Fire and Ash

Gabrielle Evans
Fire and Ash
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Siren Publishing
Release Date
May 2011
Book 3 of Midnight Matings
LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Ten minutes after setting eyes on the sexy little phoenix shifter, Zaiden finds himself accidently mated to the man. He doesn't know how it happened. The last thing he remembers, they'd been trying to escape.

Asher isn't exactly thrilled about their mating either, but he doesn't have a choice. Giving up his life and everything he owns in Mexico, he commits himself to Zaiden and their new relationship. Luckily, he actually kind of likes the guy. Unfortunately, someone else does, too. Someone who's willing to do anything to remove Asher from the picture.

Book Review by Tyra Berger
Jul 18, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
170 people found the following review helpful
Midnight Mating's book 3 is FIRE AND ASH, and this is the first couple with a non-shifter member in the series. It's also only the second book I have read about a Phoenix shifter. Being a fan of Ms. Evans' writing, I came into this book with high expectations and was very pleased that she delivered. Zaiden and Asher were a complex but fun couple to read about.

What do you do when the Elders of your race set down an ironclad decree that you have to find and claim a mate in the next 24 hours and that mate has to be of a different species? Run like Hell!

What both Zaiden, a sprite, and Asher, a phoenix, don't realize is that the Elder's anticipated this, and have placed guards at the exits and sealed the castle with a spell….no mating mark, no leaving. Being physically attracted to each other, they decide to pass the time having sex and accidentally mate each other. Apparently you can have sex with a sprite, but if you kiss them you are mated. Since this was the only way out of the castle the two go with it, have the mating recognized and say their good-byes.

After Asher returns to Mexico, he finds himself thinking of Zaiden and missing the man terribly. When that longing turns painful, he calls Zaiden and they discover that one of the rules of the mating is, it has to be consummated every 24 hours or they will go feral. With only hours to spare, Asher flies to Zaiden.

Now that the couple is back together, they have to try and make a life together. But they both have secrets and trusting isn't easy for either of them. One secret might just cost them both their lives.

Of the first three books in the series, this had the most developed characters and the strongest story line. They may be a paranormal couple but they are dealing with a very real issue in trust. While they have the sexual chemistry, building their relationship past that isn't easy or quick. Zaiden has some magical issues he has to deal with that make trusting even harder for him. And Asher is trying to adapt to a new country and trying to build a new life. Oh, and by the way, I am NEVER going shopping with Asher! LOL

The world that these three authors have created has some set rules but each couple has their own unique problems and hurdles that they have to overcome. I am excited to see what they have in store for us next.
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