Phoenix Reborn Audiobook by J.D. Tyler (REVIEW)

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Review of: Phoenix Reborn Audiobook
J.D. Tyler

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On March 26, 2016
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Phoenix Reborn Audiobook

By: J. D. Tyler

Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin

Published by: Tantor Media 03/15/2016

Phoenix Reborn Audiobook by J.D. Tyler

Rating: 3 hearts

Alpha Pack Series #7.5

2 hrs and 47 mins

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Phoenix Reborn Audiobook Sample


Phoenix Reborn Audiobook

3 Hearts

I had mixed feelings about reading (or well, listening) to this book. There has been something going on between Nix and Noah for a while now. There is definitely a connection between the two. However, Nix has never, not at a single point in this series, shown any interest in guys. Noah is openly gay and very proud of it. He is almost a cliche, in his pink and glitter. Nix, however, has shown no interest in guys, even though he knows that Noah is his mate. This bothered me. I didn’t like the idea of pairing a homosexual and heterosexual together as bonded mates. That just seems wrong to me, so I almost skipped this book. I’m glad I didn’t in part, because that is not what was going on here.

Nix has always been gay, however, his father is a homophobic prick. He knew his son was gay, even though Nix never came out about it. Nix’s father threaten to torture and kill any partner that Nix choose, so Nix decided that it was better to be single than to take the chance of his father finding out about it. Even after he had been declared dead by the military when he was turned, he still kept his distance, just in case. Seems a little sketchy to me, considering the security that surrounds him, but okay, I’ll buy it for now.

Early in the story, Noah is attacked by a tiger shifter who woke up in the hospital and was disoriented. Nix all of a sudden becomes very protective, which he should because Noah is his mate. They go through the recovery and Noah goes back to Nix’s room for further recovery. They have sex before they discuss Nix’s issues. I have a problem with this. I, personally, would want to know why I had been rejected so much, not only publicly but privately, before I was willing to have sex with someone, especially since no one knew that Nix really was gay. Not to mention that this isn’t the first time in this series where we have injured people who are still recovering have sex. At least there was some recovery time in this one. In a previous book, it was right after a fight scene.

Lastly, it comes out that Noah is a halfling. He is half human and half fae. He has some powers which make him more than human. Personally, I’m not really sure what was wrong with Noah being just an ordinary human, but he has powers. When he comes out to the entire group with this information, Nix doesn’t take it well and throws a fit. Noah storms off and is kidnapped. There is some drama and I won’t give away any more just in case you want to read this story.

I don’t think you need to read story to continue with the series. I am glad that I read it because I was concerned about forcing a hetero and homosexual together, which is not the case. I do feel like this story could’ve been much better flushed out. At only two hours long (105 pages), it doesn’t have a lot of time to cover a full romance. I think a romance as complicated as this one needed a longer story to cover it all.

Phoenix Reborn Narration

4.5 Hearts

Once again, I think Marguerite Gavin does a great job with the narration of this series. She is a joy to listen to. This book, being an M/M romance, was mostly male voices and she handled them all with ease. She is a narrator that I love and will always recommend.

Author J. D. Tyler

J. D. Tyler

J.D. Tyler is an award-winning, multi-published author who writes for New American Library under three pseudonyms. Whether this is due to an overdose of ambition or a multiple personality affliction, she’ll never tell.

J.D. writes dark, sexy paranormal romance and has a huge thing for shifters, vampires, the Fae, and just about everything else that goes bump and grind in the night. She can’t get enough of those dangerous supernatural heroes, and the fun of creating her own was just too much temptation to resist… so she didn’t. J.D. doesn’t do self-denial.

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Narrator Marguerite Gavin

Narrator Marguerite Gavin

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a four-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. Her narration spans nearly every genre, from mystery, science fiction and fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction to nonfiction and documentaries. AudioFile magazine says “Marguerite Gavin . . . has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”

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I like to thanks Tantor Media for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. This book sounds like it had a lot of surprises that didn’t have much precedent. Also, I agree with you, I get turned off when a character lacks self-worth, having sex when it the last thing they should be doing to progress the relationship.

    Happy Easter!

    • Happy Easter. It wasn’t a horrible story, but I wish it had been more fleshed out. I am excited for the next book in the series.

  2. Happy Easter. I am not liking the sound of this at all. The sex when there shouldn’t be, the straight seeming guy is gay all of a sudden. meh

    • It almost felt like the author was uncomfortable writing about M/M, but wanted these two characters together. I’m not sure. I would still recommend this series, maybe just skip the novella.

  3. Oooooooohhhhh!!! Color me intrigued. I must go check out this series. And I even have Audible credits. 😀

    • It is a fun series. This narrator doesn’t narrate the entire series. The other narrator is okay, but not as good as Gavin. I hope you enjoy it.

  4. Sounds like it suffered being a novella. I know what you mean about wanting more.

    • Some novellas work and some don’t. This was closer to the not working side. I’ll still continue the series.

  5. The whole reason why Nix has never come out as a gay sounds a bit sketchy to me, but at least it makes sort of sense, why there hasn’t been a hint towards him being gay in the series so far. And yes I definitely think talk would be in order before sex in such a situation. And that’s a shame it’s so short it doesn’t adequately cover their romance. Great review!

    • I agree. At least she didn’t try to force a hetro and homosexual together like I thought was going to happen. I think this just suffered from being a novella. There aren’t a lot of novellas in this series. Some authors are better at writing them than others.

  6. Looks like a good story. But I want the book version.

    • Audiobooks aren’t for everyone. People seem to either love them or not get them. I love that I can read while driving, cleaning and doing other chores. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Ah sorry it wasn’t as good as you thought it was at first. I hope it will be better witht he next one. I confess that I haven’t tried this series.

    • I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. I don’t know that I’ve read a novella from this author before. That could have been part of the issue. Some authors aren’t as good with novellas. I’ll still with full length stories from now on.

  8. It sounds like the author was a bit afraid to really commit to the relationship like the character, Nix. Hm… still it could be the novella length at fault. Not all authors do that well.

    • I think it is a combination of the difficulty of her fist M/M books and the novella length. I will still stick with this series.

  9. Felt the same way about this one. Wanted more for this story especially the elements she chose to put in. Oh well, moving on. 🙂

    Glad the narrator was a definite plus.

    • I’m thinking maybe novellas isn’t the way to go with this series. Oh well, I’ll get the next full length book. I love this narrator. She also did Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series, which I loved.

  10. It sounds like it needed a bit more length to the book. Glad you gave it a chance and it turned out better than you thought it would (the hetero and homosexual forced pairing).

    • It was better than I thought. I’m very excited for the next full length novel.

  11. I just never liked their storyline at all. And the explanation is so incredibly weak. It just feels like a oh we need a gay couple because that’s trendy in romance now so here lets do this one. Meh.

    • Agreed. Even the story outside of the romance wasn’t very good. I just don’t know if this author is any good at novellas. I’ve read some that weren’t. They were great at full length, but ask for a novella and they always felt rushed.

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