Ex-Navy SEAL Daz Montoya and rescue dog handler Renee Black have made a career out of saving people. But when their whirlwind affair resulted in pregnancy, Daz’s verbal fumble tore their budding relationship apart.
It’s been a tough eight years for Renee, raising Charlie alone with his autism-fueled impulsiveness, but she’s managed—until now. When she has to chase him to the edge of a cliff in a snowstorm, seeing the face of their rescuer is just the rotten cherry on top of an already rough day.
In the close confines of a snowbound cabin, Renee and Daz rediscover the heat still simmering between them. But while Renee welcomes Daz’s renewed determination to help Charlie however he can, she’s reluctant to trust him with her heart.
With the Phoenix Institute’s help, Renee and Daz discover their son’s gift for animal telepathy is real. And that to save him from old enemies that would kill to control him, they must join forces—and risk losing everything they’ve ever loved.
Warning: This novel contains explicit reunion sex and characters used to mixing a little danger in with their romance.
Renee always loved the sexy military man Dax, but never told him and now she's raising their son, Charlie, as best she can but it's hard enough for a single parent but even more difficult when that child is autistic. Renee is grateful Dax makes time for Charlie but lately things are escalating and Renee sees Charlie's problems worsening. A freak snow storm leaves Charlie and Renee in danger but luckily Dax has the presence of mind to go check on them; but what he hadn't expected was to get snowed in with the family he now realises belong by his side. All is not as it seems though as Dax has a secret but as passion ignites between Renee and Dax danger is about to come crashing through the door!
I really enjoyed reading Phoenix Inheritance and even though I hadn't read the previous books in this series, I found it very easy to follow which is a true test of the author’s story telling abilities. This is a paranormal story so expect telepathy and telekinesis to feature heavily as gifted humans appear, but it's also a story of two people finding the courage to take a chance because it's not always easy putting your heart on the line. This was a sensual romance that didn't feel rushed or forced and the background information to the couple’s first encounters really helped pull me in.
What really surprised me was the concept of making their son Charlie autistic. I found it quite poignant that both parents had a very different approach to their son’s behaviour. Renee is a woman fighting for support for her son, whilst for a lot of the story Dax is a man in denial and that felt very realistic. I'm sure it's terribly difficult for parents to accept any difference in their child and ignorance and prejudice is an awful thing. Luckily, as the story progressed, Dax grew in my estimation (trust me he had a lot to make up for!) and realised autism is not something to run from but just a part of his son’s makeup. Charlie's autism is, quite simply, just a part of who he is and all differences should be embraced!
Phoenix Inheritance was very interesting and I'm intrigued by the supporting characters. If honest, I wasn't that impressed by Dax initially, but he does redeem himself. What really worked was the humourous concept of superheroes and you have to read it if you want to know just why Batman is so awesome! I will certainly look out for more in this series and happily recommend to those who enjoy something a little different.