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Recoil: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story

(The Fate of the Fallen #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Over the past decade, Khaz has watched as supernatural creatures like himself have turned the world into their own personal playground. Unlike the others, he didn't benefit from the Takeover, and every time he sells himself to keep a roof over his head, he's keenly aware of that fact. His landlord, a renowned slaver, offers him the chance to catch up on his rent by breakin ...more
Revised/2nd, 96 pages
Published April 8th 2016 by Phoenix Publications (first published December 4th 2015)
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I'm glad I waited for the release of the audiobook of Owned: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story: Book 4. I've already heard how Recoil ends, so fans of this series? Just plan to have #4 already downloaded before you start!

I love the world that R. Phoenix has created for this series. Each of the characters are fabulous, but damn Khaz yes, please! What a seduction! Noah never really stood a chance, but what happens between them? Well I loved it!

Thank goodness R. Phoenix was able to get narrator J
Ed Davis
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So I read the third book. I still don’t care for them. I’m not going to read any more books by R. Phoenix because I just don’t enjoy her stories.
*4.5 stars*
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing

RECOIL was a captivating story that sucked me in from the very first page.


Khaz, a vampire who thrives from the touch of another, is given the task of breaking a captured human for the slave auction. He thinks it will be simple and accomplished easily and with the money promised for a job well done he can live easily once again in his small apartment hiding away from everything and everyone.


What he didn’t count on was the human having an inner strength as well as a physical strength left af
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recoil is the first book I’ve read by R. Phoenix, and I loved it. :)

For such a short read the story is well developed. There is a strong focus on character development and on detailing the rocky start of the relationship between Khaz and Noah. It’s done in a very natural way, strongly introducing the main characters, while hinting at the strange world that they’re a part of. I’m intrigued by that world, and I wish it was developed a bit more. But there is enough here to keep me interested and ex
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
This world the author created in this book was amazing!

The whole different take on vampires, I thought it was really awesome! This was a very short story so I do not want to go to much into it and accidently spoil anything.

I loved the characters in this book and the way this author wrote this story. You just start getting to know Khaz and Noah which was awesome but at the same time sad because you can not help wanting to know more about them. There was a steam in this book and what the vampire
Anna Rita
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all I have to say that I loved the characters of Khaz and Noah, the way in which the author has built their characters and their inner demons that lead them to not find a suitable place for them in this world now changed forever. Khaz forced to sell not only his body to survive, but also to go against his principles, which yes, still disturb his soul, and after a long time he will find himself making a difficult decision, to ignore his feelings and continue as he has always done with hi ...more
Kathryn Manzella
Recoil is the third installment in R. Phoenix's Fate of the Fallen series and I think is a great addition to the story.

Khaz is a vampire tasked with breaking a human. He is not exactly like the other Supes benefiting from The Takeover. Noah is expecting just another Supernatural creature who has made the world into their playground and have enslaved the humans. But both men find that things aren't as they assumed with the other.

The story is well told and highly intriguing, grasping your intere
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Showing not all sups liked or benefited from coming in to light, Khaz and Noah are both victims of the new world. Though Noah more expected than Khaz.

With each kindness shown to Noah, Khaz becomes softer as well. Making it impossible to ignore the loneliness he have carried for years.

It was a sweet read, seeing how the characters changed. And of course, I would have liked it longer.
And Ash always cracks me up in the middle of all the seriousness.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Degradation and enticement all in one package

Noah is a human, bloody and beaten and brought to Khaz to be broken ready for sale.
What starts is a tempestuous time for both Noah and Khaz as they grapple with the way the status quo exists and how both are affected by it.
I like both MCs equally as they both are fighting to exist whilst maintaining what's left of their sanity.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book of course had a cliffhanger.. ahh now I need the next. The connection between these two is intense even with the whole touch aspect playing a part in this. All right have to read the next one.
** 3.5 stars **
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unbelievably well written. As dark and twisted as this is, it's pure prose at its finest. The narration is everything. Honestly, this was perfect.
John-Torleif  Harris

I loved that Noah had just as powerful an impact on Khaz as the reverse. I do wonder why the supes didn't decide to wipe out humanity through conversion rather than enslavement though. It would seem to be a much cleaner way to ensure that humanity would never bother them again.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Noah and Khaz's sassy spirit! I liked seeing a glimpse of Reese and Ashton and I am excited to keep reading!
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Reviewed by Brandyjo Newton for QUEERcentric Books

Recoil: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story by R. Phoenix straddles a middle line between the feel of the first book and the feel of the second.

It’s got a slightly sinister vibe that carries through the whole story.


Noah is a human, part of the Rebellion, who was captured. He spent a week being tortured, with his captors hoping to eventually auction off as a compliant slave. They just have to break him first. When a werewolf
B.A. Brock
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
HUMANS HAVE become slaves in this dystopian novel set in the future. With enough money, you can buy whomever and do whatever you want–legally. Khaz has a certain skill set for breaking people, one he's used well in his line of pleasure work, and while he’s managed to keep his head above water for the most part, in order to get out clean from under his landlord he needs to do one more unsavory job, but it won’t be easy....

Noah has spent the last ten years of his life living free but on the run, u
Daniel Mitton
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
(Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews with a copy provided by the publisher / author for an honest review. Rated 4.5 out of 5.0 Love Bytes.)

I’m enjoying this series, or serial installments, or whatever you want to call this one, even more with each new story I read. In Recoil, we’re introduced to a vampire named Khaz. Khaz has been around for four centuries and has had a hard time ever since his sire was killed, but the last decade, since the great unveiling by the supernaturals which led
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and tragic. The world is the same as in the first part of the series, but this time the characters are Khaz, a vampire who trains human slaves, and Noah, a human who has been captured and must be prepared for his new role serving supernaturals. ThoughKhaz has trained many humans before, Noah is a fighter who is far from being submissive and Khaz tires of breaking humans, especially when he finds the fight in Noah so attractive. Khaz dreams of being able to keep the human instead of bre ...more
Delores Swallows
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story much more than I was expecting to. Being a straight male, I have to confess up front that MM romance is not my usual fayre. However, a friend recommended this book and I’m very glad I read it.

The story takes place in an alternative future where supernatural beings such as werewolves and vampires have come out of the shadows and now hold the upper hand, with humans forced to live under their rule.

Recoil tells the story of Noah – a captured human, and Malkhaz - a vampire. Eac
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another great story as a part of this amazing series. I can’t get enough of it. Just as good as the previous one.

Khaz is trying catch up with his rent by accepting to break a human. Noah, a member of the rebellion, is not an easy subject to break, but he isn’t expecting what Khaz has prepared.

The plot was interesting, I already know the way this world works and that made easier to understand the interaction between the different creatures that live among them. It had a steady pace, it was easy t
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The characterization in this book is great -- you get an excellent sense of each character, some allusions to their backgrounds to understand their motives, and believable growth. A surprising amount of characterization fits very well into this short piece.

The setting is what it says on the label. The setting is what created the story, but you only catch glimpses of the bigger world through the story. I found myself interested in learning more, and can’t wait for next installmen
Crystal Marie
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is book 3 in this series. They are all stand alone books. They are quick reads this one is a dark erotica.

I found this story to move a little slow and was played out almost entirely around the 2 main characters. There is little else going on outside of there interactions. However between the main characters there is alot going on. The range of emotions expressed throughout this story is extreme and their are a few surprises that will make you think twice. Overall it is a story that will mak
Grein Murray
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Some spoilers....
I really got captured by this story from the beginning. Khaz was hired to break a rebel, but as Khaz spends more time with Noah, his perception of humans starts to change. Khaz is quite taken with the strength Noel has and fears what will be left behind after he is "broken and sold". I really loved Khaz and Noah's characters. R. Phoenix takes her time building up their relationship. What my heart really wanted to happen with the two of them did happen and it was beautifully done
Rachael Orman
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting story that plays off what would happen if humans weren't in control anymore.

Although I connected to both characters and really enjoyed watching their relationship develop and evolve as the story progressed, I felt like at times I just didn't understand what was going on. Not to mention the ending. I felt like we were sort of left hanging on this ledge and wouldn't be getting any answers or solution to the situation, which kind of sucked.

All in all though, it was a good
Rebecca James
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book free in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Recoil is a book set in a world where the supernatural rules the human. The author expertly weaves the tale of Khaz and Noah, a vampire and the human he’s breaking into slavery. The story covers Khaz’s struggle to do something he does not want to do and Noah’s struggle to accept his fate.
The author’s writing deserves a five, but I’m giving the story a four out of personal taste, as Recoil is a bit deeper and introspecti
Jo Newton
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blown away

So much packed into a tiny amount of pages! Honestly, I went in unsure if I would enjoy this kind of book. (Vampires, werewolves etc) I was hooked by the first page. The characters were beautiful together, they were dimensional and I loved them both. To be able to make a reader fall in love with characters in such a small piece of work is remarkable. The ending made me want to scream! I hate cliffhangers, I would be extremely disgruntled if I didn't already have the next book. I must f
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

R. Phoenix keeps getting better and better! This book kept me on the edge of my seat. The ending just about killed me! I hate cliffhangers and this one is brutal!!!! Noah the human slave captured as part of the rebellion, unable to be broken by the toughest slavery going. Then you have Khaz the Vampire who needs money forced to take in this stubborn human to break him. You have to read the story to find out who gets broken and how. This story is a must read!!!!!
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC for an honest review. This book was so well written. Great story, great characters. Both Khaz and Noah have had their lives irrevocably changed since the Takeover. They are thrown together when Khaz is supposed to break Noah to be a slave. Will he do what is expected or will he go against the status quo and do what he feels is right? Such a good read. I would definitely recommend this book and this series.
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R. Phoenix has an unhealthy fascination with contrasts: light and dark, heroes and villains, order and chaos. She believes that love can corrupt and power can redeem. Her muse is a sadomasochistic slave driver who thinks it's terribly amusing to give her the best ideas when she just got comfortable and warm in bed, and she passes on that torture to her readers. She also tries entirely too hard to ...more

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