The Phoenix Institute Series
Winner of the Science Fiction Romance Galaxy Award for “Best Superhero Origin Series.”
From the SF Romance Galaxy Award:
“This series is kind of an X-Men/Batman crossover, if everyone is not just gender-bent but also talent-switched. And even that Batman analogy requires that Batman’s gifts be more super and less obsessed-neurotic based. But still awesome.
The Phoenix Institute starts out as “The Resource” run by one of the very definitely bad guys. His mission is to find people born with super talents and train them to be super soldiers obedient to his every whim. His evil plan is foiled by supers that got away, aided and abetted by one of his own. If Professor Xavier was a firestarter married to a telepath, you get the Phoenix Institute. Pun is intended, the Phoenix Institute rises from the ashes of the Resource and reaches out to supers everywhere, while righting the very big wrongs perpetrated by its predecessor.
On the main series, we have a telepath who rescues the firestarter, and a self-healer who finds his way back to the woman he left behind, who just happens to be in a long line of charismatics. We end with an invisible woman who falls for her clean cop in a dirty city, and a teleporter thief who saves an immortal queen. The alternate history angle in Ghost Phoenix is surprisingly twisty and results in a happily ever after that may just really mean “ever after”. This is paranormal romance with a delightful superhero twist, made even better by continuing into 2015.”
–From Marlene Harris.
More Reviews of the Phoenix Institute Series:
The Library Journal: “A touch of the X-Men with a smattering of coming-of-age legend, Phoenix Rising certainly keeps the reader’s attention. Lawson effortlessly switches points-of-view, from Alec to Beth and back again…..”The edge-of-your-seat plot keeps the story rolling along
Top Pick! at Night Owl Reviews: “Put Phoenix Rising on your keeper shelf, it’s an amazing read. I absolutely loved it, especially the characters.”
Luminous reviewed by The Library Journal
“Verdict: Quick reading with a superhero vibe, Luminous is a good start on the beachy book season.”
Phoenix Legacy: Four and a half stars from Night Owl Reviews!
“A wonderfully entertaining rollercoaster read that conjures up the fantastical worlds explored in comic books yet provides a romance between unconventional characters.”
Ghosts of Christmas Past from Long and Short Reviews: “The romance between Noir and Al began before the book started but I had no trouble picking up what was happening. The love is there, but so is the mounting tension. Personal barriers, police vs. transient population, politics and greed all play a part in this great novel. I will be going back for more books from this author and she is on my must read list for urban fantasy.”