Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Unwrapping a Review of SHATTER, book 4 in the Phoenix Rising series by Joan Swan

Already a huge fan of the Phoenix Rising series by Joan Swan, I knew I had to read Mitch Foster’s story so, although I missed the galley because of other reading commitments, I purchased a print copy – had to have the print one to keep my print collection going – and finally got a chance to read SHATTER by Joan Swan. She does not disappoint but keeps me wanting more.

***I purchased a print copy for my own reading but am sharing my honest and unscripted review with you, of course.

Blurb for SHATTER:

For seven years, Halina Beloi has been in hiding. But she's never forgotten Mitch Foster, the long, lean man she had to leave behind. Until, that is, Mitch shows up with a list of questions and a 9mm in his hand.

All Mitch knows is that Halina broke his heart and disappeared. But new information has surfaced implicating her as a player in the deadliest game of Mitch's life. This time, he's not letting go without answers. Now terror, danger and heat will fuse them together or shatter the future. . .

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Mitch Foster’s life has been turned upside down and backwards ever since he first started investigating the strange goings on in which Senator Gil Schaeffer is involved. Seven years ago, when the woman he loved, Halina Dubrovsky, showed up with a husband and then left him, he had no idea that she was tied to Schaeffer and the experiments that left the team of firefighters who had become his family with unusual abilities. Now, as the truth begins to unravel from learning that her name is actually Halina Beloi, and that she was never married to the fact she was also exposed to the same chemical that gave his friends their powers. His past, his love for her, and his need to keep her in his life comes to the forefront and all he knows now is he needs her and the truth.

Halina Beloi’s life has been about protecting those she loved, including Mitch Foster, the man she never stopped loving and is still doing all she can to protect by staying as far away from him as possible. When Mitch finds her, everything begins to unravel and she’s back in the crosshairs of whomever Schaeffer sends after her. She holds the proof needed to take Schaeffer down and expose the work that DARPA had been doing for over seven years.

SHATTER by Joan Swan is everything I expected it to be and more. It is filled with intrigue, action, romance, second chances, and danger. Mitch has always been one of my favorite characters and he didn’t disappoint as the sarcastic, somewhat arrogant, smartass guy that I first fell for after meeting him in FEVER. Halina is a cross between the sweetest of angels and River Tam from FIREFLY. She’s soft, sweet, emotional, and very much in love with Mitch yet as dangerous as any human weapon can be. She’s tough yet compassionate and caring. She’s all I would want and need to complete Mitch’s life, and Joan gives her to Mitch and us, in SHATTER.

As always, we are treated to the various team members of the Phoenix team and never tire of their bickering, their supportive natures, and their skills. Quaid and Cash, who joined the team in the last book, RUSH, play large roles in SHATTER and couldn’t be more welcome and Kai, who I hope gets his HEA someday, is still the delightful smartass that we all adore.

I highly recommend SHATTER, book four in the Phoenix Rising series by Joan Swan. If you love action, intrigue, and a wonderful second chance romance combined with suspense, danger, and angst-filled moments that will keep you turning the pages, SHATTER by Joan Swan is for you.

Happy Reading Everyone!

SHATTER, a Phoenix Rising novel by Joan Swan, Brava/Kensington, available now in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.
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