Friday, February 7, 2014

Rush by Joan Swan

Title: Rush
Author: Joan Swan
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Series: Phoenix Rising #3
Main Characters: Quaid and Jessica
Release DateAugust 2013
Publisher: Brava
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
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, 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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