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Rush (Phoenix Rising) Paperback – August 27, 2013

4.4 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in the Phoenix Rising Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Phoenix Rising
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Brava (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758288255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758288257
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,195,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So freaking awesome. Joan Swan's Phoenix Rising series is unlike anything I have read before. The third book in the series, Rush, is just as kickass as Fever and Blaze. All of the characters have such an amazing chemistry with one another. The dialogue is both hilarious and emotionally intense. The plot itself is intriguing and sucked me in since the first pages of Fever (Book 1). Each story in the series features different main characters, yet has the same "team" of characters and overall plot. I really don't think you can read these books on their own because there is so much stuff in each book and they build on each other.

In Rush we finally experience the famous warehouse fire that started it all (it is only referred to in the other books). If you read Blaze, you know it left off with the team thinking they found Quaid, Jessica's husband, who they all thought died in the warehouse fire because that is what they were told by government officials.

The plot in the Phoenix Rising series gets thicker in Rush. More is at stake and the tension is stronger. The team of characters are still pushing along to find out more information on what is going with each of their abilities and why the government wants to keep a lid on all of it. Joan continues to intrigue me keep me on the edge of my seat. Things move quickly in the story and I found myself hanging on each word.

Quaid and Jessica are two very tortured individuals. We don't learn a lot about them in the first two books but Joan does a great job of setting the stage for them in Rush. Jessica thought Quaid was dead for the past five years and her life spiraled out of control after that.
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Now we're getting somewhere. Both the glimpse back at the team before the warehouse fire and getting all the inside information about all the testing and experiments has finally brought everything into clear focus about what is really going on in this series.

Now don't get me wrong I loved the other two books in the series but they didn't show us much of how the team was before the explosion. Even though this was a very heartbreaking book in many ways it also had its happy moments. Getting a glimpse of all of them happy and seeing how their personalities and lives were before helps in understand how each of them got to place they are now. This book brought the whole team back together (with the exception of Seth) plus the extra's they have picked up along the way. With the flashback group and present group it shows they are just as strong as a united front now battling evil senators, corrupt military men and psycho scientist as they were in fighting fires five years ago.

From the start of this series we knew there were 7 members of the fire fighting hazmat unit that had gone into a warehouse to fight a fire. Six had emerged permanently altered. One died. Well we found out at the end of the 2nd book that maybe that one didn't die.

Quaid Legend and Jessica Fury were so in love with each other before the fire. The bond they had was so deep that when Quaid died Jessica turned to a life of drugs and men to try and ease the pain. She also vowed to bring down the senator she knew was responsible for what happened to them all including the death of her husband. As a Washington lobbyist she has been gathering information on him in hopes to bring him to ruin. She is now one year sober but still fighting with the deep depression of the hole in her heart losing Quiad caused.
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The author has combined all the elements of a great paranormal romantic suspense series, action, intrigue, enemies, hope, betrayal, lovable and intriguing characters, romance, friendship, family and paranormal abilities and the reader will be completely taken with this series. With the third book in the Phoenix Rising series being a very intriguing and engaging read that can be read without reading the first two because the author gives the reader all the information needed to get caught up in the plot without overloading the reader with too much information.

The romance between Jess and Quaid is interrupted by a few problems but that doesn't stop the attraction between the two from building throughout the story. The sex scenes are well written and take place at appropriate times during all the chaos.

All of the characters are easily related to and easily draw the reader into their world. The enemies are ones that everyone will love to hate; the government, private business and evil scientists. The good guys have a lot of people to fight to keep their lives and to keep the ones they care about from being taken away again. The situation is further complicated by the supernatural abilities that the characters have to learn to control and understand.

The author has created a situation that draws the reader in and builds the suspense with every turn of the page. The fighting between the bad guys and the good guys is well described and believable giving the reader the sense of being right in the middle of the action.

The only negative I had with the story was I personally wish that Jess had overcome her problems a little sooner, but I think that she may surprise us in future books. Overall I was very entertained and intrigued with this book and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

I was provided this ARC by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review
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