Review: Firebird by Jennifer Loring

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Review: Firebird by Jennifer LoringFirebird by Jennifer Loring
on October 10th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
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Stephanie Hartwell is a journalist chasing the story of her career...

When superstar hockey player and notorious bad boy Aleksandr Volynsky is traded to the Seattle Earthquakes in a blockbuster deal, Stephanie demands the opportunity to prove herself by scoring an exclusive interview with a man with no love for the media...the same man she once thought, as a naive teenager, she'd someday marry.

An Olympian and Stanley Cup Champion, Aleksandr has achieved every goal he's ever set...

Now expected to carry a failing team on his shoulders, Aleksandr's troubles deepen when he encounters Stephanie after a season-opening loss. His lifestyle of drinking and random hookups has been a futile attempt to forget the beautiful tomboy who stole his heart nine years ago. And worse, fame and fortune have made it impossible for him to trust anyone-especially Stephanie, who is engaged to another man.

Romance rekindles, but tragedy reveals Aleksandr's dark side...

Being with Aleksandr in the first place jeopardizes Stephanie's journalistic integrity and threatens her career, and when he spirals out of control, it reawakens fears from her own history, making her unable to commit to a future with him. When Aleksandr discovers the truth behind his self-destructive behavior, will his newfound self-awareness be enough to convince Stephanie to give him one last chance...

Or will his revelation drive her away for good?"

Steffi’s Review

Jennifer Loring has a new fan! FIREBIRD blew me away with its raw emotion, intensity and the love between two people who simply belong together.

Stephanie Hartwell needs a story or she’s going to lose her job as a sports journalist. An interview with the successful, womanizing hockey star Aleksandr Volynsky could be her ticket to a promotion but her boss doesn’t know that Steph and Alex were high school sweethearts until Aleksandr had to return to Russia and Steph stopped all contact.

Now, nine years later, Alex and Stephanie meet again and their connection is stronger than ever. But Stephanie is engaged to be married and rekindling her relationship with Alex would not only destroy her personal life but also be professional suicide.

The love between these two is so strong, it goes beyond attraction or chemistry. Everything seems to be headed in the right direction until their new relationship is burdened by terrible tragedy and both of them have a lot of growing up to do.

Jennifer Loring did an outstanding job with FIREBIRD. The emotions flow across the pages, grabbing the reader with their intensity. The relationship between Alex and Steph is extraordinary and seems destined. At the same time, they both have a tough road ahead of them. They need to work on their issues before they can truly come together as a couple. Both Alex and Stephanie evolve as individuals immensely in the course of the book and Jennifer Loring manages to keep the story entertaining throughout. FIREBIRD made me laugh, cry and put a smile on my face when I made it to the end. While there is a proper happy ending, there will be a follow-up story and I can’t wait.

Jennifer Loring has a new fan in me and I highly recommend FIREBIRD to all romance lovers. FIREBIRD is not an easy or light read but you will not be disappointed!

Originally posted at The Romance Reviews


About Jennifer Loring

Born in Portland, Maine and raised in rural western New York, Jennifer Loring had read Stephen King by age 11 and was writing horror stories within a year. Her first publication was in the Canadian vampire magazine Requiem Aeternam at age 21. After graduating with a BA in studio art, Jennifer wrote several novels that thankfully never saw the light of day, dabbled in more short stories (including the first draft of “The Bombay Trash Service”, which in 2004 was awarded an honorable mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror), and ran a popular fan fiction group in which members wrote space opera set in the Voltron universe.

Jennifer received her MFA from Seton Hill University’s program in Writing Popular Fiction, with a concentration in horror fiction, under the mentorship of William H. Horner and Tim Waggoner. She holds a BA in Studio Art from Mercyhurst University. In 2013, she won first place in Crystal Lake Publishing’s inaugural Tales from the Lake horror writing competition, which found her published alongside Tim Waggoner in the anthology of the same name. DarkFuse released her psychological horror/ghost story novella Conduits in September 2014, and her debut novel, Those of My Kind, was published by Omnium Gatherum in May 2015. The first book in her contemporary romance series, Firebird, was released on October 20, 2015 by Limitless Publishing, and the second book, What’s Left of Me, will arrive in July 2016. 2016 will also see the release of her dark fantasy novella Prison Made of Mirrors from Vagabondage Press, as well as the re-release of her 2014 novelette, Beautiful Things, in a revised and expanded edition.

Jennifer lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, two basset hounds, and a turtle. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW).

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