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I always knew I was different. I’d thought it had to be hidden - to stay a secret. I didn’t know my secret would become the key to my survival. Turning eighteen and getting accepted into college brings me everything I need to escape from the nightmares of my past but I never could have imagined my nightmares - and dreams - were just beginning. Finding myself thrown into a I always knew I was different. I’d thought it had to be hidden - to stay a secret. I didn’t know my secret would become the key to my survival. Turning eighteen and getting accepted into college brings me everything I need to escape from the nightmares of my past but I never could have imagined my nightmares - and dreams - were just beginning. Finding myself thrown into a world of fantasy, politics, friendships, and rules that are nearly impossible to understand, I feel like I’m drowning in a world of shifters I never knew existed. As I struggle to find my place and prevent my nightmares from tearing me apart, I find myself surrounded by an unusual group of sexy men. With Hiro, Killian, Theo, Damien, and Ryder I’m trying to become the woman I’ve always wanted to be, if my past, and my future, will let me. *Warning this book contains scenes and references of abuse that some readers may find triggering. This book also contains some m/m themes.*


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I always knew I was different. I’d thought it had to be hidden - to stay a secret. I didn’t know my secret would become the key to my survival. Turning eighteen and getting accepted into college brings me everything I need to escape from the nightmares of my past but I never could have imagined my nightmares - and dreams - were just beginning. Finding myself thrown into a I always knew I was different. I’d thought it had to be hidden - to stay a secret. I didn’t know my secret would become the key to my survival. Turning eighteen and getting accepted into college brings me everything I need to escape from the nightmares of my past but I never could have imagined my nightmares - and dreams - were just beginning. Finding myself thrown into a world of fantasy, politics, friendships, and rules that are nearly impossible to understand, I feel like I’m drowning in a world of shifters I never knew existed. As I struggle to find my place and prevent my nightmares from tearing me apart, I find myself surrounded by an unusual group of sexy men. With Hiro, Killian, Theo, Damien, and Ryder I’m trying to become the woman I’ve always wanted to be, if my past, and my future, will let me. *Warning this book contains scenes and references of abuse that some readers may find triggering. This book also contains some m/m themes.*

30 review for Born of Embers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    I think I've overdosed on too many Reverse Harems lately where the woman is escaping an abusive past. It doesn't help that toward the end of the book there just was something rushed, fake feeling about the lust scenes and it was downright awkward? Language could be over-pronounced and the exclamation marks didn't help. ...!!! Gives it a YA vibe in the strangest moments, and trust me when I say that doesn't work for the rest of the stuff the author was going for. There is something fake about this I think I've overdosed on too many Reverse Harems lately where the woman is escaping an abusive past. It doesn't help that toward the end of the book there just was something rushed, fake feeling about the lust scenes and it was downright awkward? Language could be over-pronounced and the exclamation marks didn't help. ...!!! Gives it a YA vibe in the strangest moments, and trust me when I say that doesn't work for the rest of the stuff the author was going for. There is something fake about this book and I became bored with so many of the same-old, same-old tropes being used - beyond gorgeous girl who everyone wants, the trademark characters of the men being "types" that are seen in other RH novels (sweet guy, flirty and funny guy, tech, etc.) I will admit the rabbit stuff was downright amusing though. What the men are - and the phoenix thing - deliver the best parts of the book. With the level of abuse the girl had just been through, it wasn't realistic how much she bounced back so quickly. It was inconsistent on when and how she handled things - she'd go from withdrawn to skittish to suddenly joking, smiling and bonding. It was the Jekyll and Hyde of trauma. I didn't mind the guys reaction since it fit into the world-building on how quick they latched on, but the instant bonding she felt seemed off. I prefer the slow burn, build-up scenarios with this stuff. When they are already start oggling each other, I don't care about them enough yet to care about that. And another thing, a lot of POV shifts, which I mainly despise in romance novels. *shudders* It wasn't hard to guess what she was - I mean, duh - but no one seemed to figure it out until the big reveal. With the main character seeming so plastic and fake, overdone tropes, inconsistent age level, too instant to rushing attraction, and downright silly pursuits and stalking from family members - have to give this one a failing grade. I'll give 2 stars over 3 due to some of the humor working, the writing style isn't bad for the most part, and the fun friend team with Mel tagging along. Tack on cheap gimmick cliffhanger hell.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marguerite (M)

    Buddy Read with the girls at Reverse Harem Revolution (team #eatallthecake) ~ Rating : ? Too hard to connect with the heroine to enjoy ***************SPOILERS AHEAD*************** That was quite the exhausting read. 1. The book dragged. And sometimes a week would *poof* between two chapters while one hour would be three chapters long. 2. Nix. Nix has been through a lot. A LOT. She's been beaten, hit countless times, sexually abused, and died hundreds of times. You don't really know why she only suffe Buddy Read with the girls at Reverse Harem Revolution (team #eatallthecake) ~ Rating : ? Too hard to connect with the heroine to enjoy ***************SPOILERS AHEAD*************** That was quite the exhausting read. 1. The book dragged. And sometimes a week would *poof* between two chapters while one hour would be three chapters long. 2. Nix. Nix has been through a lot. A LOT. She's been beaten, hit countless times, sexually abused, and died hundreds of times. You don't really know why she only suffers from PTSD from her rape and why she's walking around smiling and joking. She died not once, not twice but lots and lots of times. I guess she had one hell of a mind to not end up as a living corpse but she felt too fucking unreal to care. 3. I felt like a fucking monster not being moved even a little by what Nix has suffered. 4. I don't remember the names of the guys. 5. The 'suspense was very annoying. You don't need a Ph.D. in mythical creatures to guess what she is: everybody has seen Harry Potter. But it took them half the fucking book. 6. It felt very young adult and I was not expecting that. 7. But it has very good reviews so I probably missed something somewhere along the way. Guess it was just not for me (and my lack of heart). > MM > No FF Trigger warning: LOL. Everything. Seriously, everything you can think of pretty much happened to Nix. Hardcore.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)

    #2. Huh. Yeap Fire ★½ #3. Fucking Dumpster Fire. Nope ★ 💠 Read with the Reverse Harem Revolution (RHR™️) cult #eatallthecake 💠 Uhm.. uh.. hmmm.. yeah.. well.. uh.. uhm.. I might be slightly confused as to what to rate this book. This was as unbalanced as any and all teenagers are during puberty. Like hyperactive 5 year olds after a sugar overdose riding a seesaw type of thing. I liked it and at the same time I didn't. If I was to sum this book up Everything was off, from characters to situat #2. Huh. Yeap Fire ★½ #3. Fucking Dumpster Fire. Nope ★ 💠 Read with the Reverse Harem Revolution (RHR™️) cult #eatallthecake 💠 Uhm.. uh.. hmmm.. yeah.. well.. uh.. uhm.. I might be slightly confused as to what to rate this book. This was as unbalanced as any and all teenagers are during puberty. Like hyperactive 5 year olds after a sugar overdose riding a seesaw type of thing. I liked it and at the same time I didn't. If I was to sum this book up Everything was off, from characters to situations, and not in a good way. Let me lay it out for ya real quick. You know how people will tell you "See the spoon, Be the spoon" and some will argue that there is no spoon to begin with? Welp this applies to Time here. There is no such thing as Time, cause it warped in on itself. I have no idea how long has anything been happening within while I read. It is highly possible that we actually went sideways in time. Or back and forth. Who the fuck knows. And then we have the tragic backstory of our heroine. I can say, with all the honesty that can be bestowed on a semi-human being such as myself, that her backstory stirred as much feeling in me as a cabbage would have. No scratch that, the cabbage wins. Now our heroine. Dear goddess the girl is an idiotic idiot. If she was a car she would have been the fastest one ever created, braking the sound barrier easily as she went 0-60 before time even begun. *massive amount of eyerolling* The boys.. The boys were.. You know.. They were.. Uhm.. *shrugs* Welp. They were a smudge less idiotic than the girl, that was for sure. I liked them to be honest. They were out of place in this one though. In another book with another heroic idiotic idiot supercar they would have fitted just fine. But still, boys be like The plot. It was stupid. Lots of stupid. And holes. Lots of holes. As I said already there were things I liked. Surprising I know. I liked some of the references the idiotic idiot supercar threw around. She did have her moments, given they were veryyy few, but they were there. As for the boys I did like some of them a bit more than the others. Again, if in another book. The Shifter spin was interesting as well. I mean fucking Kitsune, Puca, Black fucking Unicorn etc. and you still manage to fuck this up. The writing was decent. See? Mixed seesaw feelings. Would I read the next book(s)? Of course I will. First cause I never abandon anything and second cause I am a sucker for punishment. Plus I do like some of the boys, they are hots.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Searcy

    Oh. My. Fucking. God. I was set to give this a 2.5-3 star rating, despite the fact that it was nearly unbearable for half the book, because it had finally gotten pretty good. And then that goddamn cliffhanger ending. Seriously? Stupidest thing ever. So, nope. 2 stars. Even though book 2 is now out and I can continue straight to it, that is a punk-ass move. Anyway, now that I have vented my extreme frustration... This was a really mixed bag. A lot of potential, with a unique twist on the standard sh Oh. My. Fucking. God. I was set to give this a 2.5-3 star rating, despite the fact that it was nearly unbearable for half the book, because it had finally gotten pretty good. And then that goddamn cliffhanger ending. Seriously? Stupidest thing ever. So, nope. 2 stars. Even though book 2 is now out and I can continue straight to it, that is a punk-ass move. Anyway, now that I have vented my extreme frustration... This was a really mixed bag. A lot of potential, with a unique twist on the standard shifter trope (love the mythologicals idea!). But it was brought down (WAAAAY down) by reams of exposition. Walls of info dump text. Mountains of internal monologue telling the reader every detail under the sun. It was a hellish slog that took me four tries to get past...until it finally improved as character interaction and dialogue began nearly halfway through the book. And unfortunately, the dialogue was not always very realistic. Sometimes it was laughably awkward and unbelievable. But once those character interactions began and the story started going, I could see potential. I started getting into it. There were a couple hot scenes with a bit of feels (even if them being there was unbelievable with awkward pacing). And I really like some of the guys. (Seriously, Hiro is a great character - I love the dichotomy with this sort of gentle-seeming, sweet, slender, slightly nerdy guy and the completely kinky dominant man he shows later. Nice surprise!) The biggest issue is a lack of connection to the MC/heroine. Because of the aforementioned walls of expository text and tell-not-show writing style, it was really damn hard to empathize with her. Despite a truly horrific past (one I cannot even remotely imagine...I mean, dying hundreds if not thousands of times?). I also struggled with the strange way the MC bounced from being a PTSD-affected extreme abuse survivor to suddenly being a snarky, sassy, teasing character. It was an awkward transition and I didn't feel it. And thus...meh. One plus...from a grammatical and error standpoint, this was a clean read. And I truly appreciate that! Edit: I forgot to mention the insta-love. I know, I know, the authors tried to provide a reason for it within the world they had built (you know, the usual 'mates' attraction one)...but I personally think that maybe Nix's special snowflake sauce caused it. Kinda like drinking the Kool-aid. UPDATE NOTES: 84.0% "The pacing is off on this novel. There was a ridiculously abrupt transition from not being able to let anyone touch her because of the past abuse to suddenly all sorts of kissing and smexy thoughts. Not very believable." 72.0% "Hrmm...Theo is like Miles-lite. Actually, all of these guys are awfully familiar feeling. Formulaic almost. Doesn't mean they don't have appeal (they do, especially Damien and Killian so far), but they don't feel surprising in any way. Though there are some unique twists to the shifter world, and I like the idea of the mythologicals." 61.0% "Gotta say...too many POV shifts for me in this one. I prefer the main POV/protagonist to be the MC/heroine. That way, I get the chance to really identify with the character - and get the feels from her interactions with the guys. Then the sprinkling in of the guys' POVs just adds an additional layer of feels. Jumping around as this book is gives me neither :(" 49.0% "Okay, I'm all for self-awareness, especially in a heroine, but Nix is just absurdly off the charts. No one would be as self-aware as her internal monologue is - not even after years of therapy and/or training (which she has definitely not had). It is a very cludgy way for the authors to dump info at the reader." 35.0% "Well, I think I'm over the hump. Finally there is at least dialogue to break things up and enough interest in learning about the unique shifter world and meeting the guys that I am getting through it." 13.0% "Will. Keep. Slogging. Through. Surely something will happen soon and the expository walls will stop!?" 10.0% "*throws her hands up in frustration yet again* And here's why I haven't been able to get into this story, despite numerous attempts...the solid wall of expository info-dump the authors have 'gifted' us with for (at least) the first 10% of their book. UGH" 7.0% "Sigh...well the prose might be error-free so far, and grammatically correct, but it is now straying into the 'purple' territory. (Russet hair and emerald eyes...really?!)" 6.0% "Poor research. Time wouldn't go 'backwards" because, though it is a four hour time difference between Orlando and Anchorage, the flying time is significantly more. So she would still be landing at a LATER time than she had taken off (and turned her phone off)." 6.0% "Again with the narrative "tell" instead of just showing this happening and let the reader infer what is going on in the character's head. Bleh." 5.0% "Solid wall of exposition instead of showing us all these things. It would have been a simple matter to have someone jostle her and she starts, then shifts her back to create a shield...SHOWING us all the same things instead of just having her narrate to us all her issues. I hope the whole book isn't this way, or it will be hard to connect to the character(s) :(" 5.0% "On the plus side, the book is well-written from the standpoint of a knowledge of the English language. Thank you ladies!" 2.0% "Making one more concerted effort to read this one... But damn, the author is really doubling down on the abuse trope (more like tripling down or quadrupling down). Sigh. And so far, the MC's 'voice' as she describes it all is FAR too flippant." 2.0% "Struggling to get into this one..."

  5. 4 out of 5

    sonya

    Looooved this New spin on an old theme.....like Anita Blake meets mercy Thompson with something new and refreshing thrown in there... hopefully more character development comes with the second book and more explanations.....read it!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Camila

    MY GOD! I AM FINALLY DONE! Look at me using so many MOTHERFUCKING EXCLAMATION POINTS! I hope you read this with as much exasperation that comes with exclamation points! WHEW! I AM OUT OF BREATH! I fucking hated the punctuation in this book. I was so heavily annoyed by the overuse of exclamation points, the commas that didn't make their much needed appearance, and again.. THE FUCKING OVERUSE OF EXCLAMATION POINTS. WHO DID THIS??? PLEASE hire a new editor. I am not sure whether I liked this MY GOD! I AM FINALLY DONE! Look at me using so many MOTHERFUCKING EXCLAMATION POINTS! I hope you read this with as much exasperation that comes with exclamation points! WHEW! I AM OUT OF BREATH! I fucking hated the punctuation in this book. I was so heavily annoyed by the overuse of exclamation points, the commas that didn't make their much needed appearance, and again.. THE FUCKING OVERUSE OF EXCLAMATION POINTS. WHO DID THIS??? PLEASE hire a new editor. I am not sure whether I liked this book or not. It was very Awkward with a capital A. None of the guys stood out. They all sounded the same. Except for RYDER, WHO LOVED EXCLAMATION POINTS. Somehow, I made it to the end of the book. I am honestly not sure how. The dialogue was awkward. Nix was very juvenile, especially in the beginning. So much so that the transition to being turned on by her "men" (more like children) nearly felt indecent and vulgar. Was this the first book the author ever wrote? The men's inner dialogues were so... NOT what goes through a man's mind. It seemed very forced. Again, awkward. The transition was all wrong. It really was an awkward book with juvenile, indistinct characters. See how I repeated myself multiple times?? MUCH LIKE THEY CONSTANTLY DO IN THIS FUCKING BOOK. Oh, my. I'm really not sure whether to read on in this series. I like the story-line and yes I want to know what happens next but I need these characters to not be so fucking weird. I NEED DEVELOPMENT. Actual. development. There was BARELY ANY. I AM SO FRUSTRATED. Anyway, that is my two cents. This book could use some work.

  7. 5 out of 5

    S.R. Harris

    This was a solid 3.5 for me. While I liked it enough to keep going with the series, and it is better some of the RH's I have read, it was still something missing...I don't know it was like the authors was trying hard for the plot to come across as mysterious when to me it was all really predictable. I liked Nix well enough, however, for all that she went through you would think she would have been a little more smarter. I thought a lot of the book was obvious, but it was still interesting enough t This was a solid 3.5 for me. While I liked it enough to keep going with the series, and it is better some of the RH's I have read, it was still something missing...I don't know it was like the authors was trying hard for the plot to come across as mysterious when to me it was all really predictable. I liked Nix well enough, however, for all that she went through you would think she would have been a little more smarter. I thought a lot of the book was obvious, but it was still interesting enough to keep me intrigued. I didn't like the end at all, I wanted Nix to get a little more back bone now that she was connected with her Phoenix. I am hoping book 2 is a better.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠

    The plot line was fine, but the writing was meh.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Avid

    Solid setup for the series, but after Nix shifts for the first time, she seems to start acting out of character. Here's this girl who has been so abused her whole life that she cannot tolerate people - any people - touching her, but yet, after her first rebirth after starting school, she suddenly forgets to be wary of people. she's had some bad feelings of the prickly neck being watched variety, but she's totally writing off her last death as an "accident". it just doesn't work. it's too contriv Solid setup for the series, but after Nix shifts for the first time, she seems to start acting out of character. Here's this girl who has been so abused her whole life that she cannot tolerate people - any people - touching her, but yet, after her first rebirth after starting school, she suddenly forgets to be wary of people. she's had some bad feelings of the prickly neck being watched variety, but she's totally writing off her last death as an "accident". it just doesn't work. it's too contrived. okay, so the being able to touch people is explained as part of freeing her animal. I can buy that, but the complete loss of her edge - the complete reversal of her wariness - is unbelievable. This more than anything else makes me say bu-bye to this series. Also, the reverse harem dynamic is not well-illustrated. Here's a woman who has lived her life wary of men. She's got some experience, some consensual, some not, but she's still been raised with the mainstream monogamous relationship mindset. Then she meets ONE person who is part of a polyamorous group, and suddenly, she's acting like this has been a typical part of her life. I don't buy it. There needed to be more consideration, more development of that mindset. As a final substantive note, the cliffhanger was unacceptable. Absolutely nothing was resolved in this novel. The reader knows NOTHING about what happens to her or Michael. Even a brief epilogue saying that Michael was in jail or something would be helpful, but no. The reader ends the book like an iTunes file that's been corrupted, a "wait. what?" moment of complete whiplash, wondering if some pages are missing from the novel. On the technical side, there were some editing errors that were so glaringly obvious, i can't understand how they made it into the final publication. Overall, this series had promise, but I've learned that the issues raised here are just the tip of the iceberg. I won't waste time reading the next novel in hopes that it improves, because experience informs me that they never do. I'm happy to be proven wrong, though. So if you're reading this review and know that the next book is better than the first, please let me know. I was disappointed here because I really wanted to see the mythological shifter stories play out, but like I said, I'm not going to waste time on poorly written or contrived stories.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer G

    Annika, Nix, has lived a hellish life. Her mother dies when she was four leaving her at the mercy of a sadistically cruel and violent father and a flawed foster system. Nix is different and this makes her existence even more vulnerable to her father's violence. When she turns 18 she escapes. With her savings and a college scholarship, she flees to Alaska, running as far away as she could get from her childhood. Nix is looking for a new life, a fresh start where she is alone, unnoticed. Instead, Annika, Nix, has lived a hellish life. Her mother dies when she was four leaving her at the mercy of a sadistically cruel and violent father and a flawed foster system. Nix is different and this makes her existence even more vulnerable to her father's violence. When she turns 18 she escapes. With her savings and a college scholarship, she flees to Alaska, running as far away as she could get from her childhood. Nix is looking for a new life, a fresh start where she is alone, unnoticed. Instead, she finds herself in the middle of a new overwhelming shifter world. A new world full of magic, politics, rules, classism. She has a new understanding of herself and who she truly is but there is so much to now learn. She has a new friend, her first, Rini and Rini's guys. She has five guys looking for a place in her life, Hiro, Killian, Theo, Damien, and Ryder. She thinks of them as her guys but doesn't really know what that means. And she still has to deal with her own issues; her PTSD, her fear of being touched, her temper, and fears. Not all fears are imagined or remembered, however. There is danger for Nix, even in Alaska. Born of Embers is excellent. I was caught up in this paranormal world immediately. The mythological mix with the usual shifter is great. The fact that there are layers of politics surrounding the shifter world gives this story a deeper depth than the average shifter tale. Nix is an exceptional character. So damaged but not broken. Determined, resilient, she is a survivor. She is deeply damaged, however, rightfully so, and I was grateful that her scars didn't simply disappear once she landed in Alaska. Insta-connection worked beautifully in this book. Insta-love would not have. There is sexual tension, plenty of flirting, and some amazing kissing but thankfully Nix remains wary, scared, and unable to simply move on from her past traumas. Rini is the roommate every new girl should be so lucky to have. I love female friendships. The "mythologicals" are fantastically yummy. Hiro with his sweetness hiding a naughty side; Killian with his honest, playful nature; Theo, smart and insensitive at times, yet so thoughtful at others; Damien, so protective and caring; and Ryder with his over-the-top flirting and harmless "perviness". We got to know each guy, understand their closeness with one another, and see their individual connection with Nox but there's still so much to learn about each. It's truly a great cast of characters. This book is a great blend of world and character building and actual story. It's captivating. It also has a heck of a cliffhanger that left me screaming for more. I could have easily given this book a five-star rating but I feel that it can get even better. I read it on KU but went on to purchase it for my own library. It was that enjoyable. I am looking forward to the next book. I hope that the author's promise that it will be out soon is a true one! *Trigger Warning this book contains scenes and references to extreme physical and sexual abuse. This book also contains wonderful m/m action.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I was so completely engrossed into the story that I totally forgot to take any notes. It kept me on my toes the whole time, surprising me at every damn turn starting with that fist line. “The first time he killed me it was an accident” If that is not enough to catch your interest, I don't know what is. I am fully in love with the characters. Nix is funny and sassy, she gives as good as she gets. And, no matter how scared she was, she never acted stupid. She thought every action through, never le I was so completely engrossed into the story that I totally forgot to take any notes. It kept me on my toes the whole time, surprising me at every damn turn starting with that fist line. “The first time he killed me it was an accident” If that is not enough to catch your interest, I don't know what is. I am fully in love with the characters. Nix is funny and sassy, she gives as good as she gets. And, no matter how scared she was, she never acted stupid. She thought every action through, never letting her pride or any personal misgivings take the better of her. I liked that each of the guys had their own distinct personalities. It is often with RH that males have a lot of similar traits or are basically the same person. It was not the case in this book and I loved getting to know each of the characters. The writing was amazing and the story itself was very interesting and never took the direction I expected of it. The plot twists did not just surprise me, I never saw them coming. Like, I never expected them to happen at that particular moment or to turn into that. That definitely kept me on edge the whole time. In the end, I really, truly loved the book. Honestly, I'm not even mad about that cliffhanger, I just hope that the sequel comes out soon. Whoever it was to recommend this book on Facebook, thank you!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Spax

    DNF @ halfway. Not a fan of the way it's written, it feels very basic. Characters and surroundings are described in a very simple fashion, focus seems to be all on the dialogue and monologue and even those are not too... advanced? I don't know what the authors are trying to pull by mentioning Twilight, Supernatural, anime, and making Game of Thrones references but for every series mentioned I kept losing a little focus on the story. Annika, jesus. She knows of kitsune and kraken but cannot put tw DNF @ halfway. Not a fan of the way it's written, it feels very basic. Characters and surroundings are described in a very simple fashion, focus seems to be all on the dialogue and monologue and even those are not too... advanced? I don't know what the authors are trying to pull by mentioning Twilight, Supernatural, anime, and making Game of Thrones references but for every series mentioned I kept losing a little focus on the story. Annika, jesus. She knows of kitsune and kraken but cannot put two and two together and figure being reborn + fire (her scent) = phoenix? It doesn't make any sense. I don't really like the way the guys are written either. It's the typical insta-attraction but of course the authors assure us "oh, it's not just her body, we want to get to know her for who she is!" and I'm sorry but I don't buy it. This book was simply not my cup of tea.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Silvia Andrito

    Not convinced 2.5 ⭐️ rounded up Idk, I wasn’t a big fan of this. It was insta love/lust. They all immediately like each other and are there for the long haul. She makes some token protests, but not a lot. One second she isn’t sure if she wants them in her life, the next she is claiming the guys and her roommate and her mates are her family. Two token mean girl interactions to which she responded completely unrealistically. Not a lot happens in the book. No relationship development, no character d Not convinced 2.5 ⭐️ rounded up Idk, I wasn’t a big fan of this. It was insta love/lust. They all immediately like each other and are there for the long haul. She makes some token protests, but not a lot. One second she isn’t sure if she wants them in her life, the next she is claiming the guys and her roommate and her mates are her family. Two token mean girl interactions to which she responded completely unrealistically. Not a lot happens in the book. No relationship development, no character developments, no back story (other than main character Nix’s suffering growing up), not a lot of world building. So I feel like I read a whole lot of nothing.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  15. 5 out of 5

    Tiera McMillian

    Unfortunately i just didn’t really get into this book. The writing style seemed really disconnected and as I read it I felt almost like the characters were telling me the story in a monotone voice at times rather than living and feeling the story. I’ve read loads of books from multiple perspectives and for some reason this one had me kind of whiplashing back and forth. The romance felt really rushed considering how the book started out and what the MC has been through in the past and I felt ther Unfortunately i just didn’t really get into this book. The writing style seemed really disconnected and as I read it I felt almost like the characters were telling me the story in a monotone voice at times rather than living and feeling the story. I’ve read loads of books from multiple perspectives and for some reason this one had me kind of whiplashing back and forth. The romance felt really rushed considering how the book started out and what the MC has been through in the past and I felt there wasn’t enough plot progression to reel me in.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Levie

    This read like fanfiction written by someone whose first language wasn't English. There was WAY too much exposition. It dragged and dragged. There also was no real beginning middle and end. There were points in the book where the flow of writing was unnatural. It seemed to me that the author spent a lot of time in a thesaurus, replacing words that would have flowed, with more sophisticated vocabulary. It didn't fit. There was a lot of potential in this world, but it was wasted. This read like fanfiction written by someone whose first language wasn't English. There was WAY too much exposition. It dragged and dragged. There also was no real beginning middle and end. There were points in the book where the flow of writing was unnatural. It seemed to me that the author spent a lot of time in a thesaurus, replacing words that would have flowed, with more sophisticated vocabulary. It didn't fit. There was a lot of potential in this world, but it was wasted.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amara

    I like the characters so far. Many unanswered questions still.

  18. 5 out of 5

    BJ

    The great plot and writing quickly drew me into the story. The h has been damaged by her cruel father and others. So she's understandably prickly when she meets the 5 Hs. They don't see the danger that surrounds her. This is RH with hints of M/M and I can't wait to read the next book. The great plot and writing quickly drew me into the story. The h has been damaged by her cruel father and others. So she's understandably prickly when she meets the 5 Hs. They don't see the danger that surrounds her. This is RH with hints of M/M and I can't wait to read the next book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    leuzi, the devil

    the narrator kept repeating the same shit over and over again it got tiring pretty fast. would say i made up to 30% of the book before giving up. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  20. 5 out of 5

    Iretsia

    !CLIFFHANGER WARNING! I was surprised to see that all of the people I follow either DNF this one or gave it only 2 stars; I enjoyed it, though it wasn’t perfect. I had some problems with the story and writing, and the MC doesn’t have much going on personality-wise aside from her mental health problems (relatable, tbh), but the harem members are entertaining characters. Plus, I’m always a sucker for mythological shifters. Pay attention to those trigger warnings, though, because the depictions of !CLIFFHANGER WARNING! I was surprised to see that all of the people I follow either DNF this one or gave it only 2 stars; I enjoyed it, though it wasn’t perfect. I had some problems with the story and writing, and the MC doesn’t have much going on personality-wise aside from her mental health problems (relatable, tbh), but the harem members are entertaining characters. Plus, I’m always a sucker for mythological shifters. Pay attention to those trigger warnings, though, because the depictions of the MC’s abuse at the hands of her father can be tough, and she references her former foster brother sexually assaulting her. As I indicated above, this book has a cliffhanger, and its HUGE and totally UNNECESSARY, but the next book is already out, so I guess only the principle of it really matters at this point. Anyway, brace yourselves for another long review because I have no self-control and lots of thoughts. The MC, Nix, has a secret: She has already died countless times at the hands of her father, Michael. Determined to permanently leave him behind in Orlando, Florida, Nix secretly enrolls in a university as far away from him as she can get while staying in the United States: one in Anchorage, Alaska. Unfortunately, she gets more than she bargains for when she realizes that she stumbled into a community of being who easily sense something more than human in her. A group of shifters, some who shift into normal animals and some who shift into mythological creatures, think she’s one of them. However, the only person who has ever known her secret took advantage of it to sate his blood lust, so she’s determined that no one will ever know that she has any special abilities beyond being able to shift into a creature . . . whatever that creature is. Despite her miscalculation in choosing a new home, things are looking up for Nix: She just needs to stay on top of her classes, figure out what type of shifter she is, keep her secret, start making steps in her mental healing, figure out how to handle being around the close group of mythological shifters who are determined to at least be her friends, and hide from the shifter council that she’s been assured will want her under her thumb when they learn that she’s been undocumented all this time. Sure, no problem. I know a lot of people are sick of MCs with ultra-tragic pasts, and if you are one of those people, then this book isn’t for you. I understand that complaint, but I have experience with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, so I enjoy when books are able to accurately convey characters with these issues, and you don’t get characters with PTSD unless they’ve experienced a trauma. This book does a better job than what I’ve seen in a ton of other books. I loved seeing her panic attack over the thought that she might have done something wrong while helping to make dinner, and I loved that the guys never got annoyed with her “overreactions.” However, the book still made some missteps in handling those issues. Nix is somewhat inconsistent in her reactions when people touch her; sometimes she flinches away, and sometimes she doesn’t react. She identified touch as a major trigger for herself, so it wasn’t believable to me when the authors failed to give her a negative reaction, and it kind of seemed as if, later in the book, they were trying to do an "It's ok because it's them" sort of thing. In my experience, that’s not really how these things work. I wanted to throw my Kindle when I read the following sentence: “I whirled, turning my back to the naked man now standing behind me.” There’s just no way in all the hellscapes in all the realms that a woman who has suffered so much abuse, including sexual abuse, would turn her back on a naked man, especially not one whom she just met. Choosing between seeing a guy’s junk and making herself vulnerable to a naked man would be such an easy choice for someone with her history that it isn’t really a choice at all. Anyway. As I said, Nix’s main traits are defined by her mental health issues, but that makes sense to me. I’ve had mental health issues since my childhood, so I don’t really know what my personality would be like if I didn’t have them. Nix has similarly been experiencing trauma since her formative years, so of course that trauma shaped her personality. She’s incredibly suspicious and panics at the thought of touch. Some people complained that she would jump from being terrified to being fierce and snapping at people, but I understood it. Nix even explicitly says that she’s making an effort to stop being that scared person all the time, and she explicitly says that sometimes she’s just faking it until she makes it. I could imagine some people getting upset when she really puts school on the backburner after working so hard to get there, as if she met some cute guys and gave up all her dreams. That’s not really what happened though. Her dream was always about getting away from Michael, and going to school was just the best way to do that. She already got away from him, so she’s already accomplished the essence of that dream. I don’t think she even mentioned what she wanted to study until more than halfway into the book, so it clearly wasn’t a huge priority, even if she did panic about slacking off at times. However, a few things about her did bother me. First, her appearance is repeatedly praised in this book. That’s pretty much par for the course in romance books, but it really upset me here. Each time Nix dies and resurrects, she comes back with miniscule changes in her appearance due to the rebirths smoothing out her “flaws.” As many times as she has died, those changes are no longer miniscule in any way, so her beauty is a direct result of all the times that she has been murdered. It really made me sick whenever the guys so blatantly enjoyed and harped on the result of her murders. It would be like telling a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy that they look great now that the disease and treatment have caused them to lose weight: “Who cares about how I look? I’m dying.” I was really hoping that the author was going to do something cool with this portrayal of two types of objectification and draw a parallel between Michael’s use of Nix as a receptacle for violence and the guys’ desire to use her as a receptacle for sex, but that hasn’t happened yet, and I don’t think it will. Maybe I’m not being fair to the guys; they don’t know that her appearance is a result of her murders, and I’m sure they would prefer she be completely dull rather than the victim of countless murders. So I guess I need to direct my ire toward the authors instead, who didn’t realize how messed up this is and favor humor over respect for Nix at times (more on that below). I suppose I can get over how the authors’ wrote the guys reactions to her beauty since they don’t know what caused it, but I can’t see any excuse for Nix’s reaction to it. They guys talk about how they’re surprised that she doesn’t seem to know how beautiful she is. It wouldn’t make any sense at all for her to celebrate it, but there’s no way that she hasn’t noticed it after everything that led to it. In fact, she acknowledges part of it at one point and says that she loves her hair because it makes her feel soft and feminine. To be clear, I don’t have a problem with girls liking their hair and feeling soft and feminine. I have a problem with this girl enjoying something that should constantly remind her of her murders. I think it would have made much more sense for her to rebel against the physical evidence of her trauma and look for ways to make herself conventionally unattractive until the next time she’s reborn and she needs to start over, but alas. Second, she seemed a bit racist (speciest?) to me in one brief instance regarding her roommate, a bear shifter, when she wondered if being a heavy sleeper was a trait of all bear shifters. That’s the only bear shifter that she has ever spent a significant amount of time with, but sure, just assume that she completely represents her entire species in all ways. I think the authors mishandled her in a few other ways as well. For example, I thought it was odd that Nix was so worried about Michael hurting the guys. They’re five (5) mythological creatures with special abilities, and he is one (1) human drunkard. Heck, lure him to Alaska and let them take him out of the picture for good! Furthermore, Nix goes out of her way to refer to Michael by his name to deny any familial connection to her murderer, but she still refers to her rapist as her foster brother or ex-foster brother. I didn’t understand why she would do that or why she was so worried that he was going to come after her. She never mentioned having any contact with him or needing to hide from him after the assault, so I don’t know why she thought he would come after her now when he never had before. We didn’t learn his name or potential motivation until more than 60% of the way into the book, and I don’t think the authors had any reason to withhold that information. It just confused me instead of building tension. I also didn’t understand why Nix was so thrown by finding out that she’s a shifter. She has known for a long time that she has supernatural abilities, so finally getting the pieces to that puzzle shouldn’t have been a problem for her. As for the other characters, I already mentioned Nix’s bear roommate, Rini. She was cute for the most part, but she weirded me out when she talked about wanting the guys in her harem, three brothers, to fool around together. They. Are. Brothers. Not even step-brothers; they’re triplets. That’s a hard nope for me. Now for Nix’s guys. Look, I really like these guys. In this supernatural world, the creatures that the characters shift into have distinct consciousnesses from the human forms, though they’re also the same being. That’s a common idea in shifter books (“my wolf wants me to mate with you right now” – Literally Any Wolf-Shifter Book), but I think this one took that idea a step further. In other books, the creatures just communicate urges every now and then when they aren’t in control, but the creatures in these books have distinct personalities as well, and that’s most apparent in Killian. Grumpy and abrasive Killian is a puca, and his puca is a trickster who prefers to shift (a shifter within a shifter?) into a rabbit instead of literally any other animal, much to Killian’s disgust. He’s also apparently psychic, but doesn’t come into play at all in this book, so that was weird. Anyway, I absolutely love that his powers/creature don’t match his personality; cool and reserved characters with ice powers, for example, are so overdone. Hiro is a kitsune; he’s sweet and nurturing, and that harem archetype is usually my least favorite. However, he has more going on than that. He also enjoys checking the others out, has no shyness about his sexual desires, and likes things rough in the bedroom. I think that last one is a mistake for a love interest in this book with this character, and I was worried and wanted to roll my eyes when he talked about hoping that Nix would be into it. Boi. Nix can barely handle someone’s hand brushing hers, and you hope she’s going to let you hold her down or something? Sure, sure. However, I’m 50% into book 2, and it hasn’t been a problem yet, so I guess we’ll just have to see how far the authors take it. Ryder is a unicorn with wings cerapter (which the authors apparently decided to spell incorrectly in book 2, as I realized when I tried to look for the name of his creature) who constantly makes inappropriate jokes, loves clothes, and doesn’t take anything seriously but somehow still managed to get perfect ACT/SAT scores and join the pre-med program. Theo is a super-nerd kraken who can’t shift on land and has had to find other ways to make himself useful to the guys, whom he leads. He’s a bit more serious than the others but, like the others, isn’t one dimensional; he also has a cute collection of kraken mugs. I about died when Theo wanted to take a blood sample from Nix for research purposes, requiring one of the guys to confiscate his collection kit and suggest that they wait for pre-med Ryder, which Theo didn’t see the point of doing because Ryder isn’t a doctor yet, so they have the same level of medical credentials in his mind. Damien, who has telepathy, is the last one. He’s a gargoyle, so his skin is virtually impenetrable when he shifts; however he somehow still ended up as my Must Protect character in this book. Maybe it’s because he’s the mom friend in this group. That said, he’s also a total shit stirrer who likes to open a line of mental communication among the guys and pass on “interesting” thoughts that he hears. They are very much distinct characters, and each of them made me smile at one point or another. The POV switches in this book, so we get each of the guys’ perspectives in addition to Nix’s, and I loved that. I think the authors were able to develop and distinguish these guys as much as they did because we met each guy in a separate chapter, and each guy was the narrator in his first appearance, so we were really able to focus on them and get to know them one at a time. As the book’s blurb warns, the book has mm elements. At first, I hoped that Ryder wasn’t going to be one of the characters in the mm dynamic because choosing the fashionista unicorn for it seemed a bit stereotypical, and I had actually started shipping Killian with Theo (before I knew that Hiro was going to be one half of the dynamic) when I saw how easily Theo had been able to push Killian’s buttons and get him to take the job that Theo wanted him to get and how Killian knew which one was Theo’s favorite Kraken mug (that was really cute to me for some reason). I’m good with it now though, because I can’t imagine Hiro making the first move with one of these guys unless Damien sent him something good, and I can’t imagine any of the others making the first move as perfectly (i.e., not perfectly) as Ryder did. I had been feeling a little bad for Hiro whenever I got his little flashes of attraction to Ryder because I hadn’t seen any hint of reciprocation, but I didn’t feel too bad about it because that attraction didn’t seem to involve serious feelings. Tbh, I’m 50% into book 2, and I’m still not sure exactly how far that relationship is going to go: Are they just going to fool around, or are they actually going to end up falling for each other? I can’t wait to find out! Anyway, I was sort of but not too much feeling bad for Hiro, but then Ryder just casually started something that Hiro damn sure finished, and I just repeated “omfg” to myself through the whole scene. My favorite harems are the ones in which the guys are close, and I seriously adore how close these guys are with each other, even outside the budding mm dynamic. I think the best example of that is how the guys were there for each other after Nix died and then resurrected in front of them. She’s always very weak (allegedly) after a rebirth, so she ended up sleeping a lot, and one of the guys was very upset by seeing her unconscious again so soon after seeing her dead, so one of the others guys helped him by joining their fingers and holding their hands near her face so that they could feel her breath. I am always down for books with mm relationships, but I’m equally as down to see male characters who are willing to platonically touch each other to show affection or comfort each other. In general, these are fantastic guys who are very careful about Nix’s PTSD. They know that she’s already been through enough, and they don’t want to upset her any more than she already has been. I thought it was super sweet when one of the guys offered to blow-dry her hair for her and then, without her asking or saying anything, ensured that he was the one trapped in the bathroom while she had full access to the door. I really love the guys on the whole, and they repeatedly demonstrate their respect Nix and her boundaries, but I think the authors occasionally focused on creating humor at the expense of that respect; I’m blaming it on the authors rather than the characters because the lack of respect actually seemed out of character when it happened. For example, when Nix shifts for the first time, she destroys her underwear, so she doesn’t have any to wear when she gets dressed again. Damien often opens mental links between the guys so that they can communicate mind to mind, particularly about how much Nix is turning them on at any given moment, which is what happens here. Nix does something to turn them on, so Hiro tries counting to 100 to calm down, and Ryder reveals that doing so won’t help because he has her underwear, which he apparently picked up after she destroyed it. That’s funny, especially the other guys’ reactions to that news, if I don’t think about it too much, so I don’t. My issue with this scene is that Nix is very upset about something, but Ryder would apparently rather think about her lack of underwear than listen to her or help her. Yeah, Ryder loves making sexual jokes, but he still respects her; I just didn’t feel that respect in this scene. As for the writing itself, I thought the book had an awesome opening line. That said, I’m not sure whether the prologue was actually necessary. I think we would have been perfectly fine if we were given the info in it over time. This book sort of had some insta-lust (more like insta-connection?), but I didn’t mind it because the authors didn’t rely on it to develop the relationships for them. However, the writing also had some missteps. For example, Ryder’s reaction to her death before he knew that she could resurrect just felt exaggerated and ridiculous like something from a sketch comedy. I also saw a few technical errors: for example, question marks after statements, commas that shouldn’t be there and interrupted sentence, and typos / problems with word choice. I also saw some plot points that were inconsistent or seemed to come out of nowhere. For example, Nix moved from Florida to Alaska, but she never really reacts to the cold like I would expect her to. Also, she mentions a bracelet that she apparently never takes off for the first time 42% of the way into the book, conveniently right before it became relevant. Similarly, I thought it was weird that Nix didn’t notice that Hiro had a tongue piercing before they kissed; she could have noticed it anytime before that, as she would’ve been able to see it anytime he opened his mouth. Furthermore, she tells the guys that she never had a boyfriend but then refers to “an ex-boyfriend of sorts,” and she says that she always feels weak after a rebirth, but I only saw that weakness right after her rebirths, though she occasionally claimed to still feel weak. The fight scene at the end of the book was also weird for me. The bad guy put away his gun when Nix asked him to, and I didn’t know why he would do that in the first place, but then he suddenly had a knife that seemed to come out of nowhere. And then that cliffhanger. It was just ridiculous, tbh. The book stops right in the middle of a fight scene, which is very much not a natural stopping point. I get that the authors wanted to create suspense, but they could have ended the book after the fight scene and had even more suspense without the obvious gimmicky feel. Like I’ve said a few times though, I’m 50% into book 2, and I still love the series so far! **UPDATE** I ended up wanting to drop the series during books 2 and 3, and I think I really am done now after finishing book 3.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I Give this Book a 3.5-4/5 Star Rating, Listing as 4. Formats Read: Audiobook. Cliffhanger(?): Yes Relationship Type: RH>Reverse Harem: MMFMMM M/M(?): There is Hinting. Romance: 3.5/5 Heat: 2/5, I like the fact that it’s not immediate. 😃 Pacing: Mid. Drama: 3/5 Suspense: 4/5 Audiobook Review: Overall: 4/5 Story: 3.5-4/5 Narrators: Brandon Utah & Heather Costa Performance: 4/5 I’m not entirely thrilled with the males voices from Heather, but it’s tolerable the longer you listen. But Brandon’s voices on the other I Give this Book a 3.5-4/5 Star Rating, Listing as 4. Formats Read: Audiobook. Cliffhanger(?): Yes Relationship Type: RH>Reverse Harem: MMFMMM M/M(?): There is Hinting. Romance: 3.5/5 Heat: 2/5, I like the fact that it’s not immediate. 😃 Pacing: Mid. Drama: 3/5 Suspense: 4/5 Audiobook Review: Overall: 4/5 Story: 3.5-4/5 Narrators: Brandon Utah & Heather Costa Performance: 4/5 I’m not entirely thrilled with the males voices from Heather, but it’s tolerable the longer you listen. But Brandon’s voices on the other hand, is so well done and freaking gorgeous!!!!🥵 Sorry for the short review, I’m jumping into the next book now. 😆

  22. 4 out of 5

    ❤ Bibi ❤

    The tales of the Phoenix is nothing new - it is one of my favourites, and I wish it was used more often. BoE is an amazing, heartfelt and angsty story. I'm glad I'm only picking it up now, because that cliffhanger would have killed me, if I had to wait for book 2! The tales of the Phoenix is nothing new - it is one of my favourites, and I wish it was used more often. BoE is an amazing, heartfelt and angsty story. I'm glad I'm only picking it up now, because that cliffhanger would have killed me, if I had to wait for book 2!

  23. 4 out of 5

    ~♥*Marianna*♥~

    I liked the setup but the execution was meh.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Soph

    whilst there unfortunately was no smut in this book the tension was v good and there actually was a plot which was pleasantly surprising.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heather Gilbert

    4.5 Rounded Up This is my second reread.... and somehow I have not reviewed this gem before?! I am honestly shocked. I think I read it the first time in 2018, and now, in the crazy year of 2020, I find myself falling into the lives and adventures of this amazing group once more. Nix, full name Annika, is a beautiful, though damaged girl running from a past few would believe. Landing in Alaska after being accepted into College, she quickly finds herself wrapped up the world she has always been a p 4.5 Rounded Up This is my second reread.... and somehow I have not reviewed this gem before?! I am honestly shocked. I think I read it the first time in 2018, and now, in the crazy year of 2020, I find myself falling into the lives and adventures of this amazing group once more. Nix, full name Annika, is a beautiful, though damaged girl running from a past few would believe. Landing in Alaska after being accepted into College, she quickly finds herself wrapped up the world she has always been a part of - even if she didn't know it. Deeply emotional and sometimes scarring, this Reverse Harem introduces mythological shifters and a magical world hidden from human eyes. It's a slow burn, both emotionally and physically, offering the characters a chance to grow and learn about each other. Tinged with danger and a mystery that harkens from years before, this is a good start to a captivating series. Perspective First Person, Multiple POV Ending Type Cliffhanger Rating NA (Upper YA for now, will be NA soonish though) Romantic Dynamic MMMMMF (M/M present) Character Age Range 18+ My Final Verdict on Born of Embers Second read through, yet somehow my first review.... great series, fantastic start and emotionally enveloping. There is heat, though tempered in this first book, along with action and mystery. I would recommend.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Fay Pretty

    "I mean, yes, I had a temper problem. I had a trust problem. I had problems in fucking general, but overall I was very proud of myself." Alaska, uni and shifter politics- yep I'm signed up. I can't say why exactly but I loved that it was set in Alaska, I haven't read much new adult fantasy set in Alaska and its a great setting. I love all you could do with a reclusive university and a base for the shifter population. I do love the range of shifters in this book and the focus on mythical creatures "I mean, yes, I had a temper problem. I had a trust problem. I had problems in fucking general, but overall I was very proud of myself." Alaska, uni and shifter politics- yep I'm signed up. I can't say why exactly but I loved that it was set in Alaska, I haven't read much new adult fantasy set in Alaska and its a great setting. I love all you could do with a reclusive university and a base for the shifter population. I do love the range of shifters in this book and the focus on mythical creatures for our main characters. So what's the problem? Our main character, Nix, has been abused to death- literally having died and been reborn countless times. Sometimes this makes for a great character with a hardened soul but it has also got to be treated delicately and I'm telling you Nix seems to get over her previous problems pretty quickly which just makes it pointless. She gets cured of all her previous inhibitions when she meets a group of boys. Reverse harem only works if everyone remains their own person, the girl remains a person not just an empty love interest and a pretty face. Suddenly Nix who was dying to go to university couldn't care less about classes and just wants to spend time with her guys. It was a shame. I'm really hoping it was just first book problems and it will develop better over the next few in the series (when they come out) I'm especially interested in how the foster brother is going to factor into it all and of course you should be warmed 'Born of Embers' ends on a cliffhanger.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I gave this 4 stars because I really love the characters. I wanted to give 3 stars though, only because I just got into RH like a week ago and I've read around 5 series or so so far...and every single one was the abused girl who had a horrible life...like she has to be damaged to be able to want multiple men...it's just slightly annoying is all...but I couldn't take away that star because unlike some of the other books where the chick is severely abused but there is maybe a chapter or two where I gave this 4 stars because I really love the characters. I wanted to give 3 stars though, only because I just got into RH like a week ago and I've read around 5 series or so so far...and every single one was the abused girl who had a horrible life...like she has to be damaged to be able to want multiple men...it's just slightly annoying is all...but I couldn't take away that star because unlike some of the other books where the chick is severely abused but there is maybe a chapter or two where she is hesitant then is all over the guys I mean coooome on you don't get over a lifetime of abuse in a few days. But with Nix she's smart, defensive, un-trusting at first, and her triggers are very accurate. Even though she's had a horrible life it doesn't turn her into this puddle of moosh that doesn't have a back bone and cries all the time..but you can tell that she just has a hard shell every time one of the guys moves to fast or touches her. I think the Authors did a great job in showing how many females actually are after long term abuse instead of how many books, movies, tv shows portray them as weak this book shows that they are actually very strong. Even though a lot of the reviews I've seen are negative there aren't many negative things I can say about this series so far.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Phoenix and 5 Simply amazing read!!! Omg I'm tingling people. I've been getting into the reverse harem books lately and my biggest problem with some of them have been giving multiple guys personalities, and having the connection not be rushed. This is a beautiful example of a reverse harem done right. The storyline is a amazing and had me on the edge of my seat. Nix has suffered a life worse then death, because that's exactly what she has been suffering from her whole life, being killed over and Phoenix and 5 Simply amazing read!!! Omg I'm tingling people. I've been getting into the reverse harem books lately and my biggest problem with some of them have been giving multiple guys personalities, and having the connection not be rushed. This is a beautiful example of a reverse harem done right. The storyline is a amazing and had me on the edge of my seat. Nix has suffered a life worse then death, because that's exactly what she has been suffering from her whole life, being killed over and over again. She finally escapes this horrible life to attend collage in Alaska, and ends up meeting 5 amazing guys, and they are amazing. She's smart and I love how she doesn't just run into their waiting arms, she takes her time, is skittish, and you see her warm up to them in a timely manner. If you're into the reverse harem books, I highly recommend this one, but I want to also give a heads up that there is also some man on man kissing going on, I know some readers will just see that and rate a book low, so consider yourself warned. If you ask me nix wasn't the only one who's mouth got dry, God hot damn!!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shanda

    Promising, but Lacking This book started off promising. I was interested and engaged in the story. That fell off at about chapter two or three. I couldn’t get into the story the authors were trying to tell. The guys seemed un-relatable and so did the heroine. The story would switch point of views, but it was laid out in a confusing way, and instead of adding to the story.. it depletes it. Also, some of the things that happen through this book are so cliche and childish. They all act like 12 year Promising, but Lacking This book started off promising. I was interested and engaged in the story. That fell off at about chapter two or three. I couldn’t get into the story the authors were trying to tell. The guys seemed un-relatable and so did the heroine. The story would switch point of views, but it was laid out in a confusing way, and instead of adding to the story.. it depletes it. Also, some of the things that happen through this book are so cliche and childish. They all act like 12 year olds trying to be cool, and fail miserably at it. I just didn’t get the writing style. It’s all over the place. Why this is aimed at mature audiences when the group is acting like they are barely out of middle school is beyond me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Dark but made lighthearted. One girl abused her whole life gets a reboot to happier times. Wow the father was a sick piece o shit. Fast paced with trigger warnings, a little kissing, five men with dirty thoughts and one kick ass chick that doesn’t give up. Pretty much insta love but in this situation I was all four it. Nix needs some snuggling. Favourite character was Hiro because damn his darker nature and that kiss. Wow. I especially liked the different range of shifters and this one was done Dark but made lighthearted. One girl abused her whole life gets a reboot to happier times. Wow the father was a sick piece o shit. Fast paced with trigger warnings, a little kissing, five men with dirty thoughts and one kick ass chick that doesn’t give up. Pretty much insta love but in this situation I was all four it. Nix needs some snuggling. Favourite character was Hiro because damn his darker nature and that kiss. Wow. I especially liked the different range of shifters and this one was done well. Does end on a cliffhanger.

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