Afton Cooper can touch objects or dead people and get a sense of their lives – she’s also a phoenix. When Afton gets an ID bracelet sent to her that belonged to a rogue cop, she sees his murder at the hands of a succubus. Afton joins forces with Ian Perry, an Anime (Shapeshifter) to try and solve the mystery: Who’s behind the killings? What does “three of six” mean? Can Afton and Ian stop the dark forces at work before they succumb to their own passion?
One of Paromantasy’s favorite new found authors, Toni LoTempio, has stolen our fantasy loving hearts once again with the fast-paced, heart pumping action, romance, and mystery filled book titled “Out of the Ashes”. This unique mix of traditional and urban fantasy makes this an original, unique and refreshing read, and that’s saying a lot when talking about a genre that is becoming increasingly popular! Some may not like the two aspects of fantasy mix, but I enjoyed it and felt it was tied together in a way that made it work.
Afton is an actress with a side job as a Paranormal Forces Unit investigator. How would an actress get a job as a PFU investigator? By having special powers and when your powers include being a fire wielding Phoenix with the ability to see a person’s life with a single touch, then you pretty much earned your spot on the task force. Unlike most of us who would kill for that power, Afton just wants to be normal but when an ID bracelet is sent to her with the inscription “three of six,” her life takes a definite turn to fantasyville. Suddenly she finds herself undercover as an actress to solve a murder. As if things weren’t getting complicated enough, she has to join forces with a hot Anime to stop the murderer before it’s too late and soon finds herself pining for him. Putting their feelings aside, the recruit the help of her fairy bff and her human buddy Rick to solve this murder mystery before it’s too late, but what they really find is the truth behind Afton and her powers. Suddenly the stakes are higher than they thought, and it’s not just a murder of a few they have to be worried about, the end of the world as they know it is on their shoulders. Time is ticking, curves are thrown, romance is flying and we must see if Afton can make it Out of the Ashes!
This book is rated 4 Fangs!
I was gushing about Toni LoTempio and a fan and friend of this site asked me: "Which is your favorite book of the two that you read from Toni: No Rest For The Wicca or Out of the Ashes?" Well, they are both so different that it makes it a hard choice. In the end I choose No Rest For The Wicca because it’s just that amazing! It truly is one of the best books ever and that is hard to tops, BUT I think you should definitely go out and give Out of the Ashes a shot, especially if you love traditional fantasy novels. This one is definitely entertaining and has a killer cliffhanger at the end. All I can say is: More please Toni!! Here is a sample chapter to sink your teeth into: Out Of The Ashes