Monday, February 6, 2012


Title: Fever (Book One, Phoenix Rising)
Author: Joan Swan
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Kensington Brava
Expected Release Date: February 28, 2012
ISBN: 0758266383

ARC was a copy provided by Kensington Brava-Contest offered by Joan Swan.

Where To Pre-order The Book:
Barnes and Noble
Where You Can Find The Author:

Book Blurb:

When Dr. Alyssa Foster is taken hostage by a prison inmate, she knows she's in deep trouble. Not just because Teague Creek is desperate for freedom, but because the moment his fingers brush against her skin, Alyssa feels a razor-sharp pang of need...

A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose. At least Teague doesn't, until his escape plan develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives, he can only give her lies, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever...

Book Review:

Every once in a while, I get really lucky--when I discover a great book by an author that I haven’t read before, or a debut author, who is new to everyone—and I want to shout at the rooftops that I’ve just finished an awesome read. FEVER is that book.

Joan Swan, triple RWA Golden Heart finalist and a double Daphne Du Maurier finalist, has a reason to celebrate. Her debut romance novel, Fever, will be released on February 28, 2012. And it’s a super-fan-freakin-tastic read.

So prepare now for that shout out—

FEVER is a scorching hot debut romance novel that I loved from page one. She takes a very unlikely hero, an escaped lifer from San Quentin, and creates a character that I fell HARD for, and supported whole-heartedly. Her heroine, Alyssa, is just as admirable and fierce. Both are strong characters with sharp-tongued dialogue with tangible emotions in every scene.

“Everyone who counts?” Teague asked. “How in the hell do those dicks at the hospital count? That’s your own twisted perception, Lys. The reality is that the only people who count are those who believe in you no matter what. The ones who stand beside you when hell crawls through, nipping at your heels because they know who you really are. Anyone who would spread lies, discount your integrity…they don’t count for shit.”

FEVER is a challenging read-filled with the sick truth of some people’s bigotry. It may be hard for some readers to read. But it is HONEST, and imperative to this story’s overall expansion. Joan stays true to her characters—they are not wishy-washy—and she does a brilliant job in creating a story that is real and riveting at the same time.

I simply cannot find one thing that I didn’t like about this book.

Her secondary characters, Luke and Mitch, were just as charismatic and I am happy to say that Joan will be writing their stories as well.

Blaze, Book Two of the Phoenix Rising Series, will be coming in October, 2012 from Kensington Brava, and will be Luke Ransom’s story.

4 Horny Devils


  1. Wow-- sounds like a great book! :D Definitely putting it on my list ASAP. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Love the cover on this one, by the way. If that is how lucky Joan gets with covers on her debut, I can only imagine how goregous they are going to be for her future books! :D

    *pause*....okay, I'm trying really hard to stop staring at the cover. But. It. Is. So. Hard! I mean, look at that chest--and that tat! (Shudders) I want to lick! LOL.


    1. TBQ~
      You won't regret putting this one on your list-let me know how you liked it.
      Sorry I didn't get to your Cover Lust on Sunday-I was stuck in be with a migraine. UGH!

  2. I will definitely do that! :D

    Don't worry--it's there every week, and I know that if I didn't schedule the post every week, I'd probably miss half of them (and that would be bad, as I am the host). Lol. Just know that anytime you want to oogle covers and share one you've found, you know where L4C is now. :D



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