Title: The Last Awakening (Curse of the Phoenix, #2)
Author: Rachel Firasek
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Launch Date: December 2011
Source: From the Author for Review
For three hundred years, Arabella’s life has been one meaningless death after another. In a cruel twist of fate, Osiris–god of the Underworld–gifts the phoenix her mortality and returns her voodoo magic. If she fails to harness her wayward magic and save a man worthy of a second chance, she’ll forfeit her power and her soul–forever.
Ex-soldier Greyson Meadows desperately wants to be freed from the nightmares and guilt that haunt him after the tragedy that brought him and Ari together. Confronted by the waif of a woman who forces him to face his worst fears, he resists, fighting the need to keep his personal demons hidden instead of setting them free.
When Ari becomes the target of her own magical blunder, it’s not just her life in danger, but now the one of the man she loves.
The Last Awakening was a very different story than The Last Rising but I enjoyed them equally. I actually think that I was caught by surprise as to how different these two stories are but why wouldn’t they be I asked myself afterward. Every man and woman has their own unique story and the world would be pretty boring if we were all the same.
As the book opens, Arabella is being drawn to the next person that will need her. She soon discovers that it is a handsome man in a grocery store in the middle of nowhere. An old veteran goes crazy and shots the place up. The handsome man made and impression on Arabella and she begs Osiris to send her back to him. Arabella is back on earth after spending three hundred years serving the god of the underworld, Osiris. He has warned her that she is on her own and her voodoo magic has been returned however her phoenix has been taken in its place.
Greyson is an ex-solider and has horrible issues, those issues continue after the grocery store is shot up and one of his best friend’s wife and two young children die of their injuries yet Greyson survives. Not on that but the beautiful woman he met in the store that day disappeared into flames and has been no where to find. The guilt is horrible and he really does not know what to do with himself.
Greyson heads to his local hangout only to find her there, he cannot figure out how she is out and about let alone working. He is drawn to her but just can’t allow himself to get involved, it is just too much. Arabella has different thoughts and keeps pushing at him but her voodoo is getting out of control and she doesn’t know what to do about it. Will the two be able to work things out or will disaster strike first.
I really enjoy this story it has twists and turns all over the place, many surprises that you never see coming. Greyson is a huge basket of conflict, one moment I totally get him and the next he leaves me confused as to his action and why he makes the decision he has. But the man is smokin’ and knows how to please Arabella. She also has her own troubles, she struggles with her voodoo and this brings a welcome surprise in the book and that is the return of my favorite character from book one. We get a small peak into their lives along with some trouble that Arabella faces with her voodoo.
All in all, this was a page turner that I sat and read in one sitting. Rachel Firasek knows how to put together a novella that balances the romance and a real story, something that I have found few and far between in the novellas I have read. Typically, they are all romance and sex or they are all plot with sneak peaks at the romance and sex but nothing lasting for memorial. I hope that you will check out both of these novella! They are on the top of my recommendations!
A page turner that leaves you wondering what could possibly happen next.
Rachel Firasek has brought it all to the table with this story! Great Work!