“WOW!!! This book was spectacular!! I am so in love with this world that Joan has created. The depth of the story drew me in so badly, I was unable to put it down until I was done. The characters are so intriguing and still a bit mysterious and I cannot wait to move on to book 2, to see what she has in store for us next. A definite must read and as rarely as I re-read books I know that I will find myself coming back to this one!”Holly C wrote this review Tuesday, August 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Dr. Alyssa Foster is a radiologist at St. Jude’s hospital. She’s competing with another doctor for a new position at the hospital and has two weeks to prove she’s the better choice when her life gets turned upside down by a prisoner taking her hostage in his bid for his escape.
Teague Creek is in prison for murder. He plans his escape and the radiologist is his key to making the whole plan work. He complains of pain so he can be sent to the hospital for scans and takes the doctor hostage, makes his escape with another prisoner, trades her for someone he loves and heads for the border. A fairly simple and straightforward plan, right? Only, his plans go every which way but right. The only thing he accomplishes is his escape. After that, well, Murphy’s Law takes over for the beleaguered Teague and the adventure begins.
Excellent read! Well-written, excellent plot, interesting well-developed characters and smooth-flowing. I had a hard time putting the book down. I can’t wait to read the stories for the other characters in this series.
*The publisher provided a copy of this book to me for review. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.”
“Wicked...Decadently Sinful...Prepare to be burned. Swan redefines sizzle and spark with heat-driven passion.
Condemned to life without parole, Teague Creek finds himself with no choice but to break out of prison. His best chance of freedom is to stage his escape during an exam at the local hospital. Dr. Alyssa Foste is taken hostage during a daring prison escape; you would think that is the worst thing to happen – it is only the beginning. As the passion between them heats up, so does the threat to their lives.
This story has the perfect balance of action/adventure and hot, steamy romance. Very fast paced, it is full of action, mystery, suspense and romance. Readers also meet Luke Ransom the hero from Blaze, the 2nd in the Phoenix Rising series!
Joan Swan writes the kind of books I love to read!
“Fever was my must have read for 2012. I have said this to Joan and I have tweeted and said this to everyone and believe me it lived up to my hype (in my opinion). Teague Creek was such a great character. He was a bad boy (seeing as he was in prison and all....lol) but I kept getting glimpses of his good heart/nature. Teague straddled the line between doing what he had to do to stay alive in prison and keeping to his true nature. Joan showed me that, with her male hero, you really had to look beyond his physical appearance to get to his true nature. Now with Alyssa, I got to see a work driven woman whose career means everything to her. She struggled to climb the work ladder to be the best in her field. Putting Teague in Alyssa's path gave me a new side to her character. I got to see her actually throw caution to the wind and let the chips fall were they lay.
Dr. Alyssa Foster never planned to be taken hostage by prison inmate Teague Crrek but since that is exactly what happened I got to go on one heck of an action packed ride towards redemption and true love. All Alyssa can think about is trying to escape and get back to practicing medicine but all Teague is doing is trying to prove his innocence by any means necessary. Ever since Teague was caught in a warehouse fire his life has been turned upside down. Now he is desperate to clear his name and reclaim his life. While on the run he realizes there is more than one person he wants to build a better life for but he doesn't quite know how to go about it. Alyssa realizes that her career is not the only thing there is in life. She learns that falling in love can be more satisfying than an all consuming job.
I really loved the interaction between Alyssa and Teague. I kept hoping he would realize what her and he had was worth fighting for. This book had everything I could hope for and more. There was TONS of action, as well as, a heart tugging love story. Joan has a hit on her hands with Fever, and if Blaze (Phoenix Rising Series Book #2) is anything like this one then she will have a FANTASTIC series that everyone must read. On a scale from 1-10 I give Fever a HUGE 10. I think everyone adult 18+ should run out and pick up this book. Let Teague and Alyssa's story consume you and leave you breathless.”
“Fever is the first book in a new series by Joan Swan. It is a romantic suspense novel with a slight paranormal element to it.
The book opens with Teague Creek, an inmate and lifer at the most notorious prison in California, at a local hospital being seen for pain in his right side. Dr. Alyssa Foster, filling in for another doctor, is tasked with performing an ultrasound on him. The first thing she notices about Teague is his shaved head and his tattoos---various swastikas and Aryan brotherhood symbols. Being of mixed races herself, she is immediately apprehensive. However, there is more to Teague than meets the eye as we find out throughout the book.
In the midst of Alyssa performing the ultrasound, Teague grabs her from behind and manages to escape from the hospital with Alyssa as his hostage. The rest of the book follows Teague and Alyssa as they try to evade the authorities so Teague can achieve his ultimate goal.
The action in this book takes off from the first page and NEVER stops. I literally could not put this book down. Teague is the perfect, tortured, alpha hero and Alyssa is a smart, sassy and kick-ass heroine. The chemistry between them is hot, hot, hot! There is even a slight paranormal aspect to their story. I loved watching this couple work through all their issues (and there are a lot of them) on their way to their happily ever after.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading romantic suspense. Oh, and did I mention how smoking hot the cover is? I had to stop myself from licking my kindle =).
“First off, let me just say the cover of "Fever" really is one SEXY cover. =)
That being said, I had a hard time putting this book down while reading it. I read it in 2 days. I would have read it all in one day, but my family kept interrupting me while I was reading it when traveling back to Virginia from Florida. (hubby was driving of course)
Dr. Alyssa Foster, never thought her day would get any worse than it already was. The poor woman had been going on straight adrenaline doing her job as a doctor. She is to examine a prisoner who was sentenced to life in prison. While examining him though, she cannot stop staring at his body and she also comes across that his temperature is burning up. She thinks he has a fever of some sort, but the prisoner knows what it is exactly, but he cannot really tell her.
Teague who has been sentenced to life in prison for doing a criminal act that he really did not do...is about to make a drastic decision and he will be putting Alyssa in jeopardy as well. He decides to take the doc as a hostage for a reason he has to keep to himself. Even his helper, another prisoner who helps get the getaway car does not know the importance of Alyssa. Unfortunately, Alyssa was just there at the wrong time because what Teague does not realize until later is that Alyssa is not the real person he was supposed to take hostage.
On the run from the law, Teague just wants to get the one person who loves him unconditionally back, but he has to fight a friend to get the person back. He also has to to keep running from the cops and a person who wants him dead. Teague also has his past creeping up to get him.
Alyssa who is trying to run from Teague and his buddy, ends up falling for Teague...but that's because she slowly learns the truth on what Teague is and what happened to him.
Both Teague and Alyssa cannot stop the passion between each other and how both of them can help each other out in different ways.
My thoughts on "Fever" were that Joan Swan did a fabulous job on the first book to the Phoenix Rising series. I had a hard time putting it down. Of course, the cover helps as well. I think I caught myself several times, looking at the cover whenever a I started a new chapter. The cover is very drool worthy, don't you think? =)
Alyssa, is one kick-butt female character. She tried her hardest to get out of the hostage situation, but when she finally resisted, she ends up figuring out somewhat of the truth on what happened to Teague. She definitely helped Teague a lot during the book.
Teague though, was a pain at times. If he could of just stop resisting Alyssa whenever she tried to jump him, he would've realized that not every one was out to get him. He was afraid if he fell too deep, he would never be able to get her out of his situation.
It was already too late though because Alyssa definitely was not giving up on him.
I definitely had no trouble keeping up with the storyline of the book, even when Joan switched to the bad guy's point of view. She explained what happened to Teague as well in the past and introduced some other characters in the book that I look forward reading about more.
I was in tears at the end of the book on what happened to Teague and when he was finally reunited with the someone he was trying to get to. This definitely was a tear jerker book.
Steamy scenes...let's just say...thank goodness I was reading in the back of the truck during the ride back home so no one could see me smiling. =)
I would love to hook up with Teague...even when he's heating up. Steamy hot, sex with Teague...sign me up. (shhh...don't tell the hubby I have a new book boyfriend...he gets jealous)
Fore warning though...I've read some mixed reviews on this book. The beginning of the book, one of the characters said some racist remarks. (It's only his character though) Some reviewers did not like that. After awhile though the racism went away and well...let's just say the person saying the racist remarks got what was coming to him.
If you're a fan of romantic suspense, you definitely should check out this debut novel of Joan Swan's. You definitely will not regret it. The next release to the series is "Blaze" which comes out in a week. =) I'm excited to read it because it is on Luke (who is in Fever). The way he was described in Fever...let's just say Teague may have competition.”
“Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: Suspense and romance with a little touch of the paranormal for flavoring.
Opening Sentence: The clank-clank-clank of shackles echoes off the hospital’s linoleum floors, rippling across Doctor Alyssa Foster’s shoulders.
I try to give new authors props when warranted. Most debut books have problems like flow and character under-development. And when you think about it, that makes sense. These types of issues get resolved with time and experience. That being said, I thought that Fever was pretty good coming right out of the chute. Kudos goes out to you, Joan Swan!
Fever follows the story of escape convict and convicted murderer, Teague Creek, and his hostage Dr. Alyssa Foster. Teague uses Alyssa as his bargaining chip to trade for the life of his 5-year-old daughter, Kat. Along the way, Teague and Alyssa start to work together (both in bed and out) to clear Teague’s good name and discover who the people were that sent him to prison for the crime he was wrongfully accused and convicted of. Okay, put like that, this book doesn’t stand out among all the other suspense/romance novels available today. But wait, dear readers, there are a few key twists in this seemingly bland story.
When we first meet Teague Creek, he is portrayed as a convicted murdering racist. That is the image he perpetuates for prison survival. The real Teague is a former firefighter and devoted father; basically a good guy. He also is in way over his head when he kidnaps the wrong woman during his escape from prison. Alyssa starts out as a distressed woman that is in the wrong place at the wrong time. A convict thinks that she is the girlfriend of the man that has custody of his daughter. It doesn’t take long for her annoying, stubborn side to emerge. She pesters Teague about every little thing, including the reasons for him being put away. After she decides to help, she pesters him until he allows her to help clear his good name. The initial character portrayals are completely opposite of their true nature. I think that is my favorite part of this book; characters with more depth than the false natures that are initially presented.
There is also the series of unlikely and unlucky events that follow the two around. Who knew that prison breaks never go the way you plan them? Not only does Teague nab the wrong girl, but she happens to have influential family members that will stop at nothing to take him down if she gets hurt. Alyssa is no walk in the park either. Why couldn’t he find a woman that will do as she’s told when threatened with bodily harm? This byplay gives the book its much needed comedy relief.
So, where is the paranormal part come into play? Teague happens to be able to raise his core body temperature so high that it burns. He also has a small talent in healing. His thermokinesis is the result of accidental exposure to radioactive gas during a fire rescue gone wrong. The government’s illegal experimentations that are behind it are a subplot. Though this sounds pretty darn cool, it is almost like a side note to the overall fugitive manhunt that takes center stage. The plot would have worked with or without the fire abilities additive.
Overall, Fever left me feeling happy with the ending. The guy gets the girl and a chance at a future he didn’t think was possible and the two find love amidst the unlikeliest of circumstances. The story is complete in its self; if you want to enjoy a book that doesn’t have to continue on to find a satisfactory conclusion, this may be the right book for you. It’s a fine debut and I look forward to reading more from Ms. Swan.
The other motel guest grumbled something unintelligible as his attention shifted from the cops back to the ice machine. The sound of his feet dragging on the cement brought Alyssa’s focus around her eyes wide with surprise. And in the fraction of a second that followed, Teague realized that if he didn’t act fast, Alyssa would act faster.
Before she could speak, Teague put one hand under her chin, turned her face and covered her mouth with his. She stiffened and squeaked, pushing at his chest. The hand cuffed to Teague’s pulled hard. He tightened his grip on her face and pulled back just enough to murmur, “Kiss me back, Alyssa. Please. Don’t push me into a corner.”
He couldn’t read her expression in the shadows, but her mouth softened under his, her hand stopped tugging, her muscles lost some of their tension.
“Oh, hey, man,” the other man stammered. “Sorry. Didn’t mean to… uh, er… I’m just gettin’ some ice.”
Teague broke contact only long enough to mutter, “You ain’t botherin’ us. Is he, baby?”
Before she had a chance to answer, Teague kissed her again, and not solely for the purpose of keeping her quiet. He kissed her because he had to. After feeling those lips against his, he had to feel them again. And again. Her mouth was war, and soft. And with each press of his mouth, hers relaxed. Within seconds, she’d leaned into him, abandoning resistance.
The Phoenix Rising Series:
FTC Advisory: Kensington provided me with a copy of Fever. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. The only payment received came in the form of hugs and kisses from my little boys.”
“Teague Creek and Alyssa Foster have been added to my short list of favorite couples. Joan Swan has written a fiery book that I had a very difficult time putting down. The action never stops until the very end. I feel like I was dragged through a fiery hell right along with this explosive couple. Joan has a way with words that makes you want to jump onto the page and fight to clear Teague just as badly as Alyssa does. I can't wait for the next book in this series!”stupid shiny volvo driver wrote this review Wednesday, May 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The cover is not the only hot aspect of this romantic suspense debut novel by Joan Swan. I have one word for you: UNPUTDOWNABLE. This genre is not usually my cup of tea ( in addition to the suspense element, FEVER features also a paranormal twist), but in this case I found myself devouring this well executed novel page after page, totally absorbed by the riveting and well-paced storyline , by the compelling and fully nuanced characters, by the emotional depth and scorching romance.
During the explosion of a warehouse where experiments for the advancement of military warfare were secretly conducted, firefighter/paramedic Teague Creek and his team are exposed to some chemicals that will give him the power to control and manipulate heat. When Teague starts investigating the true nature of those chemicals and his “mutation”, the government secret services set him up with false accusations of aggravated murder and lock him in jail for life. Life in prison for a crime he never committed is too much to bear, especially when outside there is a five years old daughter he will never have the chance to hold in his arms again and a new and healing love he desperately needs.
Driven by sheer desperation (he would rather die than go back to jail and witness horrors and tortures), he breaks free during a medical check-up and kidnaps a young doctor (Alyssa Foster) with the intention to exchange his hostage with his daughter, flee the country and start a new life elsewhere. What initially seems to be a further complication (the kidnapping of Doc Alyssa Foster), turns out to be a blessing and the tool of his redemption.
Teague and Alyssa’s relationship is the thing that I loved the most about the book: their chemistry is so palpable, their emotional connection deep and immediate, their dialogues mesmerizing, their mutual need so heartwarming. There is great intensity in this book and an overall feeling of right proportions between action and romance, character development and sensuality.
As for the accusations made by some readers regarding the author’s indulgent use of vulgar language and racial slurs, please mind that it’s less extensive than some reviews may lead you to believe and it needs to be read only as part of the characterization of a particular character throughout a limited number of pages (compared to the length of the novel), certainly not such a defining aspect of the whole book. Realistically, I wouldn’t expect the secondary character in question to express himself in a different manner. The use of a certain language is true to the context and adds to the credibility and consistency of the character.
For me it was a 5 stars plus reading and I wholeheartedly recommend it. I will definitely put my ends on Blaze, the second installment in this series, as soon as it will be released.