Review & Contest: Blaze by Joan Swan

Blaze by Joan Swan
Series: Phoenix Rising (# 2)
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Publisher:  Kensington Brava
Pages:  400
Source:  Author

With a man like him, every mission becomes personal. . .

Ever since FBI agent Keira O’Shay started tracking a young boy named Mateo, she’s felt a connection even her empathic abilities can’t explain. She needs to save Mateo from the cult leader holding him hostage. Nothing can interfere with that–not even the reappearance of Luke Ransom, the hot-as-hell fire captain she’s regretted walking out on for three long years.

Losing Keira left Luke vulnerable–in every way. When they were together, the powers each possesses were mysteriously enhanced. But it’s the sexy, surprising woman beneath the tough exterior that Luke’s really missed. Even if she betrayed him utterly. And even if agreeing to help her uncover a government conspiracy means watching his life and his heart go up in flames again. . .


Review:  Holy cow. From the first sentence the reader is thrown into an FBI operation and the action continues until the last page. For the action lover there are car chases, buildings blowing up and gun fights galore. For the intrigue lovers, there are conspiracy theories, corrupt politicians and the mystery behind the character’s “paranormal” abilities. And for the romance lovers, there is the love story of Luke and Keira. This book just has it all!

This is the second book in the Phoenix Rising series. Now, while reading Fever, book one, isn’t necessary, a lot of back plot was set up and characters introduced in that book and it would definitely help the reader keep up with all that is going on. The premise behind the series is that a group of firefighters went to a warehouse fire and things went terribly wrong and all of them ended up with weird paranormal abilities. I keep thinking “X-Men” kind of abilities. At any rate, the government is covering up the incident and actually there is more than meets the eye, which was really starting to be uncovered in Blaze.

I found Blaze to be a step up from Fever, which I liked. But Blaze was a bit more complex and I really enjoyed the roller coaster ride that I was taken on. The bad guys are deliciously devious which just made me route for Luke and Keira even more. And even though it has paranormal elements, it has enough believability that something like this could happen. And that “what if” factor, just had me turning the pages.

While the paranormal bits were mostly hinted at in Fever, they were utilized to the full in Blaze. Luke has gained an immunity of sort to fire as well as the ability to harden his skin… at least when he’s near Keira. Keira, on the other hand, has a bit of telepathy as well as this ability to well, see things when touching photos and such. Both of them are working with different government agencies and end up at the same operation.

The two of them were lovers, but broke up when Luke started talking about starting a family and Keira freaked out. They get thrown together again. Obviously it’s a romance, so we’re going to have a happy ending, but the journey there is not rough as there is a lot for them to overcome. But oh, what a journey it is.

In this book, the reader is introduced to more of this firefighter family and I can’t wait to see who is featured in the next book in the series. Bravo, Ms Swan for taking me on quite a ride.





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14 thoughts on “Review & Contest: Blaze by Joan Swan

  1. gamistress66 says:

    tough question — first thing pops into the mind is knowing the future or what others are thinking but then think that could be bad if its negative things and you could change it so not so sure I’d want that after all. maybe something a little less scary, like being able to poof house & yard work done without it infringing upon reading or sleeping time 😉 that could be nice 🙂

  2. Crystal Newman says:

    Well I don’t know if I would want to be able to read minds or not. In a way it would be good. Maybe be like Samantha in Bewitched. Just twitch my nose and I could do all kinds of things. I think that I would really like that.

  3. Maria D. says:

    I’m not sure which enhancement I would want – perhaps either precognition or telekinesis. Thanks for the review – I enjoyed the first book in this series and can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway too

  4. Well, since I already posses the physic ability to predict the end of televisions shows and films, I would want the ability to turn cellulite into wine…oh, no,wait…doughnuts! I would want the ability to turn anything I want into doughnuts that won’t cause cellulite.

    Love the review!

  5. Crystal says:

    That’s a tough question. Right now I would like to be able to see with X ray vision to see what is going on medically

  6. Cassandra Hicks says:

    I would choose either mind control/mind reading or healing. I would be cool to know what people are thinking and I would love to be able to heal those around me.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  7. Viki S. says:

    I would like to have the ability of mind control. It be nice to get the people of the world to be nice to each other. I’m dying for BLAZE! Thanks.

  8. JoAnne says:

    I would like to be able to predict the future so I could avoid some of the mistakes I might make along the way.

  9. Texas Book Lover says:

    I would want to be able to become invisible. So I could have some piece and quite every now and again and do things without everyone asking why I’m doing it or that way or this way!

    Thanks so much!

  10. susan platt says:

    This series sounds really good and will be going on my wishlist! What ability?? A few would be either healing thru touch (as long as I don’t get the illness or condition that I am healing) or something mental, like photographic memory. I would like to be able to heal people though having a photographic memory would so help in everyday life.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

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