4 and 3 Stars for Branded by Ana J Phoenix #MM #Fantasy @anajphoenix

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Title: Branded
Author Name: Ana J. Phoenix
Publication Date & Length: June 23, 2015 – 301 pgs

Synopsis

Asher doesn’t like people, and people don’t like him. He’s cool with that—all he needs from them is sex, anyway. But when he’s suddenly thrust into a strange and dangerous world filled with magical creatures, joining forces with other people may just be the only way to survive.

It’s not all bad though—in this new world, he can turn into a fire-breathing dragon! Which would be awesome if it weren’t for José, the pesky fire elf sharing his fate whose goal in life seems to be to stop Asher from ever having fun. José is hot, though and Asher wants to get into his pants just as much as he wants to get home. But José is also blind, and Asher has no clue how to charm a man without relying on his looks.

Somehow, Asher has to show José that he’s more than a sex-obsessed pyromaniac with no filter between his brain and mouth. Preferably before either of them ends up dead. Civil war rages around them, and finding the way home isn’t going to be easy. And for Asher, getting there in one piece, and with his heart intact, might just prove impossible.

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Review

FourStars

4 Heart-pounding Stars!

What a fabulous imagination Ana J. Phoenix has! Hang on to your heads, you are in for an exciting, non-stop adventure with Asher and Jose.

I couldn’t choose a favourite! The author endears both Hero’s in your heart and you can’t help rooting for both. It is quite the page-turner.

Even with the Fantasy theme, the author interjects some tender moments, to remind us that the Hero’s are in fact human!

It should also be noted that there is a book 2, Burned, due Winter 2015, which I can’t wait for!

Reviewer: Kimberley

ThreeStar

I loved the characters in this story and I really enjoyed the relationship between Asher and Jose.  Actually, it took me a long time to warm up to Asher. The spoiled, miserable pretty-boy at the start of the story was absolutely awful!  In contrast, Jose was a steady, mature presence from the start, a perfect counterbalance to the tempestuous Asher.

This was more of a classic fantasy story than I had anticipated.  While I really enjoy urban fantasy, I’m not a huge fan of classic quests and I found myself switching off and skimming pages at times.  But I did the same with The Hobbit. I’m pretty sure that classic fantasy fans will enjoy the story much more than I did.

The ending leaves room for a sequel or two and I’m personally hoping that a good portion of the action in the second story takes place our world.

Sarah

Excerpt

The ruins of a small town stretched out before Asher. Flames were nibbling at huts here and there, but most of the buildings had already burned out, leaving nothing but black, charred and empty shells of what they might have been. Smoke still rose in the air and made Asher’s eyes water as he walked deeper into the ghost town.

“Asher!”

He turned around to see Blind Guy catch up with him. Judging by the dirt on his clothes, he’d either run into a tree on his way or kissed the ground. A leaf stuck to his hair. Door number one, then.

“You know you wouldn’t crash into so many trees if you’d just let me burn them.”

“Never!”

Asher stepped closer to him. “Let me take the decoration out.” He stroked the leaf out of Blind Guy’s hair. It was a little ridiculous, but when he drew his arm back, and he was face to face with Blind Guy, close enough to kiss, his only thought was Damn, I want you to fuck me.

“What?” Blind Guy furrowed his brow.

Shit, had he said that out loud? Knowing himself, he probably had.

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AuthorBio

Ana writes m/m romance and erotica. Her interest in hot guy-on-guy action was first sparked by reading scandalous Japanese mangas. A dirty secret she couldn’t resist. In a long bout of insanity – also known as her life — she decided to learn the language and escape to the land of sushi, sumo, and yaoi.

She’s since moved back to Europe to be with the love of her life – delicious European chocolate.

Now she resides in the sunny part of Germany where she fills her days chasing her dreams and writing about men in complicated relationships. Her family believes she’s writing “erotic manga stories.” She’s pleased they got the erotic part right, at least.

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