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"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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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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ISBN:
9780758266385
Author:
Swan, Joan
Publisher:
Brava
Subject:
Romance - Suspense
Edition Description:
Mass Market
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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"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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