Phoenix Kiss by Lyric James
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (87 pgs)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia
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 exposé 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; she is trying to get the dirt on millionaire Jordan Gaines.
No one has been able to get an interview with him but she has come up with a sure fire way to get the information she needs. This will help her keep her job at the rag newspaper she works for and put her name out there. So, she breaks into his house but soon finds more than she bargained for.
Jordan Gaines is not what he appears to be. The question is will Layla tell his story? Jordan makes a deal with Layla, if she spends the night with him she can write her story. She agrees to this but along the way she gets to know the real Jordan.
The background of each of the characters helped me understand why or how they ended up where they were. I saw the reasons why Layla worked for the Tattler and why Jordan was such a private person. Even though they had only known each other a few hours I knew that they were meant to be.
The author makes the characters strong yet vulnerable so that the reader becomes invested in them. The sex scenes, and there were quite a few, were hot and explosive. The only negative I have about this story is that I wanted more! It would have been nicer if it had a few more chapters to it. I wanted to see the love between them develop and not get the feeling that it was rushed. That being said, it was still a good read and maybe there will be a follow up story to this one.