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Rush (Phoenix Rising) Paperback – August 27, 2013
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The first one I thought was justified that the heroine, Alyssa was a shrew in the beginning. She was, after all, kidnapped. She had every right to be angry. But throughout the book, even after she decided to help Teague, she was a bitch (can I say that here)? And her telling them all to stop cursing.....even in the following books was driving me bananas. It was ok if the kids were around, but she did it even when they weren't. She even did it when they were running for their lives. Seriously?!? They're running for their lives and someone drops the f-bomb and this twit has to jump in and tell them to stop cursing?!? Geez, woman, get over yourself!! It's none of her business if they want to curse. In my opinion, she was just trying to control them. You can't even get away from it in the following books because she's just as bad in them. I think the author wanted to keep her relevant or something. The whole cursing thing was just making her look stupid, imo.
I decided to give the second book a try because I like the storyline. Keira was, again, a horrible heroine. I get that she had issues. She lost me completely when she kept saying she would try to have a relationship with Luke, then turn around and tell him she couldn't do it again. The poor guy didn't know what was happening or why she was saying what she was saying because she never told him about her childhood trauma when they were first together. I hated the fact that everyone blamed Luke for their breakup. It takes two people, and it was none of their business why the two broke up (and, as supposedly friends to both of them shouldn't have taken sides).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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4 stars I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is the third in Joan Swan’s Phoenix Rising series. Read more
When firefighter Quaid Legend and his team are caught in a chemical explosion, the team is horrified to learn Quaid has died. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Georgette W.
Reviewed by Jen
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
Book provided by the publisher for review
I’m going to start by saying that this is book three... Read more
Love it! Great next book in a great series! Keep these puppies coming...I need some new, enticing, sexy, books to read on my way to work. Read morePublished 16 months ago by lulabell
I love the team and what great friends they are, had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. Read morePublished 16 months ago by KP
I have to admit I was not sure I would like this book. After reading the reviews, I was even more unsure if I would like it but I have to say it was a really good read. Read morePublished 17 months ago by greenamberrain
This is my favorite book in this series. Quaid and Jessica's story is so heart felt and challenging. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Crystal M.