Journalist Ambrosia Pellerin accepts an assignment involving the legendary phoenix, expecting, if nothing else, a little entertainment. Instead, she winds up pregnant—by a surprisingly human-looking firebird, Reece Bennu.
As the Phoenix prince, Reece is next in line to the throne and expected to marry a purebred royal. A common human such as Ambrosia is not in the cards. He swears, though, he’ll never be an absentee father.
As Ambrosia’s due date grows closer, so do the soon-to-be parents. But will their tentative love survive the prejudice of Reece’s grandmother, who will stop at nothing to tear the two a part?
Sarah Gilman started her first novel in third grade. She never finished that story, but never gave up the dream. Her fascination with wings also began at that age, when images of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis captured her imagination and never let go. Now a paranormal romance writer, she employs her love of writing to bring the allure of winged creatures to the pages of her novels. Sarah lives in Vermont with her supportive husband and two spoiled cats.
I always savour a book that gives us something new. Vampires, zombies, shifters and witches are all well known troupes that we know and love, but sometimes you want a palate cleanser and this book certainly does the job.
The idea of a Phoenix was very inventive, and although a relatively short read, Ashes really opens up a whole new world to explore with this legend…..wait for it…..dary creature. Putting in that you can get pregnant by being around an exploding phoenix was genius, although I’m betting the characters felt a little cheated! Usually in these paranormal romances the babies come later, but to have one first was oddly realistic – accidents do happen – and this to me made it seem slightly less sugary as a romance.
From a writer’s perspective, it’s put together beautifully and very quickly gives us characters that we want to read about. I could have done with it being longer, but hey that’s what sequels are for. Third person POV was the perfect mechanism here to tell the story, and although its not my fav (as you all know) I did feel it worked well.
The front cover has a fab set of abs on there and does tell us its unique selling point – the phoenix – so perfect cover for me and my marketing tastes.
Overall I’d give Ashes 5 out of 5 stars – read this book for something both original and explosive.