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“Fever” by Joan Swan is the debut novel of a talented author who is destined to be an excellent new voice in a crowded genre. This imaginative tale is about former firefighter and paramedic Teague Creek, desperate convicted felon with an uncannily high body temperature, who takes Dr. Alyssa Foster on his frantic journey of escape from prison. The problem is that Alyssa hasn’t achieved her current accomplishments by being a passive non-resourceful victim and she doesn’t plan to change her personality for the sake of Teague and his fellow escaped convict. The gradual revelation of the murky issues surrounding Teague’s conviction and imprisonment combined with the disturbing distortion of the events surrounding her kidnapping causes Alyssa to use her formidable analytical prowess to delve into the dangerous yet attractive man who has taken her hostage. Teague is fighting to get back to the only person who has remained true to him since his imprisonment and his desperation has led him to make some unwise choices but he discovers that he has more than he ever imagined in the woman who somehow manages to break through the walls he has erected around his heart. The question will be whether he will live long enough to achieve his goals or to explore the attraction for the plucky doctor given the number of people seeking to recapture him, dead or alive.

An intriguing start to a promising series. There are a few inconsistencies and rules bent that are used to achieve the desired results but the author has created fascinating characters who combine wit and ingenuity while remaining mysterious enough to warrant an interest in future tales. There are vivid descriptions of the hazards of dealing with fire and allusions to the dangers faced by those brave souls who combat them. It will be interesting to discover more about the multiple secondary characters who have been introduced and the next installment is undoubtedly going to be just as action-packed and thrilling.

Book Blurb for Fever

When Dr. Alyssa Foster is taken hostage by a prison inmate, she knows she's in deep trouble. Not just because Teague Creek is desperate for freedom. But because the moment his fingers brush against her skin, Alyssa feels a razor-sharp pang of need...A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose. At least Teague doesn't, until his escape plan develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives, he can only give her lies, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2012 4.50