Monday, October 19, 2015

Release Day, Reviews by Darlene, Jackie & Maimeo's Angels & Giveaway: Resurrecting Phoenix by Isabel Lucero

Title: Resurrecting Phoenix
Author: Isabel Lucero
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 24, 2015

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 show her that surviving isn’t the same as living?


My review: 5 stars !!!
Resurrecting Phoenix is one of the most outstanding reads of the year.
Isabel Lucero simply outdoes herself, by tackling sensitive and
heartbreaking issues with such depth and care, that it will literally take your breath away. Lucero has created amazing and phenomenal char actors that you will immediately connect with from the beginning of the book. They may not be perfect, but they are real and working towards surviving tragedies that life has thrown their way. I absolutely love the raw emotions the heroine, Phoenix, displays throughout the whole book. She teaches each of us what it means to survive, even when you want to give up. And Evan, is the breath of reason and determination that keeps the story moving forward. You find yourself wanting to peel the layers of his character open and devour every bit that is inside. Lucero has crafted an amazing story, that will leave you willing Phoenix to rise "rise from the ashes."
" Love will find you again, and it will be a great love, because
love that finds you isn't sought after, is true love."

5 stars
I was given this book for a honest review.
I'm ashamed to say this is my first Isabel Lucero book but what a book to be my first ......
I was hooked from page one.
Phoenix is a woman who has lost so much and has sunk as far as she can "Rock Bottom". She is dealing with grief, anger, guilt and addiction but she is strong and when she realizes there can be life after death she proves just how strong she can be. 
Evan is everybody's ideal man he is cute, caring, supportive and always there when you need him. Will Phoenix let him help her and what way will she jump when she finds out what he does for a living..
I did cry just a bit throughout this book but it was well worth every tear I shed.
Isabel has written an amazing love story that shows that "Life Does Go On" if we let it and memories don't have to be sad memories we can remember and laugh.
I will definitely  be looking at more books from Isabel Lucero

4.5 star 

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was a new author to me and I am very pleased that I was asked to review Resurrecting Phoenix. What happens when your wedding anniversary also happens to be the first anniversary of your husbands’ death? That is the position that Phoenix Nightingale finds herself in, what’s a girl to do, but drink herself into oblivion. 
Living in a small town, everyone knows everyone’s business, which doesn’t help Phoenix; her family thinks she has lost the plot and people she thought of as friends have distanced themselves from her. All in all, life is thoroughly miserable for Phoenix and she has spiralled so far down that she cannot see a way out of her depression.
Enter Evan Tyler, a newcomer to town who lives just down the road from Phoenix. He is determined to bring her back to life, even if he does it whilst Phoenix is kicking and screaming.
Tragedy affects us all in many different ways.  I thought that the subject matter was handled well by Isabel Lucero and I was impressed with her writing and the development of the characters. This is an emotional read and at times really tugged at my heart strings. I admired the strength, determination and commitment of Evan to help Phoenix. I loved that Phoenix finally gained the courage to return to the land of the living and realise, that life does indeed go on for those left behind. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading more from the talented Ms. Lucero.

I slide my arm into the crook of his and he walks me to the passenger side of his truck. When he unhooks his arm from mine, he grabs my hand and places a soft kiss on my knuckles. I flush as he opens the door and helps me inside. I take a deep breath as he walks around and climbs in. “All right, time to explore this little town of yours,” he says as he starts up the truck. “Hope you aren’t expecting much.”“There’s always a silver lining, Phoenix. And today, even if I find out there’s absolutely nothing that interests me in this town, I have you with me, and you always interest me.”My heart feels like it’s beating at rapid fire speed, but he just gives me one of his signature smiles and drives down the road like he didn’t just say one of the sweetest things I’ve ever had said to me. He seems perfect, but perfect scares me. I’m waiting for the bomb to drop. There has to be one, right? Nobody is this perfect.

Isabel 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. She also penned the crime drama, 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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