Author: Joan Swan

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Shatter by Joan Swan

Posted December 23, 2013 by Sherri in Book Spotlight, Giveaways / 83 Comments

SHATTER
Shatter
by Joan Swan
Series: Phoenix Rising #4
Publisher: Brava
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Paranormal
Release Date: December 31st, 2013
Paperback/Ebook, 352 pages

Book Description:

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. . .

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Excerpt

Another deep shiver wracked his body, and Mitch Foster clenched his teeth around a growl. “My dick’s turning into an icicle.”

He lowered the night vision binoculars and reached for the thermos of coffee. It was empty. Mitch chucked the container at the floor of the boat, glaring at the darkened house. “Screw this.”

Halina Dubrovsky had turned out the lights over half an hour ago and he couldn’t see shit. Her boyfriend, some dude named Dex, hadn’t shown up for two days. Didn’t matter. Even if the guy did appear, Mitch had enough information on Halina’s daily activities now to confront her without running into him.

When Mitch cornered her, she wasn’t going to have anywhere to turn. Anywhere to run.

Not this time.

He started the motor and crawled toward shore, holding his speed down for silence and warmth. Huddled behind the windshield, he pulled his phone from his pocket and hit the speed dial for Kai Ryder.

“What’s new?” Kai answered.

“Genital hypothermia,” Mitch said. “My nuts are buddying up with my kidneys.”

“You have two? Balls, I mean. I thought you were down at least one.”

“Shut the fuck up. How are Lys and Brady?” he asked, hating himself for missing the birth of his first nephew.

“Great. You’d never know Alyssa had a baby last week, and Brady and I are totally bonding.”

“I hate you.” He was only half-joking in this instance.

Kai laughed, the asshole. “Was it worth it?”

“No.” His teeth were starting to chatter. “No sign of the boyfriend. No friends. No activities. She rows in the morning, works all day, goes to the gym, runs with her dog.”

And played with her dog. And cuddled with her dog. And freaking slept with her dog.

She was so damned sweet to that animal it made his teeth grind. And that was just one of the behaviors he found incongruent with what he’d learned of her over the last few days.

“Mmm,” Kai hummed. “Bet she’s got a killer bod.”

“Ryder…” he warned.

He didn’t need any reminders of how Halina looked. He’d been watching her for two days and she wasn’t particularly discreet when it came to changing clothes. But then, under normal conditions, she wouldn’t need to be. From the street, her home was virtually nondescript, the only entry the front door and one curtained window. Lakeside, the house was nearly all glass, but its orientation and landscaping created a seclusion Mitch could only get around with a boat specifically positioned on the lake and a pair of binoculars.

He hit a dense patch of fog and another tremor gripped him bone-deep. “Shit. I thought I knew fog, but this place is colder than San Francisco. What Intel did you get? I’m going to confront her in the morning before she goes to work.”

“She’s a secretive little thing,” Kai said.

“No shit,” Mitch muttered.

“From what I’ve found, she’s not using her real name for anything. She’s completely dropped it. The alias Heather Raiden goes back seven years, and I still think that whole using your middle name for her last name is…odd. Kinda creepy, actually. I mean, it’s almost like there’s a message there or something.”

Mitch got that feeling, too, though he kept vacillating over its possible meaning. “Like ‘Fuck you, Foster. You’re too stupid to find me even when I’m using your name.’  That kind of message?”

About Joan Swan

NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Joan Swan writes sexy romantic suspense for Kensington (Phoenix Rising Series) and independently (Covert Affairs Series). She also works as a sonographer at a top medical facility in San Francisco and lives in magnificent wine country on the central coast of California with her husband and two daughters.

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Review: Shatter by Joan Swan

Posted December 23, 2013 by Ginny in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Shatter by Joan Swan
Shatter by Joan Swan
Genres: Paranormal, Romantic Suspense
Published by Kensington Publishing on December 31, 2013
Format: eARC
Pages: 352
Source: NetGalley

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Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Book Description:
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. . .


Ginny’s Review:
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.

Author Feature & Giveaway: Rush by Joan Swan

Posted September 6, 2013 by Sherri in Book Spotlight, Giveaways / 14 Comments
Author Feature & Giveaway: Rush by Joan Swan

My Favorite Passage’s by Joan Swan RUSH is is a rollercoaster of emotion and action. Jessica and Quaid have, undeniably, been the two members of the team damaged most by the warehouse fire that incites the Phoenix Rising series and all that ensues. I’ve pulled a few of my favorite passages from the book. Though hardly representative of the depth of emotion in RUSH, I thought I’d share a few tidbits. Hope you enjoy!   Quaid: God, he loved that woman. Jess never failed to lead him in the right direction in life. He’d follow her to the ends of the earth.  *** Jessica: And like waking from a deep, refreshing sleep, everything inside her lifted, stretched and filled. Each press, pull or slide of his mouth erased a shadow from her past.  *** Jessica:  Joy, relief, gratitude, love, excitement . . . they rushed in, slamming against her heart. […]

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Blog Tour Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Wicked Firsts

Posted August 31, 2013 by Sherri in Book Spotlight, Giveaways / 2 Comments
Blog Tour Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Wicked Firsts

We have a special book spotlight, along with an exclusive excerpt, for Wicked Firsts, an anthology from best selling authors:  Elisabeth Naughton, Alexandra Ivy, Cynthia Eden, Lauren Wright, Katie Reus and Joan Swan.  Enjoy! Six New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors bring you six all-new contemporary and super sexy suspense stories of first loves, first attractions, first temptations, first times and first obsessions. 99 cent SALE for FIRST week only! Order Now! Amazon | Barnes & Noble  Excerpt from First Taste of Darkness by Cynthia Eden  The gold of her eyes matched the shimmering gold of her dress. Golden hair, golden eyes, golden skin…she’d caught his attention the instant she walked into the Landon Hotel’s bar. He’d wanted her from that first sight, and, over the years, Blake had become quite used to taking what he wanted, no matter the price. “Jess Delaney…” She jerked when he said her name. She’d finally […]

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Review: Blaze by Joan Swan

Posted October 10, 2012 by Ginny in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: Blaze by Joan Swan

Shatter by Joan Swan Genres: Paranormal, Romantic Suspense Published by Kensington Publishing on September 25, 2012 Format: Paperback Pages: 400 Source: Publisher Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: The hotter they come, the harder they fall… 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 […]

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