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(Phoenix Rising #4)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  386 ratings  ·  84 reviews
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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by Brava (first published January 1st 2013)
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If you have not read the earlier books in this series, please be warned, my review may contain spoilers and should not be read!

So I feel like I was a little late to the party with this one! Shatter is book four in the Phoenix Rising series by Joan Swan. When I read Rush, the third book in the series, I didn’t realize that it wasn’t a stand-alone novel. I just saw the blurb, thought it sounded interesting and downloaded it. While I really enjoyed Rush when I read it, this really is a series that
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 Stars for some serious storyline!!
Shatter is book 4 in the Phoenix Rising series by Joan Swan- I have not read the prior books, but I will be! This series looks so interesting and OMG- the plot lines are so intense. Halina Beloi is in hiding from everyone. She has a past she is trying to hide and to keep herself save she gives up everything to start over. But she knows that nothing is save so she is always ready to run again.

Halina is living under another name and keeps herself private so when
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Let me tell that I liked this series. It started with the boom - I'm still convinced that the first book was the best of them all!

In this one we have Mitch and Halina story.

It is interesting, but... for me there was too much internal struggling both Mitch's and Hali's.

That wouldn't have been bad, but the line of thought went awry with anger on Mitch's part and fear/secrecy on Hali's.

I would have preferred if all that have been skipped.

I would still be reading Owen and Sophie story (I hope that

Originally Reviewed For: Tea and Book

Have your read the works of the Fabulous Joan Swan? Yeah, me neither.. at least not until Shatter.. and let me tell you this, I have been seriously missing out! I have seen her name, even chatted with her on Twitter but for some reason I have just kept passing her over. Even had the chance to read her books previously via NetGalley and still no go.. let me tell you this was a HUGE mistake!! If you have the chance to read ANY books by Ms Swan PICK. THEM. UP..

Adria's Musings
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews

Attorney Mitch Foster is being forced to face a past that he spent seven years trying (and failing) to forget. Underneath the sarcastic playboy exterior, Mitch is still nursing a broken heart and lingering feelings for the mysterious Halina Beloi, whom he loved and was abandoned by. Now, through a sick twist of fate, he has had to track down and confront Halina about her role in what happened to seven firefighters that let them with paranormal abilitie
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ NetGalley

Halina Beloi has been in hiding for seven years. She’s kept under the radar and prepped for the day she hoped would never come, the day she’s discovered. When that day inevitably dawns she never imagined it would be the man she left behind who would find her and not the enemy searching for her research. Now they’re both running because he’s led them straight to her. He wants answers to why she ran in the first place and she doesn’t want to put him at risk again. Can two s
Lisa Anne
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Background and Recap:

In the Phoenix Rising series, a team of firefighters was exposed in a warehouse fire to chemicals from a secret, experimental, unethical government program. Each member of the team developed paranormal powers. Ever since, they've been in danger from the deadly department, headed by a senator, who has been watching and manipulating them. Some of the team members have been falsely imprisoned, experimented on, and more. Their stories were told in Fever, Blaze, and Rush.

Mitch Fo
Tory Michaels
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I think this is the end of the Phoenix Rising series given how this ends, but I’m not entirely positive. But I have to say, if it is the ending, I’m sorry to see this series go.

I came into the series with the second one, I think, and have liked the whole thing. This book troubled me therefore a bit. Usually there’s an uber-hot relationship between the hero/heroine, and here…it seemed a bit disjointed. Clearly they’re crazy about each other. Don’t get me wrong, at no point did I doubt the love th
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, romance, suspense
I’ve been impatiently waiting for this book since the moment Mitch Foster stomped his way onto the pages of Fever. Joan Swan created a character that I wanted to read more of when she penned him. He was a secondary character that I looked so forward to reading. Mitch finally getting his own happily ever after was a happy day for me. His heroine being worthy of him is just an added bonus to this must read book.

Rekindles are typically one of my least favorite type of romances. I always think why
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying that I have loved Mitch since the beginning of this series, he is cocky, arrogant, and super sexy. Shatter picks after the events at the end of Rush when Mitch sets out to find his old lover Halina. This story is filled with so much hurt and betrayal but the love is always present. I love this series and I really hope to get some HEA for the remaining friends.
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book, the fourth and presumably final installment in the Phoenix Rising series was fantastic. I'd say it was my favorite but I honestly think that all 4 are my favorite. I love the "family" dynamic between all of the characters, and how they love and bicker...sometimes I laugh out loud. ...more
Apr 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Scientist Halina Beloi has been in hiding for the last seven years. She is living off the grid with her German Sheppard, Dex, when Mitch Foster tracks her down. Seven years ago, Mitch and Halina were in love and living happily together when she suddenly left him claiming that she was already married. Now Mitch believes she is the scientist behind the chemicals that harmed a group of firefighters during a warehouse fire. He knows she was working for Senator Gil Schaeffer, a man who Mitch has been ...more
Each addition to this series just drags me in deeper. I loved the author's writing style, characterizations, plotting and backdrop from the start, but after all the twists, turns and overlapping angles that have taken place since the beginning book, I shake my head in amazement and wonder how she does it. The intrigue and suspense in these books just grabs me and won't let go. The burning, wrenching situations of the couples both repels and attracts me because I just want them to be happy.

This i
Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A fast-paced installment with a kickass heroine, some laugh-out-loud moments and lots of sexual tension. Definitely recommend reading the series in order to fully appreciate the intricate plot and number of important characters.

Opening Sentence: Heather Raiden sat on the floor of her darkened home on Lake Washington in Seattle and stared at the midnight blackness through her night-vision goggles.

The Review:

Halina Beloi isn’t the helpless little
May 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Joan is a new author for me
I was excited by the synopsis ... but couldn't get into the book at all
It could have been the mood i was in or just that the first couple of pages didn't catch my attention
I find that if I'm having to skip pages in the first few chapters the book needs to be put down - life is too short to keep trying to "like" a book....
From what I did read though the book seemed well written - maybe I will try to read it again at a later date ...
Margreet Asselbergs
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing

My rating: 4.5 of 5 ⭐️

Growing up without parents in Russia, Halina Beloi was placed in the care of an abusive uncle, where she managed to survive by learning to adapt until she could stand on her own. She eventually lands work as a scientist for the Department of Defense where she becomes involved in research that causes her to question her superior. From that moment on, her life and the life of her lover are put on the line and Halina sees no other option
Monica Cardoza
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As usual Ms. Swan has shattered my expectations! There are times that when series go into three then four the plot, storyline are stretched thin but this one was so not the case. The amount of heat, action, suspense is so high that I could not stop reading this story of Mitch and Halina. How much more can Halina do to keep Mitch alive? How much more is Mitch going to take of Halina’s lies? Can they have their happily ever after, but the question is can they finally be safe no longer looking over ...more
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Rating: C+ -- Liked It - But I had issues
Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About
Review copy provided by publisher.

I have enjoyed Joan Swan’s Phoenix Rising series since the first book, Fever. The series is a sublime mix of action/adventure and strong, palatable sex appeal. Each book chronicles the adventures of a close-knit group of friends who is being hunted by a power-hungry US senator. The long-awaited conclusion of their trials culminates in Shatter. Due to this fact, and that th
Barb Lie
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shatter by Joan Swan is the 4th book in her wonderful Phoenix Rising series. I have read and reviewed every book in this series from the start, and have loved every moment of this fantastic ride. I have been a big fan of Joan Swan from the first book, and Phoenix Rising has become one of my favorite series; as it is so well written; and each book has been filled with action, excitement, suspense, super team of friends, awesome couples, and steamy sexual chemistry between them.

Our hero in Shatte
Michel Reinhard (Saucy Southern Readers)
ARC provided by the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Shatter by Joan Swan is romantic and paranormal suspense at it’s finest.

Shatter is book four in the Phoenix Rising series. I would highly recommend reading the first three books in the Phoenix Rising series before reading Shatter. The series has an ongoing story line, a complicated plot that increases with each book, and characters that are connected to each book that play an important part in Shatter. This is a serie
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
A brilliant installment to the Phoenix Rising series! (A non-spoiler review)

I have been a fan of this series from the very beginning. In book 1, FEVER, we were introduced to Alyssa's twin brother. Helloooo, Mitch Foster! As the series grows, his fan base seems to grow as well. I mean, how can one read this series and not fall in love with this cocky, smart-mouthed, confident attorney with the playboy personality, and how the hell does he have all these connections!? Fans championed for his story
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
**Arc provided by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review**

Where have I been that I did not know about this fabulous series by Joan Swan? I have been missing out, but I guess it is better late than never! Shatter is book 4 in Ms. Swan’s Phoenix Rising Series, and if the rest are like this one, I will have some great reading in the near future.

Although Shatter is not meant to be a stand alone, I didn’t find myself needing to fill in too much information. Ms. Swan recapped enough of the chem
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can be found at: Carole's Random Life

In the interest of full disclosure, I received an advance reader edition of this book from Kensington Books and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

This book was a solid 4 out of 5 stars for me. There was a lot of action and romance and to be honest I just LOVED the Hero, Mitch. After I started the book I noticed that Goodreads had it labeled as book #4 in the series. I have not read any other books in this series or by Joan S
Les Romantiques
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Posted on Les Romantiques - Le forum du site
Reviewed by Rinou
Review Copy from the Publisher

Shatter is the fourth volume in the Phoenix Rising series, which talks about a group of friends who was exposed to a chemical product and developed unusual abilities. Once more I’m discovering a series partway through, I’m going to be careful of the fact Netgalley isn’t really clear when it’s a series. And here that has all the more annoyed me as the background story has intrigued me a lot and that I am aw
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Joan never seems to miss in her Phoenix Rising series and this time it was a bulls-eye!

Mitch Foster’s life has been turned upside down and backwards ever since he first started investigating the strange goings on in which Senator Gil Schaeffer is involved. Seven years ago, when the woman he loved, Halina Dubrovsky, showed up with a husband and then left him, he had no idea that she was tied to Schaeffer and the experiments that left the team of firefighters who had become his family with unusua
Though bittersweet, Shatter was a fantastic conclusion to Joan Swan's fantabulously smexy Phoenix Rising series. I've never been a big fan of the romantic suspense genre, but with the paranormal elements thrown in, I was hooked with Fever, the first book in the series. I have anxiously awaited the release of each book in the Phoenix Rising series as I wanted to know more about, not only the firefighters who were targeted, but also Alyssa's smart ass brother and lawyer extraordinaire, Mitch. It w ...more
Amy R
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is really hard to write a review about a book that has your emotions so wound up that you don't know if you want to laugh, smile, cry or scream. This is the way I felt while reading Shatter by Joan Swan. I am so sad about this book. Sad that the series has come to an end. Sad that I won't get to read any more of the group's adventures (although maybe Joan will gift us with a couple stories about Kai and Seth, maybe? Pretty please?). I am so incredibly happy with the way it all turned out, tho ...more
Christi Snow
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
I'll admit, I wasn't expecting a book for Mitch in this series. Although he's been there from the very beginning throwing around his money and influence on behalf of the team, he wasn't part of the group that originally went into the warehouse and ended up with a paranormal ability. But I'm so glad he got his story because he is an integral part of how everyone within this group has survived the fallout from that warehouse fire.

Mitch is a lawyer....a powerful one that isn't afraid to
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kensington-arcs
Hmmmm. I’ve either having preemptive withdrawals or some major denial going on. Just finished reading Shatter and I feel shattered.

For the last few years, Mitch has been a part of the group, but yet also apart from the group. The Phoenix Rising series initially focused on a Hazmat team; firefighters that were injured in a huge hazmat explosion. Mitch is the twin brother of the first heroine in the series, Alyssa. He has no special skills or abilities other than being a great big arrogant pain in
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Jen
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I’ve been reading this series since book one and I’ve been anxiously waiting Mitch’s story. I was so glad to hear that with Shatter we’re finally getting it. This is book four of the Phoenix Rising series and it will definitely read better if you’ve read the previous installments. As a quick summary, years earlier there was an explosion at a chemical warehouse and the firefighters called in were
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I live in the magnificent wine country of California's central coast with my husband and two daughters.

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Phoenix Rising (4 books)
  • Fever (Phoenix Rising, #1)
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