Before I go in to the review of Blaze, Book 2 of the Phoenix Rising series, I want to comment on the cover. There is a nice looking, very fit male on the cover, but I really don’t think this cover begins to describe the story. This book isn’t about sex. Yes, there is a love story weaved into it but the book is so much more than that. I really think a different type of cover could have done so much more for this series. I don’t intend to put down the cover artist, as I know they work hard and the cover itself is very well done. My personal opinion for the cover would be to include the heroine (Keira) and the little boy (Mateo) with the hero (Luke), and have all their powers highlighted. I almost didn’t read this series because I thought it was going to be mostly about sex and want the people that may think the same as me to give it a try since it is such a good story.
Joan Swan has come up with such a good story in this series that is so different from other romantic suspense books. I am hooked! I suggest you read Fever (Book 1) before this one, as things will make a lot more sense. My review of Fever can be found on here. I think Blaze is probably better than Fever because you get to continue on with characters that you met in Fever.
This story starts out with Keira, who works for the FBI and is SWAT, on a mission to rescue children from what she was told was a religious compound, specifically a little boy Mateo whom she has a strong connection to but she does not know why. Little does she know that fate would throw her into a situation with Luke, the man she left three years prior because they wanted different things. Luke and Keira quickly learn that something isn’t quite right with this mission and the intel they have is inaccurate. From this first scene, the action starts and doesn’t stop until the end of the book.
Keira and Luke have paranormal powers that were caused by a warehouse fire several years prior involving unknown chemicals. When Luke and Keira are together their powers are stronger. One of the powers that is increased is that they are able to read each others minds, which is both good and bad as you can imagine, and quite entertaining for the reader. This does help them in their mission to find out what type of science experiments the government is running on Mateo and possibly others.
Despite Keira leaving him so long ago, Luke desperately wants to be with Keira and have a family. Keira freaks out at the idea of a family as they always seem to be on the run from the government and the idea that she could lose a family causes her to panic. Joan writes the romance between these characters so well. It takes the entire length of the book and keeps you engaged. I like books where the hero and heroine steal a kiss here and a kiss there but don’t jump into things right away. There is only one main intimate scene in the book and is well written and is appropriate to the characters and the story.
I don’t want to give too much else in the book away, as that is the fun of the story. I enjoyed all the secondary characters in this book including Cash, Seth, Teague, Alyssa, Kai, and Mitch. Of course Kat is a doll just like she she was in Fever. I can’t wait to read future stories that include these characters. They are beyond close friends – they are a family. I love watching them use the powers they each have acquired. It is sort of like a bunch of superheroes getting together to fight evil, but in a more down to earth, believable way and that evil is a government conspiracy.I highly recommend this series to anyone that likes romantic suspense books!
~ Reviewed by Amy ~
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About the Book:
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. . .