Friday, September 13, 2013

Rush by Joan Swan + Featured Freebie

Rush (Phoenix Rising, #3)
Release date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Brava
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Phoenix Rising #3

Jessica 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 – again.

Q 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 forget…

The heat is on.

My Rating: 3 Roses

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!
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In this sparkling first installment of her popular "Saint of Seven Dials" series, Brenda Hiatt has created "a most different and dashing rogue," according to bestelling author Kasey Michaels.

To escape her stepmother's matchmaking machinations, Lady Pearl runs away, pretending to be a common housemaid, with the help of her abigail. When she is rescued from near disaster by a charming serving-man, Pearl pretends to be simpleminded to safeguard herself from any unwanted advances. But soon she begins to suspect that her rescuer is far more than the common servant he seemed at first.

Luke St. Clair lives a double life, pretending to be a gentleman while in reality sustaining himself and the needy as that notorious Regency Robin Hood, the Saint of Seven Dials. The last thing Luke needs in his life is a beautiful simpleton in need of protection, but "Purdy" soon proves to be anything but simple--or common! Once he learns the truth, does he dare continue, in the ballrooms of the elite, the flirtation that began in the slums of London? The risk is enormous, but Lady Pearl's sweet kisses may just be worth it.

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