Broken Phoenix by Edmond Manning ~ Review by Teresa

I loved the pictures that went with this prompt when it was first proposed and have been anxiously waiting to read the story since.

Broken PhoenixTitle: Broken Phoenix

Author: Edmond Manning

Publisher: MM Romance Group

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

Dear Author,
I’m a phoenix (pic 1). Unfortunately, I’m a pretty terrible phoenix. I can’t seem to control my fire. I lose my feathers (I could give you my father’s lecture on that word for word, I’ve heard it so many times). And worst of all, my tears don’t heal. I’ve pretty much been a hermit since my clan kicked me out ten years ago.
The other day this man came to my cave claiming he needed a phoenix to help him with his quest. I was so startled I lit half my clothes on fire and scared him away. I can see him climbing the trail towards my cave again. What in the world does he want?
Pic 2 is the third undersecretary to the royal historian (or some similar underling position within the royal court) and discovered something he shouldn’t have. He can’t tell anyone or he will be killed so he has to fix it all on his own…except maybe for the help of one hermit phoenix.

Photo Descriptions:
Photo 1: A shirtless, slender man with hard-taut muscles gazes thoughtfully ahead. Around him, singed and burned feathers waft to the ground. His short red hair either burns with orange-dancing flames or perhaps catches the raw yellow sunlight, giving him a fire-roasted appearance. His raw sensuality simmers, as if the air around him is charged with electricity and yet refuses to ignite into passion.
Photo 2: A tranquil, lavender-shirted man holds a book in his right hand and a lantern in his left. He’s young, mid-twenties, a thin man. His tight black pants and elegant dress shirt convey a sense of timeless style. Pages seem to leave the book and fly away, as if magically lifted by the wind. Despite the floating pages and the bruised blues and greens in the dangerous sky before him, the man with raven hair and a dark purple streak remains calm, absorbed. Around him, delicate flowers blossom with long, curled petals, as delicate and strong as this man himself.

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’sLove’s Landscapes” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.

My View

Broken Phoenix is the first Love’s Landscape book I’ve read this year, and what a way to kick things off! Edmond Manning’s imagery was great, his characters sympathetic and the adventure entertaining.

Gio the Broken Phoenix is approached by Edgar to go on a quest. It is set in another world where the plants are carnivorous and magic is real.  Gio’s voice is fresh, humorous, and seems kind of innocent or niave,  as seen through our, and Edgar’s, eyes. I loved the tone and pace of the story as well as the new bits of language. It kept me smiling for the most part; when I didn’t smile it was for a reason (I can’t give away the story though).  There’s a bit of insta-love but, given the circumstances, I can forgive it.

Overall, great story! Highly recommend it!!!

Buy Links:

MM Romance Group

 

This review is based on a FREE copy offered to all by the MM Romance Group on GoodReads.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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