective and determined Tony who quickly knows the most important thing in the world is keeping Kyle alive. These two are perfect counterpoints and it was fun watching them go from strangers to devoted lovers. 

In this release, we get to learn a little more about the phoenixes and the person trying to kidnap them…Mr. Donahue.  And there are also a few interesting twists and turns with some other people…some good guys helping to protect them. You’ll also find a scattering of returning characters, pulling the two stories together, including Tibo who is featured in the next release, Tibo’s Beginning.

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