Review: Rush (Phoenix Rising #3) by Joan Swan

August 30, 2013 Review 15

Review: Rush (Phoenix Rising #3) by Joan Swan

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.

Title: Rush
Author: Joan Swan
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Shatter
Published by Brava
Source: Publisher
Published: August 27, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 400
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Stars: four-stars

Towards the end of Blaze a new character was introduced to the Phoenix rising series. He was simply known as Q. Everything points to the fact that he is most likely the one member that was deemed dead. The simplest solution would be to ask Q if he really is Quaid. The problem there is the sicko’s that declared Quaid dead are the same freaks that are experimenting on humans all for the purpose of filling their coffers. Q has no recollection of who he really is. The former hazmat team that is more family than teammates have decided not to leave one of their own behind and they go after who they hope is Quaid.

Jessica had buried and is still mourning the loss of her beloved husband. The information that Teague and Keira present her with cannot be true. She knows how horrific the explosion was that claimed her husband’s life. She is also filled with such guilt that denial is so much easier to deal with. She has lived a quasi-life while she believed her husband dead. While she has not exactly moved on and put the past behind her, she certainly hasn’t lived the life of a woman who could possibly have a living, missing spouse.

Rush is heartbreaking in so many ways. Jessica has done things since burying her husband that fill her with guilt. Q and Quaid are two very different people. The commonality between the two is Jessica. Q may not remember Quaid and Jessica but his heart tells him she is something very important to him. Reading them reuniting and trying to find their way is so tragic, yet Joan tells their story in a way that leaves you impossibly hopeful for them from the very beginning.

I think every series I’ve ever read I pick a guy and impatiently wait for his book. I’ve perfected the art of choosing the hero who is destined to have the last book. If the teaser at the end of Rush is any indication January will not get here soon enough. I do believe my guy is getting the next book and I am beyond excited about that possibility.

Joan Swan

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They rounded the corner into the living room and Jessica glanced toward the kitchen, where Kai had been before Jessica had wandered and ended up in the bathroom up against the wall having sex with her husband.

How had that happened, exactly?

“You would ruin chili with Heinz 57?” Kai asked.

“Hardly ruining it, Ryder.” Mitch still sat at the dining room table, shirtsleeves rolled up on his forearms. He was sitting in a tired sideways slump, one hand holding a pencil over a legal pad, the other propping his head up with his hand dug deep into his hair. His gaze ran over the screen in front of him, its blue-white light reflecting softly off his glasses. “It’s an award-winning recipe.”

“Award winning where? The Internet?”

Mitch turned, hooked one arm over the back of his chair and looked into the kitchen. He acknowledged Jessica and Quaid headed that way with a lift of his chin, but kept a scowl for Kai. “The woman who made that recipe for me studied at the Cordon Bleu.”

Kai leaned into the counter, arms stretched out and gripping the edges, his expression confident and superior, like he owned the kitchen. “And did you eat the chili before or after you had sex?”

Mitch opened his mouth, poised his pencil for retort and froze. Then he deflated. He turned back to the table, tossed his pencil on the paper and scrolled through the webpage on screen with a muttered, “You prick.”

Kai laughed, the sound deep and rich and familiar, bringing back all the fun memories from Jessica’s days as a firefighter.

“I don’t care what you say,” Mitch said, “that recipe I gave Brody is good shit. Have one of the guys make yours and one make mine and we’ll let Quaid decide.”

“Decide what?” Quaid asked.

But Jessica already knew. “Which one you like better.”

“What difference does eating before or after sex make?” Quaid asked, his frown creating that positively adorable little V between his eyes.

Jessica shook her head, prepared to tell Quaid that Kai and Mitch were full of shit, but Kai spoke first. “Everything tastes good after great sex, brother.”

“Good, because I’m starving.” Quaid’s hungry eyes scanned the counter in front of them, which was covered in freshly cut fruit, and stopped on the mixture Kai had sitting in the blender. “Can I have some of whatever that is?”

Oh, fuck. Jessica’s stomach squeezed in mortification. She froze and prayed the comment would go right over Kai and Mitch’s head. Oh, but no, she couldn’t be that lucky. They both went silent. In fact, everyone went silent, including Teague, Alyssa and Cash on the sofa. The only voices filling the space were Kat’s and Mateo’s.

Kai’s gaze snapped to Jessica’s. Mitch twisted toward the kitchen and hooked his arm over the back of the chair again, this time pulling off his glasses. Quaid, totally oblivious, picked up a piece of mango from the cutting board in front of Kai, studied it a moment, then popped it in his mouth.

And even before he said it, Jessica knew what was coming.

“Mmm, that is amazing. I never had it before, but it’s great now.” He picked up another piece and held it out to Jessica. “Jessie, try it. Tell me if it’s better after.”

Kai snorted a laugh he’d been trying to hold. And Jessica caved.

“Jesus Christ.” Jessica covered her eyes and dropped her head.

Kai and Mitch burst out laughing and Jessica’s face burned red hot.

Kai picked up a half-cut mango and threw it at Mitch, who caught it at the last second. “You idiot. I didn’t even feel it because you were pissing me off.”

“You’re sick, dude.” Mitch pitched the mango back at Kai, narrowly missing his head. It bounced off the stainless-steel refrigerator and hit the floor. “You need to stay out of their business.”

She dropped her hand and found Quaid frowning in confusion, his gaze alternating between the two men, who were laughing so hard they were crying. Quaid stuffed mango into his mouth three slices at a time.

Jessica pushed the cutting board out of reach, laughing. She couldn’t help it. The combination of Quaid’s pure innocence and Mitch and Kai’s antics was hilarious. She just wished it hadn’t been over her sex life. Especially now. When her and Quaid’s relationship was far from settled.

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Joan Swan writes sexy romantic suspense for Kensington (Phoenix Rising Series) and independently (Covert Affairs Series).  She also works as a sonographer at a top medical facility in San Francisco and lives in magnificent wine country on the central coast of California with her husband and two daughters.


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15 Responses to “Review: Rush (Phoenix Rising #3) by Joan Swan”

    • Joan Swan

      Hi Virna!! Thanks for stopping by. Sorry I missed you at the get together the other night. Hope we try again soon!

    • Joan Swan

      Thanks Annie. I can’t remember which font Kensington used. I remember searching for it so I could download it for promo materials, but now can’t remember….

  1. Sophia Rose

    I got to read this one too. It was fabulous. Love the series!

  2. Glittergirl

    I love the banter and love between the teammates. Just love it! Thanks for the giveaway and Jeep Diva for being part of the tour!

    • Joan Swan

      Hey GG! Thanks, these guys and girls give me so much fodder for fun, I generally can’t fit it all in and end up cutting. They are such a fun group to work with!

  3. Stephanie F.

    Love the excerpt. Makes me even more anxious to read.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  4. kimbacaffeinate

    Ha I love that you always pick the guy who ends up last in a series. This sounds interesting, and I need to check out the other books in this series 🙂

  5. Julianne

    Congrats on the release of Rush. I’ve wanted to start this series every since Blaze came out. Thinking about trying to clone myself a few times so I can read more books

  6. Eva Millien

    Thanks for sharing your review and the giveaway. I love this book and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do. evamillien at gmail dot com