(Phoenix Rising, #4)
by Joan Swan
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December 31, 2013
Background and Recap:
In the Phoenix Rising series, a team of firefighters was exposed in a warehouse fire to experimental chemicals from a secret, unethical, government program. Each member of the team developed paranormal powers. Ever since then, they've been in danger from the deadly department, headed by a senator, which has been watching and manipulating them. Some of the team members have been falsely imprisoned, experimented on, and more. Their stories were told in Fever, Blaze, and Rush.
Mitch Foster, the brother of the heroine in Fever, is a powerful attorney with many connections who owe him favors, and a track record of winning cases for the underdog. Mitch has been providing legal support—along with help from his (sometimes shady) connections—for the former firefighters in their quest to be free of the senator and his minions.
Mitch believes that the key to ending the deadly game that the senator is playing is Halina, one of the senator's former researchers.
And Mitch's former lover.
Halina broke Mitch's heart seven years ago and then she disappeared. Mitch tracks her down, only to find that another player is after her and her research, also.
Mitch and Halina are in lethal danger. But the greater danger is to their hearts.
Throughout the series, Mitch has been a sexy playboy; a powerful man with high level connections, money, and legal brains; and an extra gun when necessary. He's been a popular character, and readers have been anxious for his story. They won't be disappointed with this one.
Halina has her reasons for breaking Mitch's heart. Sometimes I wanted to shake some sense into her, but for the most part she is a sympathetic character who is as much a victim as the firefighters. And she had to watch as Mitch, the love of her life, moved on to become a playboy who was always on the society pages. That gains her sympathy points right there.
This being a paranormal romantic suspense, there is … well … lots of suspense. Mitch and Halina are on the run for much of the book. And when they think they've finally reached safety … they need to think again. The suspense, and the tension between Mitch and Halina, keep the book moving along quickly.
There is a satisfying conclusion to the senator's storyline, as this is the last book in the series contracted with Kensington. However, Joan Swan is going to write a spin-off series to give HEA's to the remaining team members. I'm looking forward to their stories!
In the meantime, enjoy the Phoenix Rising series and Shatter.