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Ryder Duncan keeps his secrets. With a twisted scientist starving him in a 10 X 12 cell, it's not easy to conceal the abilities that set him apart from other vampires, or his plans for escape. But survival - and revenge - are worth waiting for. Until the so-called doctor tempts his appetites with something special: a woman, with a soft Southern accent and a scent like flowRyder Duncan keeps his secrets. With a twisted scientist starving him in a 10 X 12 cell, it's not easy to conceal the abilities that set him apart from other vampires, or his plans for escape. But survival - and revenge - are worth waiting for. Until the so-called doctor tempts his appetites with something special: a woman, with a soft Southern accent and a scent like flowers. Sabine. Sabine Acadia didn't volunteer to be dinner. She was kidnapped and tossed into the cage of a monster. A monster with fierce green eyes, a body that speaks of ruthless power--but a touch gentle as a caress. Ryder knows things about her, secrets Sabine needs to learn fast. Because while they might soon escape this prison, she's fighting an urge to set all her desires free......

Title : Once Bitten, Twice Burned
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Number of Pages : 337 Pages
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Once Bitten, Twice Burned Reviews

  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
    2019-05-11 10:43

    3.5 my vampire starsI liked Once Bitten, Twice Burned just not as much as the 1st book. Two reasons why. Reason 1. I didn't like Sabine as much as Eve from book 1. She was kinda naive, and she would do things that would have me shaking my head and questioning her intelligence. Now don't get me wrong I did like Sabine but at times she annoyed me. Reason 2. The book kinda dragged a bit. At times I found myself getting a tad bored. But still Ryder was sexy and OTT protective. I really enjoyed him. I also like Sabine's brother. Overall still an enjoyable read.

  • Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
    2019-05-17 07:30

    3.5 StarsI really enjoyed Burn For Meby Cynthia Eden, I actually loved that book it had the perfect amount of suspense, great plot and a good dose of sexual tension leading up to some very steamy sex scenes. Once Bitten, Twice Burnedwas good but my problem with it was most probably that it was a carbon copy of the first book in the series, same characters different names if you get my meaning. It just felt like I was reading the same book.CharactersWhile Ryder was pretty strong and intensely alpha male, I kind of felt lukewarm about him at first. We met Ryder in the first book, and obviously his character was over shadowed by Cain, which is to be expected since Cain was the main character. But unfortunately I found myself constantly comparing the two, and Ryder fell short every time. Ryder was portrayed as the weaker character in Burn For Me, and this did not gel with me. I want both alpha males to have equal strengths, otherwise I always compare the weaker to the stronger.Now about Sabine, you'll never hear me complaining about how weak a female character is but I had some issues with her. It's not that she was weak, it's just that she came off as whiney. Maybe I'm being a bit insensitive but I got tired of hearing her complaining about dying over and over again, you know! I felt like shaking her and saying "dammit, you're gonna wake up again. So get over it!" She was a pleasant girl, but I can't say I really liked her.A little bit moreSomething that I love in a book I read is mystery, and Cynthia Eden is wonderful at writing that. You think you know what's going on, until you realise you don't. This book did not disappoint when it came to that aspect. But still, it didn't make up for all my issues, I just expected a little bit moreFinal ThoughtsThis book was quite enjoyable, I more than liked it which is why I'm giving it 3.5 Stars. But there is that gripe with it feeling like the first book. If you don't normally read Urban Fantasy, and love steamy romance with a paranormal twist, then I recommend you try this series. It's definitely worth it.Once Bitten, Twice Burned is the second book in the Phoenix Fire Series by Cynthia Eden. Before reading this book, you'll have to read first.

  • Sammy Loves Books
    2019-04-24 06:18

    Most stupid heroine ever! Sabine was a phoenix and full of power, yet she never used it. She just waited on her vampire, Ryder, to come save her. She was basically a damsel in distress through out the entire book. Her thought process was slow and she made poor decisions through out the entire book.

  • Nika
    2019-05-03 10:29

    Poor man's version of book 1 in the series. Also, Sabine is a moron. The ending earned it a fraction of a star towards 2 stars. Cassie and Dante seem interesting. We'll see how that plays out...

  • CC
    2019-05-20 06:34

    Sucks I can barely remember a book I read a month ago. I know I liked Ryder. Sabine not as much. Mostly I was a bit bored by some of it. But overall it was ok.

  • Niobe
    2019-04-26 07:39

    I had a hard time feeling this book. I finished it because it's written by Cynthia Eden and because I'm curious about Trace but I've never liked one of her books as little as I like this one. Cynthia Eden has written strong heroines who save themselves. The hero would show up like "I'm coming to rescue you... But... It seems like you're already safe." And the heroine would be like "What? Oh that. Don't worry I took care of it." I love that. Sabine unfortunately wasn't like that at all. The entire book she was helpless and ineffective. It made her pretty annoying. Added to that is the fact that she's a hypocrite. She hates it when Ryder uses his mind control powers except when it's convenient for her (view spoiler)[ (raping her brother's mind is fine because she's "protecting" him).(hide spoiler)] She doesn't want Ryder to kill/hurt people (close to her), but she never says anything like "We have unreconcilable differences of opinion about violence and the value of life. I don't think this thing between us is going to work out".In the first book of this series Ryder was duplicitous and weak so in this book he would have to be extra awesome to compensate for that. Instead we learn that he's also a controlling jerk and that his feelings for Sabine are less like love and more like drug addiction. Drinking from her gave him warm fuzzy feels, euphoric highs and super powers, so of course he wants her to stay with him forever. Of course he attacks anything and anyone who threatens her. Don't mess with his crack. Ryder learns how to appease her just enough so she won't cut him off (view spoiler)[ Oh you don't want me to kill this guard? Fine, I'll just kill him later behind your back. Oh you don't want me to kill all these people? I'll be honest with you, because you seem to dislike it when I lie, I'm going to kill them anyway. Please leave the room so you don't see me do it."(hide spoiler)]He also has no problem making executive decisions about her life (view spoiler)[ (like changing her into a vampire)(hide spoiler)] without so much as discussing the consequences never mind asking for her consent. To me that is the trifecta of partner fails. 1: he doesn't communicate 2: he doesn't respect her boundaries3: he doesn't respect her as an adult capable of making her own decisions about her own life.Three strikes, this is not a healthy relationship. You're out.There was just so much I disliked about Ryder (view spoiler)[ He's such an asshole. When he thinks Sabine will change into a primal vampire he runs to Keith and Cassie for help, but when she turns out to be ok he's like "Fuck you and your problems I'm getting the hell out of here." OMG what a selfish bastard(hide spoiler)] and Sabine, she's naive and innocent and forgiving, and she never gets angry because good women, women worthy of protection and rescue are supposed to be that way. She would have been less of a stereotype if she actually changed during the book, maybe lost some of that naivete, gotten a bit angry after (view spoiler)[ being tortured and murdered time and time again(hide spoiler)] or if she were struggling with her pacifism because of her current situation.If any other writer had written this book I wouldn't have finished it, but Cynthia Eden has written so many awesome books and awesome characters that I'm hoping this one's just a fluke. I really like the world she created and I'm curious about Trace enough that I'll keep reading.

  • Bambi Unbridled
    2019-05-07 07:14

    Once Bitten, Twice Burned is the second book in the Phoenix Fire series, and it takes place mostly contemporaneously with Burn For Me. While the stories in the series are intertwined, I believe you could read these as a standalone if you really wanted to. However, if you start with Burn For Me, you will get more background as to the villainous plot and the phoenix supernaturals in general.Richard Wyatt and his Genesis project is a corrupt government organization that has been experimenting on supernaturals against their will. In Burn For Me, Eve and Cain seemed to singlehandedly take on the bad guys. However we saw a headstrong vampire popping up at various times over the course of that book as he was searching for someone and generally getting in Cain's way. This is the story of that vampire and his fated mate.Ryder Duncan is a millenia-old vampire who was betrayed and sold into Genesis' sick experiments. Being tortured and starved for an extended period of time has not killed Ryder, but has definitely served to piss him off. His captors were unable to break Ryder until they introduced a female phoenix into his cell, forcing him to drink and watch her die. From the moment he sees, and then tastes, the phoenix, he feels an undeniable pull toward her that starts to thaw his frozen heart. Her captivity and torture give Ryder the determination he needs to get them out of the situation and free from their torturers. I thought Ryder was a good hero. He was singleminded when it came to rescuing Sabine, and would go through just about anyone to get to her. He had a bit of a tortured backstory and he takes on the responsibility for the vampire species as a whole, so that made him one of the broody and slightly vulnerable heroes that I usually go for.Sabine Acadia grew up thinking she was a normal human, but then she is captured by Genesis and Richard Wyatt. Wyatt and his doctors kill Sabine again and again, forcing her to rise and lose herself to the beast/phoenix. But Ryder is her light in the dark, and she trusts that he will someday free her from the hell she was thrown into. I felt sorry for Sabine, as she didn't know that she was a phoenix and would rise again, so she faced her death multiple times thinking it was the end (due to the memory loss that occurs with a phoenix rising). I liked how Sabine sometimes bolstered Ryder's self-esteem to help him see that he wasn't a horrible vampire... but she wasn't a perfect heroine. She was definitely naive and had to face a lot of hard truths, but I think she could have trusted Ryder a little more at times.The fated mates trope usually moves pretty fast in the romance department, but this one unfolded at a slower pace because our couple was in captivity a good portion of the book. I liked the action and drama that was interspersed with the romance and sexytimes, and Sabine and Ryder definitely had enough chemistry to steam up my kindle. This story had a multifaceted plot conflict as there were additional villains introduced that added different twists the the plot.Between the plot conflicts and the narrator's performance, I had no trouble paying attention to this story as I was driving. The narrator did a good job with her character affectations, conveying the appropriate emotion and inflections as she read.I recommend this book to those looking for a unique paranormal romance - as you don't see many phoenixes in PNR. I am definitely looking forward to seeing what happens with our third phoenix, Dante, in the next story. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher, Tantor Audio.

  • Gaele
    2019-05-19 11:22

    AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 2 Story 5This is Ryders story, an older vampire that has been imprisoned, starved and tortured all in the name of science. He’s done everything he can think of to NOT give the evil doctor a clue. And then, this starved vampire wakes to find a woman in his cell – a sacrifice that doesn’t quite smell right, but insists she is human. Sabine had been blissfully unaware of the experiments or paranormal beings as she lived her life quietly on the outside. But, now she’s been kidnapped and left in a cell… with someone. Ryder is amazing in this story, instantly he realizes his snack of Sabine is so much more, and seeks to enlighten her as he plans to get them both out of the lab. But, finding her unharmed and alive, the doctor pulls her into the experiments, determined to discover her secrets. After meeting Ryder in the first book, I was curious to see just what he would do to break free of the torture, and if he would actually make the effort to get the other imprisoned subjects free as well. And the connection that he finds with Sabine as he explains their situation and her specialness is just marvelous. Adding the unique twist of Phoenix shifters to her stories, Eden’s characters are far more complex and nuanced than one would expect, adding the evil doctor and the various experiments paired with the red-hot connection between these two adds intrigue, drama and excitement to the story. Narration for this story is provided by Jillian Macie again, and while I didn’t see the improvements in presentation that I was hoping for (distinct presentation of character voices, pitch and pacing changes in action and emotional situations ) again her performance did not enhance nor overtly distract from the story and plot. There were some moments that felt authentic to Sabine – particularly with her confusion, but the overall performance lacked distinction to make it memorable. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  • Claire Robinson
    2019-05-05 10:29

    4 - "I want you to see what I am." ... And to stay with me anyway. Stars.Another solid gold winner from the imagination from Ms. Eden."You taste like everything I had while I walked the earth as a man, everything I wanted, and I fucking crave you." This series just gets better and better. I recommend that you read book one before you read Once Bitten, Twice Burned as part of this book actually runs concurrently with Burn for Me. Ryder and Sabine are another strong couple, hot (literally) sexy, and not afraid to beat the crap out of anyone that gets in their way. "I look at you and I see the one person that I want most in this world." Once again the secondary characters really bring this book to life, Dante, Rhett and Cassie in particular. Knowing that the next book Playing With Fire is Dante's story, makes my girly parts clench!I am kind of running out of good things too say about Cynthia Eden, now. Every book I have read by this author is superb, and this one is no exception."For a vampire, you aren't so bad."

  • StephanieG
    2019-05-03 07:43

    The second book in the Phoenix Fire series is a riveting action packed read. Ryder Duncan is determined to escape the twisted scientist starving him and he’ll kill anyone who gets in his way, until the so-called doctor tempts his appetites with something special. Sabine Acadia was kidnapped and thrown into a cage with a monster – but one with a gentle touch. They need to escape he knows things about her, secrets that she needs to learn fast before she loses the fight to set all her urges free.The fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps readers on the edge of their seat with lots of suspense, action, drama, betrayal, discovery and romance. The author paints the events and scenes with vibrant images and details that capture the imagination and the well orchestrated action scenes are believable and keep the adrenaline pumping throughout. The strong compelling characters are easily related to and with the spine tingling suspense of waiting to find out how the experimentation on Ryder and Sabine changes them the reader is drawn deeper and deeper into this fascinating world.The attraction between Sabine and Ryder explodes from the pages in a fiery inferno of passion and the sex scenes burn even hotter. Their relationship grows stronger as they fight their way free from Genesis and all their enemies and with everything they’ve gone through the reader can’t help but get emotionally involved in the story. Their pain grips the reader with its intensity as they fight to survive against emotional and physical betrayal and all the changes that happen to their bodies from the experiments.I was totally engrossed in this story from the very beginning, its gripping emotional drama and captivating characters drew me in from the very first page. The author kept me guessing with some surprising twists that I sure didn’t see coming and this fascinating world just keeps getting better. I loved the first one and this one is no different. I know that Cassie and Dante’s story is next and I can’t wait to read it, but I sure hope that Cynthia is planning on writing more in this riveting world because I want to know what happens with a certain werewolf, Rhett and a the newly made vampire Vaughn as well.- Eva

  • Melissa Greene
    2019-04-28 06:30

    This book UNDERwhelmed me, and I soo didn't want to be underwhelmed. I got excited by the heart-pumping opening to the book, and for a while the tension between the main guy and gal kept me hooked.But then, somewhere along the way the two main characters stopped acting like people and more like...puppets adhering to some kind of contrived plotline. There's a scene where the phoenix girl (Sabine) gets released by one of the baddies who has been torturing her in horrific ways. After the baddie releases her, the baddie tells her essentially 'Do what we tell you or we kill your brother.' Now keep in mind that their facility is under full-scale attack and she has super-powers to engulf anything she wants in FLAME. So she could just kill them all and save her family...and yet what does she do? Probably because it worked better for the plot, Sabine agrees to do whatever they want. Even though she could stop them once and for all. Yeah. Sorry, I don't like protagonists who are brain dead. Don't make your main character invincible and then come up with lame plot devices to make them helpless when they clearly aren't.

  • Madhellena
    2019-05-24 06:15

    I love the paranormals in this series, but the wimpy naive heroines are getting on my nerves sometimes.In this one, we have a pheonix female with no clue who she is getting involved with the first ever vamp. Great potential, right? Well, the story sort of fizzled because said pheonix was a moron with such a soft heart that she got them into trouble several times by refusing to allow the guy to kill the bad people.I mean, come on, you are being tortured and killed over and over by scientists and their guards and yet you ask for them to be left alone? Then she runs back to her family knowing they are being used as leverage against you and put them all in danger. Also, the whole "you're a monster" thing got on my nerves - the guy has been a vamp for centuries and he's trying his best to rid the world of bad guys and she freaks out because he drinks blood?Annoying...I really need a story with a strong heroine next.

  • Linda
    2019-05-06 11:24

    Ryder is a Vamp in captivity, with secrets that he´s not about to let anyone torture from him, even if they try to starv him. What he never expected was the sacrificial lamb they´re throwing in with him.. Sabine can´t understand what is happening, or what they want with her, but she knows this is bad. Will she get out of it alive, or is this the last thing she´ll experience? Neither of them are prepared for what is going to happen to them... PNR Romance, action, suspense and smutty fluff in a great combo. Love this series!4,5 Stars

  • Jessica Frances
    2019-05-10 07:26

    I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Burn for Me, and I was excited to read the second book in this series. I don’t often read books about a phoenix, and this one was just as exciting as the first book. My only complaint was the rehashing of story we already knew about because of the first book. Still, I fell in love with Ryder and Sabine. Their love story was truly epic and I loved the action, suspense and romance in this one. Another great read from Eden and a must read for paranormal fans!

  • Kyndall
    2019-05-19 10:43

    Terrible. And such a disappointment after the first installment. There was hardly any character development and I didn't feel connected to them at all. They could have died and I would thought oh well, the book ends even sooner. How frustrating after a great first book!

  • Erika
    2019-05-13 09:37

    3.75 stars

  • Helyce
    2019-05-02 07:35

    Ryder Duncan is starving! He’s been held for months at the Genesis Labs-a facility where paranormals are being studied-read: tortured and dissected. It’s getting harder and harder for him to stop himself from revealing exactly who he is and how truly powerful he is. So when the guards finally bring him a woman to feed on, his control slips and he drinks her dry.Sabine Acadia was kidnapped and brought to the labs at Genesis. Confused and scared out of her mind, she is no match against the power of the vampire she is tossed into a cell with. Though she begs with everything she has, she can’t escape his bite. But as the life is leaving her body, she senses him trying to help her. She can feel his concern and guilt as he tries to give her some of his blood, but it’s too late. And then she feels the burn, as flames consume her body.Once Bitten, Twice Burned is book two in Ms. Eden’s new Phoenix Fire series. I loved the first book, Burn For Me. I thought the introduction of a new type of paranormal character, a Phoenix, was unique and fresh. At the same time, I thought the author did a great job of humanizing the paranormals, giving them emotional qualities that were believable. Unfortunately, this second book, did not work as well for me. The first part of this book runs concurrent to book 1 and is detailed in a way that I found too repetitive having read book 1. While we learn some details about Sabine, I didn’t feel it was anything new that I had not already surmised from book one. I already knew what Sabine was and that Ryder was obsessed with her.Once Ryder and Sabine escape the facility and are on the run, there is a lot going on. A. Lot. Neither of them know who to trust and Sabine isn’t even sure she can trust Ryder. They have this unmistakable chemistry between them, but Sabine fights it. There is a lot of focus on blood, specifically the blood exchanged between Ryder and Sabine and what exactly that means. I don’t want to spoil-but you can infer that both our main characters develop new and interesting and somewhat unique qualities. I loved Ryder in book one. I was excited for his story, knowing he was paired with a Phoenix. I knew that this author could explore some very interesting avenues here. And she does, but the romance was flat, nonexistent. There is attraction, but it doesn’t feel like it has an emotional quality, only a chemical one. This seemed really odd for me, especially for Sabine who had thought herself human all her life until her first change. The author introduces a new character, another Phoenix named Dante. He flits in and out throughout the book. He is extremely powerful, even more so than Cain from book one. He seems out to get Sabine-which is expected I guess. We learn in book 1 that the Phoenixes pretty much died out because of their need to kill other Phoenixes. Ryder and Sabine continue to evade him, but he shows up at the end in a pivotal scene that sets up the next book.I was disappointed that we didn’t get to see more of Cain and Eve from book one, other than the very beginning of this book where the set up occurs. I was also disappointed that we didn’t get anything on Trace, a werewolf introduced in book one who had also been kidnapped by Genesis. He escapes with everyone else in book one, but the tests performed on him had changed him in a way that made him extremely dangerous to everyone. Lastly, I struggled a lot with the dialogue in this book. The author goes back and forth between spoken words in quotes and thoughts in italics throughout this whole book. I sometimes found it difficult to follow along. Because Ryder is a vamp, I thought perhaps he was speaking via thought so only Sabine could hear him-but no, that was not the case. It pulled me out of the story several times and I had to go back and re-read it so I knew who was talking to who and what was just a ‘thought’. This book did not work for me on many levels. The spin at the end where a man from Ryder’s past is brought forward seemed to come out of left field and since the character is killed off within the same scene it had no purpose at all and I wonder why the author felt it necessary. Other than the fact that Ryder and Sabine become a couple, I really didn’t feel that this book moved the story arc forward in any way except to confirm one secret thing about the Phoenix (which was suspected in book 1) and to introduce Dante and Cassie who are the featured couple of the next book.I am still intrigued by the premise and the uniqueness of the Phoenix as a paranormal character, so I may give book 3 a try, we’ll see.

  • Laura the Highland Hussy
    2019-05-10 07:16

    Review posted on Got Fiction? book blogIn Cynthia Eden’s first Phoenix Fire book Burn For Me, there was a scene with a starved vampire who had been kept in the same government facility as Cain. Ryder was absolutely intriguing, so I was thrilled to get my hot little hands on his book.At one point, Ryder is so starved that when they toss a woman in and tell him she’s his, he can’t help himself. He has to have a taste. The only problem is that he can’t stop at “a taste.” (they being the scientist Wyatt and his government lackeys–he wants to see if Ryder can resist, or if he’ll kill the woman-he’s a sick and twisted bastard)Sabine was kidnapped and tossed into a cage with a starving vampire. She just wants to go home, but that’s no longer an option as she isn’t human. She doesn’t know that though, not until Ryder (accidentally) kills her.As we know from the first book, when the phoenix rises, the beast is in control, and memory is spotty, or sometimes gone completely. Sabine is no different. She remembers the sexy vampire’s face, but that’s about it.She keeps fixating on going home though, not realizing that she can never go back. Not just because maybe not everyone will accept her, but she will also bring danger to their doorstep.But Wyatt told her to kill Cain, or he would kill her brother. So she has to try.Of course it doesn’t go well. But Ryder not only can’t let her go, but he finds out that he doesn’t want to. He wants Sabine. And he knows she wants him, but she isn’t willing to give up her dream of staying home. Not until “home” kicks her in the teeth, that is.Meanwhile, Sabine is scared of burning. She’s begging Ryder not to let her burn again, so instead of letting her die and come back again, he gives her his blood to heal her. And it does things to her. She’s not quite a phoenix anymore. But she’s not really a vampire either. It’s a really unique twist.I feel like Cynthia Eden’s best stories are her paranormal ones, and this new trilogy really showcases her talents. With a new type of shifter in the world of PNR, this is a great book to pick up (although I’d read them in order).***ARC courtesy of Kensington Brava

  • Shari Kay
    2019-05-09 13:19

    I like this author. She is always a solid read, but I admit, usually just average for me. Nothing "wow". But this one, this one was the exception. I loved OBTB. Ryder was an awesome Alpha. Everything you want in a paranormal lead. A perfect balance of dominance tempered with actually considering the heroines feelings. His love for Sabine by the end, was so real. He wasn't soft, so far from it. He was all dominance and power and Eden kept him true to who he was, even as he fell for our heroine. Sabine brought out his humanity, even when he didn't know he had any left. And what a h Sabine was. She was the kind of character I love, but is amazingly hard to find. She was tough, but not bitchy. Trust me, for some reason, that seems to be a finer line than you would think to write. Either they are obnoxious, or turn out to be a doormat in the end. Somehow, Eden found the exact balance in Sabine too.She was real. She wasn't stupid, she thought before she acted and didn'tlose her mind the second our hero dropped trow. Her actions made sense! Finally! I can't tell you how many times I've read a PNR or UF and believing the characters actions was harder than believing in the magic. I'm sick of TSTL heroines or ones that are ballbusters for no real reason. I didn't read the first in this series and my understanding is that events overlap. Maybe I wouldn't have enjoyed the story as much if I knew some of what would happen, but I didn't, and I had no trouble following the story. I think maybe I enjoyed it more because I didn't know what might happen. It was totally fresh.I loved this story so much because I felt the H/h's connection, their passion leapt off the pages. Ryder was everything you want in an Alpha male. I admit, he was scorching hot, even if Sabine was the one with the fire.

  • Vanessa theJeepDiva
    2019-04-29 11:38

    Once Bitten, Twice Burned is the first book on Cynthia Eden’s Phoenix Fire series. I have to admit that I’m intrigued enough to go back and read Burn for Me. Cain and Eve have a very small role in the second installment. While I was never lost I am very curious about what went on in the first book in this very sexy paranormal series. I’m also beyond curious as to what Dante will be up to in Playing with Fire. A malicious doctor who is performing horrific experiments on the paranormals of the world (all in the name of science, so the torture is justified *eye roll*) has caught a vampire that he is going to regret ever crossing paths with. Ryder is old and strong in ways the good doc doesn’t expect. Throwing Ryder a meal in the form of the very sexy Sabine is just one of many bad decisions the doctor makes. Ryder has full intentions of razing the building and seeking vengeance upon escape. Sabine is just another reason for him to want that freedom. It doesn’t take Ryder very long to discover that Sabine is much more than simply a meal. She will soon turn into his everything. Sabine is experiencing horrors in ways she never dreamed possible. She has been kidnapped from her good normal life. She has been tossed into a cell with a vamp who is bordering on starvation and she is his next meal. Then to make matters far worse the doctors decide that she is much more useful as an experiment than a vampire meal. Not her best time in life. She does however get an angry vampire who vows to not only see her free, but to keep her safe from harm at any and all costs. While doctors experimenting on paranormals are nothing new to this genre Eden keeps it interesting by bringing the phoenixes into the mix. They are a paranormal being that you really don’t see so much of. Eden’s sexy writing and clever characters kept me interested and looking forward to reading more of this series.

  • Farah
    2019-05-13 07:41

    Ryder's book does not disappointSome scenes were a little boring because they already happened in the first book just from a different POV but I still enjoyed reading this. Ryder's character was damn interesting and the new ones seem promising .. I'm looking at Dante here. The forgetting thing is getting a little annoying but the characters kept it going strong. Onto the next and sadly the last one .. hopefully for now.

  • E Nina Williams
    2019-05-15 07:33

    I was watching Ground hogs day...This had all of the elements to be a great read I was frustrated waiting for the heroine to "get it together". I felt like I was reading the same scene over and over ...she burns, she has the ability to be strong just not the guts...annoying.

  • Mary
    2019-05-22 13:37

    Quite similar to the first one, but I still enjoyed its emotionally and sexually charged scenes. Definitely curious how the third book will turn out :)

  • Katrin
    2019-05-03 06:23

    3,5 ★Freue mich schon auf Dante!

  • Megan Fall
    2019-05-04 12:33

    This book was soooo good!! I loved Ryder. I loved that we got a touch of Cain as well. Now I need Dante's story, and Trace's story, and Rhett's story, oh and Grayson's story........

  • Melanie
    2019-05-04 14:24

    4*s

  • Hbeebti
    2019-05-02 13:18

    love this series. 4.5

  • Lucy Dosch
    2019-04-30 13:21

    This started out as an exciting story but went too long and my interest start to wane after awhile.This book suffered with the same problem I had with John Grisham’s novels, when the antagonist is always one step behind the hero it gets to be too much. I know that the purpose is too keep the excitement and tension high but personally I start to roll my eyes and say “come on already.”Sabine thinks she is an ordinary human-next-door when she is picked up by Genesis and tossed into the prison cell of a starving vampire. Try as he might, once he starts feeding, Ryder simply can’t stop in time. Something in his hindbrain was telling him to stop but by the time he does, it is too late to stop Sabine from taking her final breaths and Ryder rushes to feed her his blood, but was he too late?He isn’t sure what to think as Sabine bursts into flames. Genesis knew Sabine was a phoenix and this is her first death. They are hoping they can make Sabine as powerful as Subject 13 (Cain from Book 1). They are also hoping they can get Sabine to shed phoenix tears which are supposed to be able to heal anything.This story also has the flaw of escape/recapture/torture, escape/recapture/torture, rinse, repeat. Yes, again the idea is to build tensions and excitement, but even I get the feeling of why bother? I would have just closed the cell door myself and asked if I could get dinner before the torture started again.We do end on an interesting note so I have picked up a copy of the next book in the series. Overall I have just become jaded with the whole humans capturing paranormals, who are stronger and more powerful, under the guise of fixing them or ridding the planet of them but really we want to be one too trope. That was a little wordy.We also got a story of Ryder’s evil brother who he had to kill centuries ago but the only reason to bring it up would be that he really isn’t dead and he would turn out to be the guy behind who was responsible for Ryder ending up in the hands of Genesis. You might think that is a spoiler and that I should have marked it as such, but this out of left field story of an evil brother who was dead and buried screamed obvious evil plot point or there is no reason to go into it. They weren’t sharing stories over a camp fire.This could have been much shorter and then we would have had excitement without beating it to death.

  • Il confine dei libri
    2019-05-05 07:42

    Buona sera lettrici!Oggi vi parlo di “Once bitten twice burned“, secondo volume della serie inedita in Italia “Phoenix Rising” di Cynthia Eden. Protagonista di questo libro è Ryder Duncan, il vampiro che avevamo incontrato nel primo libro. Ryder è intenzionato a scappare dalla prigionia e dagli scienziati pazzi che lo stanno facendo morire di fame e uccidere chiunque si trovi sulla sua strada, inclusi coloro che sono responsabili della sua cattura. Finché i cosiddetti dottori non lo tentano con qualcosa di speciale, Sabine. Sabine Acadia è stata rapita e buttata dentro la gabbia con un mostro, tutto quello che vuole è tornare a casa ma gli scienziati hanno tutt’altra idea in quanto lei è qualcosa di speciale e pericoloso… soprattutto non è umana come credeva da sempre. Ryder non ha intenzione di rimanere un minuto di più in gabbia e ha intenzione di portarsi Sabine, ma la fuga non andrà come era stata organizzata e Sabine verrà portata in un’altra struttura. Adesso che Ryder è libero la prima cosa che ha intenzione di fare è trovare Sabine e liberarla, e ciò che è scattato in quel periodo di prigionia non fa altro che aumentare i suoi sforzi. Ma sarà capace di proteggerla da Genesis e più precisamente dalla sua vera natura?Anche in questo libro la Eden ha fatto centro, non mi ha delusa neanche un pò. L’attrazione tra Sabine e Ryder cresce ed esplode già nei primi capitoli, è qualcosa di incontrollabile e che presto mette di mezzo i sentimenti. Ryder nasconde dei segreti su se stesso, sulla sua vera natura… ma assieme, ormai da molto tempo nasconde i suoi sentimenti. Sabine fa nascere in lui quei sentimenti e quelle sensazioni che oramai da molto tempo erano stati soppressi; è un personaggio forte e sexy, pronto a tutto per colei che ama. Sabine la conosciamo direttamente in questo volume, diversamente da Ryder. Si trova nel mezzo di un incubo, prima della prigionia era soltanto una semplice ragazza, adesso si ritrova a subire esperimenti… ed è durante uno di questi che incontra Ryder, anche lui prigioniero di Genesis. È una protagonista semplice, Sabine è una ragazza che si trova in una brutta situazione e per quanto forte sia stata, gli esperimenti che le stanno facendo la stanno pian piano facendo crollare e andare verso quel lato oscuro che nasconde la sua reale identità. L’unica cosa che la tiene sana durante la prigionia è il desiderio di andare a casa, assieme a quel ricordo sfuggente che ha di Ryder. La loro storia cresce e si cementa mentre assieme cercano di liberarsi e combattere contro Genesis. Le storie della Eden sono ricche di azione, tradimenti, scoperte e romance, sono ben leggibili e scorrevoli. L’autrice descrive le sue scene con descrizioni e immagini che aumentano l’immaginazione del lettore, e la voglia di esso di sapere come si concluderà la vicenda e quale sia l’enigma che lo tiene in sospeso sin dall’inizio. Come il precedente libro, la storia è narrata sotto il punto di vista dei due protagonisti, elemento che ha reso la storia più intrigante e più chiara; con questo elemento si riesce a capire bene i protagonisti e tutte le emozioni che vivono nel corso della storia. Detto questo vi saluto e ci vediamo con il prossimo libro!A presto, Laura

  • Gloriamarie
    2019-05-25 06:23

    The idea behind this series is that scientists of dubious ethics and morals experiment upon human beings to turn them into paranormal super-soldiers and upon paranormals to make them super-super-soldiers. Some volunteer, most are trafficked. I was disappointed that despite the name of the series no one actually turned into a flaming, flying bird. Series must be read in order.