Phoenix Reborn, by J.D. Tyler
Series: An Alpha Pack Novella (Stand-alone)
Release Date: March 15, 2016
Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
Wolf shifter and Firewalker Phoenix “Nix” Monroe has finally met his ultimate Bondmate–Alpha Pack nurse Noah Brooks. Unable to accept his own sexual identity, Nix rejects Noah despite the intense attraction he feels towards him.
By the time Nix realizes he has cast aside the love of his life, it may be too late to save Noah from a terrifying enemy…
Alpha Male (Alphahole)
Trigger Warnings, including:
(See below for more.)
Phoenix Reborn is the first and (so far) only M/M work in the M/F paranormal romance series Alpha Pack by J.D. Tyler– and from what I can tell, the first M/M work by this author under any of her pen names. I haven’t read any other books in the series, but it seems similar to J.R. Ward and other shifter alpha-male M/F erotica.
But wow, this reads 10000% like a novel written by someone who has never read M/M romance. It’s also so full of awful stereotypes/cliches, ridiculous characters, and badly-written sex scenes that it just feels like a half-assed attempt to cash in on the M/M genre.
I’m not even going to write a review about this novel. Instead, here are the notes that I took while reading Phoenix Reborn. (Contains spoilers.)
- It’s like the author googled “gay stereotypes”, clicked on the first link, and called it a day.
- Oh, it’s another “I’m not gay because my dad was an asshole and stamped it out of me” cliche!
- “If he gets to know me then he’ll eventually love me!” Ugh sweetie no, your soulmate is a jackass.
- Do people actually find writing like this sexy?
[He] melded their lips together. The impact was like a solar flare detonated inside him. Sweet baby Jesus! God, the man could kiss.”
- The hot and cold reads less as ‘character struggling to come to terms’ and more as ‘I’m too lazy to make this characterization consistent’.
- “What an evil son of a bitch!” — no, sorry, let me fix this for you: “What a stereotypical evil son of a bitch!”
- Okay, but seriously with the super unsexy sex scenes:
“The rhythmic slap of skin was music to his ears, and he loved the feeling of being owned. Possessed. There was no way he could hold back his orgasm under such a passionate assault, and his release erupted long before he wanted.“
- Why do all of the “sexy” buff men have really weird names? Nix? Aric? Kalen? Like, really, have you ever met an Aric? (The author’s website says there’s also a Jaxon, Zander, and Ryon. Because Jackson, (Ale)Xander, and Ryan are too boring for such magnificent shifter specimens!)
- There just conveniently happens to be an evil enemy lurking in the shadows to attack Noah!
- There just conveniently happens to be Nix’s dad coming out of nowhere!
- Homophobia + Nix being an asshole time! Oh, wait, that’s actually 75% of the book.
- Wow this is the creepiest kidnapping scene I have ever read bar none. I’m not joking… he literally forces Noah to drink his blood, which makes Noah super aroused, and Noah’s going to soon be brainwashed because the blood makes him hard? Gross, on so many levels.
- HELLO TRIGGER WARNING FOR SUICIDAL THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS!
- Oh look it’s a happily ever after complete with magical sex that doesn’t need lube or condoms (“Shifters don’t need condoms. Of course, you know that.” AHAHA this book what even.)
This book is 105 pages
long short. It crams the plot of a 300 page novels into 1/3 the space, which means there is absolutely zero room for character-building, for showing emotions, or for building a relationship. The plot comes faster than Noah when Nix is magically pounding his ass.
I’m bored of novels like this. Stop giving us poorly-written stereotypes and lazy writing in an attempt to cash in on the M/M genre.
(I’m giving this 1.5 stars instead of the 0.5 stars it deserves, because Noah would actually be a bomb-ass character with a better author, and I enjoyed the world-building that we glimpse.)
J.D. Tyler is also the author of several other books in the Alpha Pack series. You can find J.D. on her website at http://www.jdtyler.com/.
I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.