Rush by Joan Swan (Phoenix Rising #3)

Rush by Joan SwanAvailable: Aug 27, 2013 Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Brava

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Jessica Fury, Washington lobbyist, has money, connections, and her own firm. But five years ago she had something better: happiness. Her firefighter husband, Quaid, was handsome, courageous, and crazy about her. Then one day he walked into a chemical inferno—and never walked out. Jessica has been through hell to get back on her feet. And then a rumor surfaces that could bring a miracle or shatter her world – again.

Q has been a prisoner forever. He’s honed his mind and body into weapons. He’s developed abilities no one else understands. But he’s still at the mercy of a cabal of ruthless men, who blank his memory, test him like a lab rat, and tell him lies. Although his past has been erased and his future looks grim, instinct tells him he has a woman to live for. What his mind can’t remember, his body can’t forget…

The heat is on.

Jessie may be breathing but she died five years ago when her newlywed husband didn’t come back out of a building their company was called to chemical fire at. Since then she has battled her demons while trying to go after those she holds responsible for his death. When she learns he might not have died and is fact still very alive her brain tells her it’s not possible while her heart starts beating again for the first time in years.

The man they find may in fact be her husband but he’s a completely different man now. No memory, everything erased. This new version of Quaid calls himself Q and he’s a honed fighting machine intent on escaping his captors once and for all. Skiddish and tormented Q doesn’t know who he can trust but his body ignites when Jessie is close making him believe he may have actually been happy once. But that man is dead and Q has serious doubts any part of him still exists in what he has become.

I have mixed emotions on this one. Any part of the book that involved Jessie and Q I loved. The romance progressed nicely and I enjoyed Q’s road back to his wife. He was gruff, kinda scary and very confused. That made him a volatile guy and he only had his gut feelings to trust in. I loved how he constantly followed his emotions in regards to Jessie and let his heart lead him back home.

Jessie as a heroine worked pretty well but I thought the author missed something in regards to her character. Jessie is a recovering addict having hit rock bottom while grieving for her husband. Yet this never seems to be a huge problem in the book. Only being clean a short time she should have really struggled more with this. She’s never really tested and having her entire life turned upside down she should have really been jonesing for a fix. It is briefly mentioned but not nearly to the extent it should have been.

The underlying story arc of the government characters whose mission it was to wrangle those people who started developing powers is where the story falls apart for me. I’m just not overly interested in it. After three books I feel like we should be further along in getting to the bottom on things and I fear Swan plans to drag it out for several more books. I don’t feel connected to those behind things and I really don’t fear them either.  It’s all to opaque and I need more threat from them in the present. I also don’t quite believe this a group of common individuals, enhanced powers or not, would have the know how to operate like a black ops team.

I give Rush by Joan Swan 3.25 stars

One Comment

  1. I am looking forward to reading this one. 🙂
    I can understand your issue with not really seeing much more of the government issues. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the relationship between the main characters.
    Thank you for sharing your honest opinion.

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