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(Phoenix Rising #3)

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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 br ...more
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Published August 27th 2013 by Brava (first published January 1st 2013)
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Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Firefighters Jessica Fury and Quaid Legend are newlyweds who are happy to be working on the same team. When a warehouse chemical fire leaves Quaid dead and the other team members with paranormal abilities, Jessica doesn't know how to deal. Five years later she is finally getting her life together when her friends tell her that they believe Quaid is still alive. They have learned that a man who is called "Q" has been held prisoner at a Government owned facility. He has developed various paranorma ...more
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
A very nice book!

But, DO NOT READ this book if you haven't read the previous ones - you will understand almost nothing about what's happening here!

Ebook is the direct sequel of the previous one. You must read what happened in the previous ones to get the whole picture and to understand the why and how. Otherwise you'll just get confused, because there's much intrigue, interaction between the characters, background story...

But each book is focused on one couple. Here we have Q (or Quaid) and Jess
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Rush (Phoenix Rising #3) by Joan Swan  

Author: Joan Swan Title:Rush Series: Phoenix Rising Cover Rating: Book Rating: Buy This Book:

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
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rush is the third installment in the Phoenix Rising series by romantic suspense author Joan Swan. Just as with the first two, Fever and Blaze, Rush grabbed me from the opening lines and didn't let go until the very end, leaving me breathless and ready for more.
I was lucky enough to have had the chance to receive an advance copy of Fever in order to review it, which introduced me to this amazing group of people who are as close as any blood family. When Blaze was released I made sure to grab up
Christi Snow
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
Quaid supposedly died five years ago. His wife Jessica might as well have died with him since she sank into depression and drugs and a non-life just to cope with life without him. She's been on the road to recovery for a year now so when her friends come to tell her that Quaid might still be alive, she can't allow herself to even hope. She wouldn't survive his loss again.

This book made my heart hurt so much for both these characters. Quaid and Jessica had a perfect, not a per
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Towards the end of Blaze a new character was introduced to the Phoenix rising series. He was simply known as Q. Everything points to the fact that he is most likely the one member that was deemed dead. The simplest solution would be to ask Q if he really is Quaid. The problem there is the sicko’s that declared Quaid dead are the same freaks that are experimenting on humans all for the purpose of filling their coffers. Q has no recollection of who he really is. The former hazmat team that is more ...more
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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So, Rush is book three in Joan Swan’s Phoenix Rising series, a paranormal romantic suspense series. With smokin’ hot firefighters. Everything is better with firefighters? Five years ago the firefighting squad went into a burning government building and came out changed. Unfortunately some rogue elements of their government decided the best way to cover it up was to get rid of them.

Quaid was one of the first to enter
Sue "DavinciKittie" Brown-Moore
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Rush starts off with a... well, rush... of energy and emotion as we step right into the passionate relationship between Quaid and Jessica and get glimpses into their vibrant pre-accident personalities. The good-natured training scene charges straight into the now-infamous warehouse explos
Booklover, Indianapolis
Pamela Clare, Maya Banks, Cindy Gerard, Suzanne Brockmann, Christy Reece, Anne Stuart, Shannon McKenna…my favorites in romantic suspense. While sometimes their books are too formulaic, and often the bromance among the guys (and there must be several guys who work together – with the obligatory female teammate who falls for one of the guys) is the best part of the continuous stories, I still read these books with my heart pounding – will the baddies get caught (and sometimes – wow, the baddies ar ...more
I should admit I am a sucker for a back from dead/amnesia story line. That’s was drew me into reading this book even though it has paranormal aspects, which I normally don’t read. Jessica had a perfect life. Totally in love with her husband, both of them firefighters, wonderful friends…until a fire changes everything and her husband dies. Five years later and Jessica learns there may be more to the fire than anyone first realized and shockingly, her husband may still be alive. Can she survive le ...more
Eva Millien
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
The author has combined all the elements of a great paranormal romantic suspense series, action, intrigue, enemies, hope, betrayal, lovable and intriguing characters, romance, friendship, family and paranormal abilities and the reader will be completely taken with this series. With the third book in the Phoenix Rising series being a very intriguing and engaging read that can be read without reading the first two because the author gives the reader all the information needed to get caught up in t ...more
Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Associate Reviewer - Marta C:

This is apparently the third book in the Phoenix Rising series although it is the first book that I have read by Ms. Swan. I feel that this is not a standalone book and readers would certainly benefit greatly if they read the two previous books (Fever and Blaze).

This started out as a very detailed story about two firefighters(Jessica and Quaid), who are clearly very much in love. This is a very intense beginning to a story that had
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
3 1/2
I am surprised by how much I enjoyed Rush. I feared I wouldn't be able to fully appreciate it as it was the third book in a series. But the author worked beautifully to integrate the back story in the plot. Clearly, if you read the first two, you'll gain more inside into characters and story arch, but I was able to follow everything without a single glitch.

Rush is a mix of futuristic, pnr and romantic suspense and it's able to sustain all :) I'm always a bit wary of second chance stories,
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a marvellous author, and what a marvellous series!
Continuing the stories of the group of friends and colleagues fighting the corruption in Govt ranks which has caused so much grief, following on from the rescue of Cash, Keira's brother, there is the mystery of Q, who helpers keep Cash sane and helped in his attempted escape from the prison where Q has been drugged and experimented on for six years.
Could Q be there supposedly dead and grieved comrade? Can Jessica be brought back into their
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I did not realize when I requested this from Netgalley that this was the 3rd in the Phoenix Rising Series..
SO I was somewhat lost..
BUT!! What I was able to follow along was very well written and kept me interested.. But I could tell there was tons I missed and would have benefited and enjoyed he read much more had I read Fever & Blaze Definitely have added to my TBR list.. and will consider this author for future reads
Adria's Musings
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
*Book provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews

Sexy men, confident women and hot love scenes mixed with government conspiracies and unusual abilities best describe the latest book in author Joan Swan's Phoenix Rising series. Rush amps up the action, suspense and of course, the romance. Where Fever and Blaze (book one and two respectively) pushed the mystery of the chemical explosion that left seven firefighters with unexplained abilities
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
3.5 stars: Liked it - recommend (B+)
Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About
Review copy provided by the author.

Jessica Fury was a new wife when her husband, Quaid Legend, was brutally burned and killed in warehouse fire five years ago. This is the same fire where a mysterious chemical exploded, giving fellow firefighters interesting paranormal-ish powers. After a tough five years, which included drug and alcohol addiction, Jessica works as a lobbyist in Washington, DC, where she has di
Dark Faerie Tales
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Romance and intrigue meet when a woman discovers the husband she believed to be dead could in fact be alive and imprisoned by a government intent on exploiting his abilities. She lost him once. She’s determined to never go through that again…

Opening Sentence: That could not be Jessica Fury’s husband.

The Review:

This book is officially going in my “don’t judge a book by its cover” pile. While the cover made me think I was going to get your typica
Lucy Dosch (EBookObsessed)
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When Quaid Legend and his team of Hazmat Firefighters walked into the burning warehouse five years ago, their lives changed forever. The chemicals that the government was hiding in that warehouse caused them all to change on a molecular level, and left them with special abilities which certain areas of the government of very interested in using. Their lives have been monitored since that fateful day. Yet they were the luckier ones. Quaid lost his life…just not in the way the team was told. He di ...more
Monica Cardoza
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Will Quaid be the same man when they thought him dead? Will he ever regain his memory? Will Jessica be able to love the man he had become, Q?

Wow Rush was a rush of emotions, the emotions that I had due to the treatment of Quaid. I could not believe the amount of things that the government had done to him but not only him, Cash and his family especially Mateo, Cash’s son. The torture that they endured because of some psycho Senator wanting to make troops with paranormal capabilities, he’s a sick
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wowsers! The title says it all about this one. It was truly a rush from start to finish. I knew it would be intense because it was Quaid and Jessica's story, but knowing and experiencing are two vastly different things it seems. Joan Swan has an absolute gift for telling an adrenaline-producing heart-pounding story that surrounded and immersed me so that every sense was engaged. I love how each book in this series just cranks it up just that much more. You don't need to be a psychic to know how ...more
Barb Lie
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rush is the 3rd book in Joan Swan’s Phoenix Rising series. I have read every book, and each one was a wonderful read, and yet Swan manages to make the newest one better then the last. I loved Rush.

Rush was a roller coaster of a ride from start to finish. Swan manages to pull all kinds of emotions from us throughout the book. What I find amazing in this series is that each main couple that are featured in each of the books are totally awesome. Swan creates such great characters, you find yoursel
Snarky Mom
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You may have picked up on the fact that I have a few… “issues”. One of them is hopping into series midway. Just can’t do it. Even though it puts me behind on deadlines for reviews on books I’ve requested the privilege to read & review. MUST. READ. IN. ORDER. This is one such instance. I recently signed up to read & review “Rush (Phoenix Rising)” – and then I realized it was the THIRD in the Phoenix Rising series. Off to my library website I went (have I mentioned how much I love my local library ...more
Anna's Herding Cats
Ahhh I loved it! But let me tell you there was a serious 'oh my effing hell' moment there at the beginning that I so wasn't prepared for--because of my non blurb reading stance-- and holy crap it was amazing! Swan actually made my jaw drop and and left me speechless. Needless to say Rush was an exciting read that had me on the edge of my seat, made my palms sweat and had me falling in love all at the same time. Whew! It was excellent.

Alright, so, seriously, this one is so gonna make me paranoid
I love and adore this series. And with each book, I love the heroes of Swan's Phoenix Rising series.

In Rush, Q has been rescued by the other members of his firefighting team. The same team that were involved in a bio hazard explosion five years ago. The same team that now have special supernatural powers since said explosion. And the same team that are now fighting to save their lives as one maniac searches to destroy them.

The Phoenix Rising series is one that MUST be read in order, as the sto
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Not only did Jessica and Quaid work together as firefighters, they were married and each other's soul mates. But after a horrifying fire and explosion 5 years ago, Quaid lost his life and Jessica lost the love of her life, the light in her life. The team Jessica worked with disbanded and everyone moved onto other things. Jessica now works for a private lobby firm, but she feels so empty inside even 5 years later without Quaid.

There was always something suspicious about the last fire they all wor
Amy R
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So freaking awesome. Joan Swan's Phoenix Rising series is unlike anything I have read before. The third book in the series, Rush, is just as kickass as Fever and Blaze. All of the characters have such an amazing chemistry with one another. The dialogue is both hilarious and emotionally intense. The plot itself is intriguing and sucked me in since the first pages of Fever (Book 1). Each story in the series features different main characters, yet has the same "team" of characters and overall plot. ...more
Jeannie Zelos
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rush Joan Swan.

ARC supplied by Netgalley.
I somehow got muddled here, thought this was a romance, and though it had romantic elements it was far more a political thriller. Still, its good to have a change of genre sometimes and its a while since I’ve read a thriller.
This is book three in a series and TBH I’d have had a better understanding of who each person was and how they fit if I’d read books one and two but...I haven't. Still, I did enjoy the story and can see the series has a good fanbase
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Now we’re getting somewhere. Both the glimpse back at the team before the warehouse fire and getting all the inside information about all the testing and experiments has finally brought everything into clear focus about what is really going on in this series.

Now don’t get me wrong I loved the other two books in the series but they didn’t show us much of how the team was before the explosion. Even though this was a very heartbreaking book in many ways it also had its happy moments. Getting a gli
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