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Although Rowan Stormbringer was raised Wiccan, he’s never felt a connection to magic. That changes on the eve of Yule, when he encounters a magical creature, a phoenix, that needs his help getting to Stonehenge before the sun sets that day. Hiding a magical creature in the mortal world is tricky at best, but partnering with a good-looking, snarky taxi driver may be just thAlthough Rowan Stormbringer was raised Wiccan, he’s never felt a connection to magic. That changes on the eve of Yule, when he encounters a magical creature, a phoenix, that needs his help getting to Stonehenge before the sun sets that day. Hiding a magical creature in the mortal world is tricky at best, but partnering with a good-looking, snarky taxi driver may be just the ticket Rowan needs. As they explore their instant attraction to each other, Rowan and Martin must learn to trust one another if they hope to deliver the phoenix home in time. A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!"....

Title : Last of Summer(Celebrate! - 2014 Advent Calendar)
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ISBN : 9781632167552
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Number of Pages : 23 Pages
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Last of Summer(Celebrate! - 2014 Advent Calendar) Reviews

  • Sandra
    2018-11-19 21:40

    This was one of the better shorts I read from this anthology. It's about hope, rebirth, love, and finding that one thing you believe in. I liked the imagery of the Phoenix. And even though the romance smacks of insta-lust, this was an entertaining read.Not bad at all.

  • Serena Yates
    2018-10-21 21:17

    Finding a story about Yule and some of the Wiccan rituals among this year’s Advent Calendar stories at Dreamspinner was a wonderful surprise for me. Rowan’s skepticism about the magic his mother and sister are so connected to made him encountering some of it even more special. Not to mention that there is also something fascinating about a phoenix and its regenerative powers. Oh, end let’s not forget the taxi driver – he definitely added some fun to the events as well. The combination of all of the above made for wonderful reading.Rowan is a Canadian from a family of Wiccans. He is in the UK for business, but gets stuck there just before Yule due to a huge storm and flights being cancelled. What he discovers next is fantastical – and I bet someone without his sort of background might not even have known what to do. Not that Rowan is much more certain, but at least he had heard about magical creatures from his family even though he never put much stock in those stories. But this might just be the point in his life where he changes his opinion—and he is determined to try to do right by the phoenix, no matter what it takes.Martin, the cab driver whom Rowan asks to drive him to Stonehenge (in the middle of a storm), has even less of an idea what he is in for. His reactions were so typical, and totally skeptical, he made me laugh. I mean, he has probably picked up a lot of “crazies” in his career, but accepting a one-and-a-half to two-hour drive from a stranger is pushing it. His snark and temper are simply wonderful and added a lot of the ambiance I really liked.If you like winter holidays with a touch of magic, if you enjoy men with a lot of attitude and snark being shown there is more to life than they might have been taught, and if you’re looking for a creative, fun, and entertaining read with lots of magic and a touch or romance, then you will probably enjoy this short story.NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Heloise West
    2018-11-03 21:31

    This is a jewel of a winter holiday story, a quick read but one that lingers in the imagination long after the last line. Rowan, a young man from a family of witches, is the least magical of them, but he is tapped by the earth forces of Yule to bring on the rebirth of the year. Aided by a sexy taxi driver, Martin, he must bring a beautiful but fading phoenix to Stonehenge before it's too late.I loved this story, but mostly because I love the author's ability to blend fantasy and myth with reality. Rowan is earthy and genuine, as is the lover their shared adventure brings him. Here's to hoping we see more Genna Donaghy stories in 2015 :Dreview from [email protected]

  • Chris, the Dalek King
    2018-10-31 17:17

    Stuck in the UK during Yule, Rowan Stormbringer doesn’t expect much this holiday season. His family is all back at home, and while Rowan would not be adverse to a little male company he knows that it isn’t likely to happen. Then a phoenix crash lands into his life and Rowan, along with the help of a snarky taxi-driver, finds himself in a race against the setting sun to get the phoenix to his destination before the sun goes down on Yule’s Eve.This was a nice Christmas story. Well, Yule story, anyways. Rowan is Wiccan, though he doesn’t seem to have a lick of power in him–-unlike his sister and mother–and he sometimes has doubts that what his family sees/feels is real at all. I really enjoyed the way that the magic was used in this. It wasn’t flashy or over the top. It also didn’t require you to do more than simply let the story make you believe–which was nice since it was rather short for any extreme world building to take place.And while the romance was more sweet than scorching between Rowan and Martin, I found that I quite liked that aspect of it. They had only just met hours before so for them to be rolling around in the grass so soon, would seem rather odd. This is very much the start of a relationship, and has more of a HFN than a HEA feel to it, but for a short Christmas story it was pretty much perfect for what it was.3.5 starsThis book was provided free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes. Go there to check out other reviews, author interviews, and all those awesome giveaways. Click below.

  • MorganSkye
    2018-10-31 18:43

    Loved it!Full Review I loved this story!Rowan is the black sheep in his Wiccan family – not quite a believer in all things witchy – but he works for the family biz and is currently in London on a job. He goes to catch a cab when suddenly he sees something fly by and knows he has to find and help it.Turns out, the flying thing is a Phoenix needing a ride to Stonehenge (of course!). Rowan’s cab driver (Martin) wants the cash up front if he’s going to deliver this dodgy package all the way to Stonehenge but can’t help but be pleased when he finds out Rowan plays for his team.Rowan and Martin (if you’re as old as me that’s a funny name combination!) must walk the last few feet since the cab can’t make it all the way. Rowan has to divulge just what it is he’s carrying, and now Martin thinks Rowan’s cute and batty. But both Rowan and Martin are amazed at what they sees when they let the Phoenix fly and both lives will be changed as a result.In the end, the clasp of hands lets us know that there will be more to the romance and having seen true magic, we know both men’s lives are going to change in lots of ways.**Again I’m left wishing this were a longer story because it was so dang good! However, the author did a great job of giving us a complete story full of adventure, humor, and magic.I give this story 5 of 5 hearts and highly recommend it.

  • Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
    2018-10-22 14:40

    Reviewed at The Blogger Girls.When Rowan finds a phoenix on the eve of Yule, he knows his only option is to get it to Stonehenge before it’s too late. Thankfully, cabbie Martin is willing to take Rowan there. The few hours spent together brings the two closer and before they know it, they’re racing against time to get the injured phoenix to Stonehenge before it’s too late.I’m not really sure how I feel about this one because, on one hand, I liked that it dealt with Yule and needing to get the phoenix back to Stonehenge. I liked that Rowan wasn’t really a believer in Wicca but when he saw the phoenix, he KNEW he had to help. I also liked that Martin was skeptical of Rowan at first but then warmed up to Rowan and his mission.At the same time, I felt like I have so many questions because of the phoenix! Like, how did it get in the middle of a city? Or why was it so important for it to be at Stonehenge at sunset and what was that world that Martin and Rowan had walked through and how did they get out?So, in the end, I liked it but I felt like it was way too short to really give the story justice. I felt like after reading it, I have way more questions than answers and while I liked that Rowan and Martin did the journey together, I’m not overly attached to either of them :(

  • ItsAboutTheBook
    2018-10-22 13:42

    Review can be read at It's About The BookRowan Stormbringer really didn’t expect to find a phoenix. He didn’t expect it to telepathically communicate with him, either. So Rowan has to get a cab to Stonehenge to get the phoenix there by sunset so he can regenerate for Yule. It’s up to cab driver Martin to get Rowan to Stonehenge. Whereas they don’t hit it off immediately with instant lust, the guys are able to chat amiably until Martin sees Rowan is transporting some kind of animal in the back of his cab and neglected to tell him about it. The whole magical explanation doesn’t go over swimmingly. The whole adventure almost ends right there, but Martin is willing to give Rowan a chance.Yes, their names are Rowan and Martin and they were brought together by a phoenix as though it were some kind of flying fickle finger of fate. The story was charming for the most part. Two guys get together unexpectedly and spend Yule together. There really wasn’t much room beyond the vignette itself for any character development, but Rowan and Martin seemed interesting enough. Overall it was a cute short.

  • Julesmarie
    2018-11-16 16:46

    I wasn't honestly expecting much from this one given the blurb, but I'm fascinated by phoenixes and thought I'd give it a shot. It was actually significantly better than I'd anticipated. For such a short story, I felt like I got to know the characters well, and the mysteriousness of Stonehenge at sunset on the Winter Solstice was delightfully well done.Favorite Quote:"Here. My driver's license is in the front pocket. You can see I'm not a criminal."The cabbie arched a brow. "How's that supposed to prove you're not a criminal, mate?""I'm Canadian," Rowan said. "We aren't criminals."

  • Sadonna
    2018-11-06 13:23

    This is a nice quick and sweet read. I'm not sure I understand the title since it takes place at the winter Solstice, but nonetheless, it was interesting and humorous and completely unexpected. Heathrow at Christmas - cannot imagine! Rowan Stormbringer - fabulous name! His sister - Rain! Martin his cab driver is definitely game for a little adventure and then it's a little more adventure than he bargains for. This is the first story I've read by this author, but just discovered I have another of hers in my TBR pile and now I'm looking forward to reading it :)

  • Brandilyn
    2018-11-12 19:41

    Reviewed by Brandilyn for Prism Book Alliance. Last of Summer by Genna Donaghy is a sweet urban fantasy set around Yule. Yes, it is insta-lust, but it is entertaining as well. Rowan is a likable character, especially once he takes the Phoenix under his care. Martin is the comedy relief. While that doesn't always endear a character to me, I like him as he is a good match for Rowan. I enjoyed the fact that he struggled with his attraction to Rowan and his skepticism about the Phoenix.

  • Angel
    2018-11-10 13:39

    I really enjoyed this one. I liked the fantasy as it melded with reality and the fact that there wasn't insta-love and a HEA. It was a short, quick and sweet tale of hope and renewal with a dash of lust thrown in for good measure.

  • Katy Beth Mckee
    2018-11-17 17:21

    This one was a bit different but it's fun to read a variety of things over the holiday season. My goal was to read each book the day it came out and I've been able to keep it going.

  • Lada
    2018-11-17 17:35

    A captivating little story with the beginning of a romance.

  • Lucy
    2018-11-12 15:24

    I liked the idea of the Phoenix