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Monday, 24 September 2012 19:54

Review: Blaze

Written by Jennifer Porter
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Blaze-199x300“Blaze” by Joan Swan (romantic suspense/paranormal, Kensington, October 2012, $14.00, 384pp)


Series: Book 2 in the Phoenix Rising series


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 Ransom, the hot-as-hell fire captain she’s regretted walking out on for three long years.



Losing Keira left Luke vulnerable—in every way. When they were together, the powers each possesses were mysteriously enhanced. But it’s the sexy, surprising woman beneath the tough exterior that Luke’s really missed. Even if she betrayed him utterly. And even if agreeing to help her uncover a government conspiracy means watching his life and his heart go up in flames again…


“Blaze” is the second book in Joan Swan’s saga of a group of firefighters who lived through a nasty chemical fire, but found themselves endowed with paranormal powers. It features Keira O’Shay, an FBI agent who can “hear things” and Luke Ransom, a fire captain who can stop bullets. These two were once a couple, until life, their new powers and Keira’s anxieties got in the way. But when there is a hostage standoff, the two are reunited – and discover that their close proximity to one another amplifies their powers. They also realize they still have deep feelings for each other.


Keira and Luke rescue a young boy Mateo to whom Keira has a special connection. Keira is drawn to the boy even though he only speaks Greek. She soon learns that he has the same type of powers as Keira and the rest of their group of firefighters. This makes the boy very important to certain factions of the government that have been after Keira and all of her fellow firefighters since the accident. The government has been determined to cover up the events that led to the fire and determined to harness the powers that the people involved in the fire developed.


Joan Swan packs non-stop action into “Blaze,” so much so that sometimes it is hard to keep up. The suspense plot involving the chemical fire, the way that the characters have (or have not) coped with the changes and a government conspiracy is complicated and the centerpiece of the series and this story. It does tend to overshadow the romance, taking something away from Keira and Luke’s developing relationship.


Despite some issues with the romance, I am hooked on the greater series arc. I can’t wait to see where Swan takes the government conspiracy – and to see how the rest of the firefighters find their happily ever afters.


“Blaze” is a great book for those who like action-packed and feverishly-paced romantic suspense. Just be prepared for the fact that there are more questions than answers.


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Book Disclosure: A book was provided by the author.

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