First a soldier and then a diplomat, Juberi now spends his solitary days on a single ambition: trying to resurrect the phoenix, which has been extinct for centuries. He’s not pleased when he is obligated to attend a public ceremony in memory of an elderly friend and former colleague. But at the ceremony, Juberi meets the friend’s beguiling son, Desen. Despite being from a markedly different culture, Desen has much to offer. But after decades of denying his own desires, Juberi fears there is no alchemy that will reopen him to love.
This is a story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Daily Dose package "Never Too Late."
Set in a fantasy world of potions, incantations, and flying carpets, Phoenix is about dreams, hope, and second chances.
Juberi, a once-upon-a-time ambassador to the neighboring kingdom of Tamrat, lives for his Phoenix feathers. For decades, he's hoped to bring a Phoenix back to life.
When Juberi meets the charismatic Desen, son of one of Juberi's closest, now deceased, friends, his long-buried yearnings return.
But in the kingdom of Kokoto, love between two men is taboo.
Juberi and Desen are in their 50s. Their bodies are not perfect, their hair going gray.
Desen is so vibrant and alive, Juberi feels dusty and creaky next to him. But Desen admires Juberi. He wants Juberi to laugh and live. Juberi hides in his Phoenix room, pursuing a dream faded with time.
Sometimes a dream becomes a prison, and no longer a dream at all.
Beautifully written, poignant, a little sad, Phoenix is a romantic fantasy with a startling HEA about two older men discovering love ... and magic.