Review: Fever by Joan Swan

Tuesday, April 17

Title: Fever*
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:

Dr. Alyssa Foster will admit to a bad boy fetish…

But when she finds herself face to face with a convicted murderer with determination for freedom and an eye on her as his get out of jail free card, Alyssa knows she’s in deep trouble…. Not just because Teague Creek is a prisoner desperate for freedom, but because his every touch makes her desperate for more.

A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose…

Teague Creek has one shot at freedom, but his plan to escape with a hostage develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives who know of his strange abilities, he needs to avoid trouble, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever.

My Musings:

This is one of those books where you jump right into the action and it never stops.  Teague Creek is an inmate coming in for a medical exam.  At the last minute, Dr. Alyssa Foster is asked to fill in for a colleague with a prior commitment.   Alyssa is in the wrong place at the wrong time and Teague is too preoccupied with escaping to notice that Alyssa isn’t the technician he is supposed to be taking hostage.

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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Kathleen O April 17, 2012 at 11:37 AM  

I have this book on my tbr list.. Can't wait to read, especially now after your glowing recomendation.

erin April 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM  

Thanks for the review! I'm still very much on the fence about this book. If you've read some of the more negative reviews of this book, there are some elements that the author used to sound "more authentic" that I don't know if it's worth my time to slog through. I might have to borrow a copy from someone :)

Sheree April 18, 2012 at 4:43 PM  

Great review! I enjoyed the book, too, and can't wait to find out more about the firefighters' abilities.

Erin, the racist language doesn't last for very long since that character dies soon anyway. Besides, how else would you expect a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, on the lam no less, to sound?

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