Joan Swan
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Kensington Brava
Release Date
October 2012
Book 2 of Phoenix Rising
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

With a man like him, every mission becomes personal…

Ever since FBI agent Keira O'Shay started tracking a young boy named Mateo, she's felt a connection even her empathic abilities can't explain. She needs to save Mateo from the cult leader holding him hostage. Nothing can interfere with that—not even the reappearance of Luke Ransom, the hot-as-hell fire captain she's regretted walking out on for three long years.

Losing Keira left Luke vulnerable—in every way. When they were together, the powers each possesses were mysteriously enhanced. But it's the sexy, surprising woman beneath the tough exterior that Luke's really missed. Even if she betrayed him utterly. And even if agreeing to help her uncover a government conspiracy means watching his life and his heart go up in flames again…

Book Review by Lisa Jo
Oct 08, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
124 people found the following review helpful
Joan Swan is on fire! Her second release in the Phoenix Rising series, BLAZE, is just as incredible as the first. This series is non-stop action, adventure and romance! Readers will love every minute of it!

Keira O'Shay has felt a strong connection to a young boy named Mateo and she is determined to find him and bring him home. Even with her unique abilities, she can't explain why. She just knows she has to save him from evil clutches of a vicious man at any cost. When her FBI team accepts help from an ATF agent, she cannot believe her eyes when she discovers that agent is Luke Ransom...the man who broke her heart three years ago.

Luke let Keira walk out of his like three years ago and he's regretted it ever since. Being side by side again has awakened buried powers and old feelings. Though they can't forget the reasons that pulled them apart, they also can't deny their strong connection. Now that they have rescued the young boy, they realize his unique powers are coveted by dangerous men. Realizing a government conspiracy may be at work, they have no other choice but to run in order to save their lives. When they finally stop, Luke and Keira may have to face the possibility of a future together because their passion blazes too hot to be ignored.

A thrilling and ultimately scorching story is again delivered by Ms Swan. BLAZE has everything readers loved from the first novel, Fever, and more. This novel picks up right where Fever left off, focusing on the same group of ex-firefighters that went in to fight a fire five years ago and came out with unique and inhuman capabilities. The complex intricacies of this government conspiracy will set your mind whirling, yet delight you with the delicious adventure that is in store. BLAZE is a fast paced, engaging adventure that takes you on a wild journey. Ms Swan builds the suspense and makes the passion simmer, all the while drawing you further in with each chapter. Once again, readers are thrown into this chaotic world where there are few people you can trust in this dangerous game of cat and mouse.

Luke was absolutely dreamy! He was an all or nothing kind of guy and when he gave his heart to Keira, he went all in. The most romantic and passionate part of this novel was his unwavering feelings for her. There was something so incredibly sexy about him knowing who and what he wanted and never backing down. He had an interesting charm that made him a fabulous hero. Not only did he have the strength and power to fight the bad guys, but the compassion and tenderness to support Keira when she needed it the most. He was the ultimate package.

I did have a problem with this book that I did not find in the first and that was a periodic annoyance with Keira. Her hesitation to completely give herself over to Luke was completely justifiable, but her constant ‘yo-yo' emotions started to drive me crazy after a while. It was one too many trips back and forth with her character. Which led me to the second the last page I did not feel there was enough stability between the two characters to believe their ending. The one bright side to this problem is that most likely Luke and Keira will continue to make appearances in future installments of the series and put most of these fears to rest.

Small problems aside, she was still a great heroine. Keira had a fire in her that no one could extinguish. She was fierce warrior that didn't let anything get in her way. She was a lot like Luke in that perspective. One thing that appealed to me about their developing relationship was the shared ability that basically let them to read each other's minds. That little plot point added everything to the novel. It added great emotional depth, humorous scenes and fantastic insight into this tortured couple. I loved that aspect of their relationship tremendously.

Overall, BLAZE is a fantastic and suspenseful novel! Ms Swan has certainly hit the mark with this series and is showing no signs of slowing down. This exciting story will certainly keep you on the edge of your seat and reveling in the mad journey of it all. You have everything you could possibly want in this series with a large, impassioned group of people that fight relentlessly to protect one another. Through the drama of it all is the sexy, passionate romance that makes the pages sizzle. All this must mean that Ms Swan has only begun to take readers on one hell of a ride!
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