Joan Swan~~4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews

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Rush

Joan Swan

Brava

Trade Paperback

978‑0758288257

****1/2  

 

Jessica and Quaid Fury were both firefighters. Being married had its perks, but it also caused them both lots of worry when one or the other had to rush into dangerous situations. Quaid was an adrenaline junkie. He would do some of the most daring (and stupid) stunts and Jessica had had enough. She demanded that he change his ways and grow up. After realizing he loved his wife much more than he did the thrill of his stunts, he agreed. Then they got a call to a warehouse fire and both their lives changed drastically. Chemicals were stored in that warehouse and it blew up, killing Quaid and severely injuring the other members of the team, including Jessica. Then when the team members started healing rapidly and showing signs of paranormal/psychic abilities, they parted ways to keep the government from hunting them down.

Jessica had worked hard to get herself together over the ensuing years. She had overcome a drug and alcohol addiction that she had acquired trying to get over Quaid's death. It hadn’t worked. The rehab worked for the addiction, but now, on the fifth anniversary of Quaid's demise, Jessica was just as torn up as ever. She hated her abilities, tried to ignore them, and now worked for a U.S. Congressman in her never‑ending attempt to prove that the government was behind the chemicals, the explosion and even Quaid's death. Then, out of the blue, she was contacted by her former team members with the news that Quaid was alive and being held captive and the team was going to rescue him. And if that weren’t shocking enough, the love of Jessica's life has absolutely no memory of his former life.       

This is the third book in Ms. Swan’s "Phoenix Rising" series and, while the storyline is extremely interesting and complex, it is a little hard to follow if you haven’t read the previous books. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, along with their abilities. Jessica is a tortured soul, grieving for her lost love, but, at the same time, has to bring Quaid’s memory back without revealing who she is to him or their love. Quaid is just as, if not more so, of a tortured soul than Jessica. He knows something is wrong with him, thinks he knows these people mean something to him, but has no memory of anything.

Ms. Swan’s expert storytelling is the only thread that keeps this remarkable storyline from chaos, but it is definitely worth the time to get through it and realize that love can conquer all.

Lani Roberts

 

  

Blaze
Joan Swan
BravaTrade Paperback
978-0758266408
****1/2   

The minute Keira O'Shay heard the name Luke Ransom as the newest member of her team she knew she was in trouble. She and Luke had been firefighters together before their team had been blown up in that warehouse fire that had changed all their lives. Now each of them had unusual abilities and had decided to go their own way after they recovered. For Keira it hadn't been quite so easy. Everything about Luke made her want to jump his bones (like before), and that feeling, along with her newly acquired telepathic abilities, were wreaking havoc with her senses. She needed to focus. She was a sniper for the FBI and was in the middle of a gunfight trying to rescue kids from a cult in the Nevada desert.

Every time Luke got around Keira not only did his blood pressure (and other things) go up, but his abilities strengthened. It was like they were two halves of a whole. Separate, they were strong. Together, they were invincible. He had tried so hard to stay away from her. Hell, he hadnÆt even known she was part of the FBI SWAT team that was part of this mission. But, after he saw her, he knew that nothing had changed for him. He still loved her, and she was still a pain in his rear--and now in his head, too.
           

Blaze is the continuation of a series about a team of firefighters who are exposed to experimental chemicals in a warehouse explosion and discover they have obtained special abilities. This story stands alone well but can get a little confusing over the references to the different members and things that happened in the first book. But the pure adrenaline rush of the constant action will keep the reader glued to the pages until the very end and have you falling in love with the caring and tenderness of the tortured lovers.

Lani Roberts

 

Fever

Joan Swan

Brava

Trade Paperback

978‑0758266385

*****  

 

Dr. Alyssa Foster had only two weeks left to go of her year‑long fellowship, and she couldn’t wait for it to be over. This was her twelfth day of working 24‑hour days and it showed. She didn’t mind helping out when the department was shorthanded, and she figured when the time came for her hospital to choose the new attending radiologist’s position, she would be it. All she had to do was get through dealing with the psychopaths in the prison systems with whom her hospital had contracts. As she prepared to do an ultrasound on her final prisoner, she noted he was from San Quentin,  and a huge, good‑looking in a bad‑boy way  with Aryan Brotherhood tattoos all over his torso.  Strangely, he didn’t react to her being his doctor, and anybody with eyes in their head could tell her ethnicity wasn't 100% white. Then all hell broke loose and Alyssa found herself a hostage in a prison breakout.

Creek Teague could tell his tattoos made the cute little Asian doctor nervous, but he had no intention of harming her. The tattoos washed off; they were only there to help Creek blend in with the prison population. Three years prior, Creek had been a firefighter and paramedic until that fateful day he and his fellow firefighters had been caught in that warehouse explosion and his life had inevitably changed. Thai’s when he discovered his "abilities," and now he wanted answers. He didn’t want to hurt anybody to get them, but he would do what he had to do.

Fever starts out at a fast pace and never slows down. The heat between the two antagonists is very real. The hero is a little hard to understand at first, but as the story progresses, the reader quickly becomes empathetic with Teague and his plight. This story is filled with twists and turns on every page. Some of the racial slurs may put off some readers, but the sex is definitely hot and meaningful in the story.

Lani Roberts

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