Rebirth of His Omega
(The Outcast Chronicles #4)
Crista Crown, Harper B. Cole
Frost & Hazel
December 28th 2017
Ryan lost his family to a fire when he was young, and its haunted him ever since, especially while chasing the arsonist who has been kidnapping gifted shifter kids. Now that they've captured the man and his phoenix accomplice and rescued the kids, Ryan thinks maybe life will be able to get back to normal...
But when the phoenix, a creature born of fire, turns out to be Ryan's true mate, life becomes suddenly even more complicated.
Fire is life.
Phoenix is horrified when his memories return to him and he realizes the pain and suffering he has caused in his new life. His true mate wants nothing to do with him, but he's determined to hold on to his mate no matter what. He's never lost his chance with him in any other life, he's certainly not going to start now.
- Overused stock photos^
- Memorable after I put it down for a few hours
- That the description of dark skin in this book is complimentary rather than objectifying (not mentioned every 3 seconds)
- How Ryan looks exactly the same every time the phoenix is reincarnated
- That whenever the phoenix becomes aware of his past lives, it kind of distances him from the coyote's brainwashing
- The story touches on the reason that the phoenix wants to help the coyote shifter burn things down*
- It's funny that phoenix literally glows when he's turned on**
- The 'phoenix tears' thing was an interesting twist
- The birth was hilarious and unexpected
- Hip deep
Mood Upon Completion
- Very few typos^^
- Decently hot
- Decently sweet
- It's difficult to tell exactly how the phoenix's memories work
- It seems unrealistic when shifters compare each others' scents to food for some reason
- When Ryan and Phoenix come across each other in the forest, they're supposed to be fighting but are fucking instead***
- When Ryan explains the mating thing, he is perpetuating the 'violent black man' stereotype****
- When Ryan tries to blame the phoenix for his own urges
- Weakly emotional
- Character death (minor, multiple, past and present)
- Abuse (emotional, main, one, past)
*He feels like society discarded him and he wanted a way to take out that anger in a way he saw as righteous, although it was emotional manipulation.
**It reminds me of that show The Secret World of Alex Mack where she randomly glows
***I’m trying really hard not to read too much into the ‘black man can’t control himself’ feelings I’m getting here
****It’s described as a “violent need”, which seems to be a recurring theme and if it goes on, I’m gonna want to stop reading
Author added a trigger warning for past infertility
^The cover is in keeping with the rest of the series. The ‘phoenix’ was not what I envisioned – it looks like a regular bird to me, plus the blending is meh, with the same tree background
^^One of the typos was mistaking ‘cortex’ for ‘vortex’
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