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Phoenix Kiss by Lyric James
Published by Ellora's Cave on 2011-12-30
Reviewed by Shayna
Layla Martin makes her living exposing all the wicked little secrets of the rich and famous. Exposing Jordan Gaines, the mysterious millionaire, is exactly the break she needs.Jordan has spent his entire life protecting a dark secret-he's a phoenix shapeshifter, one of the last of his kind. When he finds Layla hiding in his home after he shifts, he offers her a deal-he won't call the police if she spends one night in his bed.Layla believes she's stumbled onto the story of a lifetime. Jordan thinks sleeping with Layla will discredit any expos she plans to write. Neither expects the hours of unrelenting, primitive passion, the fast bond that forms between them or their fierce desire to keep the night from coming to an end.
Layla Martin is going after the story of a lifetime. No one has been able to score an interview with mysterious millionaire Jordan Gaines and she’s determined to uncover whatever dirty laundry he’s hiding. But when she breaks into his house, Layla discovers Jordan’s got one heck of a secret: he’s a phoenix shapeshifter. When Jordan catches her spying, he makes her a bargain: spend one night with him and he won’t call the cops on her. Layla needs this story, but the longer she’s with Jordan the more she’s torn between saving her job and protecting the man who’s fast capturing her heart.
Phoenix Kiss is a swift and sexy story that’s entertaining to read. Lyric James shows why Jordan is so private (it goes beyond his supernatural shapeshifting) and delves deeply into Layla’s character and how she’s become the reporter that she is. This, more than the erotic romance part of Phoenix Kiss, is what drew me into the story. I loved seeing Layla’s character develop over the course of the story and I would have liked to learn more about Jordan and his supernatural abilities. The ending of Phoenix Kiss left me with some questions, but overall I thought it was a very enjoyable story.