Tuesday Guest Tickle: Branded by Ana J. Phoenix
Author: Ana J. Phoenix
Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance
Publication Date: June 23, 2015
Word Count: ~68000 words
Available at: Amazon
Review: Prism Book Alliance
What’s it about?
Asher doesn’t like people, and people don’t like him. He’s cool with that—all he needs from them is sex, anyway. But when he’s suddenly thrust into a strange and dangerous world filled with magical creatures, joining forces with other people may just be the only way to survive.
It’s not all bad though—in this new world, he can turn into a fire-breathing dragon! Which would be awesome if it weren’t for José, the pesky fire elf sharing his fate whose goal in life seems to be to stop Asher from ever having fun. José is hot, though and Asher wants to get into his pants just as much as he wants to get home. But José is also blind, and Asher has no clue how to charm a man without relying on his looks.
Somehow, Asher has to show José that he’s more than a sex-obsessed pyromaniac with no filter between his brain and mouth. Preferably before either of them ends up dead. Civil war rages around them, and finding the way home isn’t going to be easy. And for Asher, getting there in one piece, and with his heart intact, might just prove impossible.
A Sneak Peek:
“Where exactly are we going again?”
“Home, I hope. Eventually. But it looks like we’ll have to get to the other side of the continent. She says there’s someone there who’ll help us.”
“And you think that’ll work.”
“Do you have a better idea?”
Asher kept quiet, not having anything to say. For a moment all that could be heard was the crackling of the fire.
“You should try flying.”
“I still don’t have any damn wings.” Never mind that flying was about the last thing he wanted to do, second only to falling.
“I told you, you have to transform.”
“And I still have no idea what the hell you’re talking about.”
Blind Guy took a deep impatient breath. Beckoning Asher to follow, he walked out onto a clearing. “Come here and close your eyes,” he said.
Frowning, Asher did as he was told, even when it made him feel ridiculous.
“Breathe in. Hold your breath.”
Asher inhaled and stopped and glared at Blind Guy. What was this supposed to accomplish?
Feel what? He was about to ask when he did feel something. It was subtle, but with every beat of his heart, small ripples of an undefinable energy ran under his skin, through his body.
“What is that?”
“How—” Asher started, but stopped himself. The simple act of thinking was enough to cause a reaction in his magic level. The energy he’d felt before hadn’t been powerful, but as he tried to draw on it, the feeling overwhelmed him. He’d only touched the tip of the iceberg. Eager to discover all of it, he delved deeper into the stream of power until it enveloped his body in a warm glow. He lost his sense of being in the sensation. A rush of energy flooded his consciousness like a primal force, threatened to sweep him away. A roar sounded through his ears. It wasn’t until he closed his mouth that he realized it had been him.