Review: Fever by Joan Swan

Fever by Joan Swan
Series: Phoenix Rising (# 1)
Release Date: February 28, 2011
Publisher: Kensington Brava
Pages: 342
Source: ARC provided by the author

When Dr. Alyssa Foster is taken hostage by a prison inmate, she knows she’s in deep trouble. Not just because Teague Creek is desperate for freedom. But because the moment his fingers brush against her skin, Alyssa feels a razor-sharp pang of need…A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose. At least Teague doesn’t, until his escape plan develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives, he can only give her lies, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever.

Review: I’ll admit that for the first 100 pages or so, I was confused.  Don’t get me wrong, I was pulled into a fast paced adventure as Teague takes Alyssa hostage as he breaks out of prison.  But I was unsure how this fugitive was going to be the hero of the book and wondered how the romance was going to play out.  But I kept reading and was rewarded with a wonderful debut novel by Joan Swan. Ms. Swan took me on a roller coaster ride from confusion to clarity, laughs to tears, and action scenes to love scenes.  Add in a touch of paranormal and this story has just about everything you could want.

I was quite intrigued with the mysterious Teague, an escaped felon who keeps showing cracks in his bad boy facade.  I wanted to understand his motivation for breaking out of prison and why it seems that every government agency under the sun is trying to capture him.  And then there’s his intense attraction to his hostage, Alyssa.  Alyssa was a little harder for me to understand.  I like that she was a strong, vocal woman.  However, while I understand the attraction between Teague and Alyssa, I found it hard that she so readily believed him and decided to help him.  It was the one thing in this story that kept me from truly loving this novel.

All in all, this is a solid debut and I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series.  And for lovers of romantic suspense, check this one out.

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