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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. She struggles to believe her old team mates when they tell her they may have found him and alive.
The story of them getting Quaid back after 5 years of being experimented on and his abilities ramped up leaving him with no memories of his life before is utterly heartbreaking. This book is about a team reuniting and standing behind each other in their quest for the truth, it's about soul mates who even though they were torn apart still held on to their love and that its that love that heals them both.
Even though we found out so much about what is really going on, things are far from over for this team. The lead in to the next book which will be Mitch's story was a huge cliffhanger. The author has total entranced me into this world of the Phoenix and I look forward to many more books in this series.
Quaid supposedly died five years ago. His wife Jessica might as well have died with him since she sank into depression and drugs and a non-life just to cope with life without him. She's been on the road to recovery for a year now so when her friends come to tell her that Quaid might still be alive, she can't allow herself to even hope. She wouldn't survive his loss again.
This book made my heart hurt so much for both these characters. Quaid and Jessica had a perfect love...no, not a perfect marriage. They fought and were normal people but they were so much in love. They were on the same firefighting team when the warehouse exploded. That explosion killed Quaid and left the rest of the team changed with paranormal abilities. Ever since then, Jessica has separated herself from the team. Her whole goal for her life now is revenge. She is literally the walking wounded and her pain is so heartbreaking as you watch her struggle.
Q was a character who showed up in Book #2...a man with no memory and no identity who's been the subject of medical experimentation for the last 4 years. He doesn't remember his life from before or anyone from that life, including Jessica. His only knowledge of her has come through his dreams. They have a connection even with all the damage that's been done to them. And these two are definitely not the same people they were before the warehouse explosion.
Angst and emotion and suspense...if you like your books full of those things, you will like this one. Both these characters are so wounded, there are times I wondered if they were truly going to be able to come back from that. And they don't go back to where they were....that's an impossibility, but they grow to know each other anew in this book and find there way to a new level of relationship. It isn't easy or without heartache, but it makes for a beautiful love story and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of reading it.
The other part of this series that is so good is the entire team aspect of it. This particular story line is tough on everyone from that team because they all lost and mourned Quaid. As he and Jess find their way back to each other, tensions are really high because it certainly isn't easy for them. There are moments when neither one can cope and I loved the whole support aspect that came into it. This is a team that has been to hell and back and they are much better as a whole because of it and because they've stood together. They let Jessica slip out of that when Quaid died, but are determined to not let that happen again and I enjoyed that aspect of the story and that it was recognized as an issue. I liked the realization that they let her down by not protecting her from herself when he died.
This has been just an excellent series so far!
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This is the third in Joan Swan’s Phoenix Rising series.Read more
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
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I’m going to start by saying that this is book three...Read more