Resurrecting Phoenix – 5 Stars

 Resurrecting Phoenix

Isabel Lucero

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 24, 2015

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book blurb

Anniversaries are usually occasions worth celebrating, but when your fourth wedding anniversary is also the first anniversary of your husband’s death, you’ll only want to drink your sorrows away. And that’s exactly what Phoenix Nightingale does.

In the small town of Breckshire Wyoming, everybody knows everybody, so when Evan Tyler walks into the same bar she’s drowning her grief in, Phoenix knows that he’s new in town. What she doesn’t know is that he’s just moved in a few houses down from her and is about to try his hardest to break through the wall she’s had up for a year.

Phoenix has experienced a tragedy that nobody ever wants to experience. In the year following her husband’s death, she’s had what her parent’s considered embarrassing public meltdowns, and lost some friends along with her career. Just as she feels she’s at her very lowest, Evan barges into her life, forcing her to get out of the house and look at life a little differently.

He vows to help her, encouraging her to rise from the ashes and live once again. Evan doesn’t know that just by being in her life, he’s bound to send her into a tailspin, because both of them are keeping things from each other, and Phoenix may not be strong enough to handle what she finds out.

Will she pull him into the dark with her, or will he be able to resurrect Phoenix, freeing her from the depths of her depression, and showing her that surviving isn’t the same as living?

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excerpt

“It looks like you have freckles,” Evan says, touching a dot of paint on my face.
I give him a small smile and take a step back. He runs his hand through his hair, pushing the
longer pieces back into place. I laugh when he looks back at me.
“You have a large dollop of paint on your forehead,” I laugh.
“What?” he asks, putting his hand to his forehead.
“How much paint did you have on the roller that a huge glob fell onto you? And how did you not
feel that?” I say, still laughing.
“Find that funny, do you?” he says with a wicked gleam in his eye as he takes a step forward.
“Oh no. Don’t you dare!” I exclaim, moving back.
“What? I just want you to help me get it off.” He places a small paintbrush near the can of paint.
“I don’t believe you,” I say, moving slowly away from him.
A huge grin breaks out on his face at the same time he lunges towards me. I let out a girly
squeal as he grabs me and runs a paint coated finger across my cheek, under my eye.
“You have a streak of paint on your face,” he announces.
I pull away from him, my mouth open in shock. “I can’t believe you just did that,” I say,
amusement clear in my voice.
I step past him and towards the paint can. Dipping my forefinger in the thick color, I turn around
to look at him.
“I think we’re even,” he says, looking around the room for an escape route.
I wipe my finger across the skin under my other eye, and put my hands on my hips. “Fine. I’ll
just finish painting your wall.”
Turning around, I bend down to pour some more paint into the tray. I can hear his slow and
cautious steps coming towards me.
“So, we’re good?” he asks.
“Yep. Now, come help me.”
He bends down next to me and as soon as he does, I dip my hand into the paint, coating only
my palm, and quickly touch his face and run it down his neck.
I’m up and running instantly.
“Oh, you’re gonna get it!” he calls.
“I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” I screech, not knowing where to run.
I go towards the bathroom, laughing the hardest I have in a long time. Evan is behind me and
turning me towards him with a pull on my arm. He then puts his own paint covered hand on my
cheek.
As we stand in the dim hallway, our bodies touching and chests heaving, I look into his honey
brown eyes, and then to his mouth. Our laughter dissipates into a silent staring contest. His lips
are perfectly proportioned, both almost the same size. Not too full, but not too thin.
Feeling a little uncomfortable with where my mind is taking me, I speak up. “I guess we’re even
now.” My voice is husky as I speak the words.
Those perfect lips quirk up on the side. “I guess so.”

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about the author

Isabel Lucero

isabel lucero newIsabel Lucero is the author of the romantic suspense novel The Secrets That We Keep and the bestselling erotic romance books Living in Sin, Unforgivable Sin, and Sins & Mistrust; books one, two, and three in The Escort Series. Her latest release is a crime drama titled WAR.

She was born in a small town in New Mexico and was lucky enough to escape and travel the world thanks to her husband’s career in the Air Force. She’s been married for eleven years to the love of her life and Jr. High School sweetheart. Together they have two of the best and most beautiful kids in the world.

Isabel’s love for reading is anything but new, she’s been reading since before she was a teenager.

She’s a multi-genre author, tackling genres such as romantic suspense, erotic romance, crime drama, and contemporary romance.

She currently lives overseas and is constantly coming up with new book ideas, so keep an eye open for new stories coming your way. Isabel loves connecting with her readers and fans of books in general. You can find her on her personal website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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my review

5 Stars

Sweet Jesus. Resurrecting Phoenix just gutted me. The main character’s journey toward finding solace and a her happily after made me cry. Not overly dramatic sobbing but the slow leak out of your eyes tears that you just cannot stop because your heart is so immersed in sadness.

However, I wasn’t the only one drowning. Oh my angst and heartache.  Phoenix lost the love of her life and it decimated her world as she knew it. For the last year, she has just allowed herself to wallow in her sadness. She’s shut out family and friends, lost her job – it’s almost like she gave up on living when her husband died.  As I read her story, I could feel her pain and suffering.  The absolute agony she was enduring leaps from the pages and tugs at your emotions.

So when her new neighbor Evan shows her that it’s not about getting over a lost love but more so that it’s about finding her new normal, the hope within your soul blooms. He becomes the catalyst that makes Phoenix want her life back.  He helps by being present but it is Phoenix that truly picks up the pieces of her life.  By the end of the book, I no longer felt sadness but pride for her accomplishments.

Theirs is a sweet love story. Their romance slowly builds in intensity as does the passion between Evan and Phoenix.  I loved every moment – it is a truly beautiful story.

With each new book Isabel Lucero releases, her writing style becomes more powerful and the impact that her characters has on me has become incredible.  It doesn’t matter who she creates as her male lead, I always fall in love. She has had me lusting over male escorts to street gangsters and now I want her guy next door.  It’s awesome.

So if Isabel has written the book, I want to read it and recommend it to others.  I definitely suggest you check Resurrecting Phoenix out.

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