Review: Shatter by Joan Swan

Shatter by Joan Swan
Series: Phoenix Rising (# 4)
Release Date: December 31, 2013
Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 368
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



For seven years, Halina Beloi has been in hiding. But she’s never forgotten Mitch Foster, the long, lean man she had to leave behind. Until, that is, Mitch shows up with a list of questions and a 9mm in his hand.

All Mitch knows is that Halina broke his heart and disappeared. But new information has surfaced implicating her as a player in the deadliest game of Mitch’s life. This time, he’s not letting go without answers. Now terror, danger and heat will fuse them together or shatter the future. . .


Review:  I’ve been reading this series since book one and I’ve been anxiously waiting Mitch’s story.  I was so glad to hear that with Shatter we’re finally getting it.  This is book four of the Phoenix Rising series and it will definitely read better if you’ve read the previous installments.  As a quick summary, years earlier there was an explosion at a chemical warehouse and the firefighters called in were exposed to the chemicals stored there… and well, they developed some interesting new abilities.  As the series as evolved, the team of firefighters are trying to figure out what happened and who is responsible… and if there’s a cure.  So now we’re at book four and they’re one step closer to solving the mystery of the chemicals.  And when they’re introduced to Halina, they’re even closer.  And seeing as Halina and Mitch have a history… wow!

I actually really liked Halina.  She’s a strong woman, but has been on the run for years since she’s afraid for her life.  She’s a super smart woman, who had worked for the government, but got in over her head and things that she knows has put her in danger.  And when Mitch shows up on her doorstep, things just go haywire.  Halina is just cool.  She’s got this awesome guard dog, she has self defense skills and she has a huge heart and she just doesn’t want to hurt anyone.  She’s gone to great lengths and deprived herself of love and really any attachments due to something that happened in the past.  It was awesome to watch her come to terms and then move past the past.

Mitch on the other hand is a little overbearing.  I mean, he’s been that way since book one.  But I thought that perhaps he’d mellow a little when it was time for his story.  But it’s almost like he got worse.  This is a reunion story and like most of its kind within the romance genre, it’s not going to go smoothly.  There are a lot of trust issues to overcome and questions to be answered.  Mitch tends to be a bit of a hard ass since he wants those answers and wants them now, but Halina is digging her heels in and refuses to give him what he wants.  They butt heads, sparks fly… well, it’s a romance, you know how it’s going to end.

The over-arcing plot for this series is advanced greatly during this story and more twists and turns are thrown the reader’s way.  I can’t wait to see where this is going to go.