Friday, August 9, 2013

Unwrapping: Review of RUSH, a Phoenix Rising Novel by Joan Swan

If you’ve been reading my blog, and following my reviews, you probably already know what a huge fan of Joan Swan I am. I first fell in love with her writing when I won a copy of FEVER, book one in the Phoenix Rising series. I was so anxious to read it that I couldn’t wait for the copy to come from her so I bought it as soon as it released. I kept her signed copy and gave away my purchased copy here on the blog. I’ve read, no absorbed, everything she’s written since, so when she asked if I’d like to read an ARC of book three, RUSH, I jumped at the chance.

***Print ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.

Blurb for RUSH by Joan Swan:

Jessica Fury, Washington lobbyist, has money, connections, and her own firm. But five years ago she had something better: happiness. Her firefighter husband, Quaid, was handsome, courageous, and crazy about her. Then one day he walked into a chemical inferno—and never walked out. Jessica has been through hell to get back on her feet. And then a rumor surfaces that could bring a miracle or shatter her world – again.
Q has been a prisoner forever. He’s honed his mind and body into weapons. He’s developed abilities no one else understands. But he’s still at the mercy of a cabal of ruthless men, who blank his memory, test him like a lab rat, and tell him lies. Although his past has been erased and his future looks grim, instinct tells him he has a woman to live for. What his mind can’t remember, his body can’t forget…

The heat is on.

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Jessica Fury has been existing in a living hell the past five years since the tragic warehouse fire that changed the lives of the Phoenix team forever. Not only was everyone there that fateful day affected by the strange chemicals but she also lost her husband, the only man who would ever claim her heart - Quaid Legend. Success in Washington keeps her sane and busy but that was only after using all kinds of drugs to quiet her abilities and stem her depression. Life wasn’t really worth living without Quaid. When Keira O’Shay and Teague Creek visit and leave her with a coin that may or may not have belonged to her husband, Jessica starts a journey that she doesn’t want to travel because unlike her friends, she refuses to believe that the man called Q is her husband.

Quaid Legend has no memory before his life at the Castle. He has no friends save one he knows as Cash. He survives his permanent interment only by hoping that when he sleeps the woman who haunts those nights will visit him. Removed from his cell, with no knowledge of where he is or what will happen other than more tests, he’s teased with the image of the woman of his dreams appearing to him. She talks to him, she touches him, and she kisses him.  After being brutally beaten by his captor, he awakes to find the woman of his dreams is real. Now he’s being told that she, and her friends, are part of his past. They want to help him remember who he is, where he came from, and what Jessica meant to him but too much has happened, and he’s changed.

Danger lurks close. Dargan might be gone, but there are others who will stop at nothing to get Quaid back under their control. While Jessica questions whether she can have the life she thought she’d lost with this new Quaid, Q must find himself in the mix of who he was, what he has become, and what will be left of him in the end.

RUSH by Joan Swan is everything I expected it to be after reading the first two books, however, I did find the beginning a bit slow. Normally, when I read one of Joan’s books, I’m immediately caught up in the story and can’t put it down. RUSH was different. The beginning lacked the energy, the action, the excitement that I have come to expect but before long, it was all there. It took a few chapters but then I was completely hooked and soon I was reading late into the night.

Joan’s characters are intense, individual, and each one is important to the story being told. RUSH is no different in that respect. The team is together, working, laughing, teasing, and battling against the bad guys to protect not only Jessica but now Quaid, Cash and Mateo. Mitch has become an intricate part of the team as if he’s been with them from the beginning. I honestly didn’t feel I connected with Quaid and Jessica the way that I had with the other couples, but I still enjoyed their journey together to save themselves, their friends, and their love. There were some mighty steamy scenes between the two, filled with passion and angst as only Joan can give us. RUSH may not be the best of the series so far, but it is still a must read if you want to delve deeper into the world of the Phoenix Rising series.

RUSH, book three in the Phoenix Rising series by Joan Swan may not be the one to start with but it’s one you must read to learn even more secrets, and experience more adventure with these incredible characters that keep heating up the pages with their loyalty, their humor, and their steamy romances. I am still in love with this series and eagerly anticipating the next one. If you haven’t experienced this series yet, do so. Start with FEVER, you will be forever hooked by Joan Swan and her sexy, sexy good guy warriors.

Happy Reading Everyone!

RUSH, a Phoenix Rising novel by Joan Swan, Brava/Kensington Press, release date – August 27, 2013, will be available in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.
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