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(Phoenix Rising #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  554 ratings  ·  98 reviews
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 Ranso
Trade Paperback, 375 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Brava (first published January 1st 2012)
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Vanessa theJeepDiva
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Blaze is one hell of a fast paced book that never slows down. From the very first page readers are dropped into an intense action scene, from there the action just keeps on. Keira is an amazing heroine to read. She is one tough chick. Her life has forced her to become this resilient woman. She had a very rough childhood, and then her adult life threw abilities at her that she never asked for and came with shadows and constant followers. Now, her latest assignment has forced her to work with her ...more
Sue "DavinciKittie" Brown-Moore
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Blaze hits the ground running with fiery tension between ex-lovers & firefighter teammates Kiera O'Shay and Luke Ransom, and a riveting action sequence that introduces more questions than it answers. Watching Kiera and Luke interact is like being around a passionate married couple who can't decide whether they'd rather kill each other or, we
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Book Two in the Pheonix Rising series, second book from her debut novel Fever.

Really like how Joan started the book with Keira. We heard "of" the woman in Fever. Mostly her past relationship with Luke. So this was a really good way for us readers to get a good introduction to her character and person. What drives her. Etc

Luke played a vital role in the end of Fever, so we readers are already well acquianted with him. Enough to have formed an opinion going in.

Not so with Keira. Mostly what
Cindy ~
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What an adrenaline rush this book was from start to finish. Blaze kicks the conspiracy of what happened in the warehouse fire to the seven members of a fire fighting hazmat unit into high gear.

We met Luke in Fever. He was the man that had taken in his niece when his brother in law had been sent to jail for killing his wife - Luke's sister. We knew Luke was still hurting over his girlfriend Keira leaving him with one of the reason's being she didn't want kids and he did. The "powers" they also g
4.5 Stars

ARC provided by author. Available September 25, 2012

BLAZE is the second book by Joan Swan ~ and second in the series, Phoenix Rising.

Although the book could be classified as a Romantic Suspense, there are some characteristics to the Paranormal genre.

Back story: Three years ago, seven firefighters respond to the call of a blazing fire where their world changes forever for each of them. Now each member has a physical scar and an eerie ability to do things inhumanly possible.

Luke Ransom
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr-uf
Things are really heating up in this series of books. I was on the edge of my seat from page one to the moment I closed the book on the last page. If it wasn't the danger and intrigue caused by the government operatives, it was the hideous amount of sexual tension and passion coming off the main characters. Before I go much further, let me caution folks to read this series in order because it picks up where the first one left off even though the focus puts two different characters in the lime li ...more
Five Fast-paced, Fantastic Stars!!!

Make room for this romance-suspense junkie, because I'm doing cartwheels all over this book! Yes, the sequel to Fever pushed all the right buttons for me. Can you tell that I found it fantastic? Well, I did!

Blaze mainly focuses on Keira O'Shay and Luke Ransom. Both were part of the firefighting team whose lives were forever changed in that warehouse fire that was first mentioned in Fever. Going into Blaze, I liked that these two already had an established relat
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Joan Swan doesn't disappoint! I was waiting forever to read about Luke and his experience. To get to know him a bit better. Before we find him, we get to meet Kiera, who we heard a little about in FEVER. She is in an operation, trying to rescue Mateo, a boy taken from his father. She doesn't know why she must save him, only, that she has to save him no matter what. There is where Luke comes in. He works for the ATF, which Kiera didn't know about. As soon as their eyes meet, emotions from their p ...more
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
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The writing is good, and there are some great moments, plus we learn more about each ex-firefighter's special ability. And I love seeing the previous couple as I really liked them in their book. I had more problem with the main couple, they seem not to understand each other much at first even though they've once been a couple, and they seem to have the same discussion several time. But then the main plot is interesting (even though it's not finished in the end of the book, and I can only imagine ...more
Joya Fields
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lots of great, fast-paced action in this book. Keira and Luke were strong characters who tried to resist each other, but often couldn't. Great tension between them. They work well together as a team, especially when it comes to saving lives--something they're both very good at doing. Love, action, special powers, and lots of twists...what's not to love in BLAZE? Highly recommend.
Sep 26, 2012 rated it liked it
One of the most annoying female characters.
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Even better than than the first.
Michelle  novelsontherun
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle 17TH JANUARY 2013 :


I absolutely Blaaazzed through this book, I didn’t want it to end.


Joan just knows how to write intelligent, exciting, smexi characters. Nothing is forced. I can’t even say who my overall fave guy is in this series thus far.

I love the women as well.

Keira is just a smart, kickass, yet vulnerable character. She is a sniper. The best. When she and Luke are teaming it, they are just so good to read. He knows
Novels On The Run
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fave-books
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle 17TH JANUARY 2013 :


I absolutely Blaaazzed through this book, I didn’t want it to end.


Joan just knows how to write intelligent, exciting, smexi characters. Nothing is forced. I can’t even say who my overall fave guy is in this series thus far.

I love the women as well.

Keira is just a smart, kickass, yet vulnerable character. She is a sniper. The best. When she and Luke are teaming it, they are just so good to read. He knows
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kinda gave the author the benefit of the doubt on the first book. Can't do it on this one. Luke comes across as whiny and weak. Where as, Keira comes across as a bitch. The book isn't bad but I prefer a very alpha hero! Prob won't be continuing on in this series.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
DNF @ page 88. I just can't read any more of this.

*Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.

Keira O’Shay is a clairaudient. She and several others were in a fire fighting accident a few years before and they all gained some type of paranormal ability. For the last year she’s been working to find a kidnapped child. Too bad things aren’t as they seem and her lover Luke Ransom is suddenly back in the picture.

I had to give up on this book at page 88. The beginning is full of Keira gaspin
Lisa Jo

Joan Swan is on fire! Her second release in the Phoenix Rising series, BLAZE, is just as incredible as the first. This series is non-stop action, adventure and romance! Readers will love every minute of it!

Keira O'Shay has felt a strong connection to a young boy named Mateo and she is determined to find him and bring him home. Even with her unique abilities, she can't explain why. She just knows she has to save him from evil clutches of a vicious man at any cost. When her FBI team accepts help
Adria (Musings and Reviews)
Originally posted on Breath of Life Reviews

The highly anticipated (at least for me) second book in new author Joan Swan's Phoenix Rising series, Blaze is an action packed, passion filled adventure sure to please the audience that was first captivated by its predecessor, Fever.

Exes Luke and Keira are definitely two of a kind and life has taken them in two different directions but they've never gotten over each other or the effect they had on the other's powers. Within moments of being re-united,
Lucy Dosch
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Blaze is Joan Swan’s second book of her Phoenix series. These stories revolve around seven firefighters who were caught in a chemical explosion in a government warehouse which left one dead and the remaining members forever changed. Each member has developed their own special abilities, and in this paranormal series, the scary monster in the closet isn’t a vampire or a zombie, it’s our very own government.

This black ops division of our government was aware of the toxic stew they kept hidden in t
Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
So brilliant it gave goose bumps! Extended review available on Mina's Bookshelf
I simply marvel at the way this author takes on the romantic suspense genre with the polished skills of a veteran novelist. In this brilliant second installment of the Phoenix Rising series, Joan Swan will engross the readers with her effortless craftsmanship and those smooth and seamless shifts of focus between action and romance that can rival even the most seasoned suspense writers.
Barb Lie
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Blaze by Joan Swan, is the second book in her Phoenix Rising series. The first book in this series, as well as Swan’s debut book was Fever. Fever was a very good book, but Swan has taken Blaze to another level. From the start to finish, this book is a page burner, you cannot, and will not put this down until you finish this exciting story. Blaze has everything..action..suspense..excitement..intensity, love, sex (hits the wow factor), and constant danger.

The heroine in Blaze is Keira O’Shay, and
Heather Book Savvy Babe
I won book 1 of the Phoenix Rising series, Fever, in an online contest. I was first drawn to the gorgeous cover (can you blame me?), but the concept and the characters intrigued me. The Phoenix Rising series is a romantic suspense but it has a touch of supernatural as well. Some of the main characters were altered by a fire-fighting mission and have developed some supernatural abilities. Fever set a solid foundation for the series, and with Blaze the Phoenix Rising series is one romantic suspens ...more
Alexa (Once Upon a Chapter)
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted at Pages of Forbidden Love

The world that I was introduced to in the first book, Fever, got so much better and more intense with this second installment. The first book opened the reader up to a great contemporary world where a team of ex-firefighters all had special powers from a warehouse explosion. There was so much mystery involving what happened to this group of people in the first book and I was left feeling like I didn’t know the entire story once I was finished w
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
4.5 stars

Posted on Under the Covers

From the get-go, Joan Swan demands your attention, opening up with a killer scene that hooks you right in. At first, I wondered if everything was happening too fast, but it’s as if Swan heard my thoughts because right after that the action levelled out and she gave readers time to breathe. This, my friends, is what I called great pacing. I’ve mentioned this before in my FEVER review, but I’ll say it again, Joan Swan is fantastic at pacing her work so that she
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
My Rating: 4.5 stars: Loved it - enthusiastically recommend (A)
Full Review:

Right from the opening, Blaze, brings action, adventure and heat to the reader. The book begins with FBI agent Keira O’Shay in the middle of a cult-like hostage situation. Her extrasensory instincts tell her that they are outside of something more than a religious commune. Her worst fears are confirmed when shots are fired and a man is down. Keira, an expert snipper, is called in a
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Ava's review posted on Guilty Pleasures

5 Stars

First I want to say, earlier this year my good friend DiDi recommended I read Fever, the first book in Joan Swan’s Phoenix Rising series. I was hesitant at first because I hadn’t ever read romantic suspense. I had the misconception, that the entire genre was a recipe for TSTL characters. I mean, a woman in danger, a man to the rescue, seemed to be the general theme throughout. That just goes to show, generalizations can severely limit your choices in
Seriously, everything I loved about Fever was in Blaze. Only some questions are answered and new ones reveal themselves.

Keira and Luke were great characters and great together but sometimes their characterisation was odd. For instance Luke mentions when they meet up again that he doesn't trust coincidences and Keira scoffs basically showing us she doesn't believe in a conspiracy surrounding their abilities. But... later it flips around and Luke's acting like she's crazy for believing that there'
Christi Snow
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
Taking a couple of days to catch up with this series has been my reward for the work projects that have been sucking my time for the last 3 months. What a perfect reward because I'd truly forgotten how much I love this series. This is book#2 of it.

The basis of the series is that a team of 7 firefighters responded to a fire in which chemicals were burning. Those chemicals were part of some sort of experiment and it drastically changed the physiology of the team. They all developed power
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