Put Phoenix Rising on your keeper shelf, it's an amazing read. I absolutely loved it, especially the characters.
Alec and Beth are very well written. I loved the interactions between them and the emotions involved. Alec wants more freedom than he has been given but he does not know the entirety of what he has missed. Beth is going in to try and save him from the CIA and the Resource. She wants him to have a choice in what he does and not be used by everybody around him because of the amazing powers that he has. Alec has a hard time at first seeing what Beth is telling him but he wants to continue seeing her. His foster father doesn't but Alec insists. Beth has her own telepathic abilities although it has turned itself off. It starts to flare and work again as she spends more time with Alec. They have a unique connection right away. Just touching sends flares of heat between them both, that has Alec's power getting more powerful.
Alec and Beth get to know each other before they let things happen. Beth wants Alec to know the world and that he has choices. This is hard for Alec to process. There is plenty of action in this story. There is fighting and intrigue throughout the book. It keeps the story moving quickly and the reader's attention. It is just the right amount for people that enjoy action. There are plenty of relational aspects too. Once I started reading I did not want to put the book down. My attention was always drawn by what was going to happen next and what they were going to be able to do. The sex was hot. It is explicit but it does not happen very often. Beth and Alec already have a deep connection by the time anything physical between them happens, except for a few kisses. There is always emotion involved between them and I loved reading about them coming together and how it moved their relationship further along. There are definitely humorous parts in this story, as Alec is being introduced to new things. I would love for more to come from them or some of the other characters.
He was born to be a weapon. For her, he must learn to be a hero.
Since birth, Alec Farley has been trained to be a living weapon. His firestarter and telekinetic abilities have been honed to deadly perfection by the Resource, a shadowy anti-terrorist organization—the only family he has ever known. What the Resource didn’t teach him, though, is how to play well with others.
When psychologist Beth Nakamora meets Alec to help him work on his people skills, she’s hit with a double-barreled first impression. He’s hot in more ways than one. And her first instinct is to rescue him from his insular existence.
Her plan to kidnap and deprogram him goes awry when her latent telepathic ability flares, turning Alec’s powers off. Hoping close proximity will reignite his flame, she leads him by the hand through a world he’s never known. And something else flares: Alec’s anger over everything he’s been denied. Especially the passion that melds his mind and body with hers.
The Resource, however, isn’t going to let anything—or anyone—steal its prime investment. Alec needs to be reminded where his loyalties lie…starting with breaking his trust in the woman he’s come to love.
Warning: Contains telekinetic sex, nuclear explosion sex hot enough to melt steel, and various and sundry swear words.