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Review of FEVER by Joan Swan

FEVER, Phoenix Rising Series, Book 1
Joan Swan

Publisher:  Kensington Brava
Date:  February 28, 2012
ISBN-13: 9780758266385
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
From my Private Library

Dr. Alyssa Foster will admit to a bad boy fetish…

But when she finds herself face to face with a convicted murderer with a ripped body, a determination for freedom and an eye on her as his get out of jail free card, Alyssa knows she’s in deep trouble…. Not just because Teague Creek is a prisoner desperate for freedom, but because his every touch makes her desperate for more.

A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose…

Teague Creek has one shot at freedom, but his plan to escape with a hostage develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives who know of his strange abilities, he needs to avoid trouble, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever.

My Ratings


It’s one of those good news/bad news types of days.  Deep breath. . . .

The Cover:  This is not Teague Creek.  Someone please enlighten me on who has the final say on book covers because in my train of thought – it is not usually the author.  Someone dropped the ball here BIG TIME.  And yes, I want my cover to match what I’m reading DAMNIT!

Teague’s “Ability”:  This is a major part of Teague’s character and plays a vital role in many scenes.  Yet his “burn” is never fully explained the how, why, what, etc.   Highly disappointed.

The DOD:  The Department of Defense is involved somehow in Teague’s “ability”, but once again, their role never comes to fruition.  I was left with unanswered questions once the last page was turned.  Why and how were they involved in the incident that started the whole mess?  What did they do to cause Teague’s Ability? 

The Sex:  Or lack of, should I say.  With Paul on the cover, published by Kensington Brava, and a title of FEVER, I expected smokin’ hot, stoke the flame sex.  Nope – Nem – Nyet!  The sex didn’t start until page 233 and then, IMHO, one more after that for a grand total of *drum roll here* two scenes.  For all of the “fire” that burned in Creek, the sex scenes were mild and simmering.

This is your basic prison escape, hostage taking, “I’m Innocent”, and a few others for good measure, completely packaged into an HEA.  I would call it a “romantic suspense light” with a twist of paranormal.  I found FEVER to be an easy read.  I didn’t have to stumble and grumble over countless spelling, grammar, or editing errors.  (Yes, I do that, but you never hear about it until I start notating/counting them!)  Creek was a bit of a screw-up at times, but that is to be expected. . . escaped convict on the run.  Alyssa is a little spitfire with a touch of Stockholm Syndrome.  One character I found very interesting is Mitch, Alyssa’s brother.  He makes quite an impact – need to know more about this guy!

I’m keeping an eye on Ms. Swan.  I see great potential.


  1. I've bought it and looking forward to reading it with all the blurbs I've read about it.

  2. Diane, I did enjoy this book. I just ignored all of the negativity that has been published elsewhere.

  3. I didn't realize that that was Paul until you said it but I definitely see it in the jaw. I agree with you about the cover issue. I wish there was a way to make the publishers get approval from you the authors before they give the go ahead to print. It's unfortunate that there was some unclear parts in the book. I think I'll still put it on my list though because despite the issues that you listed it seems that you still found it enjoyable. Thanks for the review!


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