Genres: Paranormal, Romantic Suspense
Published by Kensington Publishing on December 31, 2013
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For seven years, Halina Beloi has been in hiding. But she's never forgotten Mitch Foster, the long, lean man she had to leave behind. Until, that is, Mitch shows up with a list of questions and a 9mm in his hand.
All Mitch knows is that Halina broke his heart and disappeared. But new information has surfaced implicating her as a player in the deadliest game of Mitch's life. This time, he's not letting go without answers. Now terror, danger and heat will fuse them together or shatter the future. . .
So I know it’s a good book when I was so thoroughly engrossed that I didn’t even make any notes or highlight any passages.
One of the first books I reviewed for this site was “Blaze”, book #2 in the Phoenix Rising series. The series centers around a group of firefighters who were set up to be exposed to a very dangerous chemical and the consequences of this afterwards. Supernatural powers develop and each of them has a new marking, a birthmark-type deal in the shape of a Phoenix — strange to think that just the chemical would do that, but kind of cool.
In this book, you’re actually introduced to an outside force — Helina isn’t a firefighter. She’s one of the scientists who was working for the government official behind the development of this chemical. And her hero? A lawyer for the underdog whom she knew years before and gave up everything for to keep him safe — Mitch. He is in the previous books, actually the brother of the heroine from “Blaze”.
Helina is definitely not the woman that Mitch thought he knew seven years earlier, but someone even deadlier and yet even more irresistible. She has an attack dog (whom I love!) and he’s trained in Russian. She knows rough martial arts, has various aliases and a storage garage full of getaway items and weapons.
Helina’s life has been full of really shitty people, starting over in the slums of Russia, amongst the mob. She doesn’t trust easily and has been classically conditioned to know when someone is serious about a threat they make. She’s a fascinating character and her interactions with Mitch throughout the entire book make me want to hug her and shake her simultaneously.
I like that Joan Swan doesn’t tell you right away exactly how much Helina gave up for Mitch or why. It makes you keep reading because you HAVE to know. And this is definitely a book worth reading — an entire series worth reading, honestly. Definitely look it up. I know I’ll be keeping an eye out for more by Joan Swan and I’m hoping there will be more to this series, though there is a semi-definitive ending.
But go read it. Now.