Rush: Phoenix Rising, Book 3

RushAuthor: Joan Swan
Book Name: Rush
Series: Phoenix Rising
Order: #3
Genre: Romance/SciFi
Rating:  Excellent
5+stars

 

Blurb:  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. . .

Review:  Much better than the last one!  I really loved this one.  The concept of having this really deep connection to another person, then to believe that person died only to find out years later that they are actually alive, but they have no memory of what created that bond is powerful.  It is heart wrenching.

The dynamic between Jessica and Quaid is so genuine feeling.  There are so many places where that dynamic could have devolved into areas that make a reader seriously dislike the characters because they come across as whiny or weak willed, but that isn’t the case here.  It is handled in such a way that they come across as struggling, but still determined and strong.  They were so much easier to connect to.

I really kind of thought for a while that we’d see a huge resolution to the overall series and not just this story, but we end up really kind of hanging a bit at the end of this one.  I think this one is probably my favorite of the series so far.

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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