Book Reviews

Burn (Ignite 3) by Nora Phoenix

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Post-Apocalyptic / Aliens / Future Earth / Menage MMM / Romance
Reviewed by ParisDude on 25-March-2020

Book Blurb

In a world where it’s every man for himself, all they can do is hold on to each other…

With soldiers next door, the situation has become dire for Austin, Mack, and Tan. Every time they find a solution for one challenge, another arises, ranging from family members who show up unexpectedly to reunions with people they’d never hoped to see again.

But they may have bigger problems when the earthquakes continue and concern increases about the earth crust’s stability. The only way to prevent an even worse disaster is to stop the aliens from drilling for more oil, but how?

They cling to each other as the future looks more and more bleak. Is there any hope left for a happy ever after for them?

Book Review

This last book of Nora Phoenix’s dystopian trilogy closes the cycle with the promise of bringing all the loose threads to a satisfying end. At the beginning, the three main characters Austin, Mack, and Tan still hide in the abandoned farmhouse in the Wyoming countryside, somewhere between nowhere and long-forgotten. Winter has set in with heavy snowfall, but the three men just snuggle under a blanket and get to know each other better in the best of ways—affectionate sex. They don’t forget their predicament, however; they know that they are surrounded by enemies (the alien soldiers, their own gay-hating countrymen) and have to be careful as supplies threaten to run low. Worse, the aliens are emptying the Earth’s oil ressources regardless of the distastrous consequences to the environment, and first earthquakes are shaking Wyoming, almost shattering the men’s shelter in the process. Moreover, Tan struggles more and more with the PTSD triggered by the cruel treatment he suffered in the reeducation camp they have fled.


One day, the three venture out to reconnoiter the area. They stumble upon an onshore oil platform the aliens have constructed in the middle of the plains and find a camp with alien soldiers fast asleep right next to it, together with a structure that houses and commands the deathly spider robots. When they retreat, they run into a bunch of CUS-army deserters, amongst them Tan’s brother. To their surprise, these six men have nothing against gays, defending a gay soldier having led to them leaving the army in the first place, and even take them in. Together they plan an attack on the alien camp, and in the middle of it, the three main characters are reunited with Pax, their alien friend, who helps them overcome the other aliens of the camp. But he has bad news for them: the volcano beneath Yellowstone threatens to erupt, and the ensuing blast and toxic clouds will kill them all. The question is, will they be able to find a means to survive all together?


This last installment is packed with action and progress where the three main characters and their MMM lovestory are concerned. Oh, and let’s not forget, it is also packed with steamy scenes. Mack is a complete virgin insofar as not only has he never had sex before, but doesn’t even know what two (or three) men can do together in order to satisfy each other. Austin and Tan patiently teach him, and the reader is allowed to have more than furtive glances. I admit the three are really cute, their story is heartwarming and satisfying indeed. The author leaves out anything that might disturb the idyllic relationship the three share and enjoy? Yes, of course, but the beautiful thing is, I felt their love and care all through the three books, cautious at first, then slowly rising, and blooming beautifully in this book. The family reunion with Tan’s brother allows the author to explore Tan’s past in greater depths, in a subtle, unobtrusive manner. She also manages to tone Austin’s and Mack’s reactions with Tan’s needs. To say it succinctly, Nora Phoenix’s greatest asset is her emphatic psychological insight into her main characters and her uncanny ability to weave it all together without being showy or pushy about it. Her technique of alternating the points of view from chapter to chapter is surely to be thanked for, but only partly, as her solid writing style contributes to it, too—no unnecessary embellishments, no longish accounts, just a nice, steady flow where internal musings and exterior events balance out one another.


A last word about the series as a whole. Some readers would probably prefer to read a dystopian trilogy with more bleakness, more oomph and suspenseful action. There are (non-gay) examples aplenty, Margaret Atwood’s famous ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ or her ‘Onyx and Crake’ series, the novels of Octavia E. Butler, or the ‘John Matherson’ series, to name but a few. True enough, this series centers more around the love trio and their individual developments, be it emotional, psychological, or simply their progresses as men and human beings. Large parts of the three books don’t see any geographical movement at all as the three men hunker down in their isolated farmhouse. But what can be perceived on the surface as an unwarranted coziness in the face of a hostile new world only leads to a deeper exploration of the three men’s minds and ultimately ends with their sincere and total dedication to being who they are and being together, no matter what. Of course, the ending was a teensy bit mushy and far-fetched, but it only succeeded in making me close the book with a huge smile on my face and hopefulness in my chest. I guess that’s more than perfect in times like these.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 252 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 29-February-2020
Price $4.99 ebook
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