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Fever (Phoenix Rising #1)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,400 Ratings  ·  243 Reviews
Dr. Alyssa Foster will admit to a bad boy fetish. . .

But when she finds herself face to face with a convicted murderer with a ripped body, a determination for freedom and an eye on her as his get out of jail free card, Alyssa knows she's in deep trouble. . .. Not just because Teague Creek is a prisoner desperate for freedom, but because his every touch makes her desperate
ebook, 352 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mar 03, 2012 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fv-review, ppb

I debated reviewing Fever given this is a debut author and I wish nothing but the best for any aspiring writer. However, I also believe that readers need a fair and honest review from a person who finished the book in it’s entirety. The reason I finished the book is because at times I am a masochist when it comes to not DNF’ing a story. In all seriousness though, I hoped to find something to justify why one of my all time favorite authors would give a positive quote to the book. What I found was
Feb 29, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Teague Creek, former firefighter and paramedic has been an inmate at San Quentin for three years. Convicted of beating and killing his girlfriend by setting her on fire, he's a lifer. Pulling in favours owed to him, Teague plans an escape. Using the ruse of a medical check-up for stomach pains, he plans to take the radiologist hostage and use her for an exchange.

Dr Alyssa Foster likes badboys, so the cut and tattooed prisoner piques her interest. Initially. Until she sees exactly what the tatto
Mandi Schreiner
Jan 27, 2012 Mandi Schreiner rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Unfortunately, I can't handle the racial slurs in this book. And yes, I realize they are in there to make us not like a certain character (at least that is my assumption. I am dnf'ing after pg 50 or so). Although because his character is friends with (or at least tagging along) with the hero, he has a lot of page time.

But for me personally, there is no reason to use the N word or a slur against an Asian woman in a book. If you don't want me to like the character, than think of a different way to
Mar 03, 2012 KatLynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to KatLynne by: Jilly liked this one:) If she likey, I'll likey!
Debut - Romantic Suspense with PNR aspects and a truly hot cover!

I’ve had difficulty rating this book. I liked it! What interfered with my rating is my comparison to my fav PNR Romantic Suspense series. When I put this comparison aside, this clearly is a 4 star read. I hope that makes sense:)

I don't usually enjoy fugitive heroes but after reading my friend Jill's review, I knew I wanted to get this one. From the very first page I was intrigued and didn’t want to stop until the end. This debut
The Holy Terror
Mar 03, 2012 The Holy Terror marked it as will-never-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terrible-writing
Jane's status updates are proof enough that I never want to read this. Here are a few gems:

"The Aryan Brotherhood sidekick, the hero and heroine confront a bunch of slang talking black guys who spout off cliched lines like "once you go black, you never go back". This also treats us to "porch monkeys, wiggas, cracka" (42)

"AB sidekick telling the dreadlocked black guys to get lost "you heard him, monkey meat," Taz said. "Get the fuck out of here before he shoots your ugly black faces clean off." (
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
May 08, 2012 Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) by: Review request by author
Posted on Under the Covers

Debut author Joan Swan takes you on a pulse-pounding, no-holds-barred, suspense-driven ride from beginning to end!

Doctor Alyssa gets caught up in a royal mess. Two inmates, working together have taken her from her workplace and brought her along a ride that changes the course of her life. Scared beyond reason, Alyssa tries to wrap her head around the situation that is happening to her. I found that I really liked Alyssa. She showed courage in times when I would have cra
Scooper Speaks
Favorite Lines: “A pristine fantasy of him lying naked in the middle of a big, comfortable bed with her equally as naked, straddling his lap with a sexy smile on that beautiful face instead of that perpetual scowl. Her hair fell forward over her shoulders as she split the foil condom wrapper with her teeth. Popped the latex securely between those full lips. Rolled it over his extended length with her mouth. Seated it in place with a suction that made his hands clench the sheets and his body arc ...more
Feb 06, 2012 Trish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while, I get really lucky--when I discover a great book by an author that I haven’t read before, or a debut author, who is new to everyone—and I want to shout at the rooftops that I’ve just finished an awesome read. FEVER is that book.

Joan Swan, triple RWA Golden Heart finalist and a double Daphne Du Maurier finalist, has a reason to celebrate. Her debut romance novel, Fever, will be released on February 28, 2012. And it’s a super-fan-freakin-tastic read.

So prepare now for that
4 Stars

Imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, Teague Creek escapes with a hostage and is on the run not only from the police, but from dangerous rogue operatives who will stop at nothing to silence him once and for all. Dr. Alyssa Foster knows nothing of the man who has kidnapped her other than the fact that he awakens a deep seated need and desire within her. Surely there is more to this desperate bid for freedom than meets the eye…

A solid if rather far fetched plot, appealing characte
Elisabeth Naughton
Fast-paced romantic suspense with a twist of the paranormal you won't be able to put down!
Jennah Scott
Feb 22, 2012 Jennah Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First let me say that Teague is 1000% swoon worthy (and I LOVE the cover). Yes, he's an escaped convict but from the beginning you know there's more to his story. It's like you immediately know that he didn't do what he's convicted of. It takes a while to learn what exactly he did, and then once you do everything you thought you had figured out is flipped upside down.

There are so many different parts to the story it really does take until the last page to finish putting the puzzle together. I ap
Sandy M
I just love it when a debut author hits it out of the park. Joan Swan has done that and then some. She’s given readers an intense and suspenseful story infused with a romance that grows as secrets are revealed, all with an underlying paranormal element that gives the Phoenix Rising series its base, on which Ms. Swan has built exciting characters and storylines.

Alyssa Foster has worked hard to keep her medical career on an upward track, culminating in a promotion she’s ready to knock out the comp
Among The Muses
Feb 19, 2012 Among The Muses rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic suspense fans
This is, without a doubt, one of the best romantic suspense books I’ve read! FEVER gripped me so hard I think I have bruises! :) From beginning to end, there isn’t a single dull moment, a drop in pulse pounding action, or a time that you aren’t left warm and tingling from the blazing sexual tension. I’m left in awe of the fabulousness that a debut author can deliver in a romantic suspense novel that has a unique plot shrouded by mystery, deceit, and pain – that ultimately leads to a great HEA.

Shana Galen
Feb 04, 2012 Shana Galen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once in a while I read a book that I can’t put down. It’s the kind of book that I think about when I’m folding laundry or driving to the store or jogging around the neighborhood. I wonder how the characters are possibly going to solve their problems and end up together. And I stay up late, even though it means functioning on four hours of sleep, because I cannot wait to find out how the novel ends. I hadn’t read a book like that in a long time.

Until I picked up Joan Swan’s debut, Fever.

From the
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I am not going to lie...the scorching HOT cover of this book caught my attention and let me tell you, this is one time you CAN judge a book by it's cover. FEVER is an emotionally charged, action packed, romantic suspense debut novel with a great plot and amazing character development.

FEVER takes hold of you in the first couple of sentences and will not let you go. Dr. Alyssa Foster is already having a bad day at work, when two pr
Not a review exactly, just some observations. This book for reasons I don't fully understand is the center of all kinds of melodrama. Maybe I'll just bullet point, without judgment.

*There is an impressive number of squeesqueesquee 5 star reviews very early in the game.
*Some people think a droolworthy and dreamy hero is an adequate reason for five stars.
*This is a debut author. Has she really hit it out of the park on her first book? Where will she go from here?
*A lot of people think they've writ
Feb 25, 2012 Kendra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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Holy Wow! I was completely blown away by this debut novel. Sometimes you can be skeptical about a debut author, not having any point of reference, but Ms. Swan had a couple of things going for her before I ever cracked the cover. First, she understands the draw of a fabulous cover. I mean look at that body! The man is frickin fantastic. Makes you want to pet the pretty. *stops to pe
Jan 28, 2012 Leanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-2012-books
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! Oh My God it was sooooo good! I started reading it at work in between calls and it sucked me right in. I had a hard time to stop reading lol

So the story starts with Dr, Alyssa walking down the hall and she's contemplating life and that fact that she is fighting to make it to the top of her career. I usually read through descriptions quickly to get on to the dialogue but they were so well written I read word for word.
When Alyssa gets to the room that is holding a convicted
All Things Urban Fantasy
From page one FEVER simmers with danger, chemistry, and Alpha hero deliciousness. And despite all that action, Swan still does a fantastic job having her characters navigate this steamy plot without sacrificing their depth. Well-executed romance with a light paranormal frosting, these two characters could have spent the entire book on a deserted island and I’d still be eagerly turning pages.

While it’s not unusual for me to like one character above all others in a book, it is rare for lesser char
Christi Snow
Mar 14, 2012 Christi Snow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review:
This is a book that I have been looking forward to for months. Finally, my pre-ordered copy showed up and I devoured this book within hours of it's arrival. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down. It surpassed all of my already high expectations...OMG, I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

This is the first in a series of books about a group of firefighters who got caught up in a warehouse explosion. Something was in that explosion which affected the group, but it's affected them all in different way
A Sizzling Thrill Ride!

WOW! Joan Swan's debut romantic-suspense novel, FEVER, is a thrill ride you won't want to miss! When San Quentin prisoner, Teague Creek, former firefighter and paramedic, is transported to a San Francisco medical center for a medical exam, he sets his plan for escape in motion. His plans include taking a specific hostage, but what he didn't know is that the hospital would be short staffed that evening, and he mistakenly takes another person. As Teague and another inmate es
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

Teague Creek is a convicted murderer who used to be a well respected Fireman/Paramedic. Alyssa Foster is a Physician just trying to get ahead in a man's world. Teague's and Alyssa's worlds collide when Teague escapes taking the attractive Doctor as his hostage in the escape along with evil inmate, Taz. During the escape Alyssa finds Teague has a very odd ability, which as a Doctor intrigues as well as terrifies her.

All Teague wants is to be free of prison and to take back something that's solely
Fever is a romantic suspense book with a paranormal twist. Romantic suspense is not a genre I normally read but I was intrigued with the paranormal aspect so I chose it as a book to review. I am so glad I gave this book a chance. It was action packed, kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to see where Joan Swan takes this series next.

Teague Creek is a man serving a life sentence and feels he has nothing to lose. Conspiracy put him in prison and he will do whate
Bronwen Evans
Feb 15, 2014 Bronwen Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t read a lot of romantic suspense, but then I love including romantic suspense story lines in my Regency historical books so I’m not totally unfamiliar.

I picked FEVER to read as it was on sale at $1.99 and because of the cover – I mean he is hot. Add to that the hero’s name is Teague, and Ms. Swan grabbed me.

I did enjoy this book. I liked the strong characters and I thought the relationship developed at the right pace, even if the story did not – it had a bit of the slow, muddled middle go
Mar 20, 2012 Mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
WOW!!!! Triple WOW!!! What a fantastic book!!!
I loved the hero, I loved the heroine, I loved the story!!! I loved the flow of the story, the dialogue!! I loved everything!
There's a small paranormal issue in the story, but though important, the main part of the story is a thriller. Perheps this will be more througly explored in the next book. I'm anxiously awaiting for the second book!
Apr 15, 2012 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-mar
4.5 Stars

(minus .5 because of the lack of STEAMY hot you know what scenes between Teague and Lys....come on!)
Kelly % Books-n-Kisses
My thoughts:
Fever is Joan Swan’s break out novel. I had the great pleasure of getting to read an ARC of Fever. LOVED!!! LOVED!!!! LOVED this book!!!
Joan has created a world for us that starts with a single event. A Fire. A warehouse fire. A warehouse fire that will forever change the life’s of the men and women caught in that fire.
In Fever we meet Teague Creek an man on the run. On a mission to get to the one person he loves the most and nothing or no one will stand in his way. Teague is a tough
Feb 03, 2012 Visionary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Been anticipating this book for some time! And ironically animals and family are working against my reading time!

On page 87 - Very gripping, nearly action packed from the beginning. Never once did I get bored, no information dump from the get go. Been picking up information here or there along the way for the pace to go rather smoothly.

Note: Alyssa is the type of heroine that I really like. No fragile flower there. She fights and straight up gives Teague a rough time of it.

The side character
Aug 12, 2012 Gayle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Fever" Book one of 'Phoenix Rising Series', has been written by a new author, Joan Swan.

I bought this book in March 2012 but never got around to doing a review until now.

Our Heroine is Alyssa. She is extremely overworked at a Hospital and has been called in to cover for another Team mate. She definitely does not want to have to deal with a patient that is also a prisoner of San Quentin, Teague Creek. Things progressively get worse for Alyssa when Teague takes her as his hostage.

Our Hero, Teagu
May 07, 2012 HJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad that I did't pay a lot of attention to the negativity that I'd seen about racial slurs in this book. Though the slurs were angering and offensive, they were also realistic, considering that they were made by gang members and a psychotic prison convict. And were, in fact, very limited and minor to the remainder of the story.

I liked this book. I'd give it 3.5 stars, with a strong possibility of a reread. Reminded me just a bit of Pamela Clare's Unlawful Contact. The plot/build up of story
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