Phoenix by A.J. Scudiere


I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.


Description: Jason Mondy’s world is unraveling.

He’s frustrated with his job.
And his most recent girlfriend has just walked out on him.
Even a simple trip home to find some rest leads his adoptive mother to
share a stunning secret she’s kept for over twenty-six years . . .

Jason has a brother he doesn’t remember existed.

Desperate and uncertain, Jason can only watch as
one by one the pieces of his life fall like dominoes.
The more he uncovers, the more everything he thought he knew
about himself and his past begins to turn to ash.

His truth isn’t true at all . . .


The book starts off with a memory of a fire that happened a day before. Jason comes home and freaks out because there’s hardly anything left in the apartment. He can’t find his girlfriend anywhere. Somewhere in his mind he recognizes that she left but he’s too tired to deal with it. He goes to bed and sleeps for 18 hours, being woke up at the end by his dreams of the fire. He goes to the store and then decides to check his messages from the past two days since he unplugged his phone. He has over SEVENTY messages, most of them being reporters with a few being other firemen from his firehouse and his friends.

He calls back one of his friends that happens to be a police officer. The officer doesn’t like Kelly, Jason’s ex that took everything and left with no warning. He takes Kelly’s information and promises to do everything in his power to get Jason’s stuff back, one way or another. Jason goes in to work the next day. The captain pulls him into the office. He has a stack of messages there from reporters who want to talk to him really bad. Jason doesn’t want to do it and points out that another firefighter, who was a female, had been there as well. She had received no calls for interviews. Everyone wanted him.

The captain lets on that there’s some trouble coming for the firehouse. Jason needs to do the interviews to put a good light on them. The captain won’t let Jason know what the impending trouble is. Only that it’s not related to their problem fireman who is always  late and whom everyone hates and distrusts.

When Jason returns home after shift, all his stuff was back. His tv, bed, game stuff. Everything he wanted was back. Even though his place wasn’t big, he checked to make sure everything was back and that Kelly hadn’t been vindictive and set some kind of trap somewhere. With that, he falls asleep watching tv.


All this is in the first chapter. The book gets better as it goes. I was enjoying reading this book. The characters are well-developed. Some of them seem like they could be fashioned after people the author really knows or has known. A great read!

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