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BBMoreB, October 26, 2012 (view all comments by BBMoreB)
Wicked...Decadently Sinful...Prepare to be burned. Swan redefines sizzle and spark with heat-driven passion.
Condemned to life without parole, Teague Creek finds himself with no choice but to break out of prison. His best chance of freedom is to stage his escape during an exam at the local hospital. Dr. Alyssa Foste is taken hostage during a daring prison escape; you would think that is the worst thing to happen ��" it is only the beginning. As the passion between them heats up, so does the threat to their lives.
This story has the perfect balance of action/adventure and hot, steamy romance. Very fast paced, it is full of action, mystery, suspense and romance. Readers also meet Luke Ransom the hero from Blaze, the 2nd in the Phoenix Rising series!
Joan Swan writes the kind of books I love to read!
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tsteinerid, April 1, 2012 (view all comments by tsteinerid)
4.5 Stars - Great suspenseful read!


I’m going to start this review a bit differently. A lot of people don’t give this book a chance because of racial slurs and downright ugly language. Yes, this book has those factors in it, but it is not the book. The individual who talks like that doesn’t last long. This is NOT his story. It’s an unpleasant reality that there are people out there that still think and talk like this, but like I said…It is a reality. I have to give kudos to the author for not sugar coating the truth no matter how objectionable it is.

Teague had it all once upon a time. A loving wife, a beautiful child and a career he enjoyed immensely. One tragic event changed his life forever, unbeknown to him. From that moment on, his life took a downhill plummet. He has lost nearly everything and now he has nothing left to lose. Determined to take back the one thing that is most precious in his life; he takes a chance and breaks out of prison. Now all he has to do is reach his final goal and to hell with everyone in his way.

Dr. Alyssa Foster is having a really tough day. Exhausted and beat, she has no idea she just entered a storm. Now she is being held captive by two men; one who does nothing but hate her for living and the other that confuses her all the way down to her toes. No matter what, she must survive. She has too much to live for and she has worked too hard to let these men ruin her life.

Things don’t look promising for these escapees. If they are not fighting among themselves, they have gangs, the police and an unknown entity after them. They are running out of time and things are not looking better but worse.

This is one high octane ride! Fever is sexy, dark, mysterious and kick-butt. I loved the chemistry between Teague and Alyssa. She is one smart cookie and she doesn’t take any crap. Their adventure is definitely a roller coaster ride from start to finish.

In her blurb about herself, Ms. Swan mentions that she writes romance suspense with a paranormal twist. I would agree. While this story is NOT a paranormal romance, it does have a different element/feel to it. I would have to compare it to Spiderman, if you will. Parker got bit by the radioactive spider and now he has these amazing abilities. I know it’s kind of geekish of me to compare it like that, but that is the best comparison that I could come up with. So there is no supernatural in this book, just the unnatural. This is romance with a little extra edge. It works - trust me!

Heck, if you don’t pick up the book for the cover alone, I would have to question your sanity, just kidding. Fever really is a great read. Full of suspense and action, but tender loving moments that steamed up my glasses. If Ms. Swan is making this a series, I’m on board and will be in line for the next installment. I loved her voice and she knows how to write hot sexy romance with clever dialog. These are all bonuses in my view. Great job and well done!!
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chilosa_2004, February 29, 2012 (view all comments by chilosa_2004)
“Loved this book!! Loved Teague, a man who escapes from jail of course for a crime he didnt commit to be with his daughter. Loved Alyssa, who didint take no crap from him after being mistakenly kidnapped by Teague. Loved their interactions . Cant wait to read more from this author!!”
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crazybookfairy, February 28, 2012 (view all comments by crazybookfairy)
My thoughts:
Fever is Joan Swan’s break out novel. I had the great pleasure of getting to read an ARC of Fever. LOVED!!! LOVED!!!! LOVED this book!!!
Joan has created a world for us that starts with a single event. A Fire. A warehouse fire. A warehouse fire that will forever change the life’s of the men and women caught in that fire.
In Fever we meet Teague Creek an man on the run. On a mission to get to the one person he loves the most and nothing or no one will stand in his way. Teague is a tough talking, tough looking man who deep down is very loving and tormented by the past. I loved Teague. Loved to see how he grows over the course of this book. How he changes, how he tries to protect the ones he loves, even the one that have hurt him in the past. But Teague’s biggest lesson learned is to Trust. To trust those around him.
Alyssa kicks butt. For a girl who was in the wrong place at the wrong time she makes a great heroine. I love to watch her stand up to these tough talking guys and bring them to their knees.
I loved this book and can’t wait for the second installment in this series

Kelly
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Readers Edyn, February 26, 2012 (view all comments by Readers Edyn)
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Holy Wow! I was completely blown away by this debut novel. Sometimes you can be skeptical about a debut author, not having any point of reference, but Ms. Swan had a couple of things going for her before I ever cracked the cover. First, she understands the draw of a fabulous cover. I mean look at that body! The man is frickin fantastic. Makes you want to pet the pretty. *stops to pet the pretty* Okay! *coughs* and … Second, I have been following Ms. Swan on Twitter for quite some time as well as periodically stalking her blog. This all before I knew she had a book coming out. Her blog is very entertaining. She engages her guests and asks fun questions. And she clearly knows a lot about the business. I did have a nagging inkling of doubt when I started reading, wondering if I had worked myself up into a frenzy with my excitement to read it, effectively sabotaging the book and not getting quite what I wanted from it. I am delighted to report that working myself up was only a portion of the thrill I experienced from this book.

I don’t think I had realized it was a romantic suspense prior to the read. I mean I understood that it had conflict that had to be sorted out, but that doesn’t always add up to suspense. But boy did this book have suspense. I absolutely fell in love with both main characters and have an overwhelming urge to read about the fabulous supporting characters. I was engaged from the first page and the book never let me go until it ended. My only regret was that it did end. I found myself frequently looking at how much was left to read, knowing I was nearing the final pages, and wishing more pages would magically appear.

Teague �" love that name, by the way �" is not what he first seems. In fact, he couldn’t be anything further from his first impressions. I thoroughly enjoyed how Ms. Swan only let us in on his true background in bits and pieces. She didn’t lay it all out there and immediately flip the reader’s mind, she let the reader gradually reassess just exactly who this man was much in the same way Alyssa did. Alyssa is constantly grappling for the right thread of truth to cling to throughout her entire “ordeal” with Teague. I say ordeal for lack of a better word, but please don’t misunderstand. There are some high points within this ordeal. She makes an immediate judgment call about Teague’s character, which seems pretty accurate given the circumstances. And who could blame her? But as the hours tick by (the book takes place in the span of a few days), she begins to war within herself. Is Teague who he seems to be, or it there a real human being somewhere within; a human being she is drawn to despite trying desperately not to acknowledge such a longing. As the deception unfold �" and there is a whole lot of deception, Yo! �" Teague and Alyssa’s roles dramatically switch from the first couple of chapters. And their sexual chemistry? Holy hotness Batman! Ms. Swan knocked it out of the park by allowing the sexual tension to build to a blazing desire, making their surrender to each other that much better.

I will say that as much as was revealed, there is also much left undiscovered. Revelations sure to be addressed in the next book, Blaze, which will be Luke and Keira’s story. I have to say I was pretty sure these two would be the next couple explored and I am fervently looking forward to reading it. Blaze is due for release in October. But I also have a hunger for Mitch’s story as well. Mitch is … intriguing … would probably be the best word to describe him. I get the impression he exists in one realm and operates in an entirely different one. I truly hope he will be the story that will be book 3! But I digress …

My only complaint within this book is the lack of background between Jason Vasser and Jocelyn. I understand that this was not their story, but enough was hinted at that there was a story at one time. A story, I gather, that did not translate to the same ending for both parties with Vasser’s obvious remaining fantastical idea of he and Jocelyn together and Jocelyn’s apparent lack of interest. But I also wonder what occurred that made Jocelyn such a cold-hearted bitch. She clearly has an ax to grind. The question remains whether the ax is hers personally, or simply her carrying out the best interests of the Senator. I have a feeling Jocelyn will be revisited in some way in the following book(s), though I am not sure in what capacity. I do have one idea though … *zips lips* We’ll see whether I am right or not in the future.

Nominal complaint aside, Ms. Swan is an author to watch. With a debut like this, I have high hopes for her future releases. She clearly has a gift in writing. Overall, Fever is a fast-paced, super sexy, extremely suspenseful, engaging story. I was beyond satisfied with this read and look forward to many more in the future. Blaze is already on my TBR list! My recommendation? Buy! This! Book! You will not be disappointed.

(Uncorrected proof provided by Kensington for review.)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780758266385
Author:
Swan, Joan
Publisher:
Brava
Subject:
Romance - Suspense
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.28 x 5.56 x 0.99 in 0.67 lb

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Product details 448 pages Brava - English 9780758266385 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Swan debuts with a flawed romantic suspense novel. Convicted murderer Teague Creek escapes prison, using Dr. Alyssa Foster as a human shield. He believes she is another woman, one he plans to use as leverage against the man who has custody of his daughter. Teague confuses Alyssa; he is covered with swastikas and his fellow escapee is a vicious killer, but he heals her wounds with his strange body heat — the titular fever — and protects her from his partner. To keep her in line once he discovers her true identity, he makes her appear to be his accomplice, yet as roadblocks continually thwart his plans to get his daughter, a relationship slowly develops between him and Alyssa, a credulity-defying conceit that Swan makes startlingly plausible. Less successful is the explanation and integration of the conspiracy surrounding Teague's original arrest and imprisonment, which may be made clearer in the planned sequel." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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