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Review: Ashes by Sarah Gilman

Ashes by Sarah Gilman
Paranormal Romance, Category Romance, Phoenix
Ebook $2.99 (134 pages, COVET)

Accidents happen for a reason...
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 apart?

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Fresh and Fiery Romance (4 stars)

ASHES. Wow. What a cool book. It's not everyday you find a story about phoenixes, let alone one with such a fabulously tropey twist. I've got a bit of a soft spot for stories where there's an unexpected pregnancy that brings the hero and heroine together but ASHES really takes the cake on originality. I've honestly only ever encountered the race in one other book and it was more of a scifi romance so if you're a paranormal romance fan who loves really under-utilized creatures you should check this one out.

Ambrosia and Reece find themselves stuck dealing with one another thanks to the accidental pregnancy and I'll admit I didn't think they'd really have paired off without it. He's very hung up on his obligations as a prince and she's... well, Gilman never gave me enough background on her to feel like I had a bead on her. I had a lot of questions that I wanted answered in regards to why Ambrosia wound up where she was and then let herself be pushed around by Reece. If you like your heroes very take-charge he's your man. As I tend to dislike Alpha heroes for that very reason he really aggravated me. I love that Reece wanted to be responsible for his child but I also felt like there was something almost... well, rapey about it all. Ambrosia had no control over anything and just accepted it all with a lot less conflict than I wish she had.

My troubles with the characters aside, it really was an enjoyable concept with interesting twists. I liked that the mythos was well thought and that there was a conflict outside of the romance that strengthened the story. Readers who like urban fantasy will probably enjoy this one a lot.

Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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