Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-01-02
- Reviewer: Staff
Swan debuts with a flawed romantic suspense novel. Convicted murderer Teague Creek escapes prison, using Dr. Alyssa Foster as a human shield. He believes she is another woman, one he plans to use as leverage against the man who has custody of his daughter. Teague confuses Alyssa; he is covered with swastikas and his fellow escapee is a vicious killer, but he heals her wounds with his strange body heat—the titular fever—and protects her from his partner. To keep her in line once he discovers her true identity, he makes her appear to be his accomplice, yet as roadblocks continually thwart his plans to get his daughter, a relationship slowly develops between him and Alyssa, a credulity-defying conceit that Swan makes startlingly plausible. Less successful is the explanation and integration of the conspiracy surrounding Teague’s original arrest and imprisonment, which may be made clearer in the planned sequel. (Mar.)
The best revenge is love
Spinster Penelope Marbury reconnects with her childhood friend and the man of her dreams in Sarah MacLean’s A Rogue by Any Other Name. Ten years after losing everything in a card game, the Marquess of Bourne has the opportunity to regain his family’s land—if he marries Lady Penelope. Once wed, Penelope comes to understand that she is part of a larger revenge plot, but that doesn’t deter her from wanting her husband’s heart. Bourne, who regained his wealth through a partnership in a notorious gaming hell, is astounded by proper Penelope’s eagerness to explore his establishment . . . and her own passions. While her adventurous spirit makes him crazy at times, it also draws him closer—but his vow to settle scores keeps getting in the way. Can Bourne let go of his selfish desire to inflict vengeance in order to truly connect with his wife? This is a sensuous story of two lonely people taking a gamble on love.
A DIRE DILEMMA
Stephanie Tyler tells an erotic story of epic struggle in Dire Needs. A handful of immortal werewolves called the Dires, led by King Rifter, must save humans from those who would harm them. Rifter believes there’s no one for him to mate with . . . until he picks up a doctor in a bar—a woman who thinks she’s terminally ill. Something strange happens when Gwen takes Rifter home, though. He not only makes her wish the diagnosis was wrong, but his pull seems to go beyond sex. And Rifter, against his nature, wants the human for more than just one night. But can she accept the wolf inside him? They’re still figuring out their compelling and undeniable attraction when the Dire Wolves’ enemies ramp up their nefarious plans—and Rifter realizes Gwen is somehow involved. Can he do his duty and save the female he’s come to love? Tyler creates a complex paranormal world that wraps the reader in intense emotion and gritty adventure.
TOP PICK IN ROMANCE
Former firefighter (and convicted murderer) Teague Creek has gotten past his San Quentin Prison guards and fled with another violent inmate in Fever by Joan Swan. Taken for someone else, Dr. Alyssa Foster is made his captive. Dragged along as a bargaining chip, she is first terrified, then intrigued, by the single-minded Teague, who will let nothing and no one stand in his way. Early on, Alyssa realizes he’s nothing like his sadistic fellow escapee. Her fascination with Teague grows as he figures out her identity, then it’s just the two of them striving to keep ahead of the law. There’s more than one mystery in Teague’s past, and Alyssa finds herself delving into his history. Teague has felt doubted and forgotten for years, and her burgeoning belief in him reaches his well-defended heart. But before they can truly be together, the pair must outsmart their pursuers and solve the puzzle of old crimes. An exciting, on-the-run romantic suspense tale!