Review: Rush by Joan Swan

Rush by Joan Swan
Series: Phoenix Rising (# 3)
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 401
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

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.


Review:  I’m going to start by saying that this is book three of a series that really needs to be read in order.  I think if you tried coming into the series with this book, you’ll really be lost as there is an overarcing plot line that has been advancing for the last two books and continues in this one.  Ms. Swan does some recapping, enough to refresh memories, but I don’t feel it was enough for this to truly be a stand alone book.

So this series revolves around a group of firefighters that were in warehouse chemical fire that resulted in them developing some… well, usual abilities.  And to top it off, there’s this huge government cover up.  The depth of that cover up has been revealed during the first two books and continues into Rush.

**Be warned, there may be some minor spoilers coming up if you haven’t read the series.**

This story is about Jessica and Quaid.  They were married and then he “died” in the fire.  But in the last book, it was discovered that perhaps he really didn’t die and the team set out to find him.  Who they find is “Q” and they bring in Jessica to identify whether or not this man is her husband since “Q” has no memory of his past.

I’m not entirely sure why this book didn’t sit as well with me as past books in the series.  Both Jessica and Quaid are quite flawed and have some major issues to work with.  I totally understand that they both needed to work through them, but sometimes it felt rather repetitive, as if they weren’t healing but rather wallowing.

But I think the biggest problem for me was the special abilities that Jessica and Quaid had due to that fire.  In the earlier books, the mutations were more believable, like having extra sensitive psychic abilities.  But, this time around, the book almost felt a bit sci-fi and got pretty darn technical as Ms. Swan attempted to explain what was going on.  I’ll admit that I got a bit confused, but powered on through those sections of the story.

For fans of the series, read it as I said before, the main storyline progresses with this installment.  But if you’ve been contemplating this series, don’t start here.   And all that said, I am looking forward to the next book as I want to know what happens next.