Tuesday, April 17
Author: Joan Swan
Series: Phoenix Rising #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense / Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Kensington Brava
Format: Trade paperback & E-book
Date/Year: February 2012
Reviewed by: Andrea
*This book was won by the reviewer from the blog EBookObsessed
Summary from the publisher:
Teague is intriguing from the moment he walks into the exam room. His swastika tattoos, muscular body and shaved head present one image but the author does a great job of letting you know there is more than meets the eye when it comes to Teague. As you get to know him you see he’s an innocent man. Prior to being wrongfully convicted he was a firefighter, paramedic and all around great guy. One unfortunate fire at a warehouse exposed Teague to chemicals at a secret government facility and his life has never been the same.
Alyssa has been working her ass off for years to become a doctor. She only has two more weeks until she’s done proving herself and gets the position she has been working her entire adult life to achieve. When Teague takes her hostage she is more pissed off than scared. She fights him whenever she can and she mouths off to him every chance she gets. I liked that because I could see myself reacting the same way. She is smart and feisty, a combination I always love.
Teague’s escape is one catastrophe after another and the entire time Alyssa is irritating the crap out of him. Slowly Alyssa and Teague come to depend on the other and a bond is formed. Alyssa starts to see that Teague isn’t what she assumed he was and, despite his threats, has in fact been protecting her all along. She also notices that he has some rather strange abilities. Eventually they figure out that it’s these abilities which have targeted Teague and some important government officials are trying to make sure nobody ever discovers them and the secrets they could reveal.
I don’t think I can emphasize enough how much action there is in this book. It’s one difficult situation after another and the entire time there is an attraction building between Teague and Alyssa. The romance is secondary to the action but the anticipation and build up of the romance are wonderful and very well done. The two aspects of the story blend together very well. The twists and turns were great, they kept coming and many were unexpected. I love a book that surprises me along the way.
A couple things did bother me about the book, I wish the cause of Teague’s special abilities had been explored a little more in depth. The conclusion of the story happened really fast too. I had to go back and reread parts just to make sure I caught it all. Other than that, it was a great book. If you like conspiracy theories and suspense types of books then pick this one up, you won’t be disappointed.
Overall: 3.75 stars
Sensuality level: 2.75
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