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Fever (Phoenix Rising Book 1) by [Swan, Joan]
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  • File Size: 1289 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Original edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 28, 2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005QFC76O
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Format: Paperback
My Rating:4 stars: Enjoyed - strongly recommend (A-)

Teague Creek (yes, that is his name!) is a wrongfully convicted felon in a high-security prison. His only wants are to escape, reunite with his young daughter, and live a long life away from those who want him behind bars, hurt or worse. His plans involve kidnapping a technician from a local hospital, who happens to be the girlfriend of the man who is guardian over his daughter. Of course, when he kidnaps Dr. Alyssa Foster - the wrong woman - things go from bad to worse. Top that off with a fellow inmate who is pure evil joining the escape plans, and you have a mix for an action-packed, suspenseful journey towards freedom. Nothing goes right for Teague, and he is being hunted by government officials that would rather see him dead than free again.

Right from the start I was engrossed in this story. The details and events unfolded before me in the perfect manner. The reader is given little nuggets that are just enough to keep you going and find out more. The tone is harsh, the mood is dark, but our heroine, Alyssa, seems to find a way to make it lighter and easier. In addition, Ms. Swan demonstrates excellent descriptive abilities, smoothly integrating rich detail about the scenery and plot into the story.

Overall I liked Alyssa and Teague. They fit together well and complimented one another... when he was rash, she made him stop and think, when she was hurt, he healed her. They have one of those back-and-forth, give-and-take relationships. And boy did they have steam! Thanks to a mysterious fire Teague was involved with several years back, he has the ability to increase his body temperature to way above normal. He uses his "power" to help heal, jump-start cars, and melt metal.
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Format: Paperback
I am a very fast reader, and it depends for me on how fast a book moves. Fever moves and moves quickly.I loved that Ms. Swan didn't cut corners either, it's gritty in the places you look for grit and tender where it counts.You will fall for Dr. Alyssa Foster who is kidnapped by prison escapee Teague Creek. Teague is a a wrongfully convicted felon in a high-security prison and all he wants to do is prove that he's innocent. Fever is a non stop thrill ride that left me wanting more. It made me laugh, cringe and cry in many different places. It's sensual not sexual meaning I can sell it to customers who love romance but don't need every other chapter to be a steamy scene. Romantic suspense readers who don't pick this book up will be truly be missing a great read.
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Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Suspense and romance with a little touch of the paranormal for flavoring.

Opening Sentence: The clank-clank-clank of shackles echoes off the hospital's linoleum floors, rippling across Doctor Alyssa Foster's shoulders.

Review:

I try to give new authors props when warranted. Most debut books have problems like flow and character under-development. And when you think about it, that makes sense. These types of issues get resolved with time and experience. That being said, I thought that Fever was pretty good coming right out of the chute. Kudos goes out to you, Joan Swan!

Fever follows the story of escape convict and convicted murderer, Teague Creek, and his hostage Dr. Alyssa Foster. Teague uses Alyssa as his bargaining chip to trade for the life of his 5-year-old daughter, Kat. Along the way, Teague and Alyssa start to work together (both in bed and out) to clear Teague's good name and discover who the people were that sent him to prison for the crime he was wrongfully accused and convicted of. Okay, put like that, this book doesn't stand out among all the other suspense/romance novels available today. But wait, dear readers, there are a few key twists in this seemingly bland story.

When we first meet Teague Creek, he is portrayed as a convicted murdering racist. That is the image he perpetuates for prison survival. The real Teague is a former firefighter and devoted father; basically a good guy. He also is in way over his head when he kidnaps the wrong woman during his escape from prison. Alyssa starts out as a distressed woman that is in the wrong place at the wrong time. A convict thinks that she is the girlfriend of the man that has custody of his daughter.
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Dr Alyssa Foster is taken hostage by prisoner Teague Creek in a clear case of mistaken identity. He sees Alyssa as a bargaining chip he can use to get out of prison and get him the girl he adores, Kat. Getting away from the prison guards was the easy bit as they soon have Department of Defence officials, police and even Alyssa's lawyer brother Mitch after them.

Alyssa may be strong willed and intelligent but she baits people holding weapons - not smart. Alyssa is working at the hospital when a prisoner is brought in with a fever. She's initially attracted to him until she notices his Aryan Brotherhood tattoos and then there is the little matter of him kidnapping and assaulting her. It definitely put her obsession with getting a promotion into perspective. She tries a number of times to escape but Teague always catches her. When he finally walks away from her, she follows him and decides to champion his cause.

I'm afraid I wasn't a big fan of Teague and the way he treated Alyssa. I get that he felt pressured and that ordering her around fed his desire to control his environment but constantly demeaning her was unnecessary. He knew that he had a tendency to burn up (thermokinesis) when he got stressed and yet he refused to remove the chain that was burning Alyssa's throat. Sure he healed her up afterwards but that doesn't excuse the initial assault. Part of me wondered whether he healed her because he genuinely cared or whether he did it because he didn't want to deliver damaged goods. Kidnapping recalcitrant females and killing people in front of them is kind of par for the course with romantic suspense novels so I can't fault him there.

Although Taz is not the protagonist, his attitude and language sets the tone for the novel.
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