"Ms. Maitland's characters come to life"
After 19 years of marriage, Jessa Kincaid gets a shock when
her husband tells her he is leaving her for another woman.
Now alone and unsure of what to do Jessa decides she is
done with men. Not that her husband leaving is any surprise
but shouldn't she at least care? Deciding she needs time
out of her house and to think, she heads downtown and ends
up in a bar called Phoenix Rising. What she finds there and
sees happening surprises and interests her beyond what she
is used to. Is what she is feeling normal or has she been
in the dark all this time?
Connor Archuleta, owner of Phoenix Rising, has had it with
women; after his last relationship landed him in jail. That
is until she walks into his bar. There is something about
Jessa that makes Connor second guess his 'no women' policy,
but he also has a need to protect himself again. Can Connor
drop his guard long enough to let Jessa into his life, or
will the need to protect himself cause him to lose the one
thing that he's been waiting for?
Kaitlin Maitland does a great job of bringing her
characters to life in Phoenix Rising. The reader
will feel for Jessa after her husband leaves and can enjoy
the change that comes over her during her transformation of
sorts. You can also understand Connor's reaction as well as
his stand off position. The reader will enjoy how Ms.
Maitland intertwines the relationship of Connor and Jessa
as well as how they help each other overcome their pasts in
the hopes of having a future together. A fantasy for most
comes true for the main character and the reader can put
themselves in Jessa's place and enjoy the thrill of change.
Reviewed by Stacy Link
Posted January 20, 2009