Title: Rush (Phoenix Rising, #3)
Author: Joan Swan
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Source: ARC received from Author
Rating: 5 Stars
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.
So freaking awesome. Joan Swan’s Phoenix Rising series is unlike anything I have read before. The third book in the series, Rush, is just as kickass as Fever and Blaze. All of the characters have such an amazing chemistry with one another. The dialogue is both hilarious and emotionally intense. The plot itself is intriguing and sucked me in since the first pages of Fever (Book 1). Each story in the series features different main characters, yet has the same “team” of characters and overall plot. I really don’t think you can read these books on their own because there is so much stuff in each book and they build on each other.
In Rush we finally experience the famous warehouse fire that started it all (it is only referred to in the other books). If you read Blaze, you know it left off with the team thinking they found Quaid, Jessica’s husband, who they all thought died in the warehouse fire because that is what they were told by government officials.
The plot in the Phoenix Rising series gets thicker in Rush. More is at stake and the tension is stronger. The team of characters are still pushing along to find out more information on what is going with each of their abilities and why the government wants to keep a lid on all of it. Joan continues to intrigue me keep me on the edge of my seat. Things move quickly in the story and I found myself hanging on each word.
Quaid and Jessica are two very tortured individuals. We don’t learn a lot about them in the first two books but Joan does a great job of setting the stage for them in Rush. Jessica thought Quaid was dead for the past five years and her life spiraled out of control after that. Quaid has no memory of her or his teammates specifically because of all the drugs and experiments he has been subjected to for the past five years. He remembers Jessica only as the woman from his dreams. It was incredible watching the two of them try to reconnect and Quaid try to assimilate back into the real world away from the labs. They are both very different people now but still just as connected emotionally. My heart broke for Quaid and Jessica so many times but there is so much hope there as well, so it is all good and I am extremely pleased with the ending to Rush.
I love how emotionally charged I get when I read Joan’s books. The serious and intense scenes really pull at my heart and I love the fun dialogue she has between characters like Kai and Mitch to lighten up a scene. The team is so fantastic together and I cannot wait to read more of this series. I really don’t feel as though my review gives Rush justice and wish I could offer a money back guarantee if you read it and don’t like it! It is almost as if it am too twisted up over it (in a good way of course) to come up with a decent review. If you are looking for an incredibly unique, engaging and entertaining romantic suspense story you have got to try Rush and the other books in the Phoenix Rising series.
Review by: Amy R.