"will have readers of urban fantasy begging for more"
For the past three years, FBI Special Agent Heather Wallace
has been on the trail of a sociopath serial killer known as
the Cross Country Killer (aka the CCK) , but when a body
up outside a local club, Heather follows the CCK's path of
destruction straight into New Orleans and Hell itself.
Club Hell is New Orleans's popular Goth club for vampire
wannabes. Because after all, everyone knows that there are
no such things as real vampires. Right? The only problem
with that theory is that at Club Hell, it's not only the
wannabes that hangout there. Dante Prejean rules supreme
at Club Hell. He's also the lead singer of the popular
Goth band, Inferno, and his hordes of fans adore and
In an attempt to find out more about Dante, Heather begins
to investigate his past, but things just don't add up.
Dante has a juvie record a mile long, yet no social
security number, no known birth date, and no license. It's
almost like he doesn't exit, or so it would seem. To top
things off is the mysterious man who always seems to be in
Dante's shadow -- Lucian DeNoir. What exactly is his
connection to Dante? Lover? Close friend?
I loved this first book of Adrian Phoenix's as-yet-unnamed
series. I found that not only was the chemistry between
Dante and Heather sensual, but also profound. Due to
Dante's horrendous upbringing and his subsequent inability
to trust others, he's taken aback when he looks into the
depths of Heather's eyes to find she is sincere in both her
claim to not only want to protect him but also to befriend
him. Having experienced a tragic loss of her own, Heather
finds she can relate to Dante's pain.
It's not often that I find a character with such a tortured
past as Dante's and I found myself aghast with what Dante
has had to endure, yet filled with compassion and awe for
his ability to move forward at all.
Adrian Phoenix hits the jackpot in her first full-length
novel. A Rush of Wings is a very dark, gothic, and
original tale that will no doubt have readers of urban
fantasy begging for more. Unfortunately for us, book two
will not be released in 2009. Regardless, I, for one,
cannot wait to dive back into Dante and Heather's dark
Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted December 20, 2007