Shatter (Phoenix Rising)
Author: Joan Swan
Publisher: Kensington Books
Date of Publication: December 31, 2013
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. This time, he’s not letting go without answers. Now terror, danger and heat will fuse them together or shatter the future. . .
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 they felt. However, what bothered me was the coldness and absolute resolution she had toward cutting Mitch out of her life. For good reason as Ms. Swan shows over the course of the book, and no one could doubt Hali’s childhood suuuuuucked.
Mitch was a fabulous hero. He was utterly and completely devoted to his group of friends and family (his sister Alyssa was the heroine in the first book of the series). He might not have special powers like the rest of them, but he’s definitely a force to be reckoned with in his chosen field (law). I liked how he finally got his one-up on Senator Schaeffer. That scene was priceless and I was just as happy as Mitch.
Hali and Mitch wrangled throughout and it was sometimes hard to see how they would possibly get around Hali’s fear about getting Mitch killed. It was nice to see how her abilities came into play, not just in bringing Senator Schaeffer down, but in bringing the two closer in the end.
The Owen subplot was nice and I will admit I had my doubts from time to time just who’s side he might really be on. Yes, I know there’ve been scenes throughout that showed Owen’s reasons for being involved, but every once in a while, because of how he interacted with the villains, I had to keep wondering if maybe he was playing the Phoenix team all along. And the resolution to that issue definitely was worth the wait.
Hopefully there will be more works by Ms. Swan that will have members of the series in them. I wouldn’t mind getting to see Owen get his own story, and I believe there are still members of the team who haven’t hooked up (Kai seemed unattached, but I could be wrong).
I’m glad I read this and if this is the end of the Phoenix Rising series, dang. But still, there are always more books and I will happily add Ms. Swan’s books to my TBR list at any time.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.