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A very nice book But, DO NOT READ this book if you haven t read the previous ones you will understand almost nothing about what s happening here Ebook is the direct sequel of the previous one You must read what happened in the previous ones to get the whole picture and to understand the why and how Otherwise you ll just get confused, because there s much intrigue, interaction between the characters, background storyBut each book is focused on one couple Here we have Q or Quaid and Jessica story.Their story is both heartbraking and wonderful We get to see the sufferings both of them lived through And their deep love for each other that even Quaid s loss of memory coudn t take away We get to see that Owen is not so bad as he changes his mind and wants out from under Schaeffer s heel I think in the next book we ll see of him D Rush is the third installment in the Phoenix Rising series by romantic suspense author Joan Swan Just as with the first two, Fever and Blaze, Rush grabbed me from the opening lines and didn t let go until the very end, leaving me breathless and ready for I was lucky enough to have had the chance to receive an advance copy of Fever in order to review it, which introduced me to this amazing group of people who are as close as any blood family When Blaze was released I made sure to grab up a copy and dove right in, not coming up for breath until I had devoured every last word And when the opportunity to receive an advanced copy of Rush was presented, of course I jumped at it I was so excited when the book arrived in my mailbox and couldn t wait to learn about another member of the team Where Fever focused on Teague s story, and Blaze brought in Keiera and Luke, Rush delves into the before mentioned Quaid, but who until now, was a character we didn t really know He was just a name Quaid s story was powerful and heart wrenching Joan Swan has a way of crafting her characters and stories in a way that makes you feel for the characters, makes you root for them while hoping the bad guy gets his in the end And with each new book in the series, I love learning and about all of the characters, their dynamic and how they function as a group, as a family My heart has raced I have felt anger, sadness, happiness, and the love that comes through Joan Swan s words If you haven t had a chance to get to know these amazing people, if you haven t had a chance to hear their stories told as only they can tell it, I recommend you pick up a copy and get started believe me, you won t be sorry Towards the end of Blaze a new character was introduced to the Phoenix rising series He was simply known as Q Everything points to the fact that he is most likely the one member that was deemed dead The simplest solution would be to ask Q if he really is Quaid The problem there is the sicko s that declared Quaid dead are the same freaks that are experimenting on humans all for the purpose of filling their coffers Q has no recollection of who he really is The former hazmat team that is family than teammates have decided not to leave one of their own behind and they go after who they hope is Quaid.Jessica had buried and is still mourning the loss of her beloved husband The information that Teague and Keira present her with cannot be true She knows how horrific the explosion was that claimed her husband s life She is also filled with such guilt that denial is so much easier to deal with She has lived a quasi life while she believed her husband dead While she has not exactly moved on and put the past behind her, she certainly hasn t lived the life of a woman who could possibly have a living, missing spouse Rush is heartbreaking in so many ways Jessica has done things since burying her husband that fill her with guilt Q and Quaid are two very different people The commonality between the two is Jessica Q may not remember Quaid and Jessica but his heart tells him she is something very important to him Reading them reuniting and trying to find their way is so tragic, yet Joan tells their story in a way that leaves you impossibly hopeful for them from the very beginning I think every series I ve ever read I pick a guy and impatiently wait for his book I m perfected the art of choosing the hero who is destined to have the last book If the teaser at the end of Rush is any indication January will not get here soon enough I do believe my guy is getting the next book and I am beyond excited about that possibility. I really liked the idea for this book A couple split up, one thinking the other is dead, the other wiped clean of his memories I had high hopes for this book Were they met Not completely Though I liked the characters and I enjoyed the story, I never felt drawn in Overall, though, I thought Rush was a lovely paranormal romance.Jessica was a good heroine Though I had trouble connecting with her Maybe it was just because I didn t agree with how she reacted after Quaid s death There wasn t anything that I disliked about her I mean, she was a strong heroine But, I didn t connect with her, so I couldn t say that I truly liked her.Q was better I really liked him I thought it was so sweet that, even though he lost his memory, he still remember Jessica Or, at least, remembered the memory of her I thought he was totally sweet and I adored him.The romance was well done There was already a basis for their relationship, considering Jessica and Q had already been married Their feelings for each other, even with Q having memory loss, were deep and obvious And the chemistry between them was nonstop I thought they were lovely together.The plot was okay I liked the story and I enjoyed it But, I was never completely hooked I just couldn t get drawn into it I still enjoyed this book, I just didn t love it.Rush was a nice paranormal read I liked the characters, for the most part I enjoyed the story But, I didn t feel engaged in the plot Maybe it s just me, because I know other people have really liked this book I would still recommend it to people who really enjoy paranormal romance It was an enjoyable book Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Brava for a copy This review now available on my blog at Rush is book three in Joan Swan s Phoenix Rising series, a paranormal romantic suspense series With smokin hot firefighters Everything is better with firefighters Five years ago the firefighting squad went into a burning government building and came out changed Unfortunately some rogue elements of their government decided the best way to cover it up was to get rid of them.Quaid was one of the first to enter the building and got an extra blast of chemical, so Gil Schaeffer decided he d be the best person to experiment with in regards to abilities This is so evil I can t even They the governmental conpiracy types had to knew what the chemicals might do but they didn t warn anyone they just watched to see what would happen.Jessie was Quaid s wife and took his loss badly Really badly She denied her abilities as best she could and ended up a drug addict as she tried desperately to forget her loss She was devastated by his loss When Keira and Teague come to her office in Washington to try and convince her Quaid might be still alive she refuses to believe it Teague tricks her into scrying for Q, and she refuses to believe that he is Quaid even after astral projecting to him And I was so drawn into her that despite reading Blaze and being 99% sure that Q was actually Quaid I wanted to shout at Teague and Keira to leave her alone because I sympathised so strongly with Jessica and her inability to cope with her loss.Q, on the other hand is broken He is a seething mass of instincts and fear with no memory of how he learnt any of his skills He doesn t know about his abilities at all so thoroughly have Schaeffer and Gorin fucked him over My heart broke as he tried to understand who he once was and who he is now The rage he went into when he realised how much of his life was stolen is amazing His utter devastation as he realises that he was married to Jessica and he doesn t even remember.As far as the series plot goes we have a fair amount of resolution and plenty of set up for the next part of the series I will say this, the ending is so fast I m not sure if Quaid remembers his life before the fire or not I don t know if Scaeffer and Green are dead or not and the ending is so quick that it s closer to a HFN than a HEA.Bottom line, everything you thought that this book might not do it does Quaid comes back from the dead and you feel the emotions that it causes the relief and worry, the fear and expectations You see Quaid trying to understand how to live without being an experiment Jessica s fear that he ll disappear, that she s not strong enough to live if she loses him again, or if she doesn t is so real Read RushI received this book as an ARC from Kensington via NetGalley 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 loveno, 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 2a 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 suspenseif 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 |READ KINDLE ♹ Rush ⚖ Gutsy, Jaw Dropping Style Larissa Ione Joan Swan Writes Riveting Twists And Turns Like No One Else New York Times Bestselling Author Stephanie TylerJessica 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 AgainQ 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 ForgetThe Heat Is On To see the full review, including memorable quotes and other similar book recommendations, visit GraveTells This review is SPOILER FREE Read on with confidence Rush starts off with a well, rush of energy and emotion as we step right into the passionate relationship between Quaid and Jessica and get glimpses into their vibrant pre accident personalities The good natured training scene charges straight into the now infamous warehouse explosion we ve been waiting so long to learn about.Oh Quaid, how you break my heart Getting to see him before and after just makes his imprisonment and torture that much gut wrenching and his depth of love for Jessica that much powerful This sweet, kind, gregarious, and outgoing man has been molded into nearly the perfect soldier who thinks, acts, and reacts like a war machine, yet has no memory of who he was or even what he can do now His storyline is by far the jewel of this book and I didn t think I could like another hero than Luke from Blaze Jessica was a little tougher for me to relate to She s a recovering drug addict and, like many addicts, fearful of change and always walking that line between truth and lies Jess may have been a firefighter, but she s not a badass heroine like we saw in Kiera She doubts herself so deeply that is almost painful to experience Some of her dialogue came across as whiny or naive to me, although I imagine that s just part of her character development.The sex between Q Jess is off the charts hot Joan Swan writes scorching chemistry and soul deep emotional connections, and Rush follows in the proud tradition of excellence set by its predecessors in the Phoenix Rising series.Rush has a great mix of lethal special ops action and intimate getting to know you downtime Between Quaid and Jess, their abilities are nearly unstoppable and they totally live up to their last names Quaid Legend and Jessica Fury.I like that Ms Swan didn t try to tie everything up neatly at the close of the story It all comes together naturally and feels right rather than a rushed, fake happily ever after Don t worry though Q and Jessie still get their happy ending, there are some new characters to speculate about predictions about Trent, anyone , and we get a healthy dose of Mitch time to lead into his story, Shatter, which is up next.Rush is an emotional roller coaster of a ride and a satisfying third installment in Joan Swan s Phoenix Rising series Quaid and Jessica s story is a must read Pamela Clare, Maya Banks, Cindy Gerard, Suzanne Brockmann, Christy Reece, Anne Stuart, Shannon McKenna my favorites in romantic suspense While sometimes their books are too formulaic, and often the bromance among the guys and there must be several guys who work together with the obligatory female teammate who falls for one of the guys is the best part of the continuous stories, I still read these books with my heart pounding will the baddies get caught and sometimes wow, the baddies are off the chart psychos so much so that I m dragged out of the story, thinking really looking at you Christy Reece and Shannon McKenna , will I understand the military techno babble but as long as the men are hot, and the women are not TSTL, I m totally on board.I can add Joan Swan to this list Her Phoenix Rising series, while only three books, has captivated me The first book, Fever, like so many that begin a series, was good but not great It was a bit hard to follow at first, but the action was non stop, the lovin was smokin , and I loved Teague and Alyssa together a strong sexy guy willing to risk anything for his little girl yay Fever introduced a lot of potentially great characters, and ended with a lot of questions about what happened to Teague and his fellow Hazmat team in the government warehouse explosion On to Blaze and smexy times, an awesome H h combo Luke and Keira , and incredible edge of your seat action We got to know our supporting characters a bit , some humor was thrown in love you, Mitch and an almost cliff hanger who is the mysterious Q Rush is Q s book the almost obligatory back from the dead but changed character that many RS books feature I loved this book in spite of its flaws I found parts really reasonable and somewhat realistic the idea that Jessica went off the deep end after Quinn s death drugs, sex , distanced herself from friends, etc When they first find Q she does not see in him her husband because while he is, he also isn t There were a few times where she got on my nerves I felt she could have been understanding about Q s issues, of which there were many , but overall, while not as kickass as Kiera, I liked her Q oh, my sweet, damaged, incredibly hot Q You are my newest book boyfriend You are so innocent, almost virginal, so determined to win your life back I loved the supporting players, and am over the moon thrilled that Mitch stars in the next book, which yay, comes out in January Yup, this was some good reading I should admit I am a sucker for a back from dead amnesia story line That s was drew me into reading this book even though it has paranormal aspects, which I normally don t read Jessica had a perfect life Totally in love with her husband, both of them firefighters, wonderful friends until a fire changes everything and her husband dies Five years later and Jessica learns there may be to the fire than anyone first realized and shockingly, her husband may still be alive Can she survive learning the truth For me, Rush was a good balance of drama, suspense, and romance The paranormal aspect was woven into the story line and was believable than what I was expecting and did not distract from the overall story at all I liked the overall cast of supporting characters I will say that Jessica, the main character was a little annoying in the beginning She seemed very weak and I wasn t sure what kind of heroine she was going to be As for Q, he was definitely the star of this story for me I was pulling for a happy ending for him as soon as he was introduced The poor treatment he has received along with the confusion he has while trying to make sense of his past is heartbreaking at times Were you mine Jessie And who do you belong to now Yep, he totally got me there As far as Jessica goes, once she really commits to Q being Quaid, the chemistry between the two is HOT He needs her with animalistic passion He can barely control himself And that need is not one sided Jessie wants to take everything Quaid can give her The sex had been passionate, bordering on obsessive Hard, edgy, dark, serious Hot God, Just thinking about it made her wet She squeezed her thighs together against the need that had been growing since the moment he s last pulled out of her That is what I am talking about I went into reading this book a little blind I wasn t familiar with the author and didn t realize there are two books in The Phoenix Rising series that build off of each other that ideally should be read before you read this book, book three That being said, not having read the earlier books didn t keep me from really liking Rush but it would have been nice to know the back stories and read them in order I definitely will be reading the next story in this series and can t wait to read the first two books to learn the backstories of the supporting characters Overall, a very solid read with equal parts suspense and romance.Thanks to Netgalley for ARC in exchange for an honest review.