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Octavian's Undoing (Sons of Judgment #1)

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No good deed goes unpunished.

Riley Masters learns this the hard way when she finds a wallet and decides to do the right thing. But returning it will cost her much more than she bargains for.

Abandoned by her mother, raised by an indifferent father, Riley has accepted the fact that she would be alone always. She has no idea that a single act of kindness would propel her into
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Kindle Edition, 576 pages
Published June 23rd 2013 by Fire & Ash Publishing
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Chelsey
This book irritated me because I wanted to like it so bad but there were just so many things wrong with it that I kind of ended up hating it. Oh geez where do I even begin? First off, I liked the idea of the premise of Octavian's family and their supernatural origins BUT the description of what they were and the entire supernatural world they guarded was so convoluted that I got confused and skimmed most of the description. One word: simplify.
I hated Riley. I just couldn't stand her. I know this
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Kimberly Schaaf
OMG, OMG, OMG!!!

I was not prepared in any way for what Airicka gave us with Octavian's Undoing. The synopsis, the teasers, the waiting, the waiting, the waiting.....nothing prepared me for what I just experienced!!

Ok - so I'm not one to write much about the intricate details of the storyline into my reviews, because, well....I want you all to experience the same surprises and gasps and shudders that I did. And, holy cow, will you get your fair share of those here!!

As we've become accustomed to r
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Nanette Bradford
Jul 06, 2013 Nanette Bradford rated it really liked it
Octavian's undoing was my undoing too. Omg.. Octavian and his brothers are hot hot hot I tell ya. I love octavian's handsome and old school attitude,. Gideon, well what can I say about him.. He's sexy funny and totally innopropriate. I love him. Yep, he's my favorite. Then you've got Marcus Gideon's twin. He' doesn't do sentimental, he's quiet but he has a caring side that you'll totally miss if you blink. Then you've got the youngest of the 4 Reggie. He is too cute in my opinion. This family is ...more
Yvonne
Mar 09, 2016 Yvonne rated it liked it
2.5

I had a great time reading the author’s other books, The Voyeur Next Door and Transcending Darkness, so I really wanted to love this one too. The world building and paranormal backstory were tough to follow and I found myself skimming my way through to the end. The characters were also too young for me. I’m not a fan of NA and couldn’t connect with a 19 year old heroine. I also would’ve like some steamy sex to match the paranormal action, but it was a very PG read. I’m very picky when it come
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Becca
HOLY WOW, that is quite a book. Alright lets do this!!!

First and foremost: Airicka who is a peach (and i adore her as a person and author) asked if I would would give this an honest review in exchange for an ARC and obviously free copy. And since honesty is the best policy that is all i got for you. Honesty, and what i think are witty remarks but most likely i just think i am funnier than i actually am. So moving on? KAY!

Song Choice: I got a few for you this time, this was quite a big book so it
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Julia
Jun 27, 2013 Julia rated it it was amazing
Have you ever held on by a thread, and that thread becomes your lifeline, your hope? This is how I felt reading this book. Riley and Octavian's hope was my lifeline, what kept me turning the pages, wanting more. The amazing characters, thrilling plot and twists and turns throughout the story is the very foundation to a whole new written world. Without reading the teasers or excerpts floating around cyber space before reading the first page, I found myself drawn into the story. When finally decid ...more
Sam
Oct 25, 2013 Sam rated it it was amazing
As found on: Octavian - lovers… Uhm Book-Boyfriends I mean...

' "The last thing she heard being murmured huskily into her ear was, "I would like nothing better than to set every inch of you on fire and watch as you burn in my arms." '
- Octavian's Undoing by Airicka Phoenix

I think I'm gonna start out with Riley and what I have to say about her because Octavian… No, I wanted to focus on Riley first. I have to say that I love her as a heroine because she is strong and sweet, especially if you take
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Lulu Vega
Aug 08, 2013 Lulu Vega rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Airicka Phoenix for a while now and have read all of her books. I was super excited when I found out Octavian's Undoing was out, so I went to buy it and started reading it right away. What an amazing story, I just couldn't get enough of the Maxwell Brothers. They are funny, strong, passionate. Airicka's way of writing, of expressing herself in every single word is almost perfect. The characters are unique and they all have their own way of making you fall in love with them. As ...more
Jaime Radalyac
Jun 23, 2013 Jaime Radalyac rated it it was amazing
first of all I just wanted to say that it was refreshing to have a good sized book to read. Not many books are like that anymore. I miss long books.

with that said....it didn't feel like a long book, I was dreading the last 100 pages because I knew the end was coming and it I didn't want it to be so.

Wonderfully written. A true master of words that you can see perfectly in your mind.

I truly TRULY loved this book. One of my new favorites by far. I have read A LOT of books. I am confident enough
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L.L. Hunter
Jun 24, 2013 L.L. Hunter rated it it was amazing
I really do not know how to start this. Can i just say firstly, WOW! This book is fan-freaking-tastic and as the heading suggests, is probably hands down Airicka's best work to date! I really did not know what to expect going into this. I first thought this book would be something steampunk, then i thought it would be something sexy and erotic.. but nope. It is sexy, but not all about sex. The characters and storyline draw you in and you can't help but fall in love with those Maxwell boys, espec ...more
Michelle
DNF. 33% A bit slow moving and tbh, the representation of their supernatural "breed" totally put me off.
Robin Gardner
Dec 26, 2015 Robin Gardner rated it liked it
Way to put a good romance into a silly paranormal mess. I'm not sure what was going on with the supernatural aspect, but the characters were likable and the family elements were pretty spot on.

Let me start by saying the romance in this novel was sweet and believable. It built slowly, even if it did begin a bit strangely. The physical nature of their relationship was a bit lacking. I mean, if you're going to wait until the final chapters of this very long book to bring these two together, then m
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Diana
Aug 02, 2014 Diana rated it really liked it
I really liked the world Morgana Phoenix creates. For the first book in this series, it offers a lot to take in. New twists on old themes, changing your perception of the monsters. To me it was a unique new approach on some very old themes. The ending did surprise me. I was expecting something totally different.

One thought. Riley seems to be all too willing to accept the otherness of the bar and restaurant and the strange patrons. Other than that. I love that the shifters are not your normal, n
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Candy
Jul 02, 2013 Candy rated it it was amazing
Airicka Phoenix’s writing just magnifies with every new book. I don’t think that woman could write a bad story. I was pleasantly surprised by the twists and turns in the story. I went in thinking Octavian was one thing and was shocked and thrilled to see he was not what I thought he was. And man can this woman conjure up some delicious boys!
Riley Masters's life is just about surviving,trying to support her father and herself from a very young age.She wasn't looking for a relationship or love bu
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Liz
Jun 26, 2013 Liz rated it it was amazing
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Heather andrews
Jun 23, 2013 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
Riley she's just a sweet little thing, "I'm sorry and no offense, but I'd like to give it to him personally. There are some very important things inside and I'd feel better knowing he got them. Not saying that you wouldn't give it to him, but..." Octavian, he's well possessive maybe, "you dare out your hands on what's mine, Billius?" Octavian is nothing but honest (well in some instances), "I was shocked as hell to see you here, you, a human...my human in a place that could get you killed. I did ...more
Julia
Jul 26, 2013 Julia rated it it was amazing
Airicka Phoenix has done it again! She has given us a story with characters you can't help but love, a plot that keeps you guessing that has the perfect amount of romance and angst, action - with a hero you love (and want for yourself) and a villian you love to hate. Which all adds up to a story that you never want to end! She leaves you begging for more. When you start an Airicka Phoenix book you know you are in for a treat. She has become one of my favorite authors. She is an amazing story tel ...more
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Jun 29, 2013 Winding Stairs Book Blog rated it really liked it
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Amy
Jul 04, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was amazing. I didn’t know what to really expect when first reading it but WOW is all I can say. Airicka Phoenix came up with some great and interesting characters in this book. I love seeing a Authors imagination coming up with things you would never think of. Thankfully she does a great job at explaining every one of them so you can understand better.

Riley is a sweet 19 year old struggling to keep a roof over her and her dead beat dads head. Her mother left them when she was 5 and sh
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Mandy
Aug 14, 2013 Mandy rated it it was amazing
Riley Masters is a 19 year old girl who lives with her “distant” dad. She pays the bills, but is still behind on them. She starts looking for a job, but ends up at the post office to send a bill out. She “runs” into Octavian (whom she does not know, yet).
Riley finds a wallet on the ground after getting out of the post office and goes to an address that is mentioned on a business card in the wallet. There, she finds a bar and diner. The owners offer her a job position after they offer to let her
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Terri Dion
Feb 17, 2015 Terri Dion rated it it was amazing
First off I'd like to state for the record that Airicka Phoenix is by far one of my all time favorite authors! Every story she writes is so wonderfully spun that it takes you into her world of imagination and holds you in a place you don't want to ever leave.

Octavian's Undoing was amazing! When I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review I knew I was going to be reading a great book but what I got was so much more. The story was very well written and original. A very heart wrenchi
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Roxie Wojcik
Jan 13, 2014 Roxie Wojcik rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Paranormal/ Romance Fans
Recommended to Roxie by: The Violet Hour Book Reviews (win)
Airicka PhoenixI found it very hard to put down, and a really good paranormal/romance read. It was based around sexual tension, awesome family love, friendship, paranormal education to "a human"...topped off with violence, nasty angels and evil demons.

Although there were battles, I was a bit disappointed that the Casters weren't providing more bloodthirsty, butt-kicking revenge on their enemies. They seem a bit too polite and accepting and I like my heroes to be super badass and to win the day!
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Katherine
Jun 25, 2013 Katherine rated it it was amazing
Octavian's Undoing by Airicka Phoenix was so unbelievably awesome....I literally couldn't put it down. It's a good thing that my boss was out of the office today because I spent all day sitting at my desk reading this book.
The plot was so interesting and had some twists that absolutely blew my mind. As a fan of paranormal books, I loved how this book included all kinds of creatures and yet managed to create a unique view of their world. The characters in this book were so amazing and realistic
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Rita Webb
Sep 04, 2013 Rita Webb rated it it was amazing
This is my first Airicka Phoenix book, and let me just complain that I should have started reading her works a long time ago!!!

I loved Riley. She was sweet and strong. Not really a kickass kind of girl, but she had her own quiet strength, which came out in her determination and stubbornness and how she shouldered responsibility.

I loved Octavian too. He was badass enough for the two of them, and yet he was tender and sweet.

My favorite thing about this book was the big Addam's family kind of hous
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Crystal
Jun 27, 2013 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Holy Bloody Hell!!! Airicka Phoenix is a genius! I love Octavian's Undoing more than ice cream ( yes I know that 's saying something major)

Riley is such a sweet and caring young lady.

Octavian is strong and moody.

They are perfect for each other. But it's against the law.

I want to say so much about this book but I don't want to spoil it for you,

Airicka has yet again created an amazing series with so much promise of being a smash hit. Love, danger, excitement, funny as Hell dialogue, there's no s
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Tiffany
Jul 02, 2013 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Airicka Phoenix has done it again giving us readers another awesome read. I couldn't put the book down unless that dang Kindle decided to die on me. Now on to the review. :)

Riley Master was Abandoned by her mother and living with her dad trying to get by monthly. Then one day she decides to do a good deed and she gets more then what she bargain for. Now you have Ocatavian and his family doing what they have to do as caster's but Ocatavian is drawn to Riley but the problem is he ain't allow to be
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Myrto
Aug 14, 2014 Myrto marked it as to-read
Shelves: maybe-later
I just can't connect with Riley at all. I like the setting but I can't seem to be able to engage with the characters. *sighs*

Maybe I'll pick it up once again in a while...

Maike
Jun 06, 2016 Maike rated it really liked it
omg this book was so much better than I thought it would be?? 4.5 stars
Angarad
Jul 05, 2013 Angarad rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Amazing read. I loved everything in this book!! The characters, their different personnality and history, the fact that nothing is at it seems and nothing is easily achieved. The mythology and relationship between the different races is unique and full of surprises. It differes from the usual fantasy/angelic book, that s for sure!
Can t wait to read Gideon's promise. He is a great and so funny character, I bet he will meet hell with his mate. And now that we have had a sneak peek of the secret pl
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“I know.” The two words ghosted against the skin of her neck, sending goose bumps down her spine. “But I want to touch you. I want to put my hands all over you. I want to kiss every inch of you and taste you as you come apart in my arms. I want to feel you wrapped around me with nothing but my name on your lips and the sheets a tangled mess beneath us. I want…” He exhaled heavily into her ear. “I want. I want. I want!” 10 likes
“Do it, Octavian” She ghosted the tips of her fingers along the hem of his shirt. “Touch me.”

He growled low in his throat, his forehead dropping another inch toward her shoulder, his hair tickling the side of her face. “Be my angel, Riley, not my siren. Don’t tempt me.”

Moistening her lips with a sweep of her tongue, Riley glided her fingers over his belt, tracing the strip of leather to the silver buckle in the center. She felt rather than heard his deep inhalation and the tremor that raked his powerful body. Driven by his surrender, she used two fingers to walk over the square carvings etched into his abdomen, biting her lip to stop the grin that pulled when he groaned.

“I want to be both for you, Octavian,” she whispered, letting her lips brush the curve of his shoulder.”
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