Fever: Phoenix Rising, Book 1

Fever

FeverAuthor: Joan Swan
Book Name: Fever
Series: Phoenix Rising
Order: #1
Genre: Romance/SciFi
Rating:  Excellent
5+stars

 

Blurb:  Dr. Alyssa Foster will admit to a bad boy fetish. . .

But when she finds herself face to face with a convicted murderer with a ripped body, a determination for freedom and an eye on her as his get out of jail free card, Alyssa knows she’s in deep trouble. . .. Not just because Teague Creek is a prisoner desperate for freedom, but because his every touch makes her desperate for more.

A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose. . .

Teague Creek has one shot at freedom, but his plan to escape with a hostage develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives who know of his strange abilities, he needs to avoid trouble, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever.

Review:  I really didn’t know what to expect with this book.  I’d never read anything from this author and I’d actually passed over this a few times as I’m not a huge fan of the prison theme.  Have to say that I’m thrilled that I took the chance on this because it was way more than I thought.

This was the complete package.  Kick ass characters, cool and unique story that you start reading and look at the clock and realize that hours have gone by without a thought, very well thought out build on the romance part of the story and that is balanced with the rest of it so that no one aspect overrides the others.

Teague is a bad guy that is actually really a great guy willing to do some questionable things to protect what matters to him.  I love the fact that he is battling with his morality and trying to balance that against what he needs in life.

Alyssa is so not a cupcake pushover.  She is loaded with personality and her own sense of doing what is right.  Her reaction and views towards Teague are spot on all the way through the story, forcing both herself and Teague to be completely real.

Even though my library didn’t have this classed as SciFi, it actually is.  It isn’t dripping in it, but it is definitely part of the backbone of the story.  That aspect along with conspiracy, relationships with friends and family (loved Mitch!) along side the romance helped to completely round out the story.

While this is one of those stories that spans only a handful of days, the way the author writes this makes the romantic relationship work.  She took the time to develop a trust between the characters, not magically making it just happen.  There is absolutely doubt and mistrust in the beginning and makes her characters work to prove they are worthy.  I cannot say how refreshing it is to read an author that takes the time to put the details in the story to make me believe it.  Sure, there are a couple of things that are just a tiny bit on the lucky/convenient/perfect side, but even those are done well enough to still work.

Needless to say, I loved this book.  I’ve already got the next one in my queue and will probably end up bumping its way to the top of that list.

Author: TJ Fox

Slightly sane artist, book addict, wife and mother of 3 who is forever rethinking her place in this world.

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