Review: Fever by Joan Swan


(Phoenix Rising, #1)
By: Joan Swan
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Published: March 1, 2012
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Won

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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.


Alyssa is kidnapped by a convict (Teague) while she is treating him at a clinic. He and another prisoner Taz, have been planning this escape for a while and have everything from a getaway car, to clothes and money. They even planned on taking Alyssa as a hostage. Teague keeps saying that he needs Alyssa… but he keeps calling her Hannah. Instead of correcting him, Alyssa plays along because if Teague needs someone named Hannah and he thinks that’s her, than that means he won’t just kill her on the spot.I really liked this story. At the beginning when Alyssa is kidnapped, Teague keeps talking about a Luke and how he has no clue what Luke see’s in her. I was a little confused by this because this happens before you realize he thinks that she’s someone else. However, at the time I honestly thought jail life had gotten to him and he was off his rocker, or there was a book previous to this story that I didn’t read. But no, he starts calling her Hannah and says how he needs her as a bargaining chip. Then you realize the poor guy nabbed the wrong doctor.One would think that this story would be a case of Stockholm syndrome but its really not. Yes, Teague kidnaps her but the entire time he protects her from Taz who wants nothing more than to rape and beat Alyssa. Teague even heals her and stitches up a knife wound she got during a run in with a gang. (Oh yes, there is a TON of action in this book) He seems like a really good and descent man and you start to wonder, what is he in jail for? Forgetting to pay his taxes? Too many traffic tickets?

I wished the cover was a bit more accurate though with the tattoos. He’s supposed to have a swastika on his side, barb wire up his arm and shamrocks on his knuckles (all gang related tats) but the cover shows something completely different. He’s supposed to be huge and very dangerous looking but the cover doesn’t really project that. Why not put more accurate tattoos on the cover? Who knows though, maybe you can’t put stuff like that on a cover of a book? With that aside though, the name of the book is spot on and even the series name is incorporated into the story.

I really enjoyed this book and thought the author did an amazing job weaving all of the elements into the story. It’s a fast paced mixture of suspense and paranormal that leaves you wondering what’s going to happen next. I cannot wait to read more from this series.


With a strip of bacon in one hand, her fork in the other, she started a two-handed method of eating Teague had never seen outside a firehouse. A lopsided grin pulled at his lips as he watched.
She flicked an absent glance his way. “What?”
He chuckled, reached across the table and wiped a smudge of syrup from the corner of her mouth with his knuckle. “You look like a chipmunk hoarding for the winter.”
She scowled. “Mind your own food and leave me alone.”




2 Thoughts on “Review: Fever by Joan Swan

  1. I agree that they may have had issues putting the correct tattoos on the cover, possibly they worried that it would put people off or convey the wrong message?

    Great review!

  2. Hi Kristen! I just came across your blog after seeing a comment you left on someone else’s blog! I’m surprised I haven’t come across your blog before! I am now your newest follower!

    Anyway, I have been wanting to read Fever for quite some time, but have been back and forth because some people really liked the book while others not so much. Thank you so much for your thorough review! I’ll definitely have to add Fever to my reads list!

    Feel free to come stop by my blog sometime!

    Best Wishes,
    Mia at The Muses Circle

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