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Blog Tour ~ Shatter (Phoenix Rising #4) by Joan Swan, Review & Giveaways!

 We are delighted to be a stop for the SHATTER Virtual Tour! Be sure to check out BOTH giveaways below!

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. . .


by Joan Swan 

Genre: Romantic Suspense (with paranormal elements) 

Heat Level: 3.5/5 

Elements/Tags: romance, suspense, paranormal abilities, conspiracy, firefighters 

Publisher: Kensington 

Publishing Date: 12/31/13 

Series: Phoenix Rising, 4 

Format: Print and Ebook 

Words: 110k

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 Five Stars

A brilliant installment to the Phoenix Rising series! (A non-spoiler review) 

I have been a fan of this series from the very beginning. In book 1, FEVER, we were introduced to Alyssa's twin brother. Helloooo, Mitch Foster! As the series grows, his fan base seems to grow as well. I mean, how can one read this series and not fall in love with this cocky, smart-mouthed, confident attorney with the playboy personality, and how the hell does he have all these connections!? Fans championed for his story, and now here it is. Joan Swan does not disappoint! SHATTER is fan-freaking brilliant!!!

This was classic Mitch—the Mitch she'd known all those years ago. He'd always seemed to own an endless well of patience and compassion and love inside him.” 

Shatter reveals a much more tender and vulnerable Mitch. The title for his book is so appropriate. It's been seven years since his heart had been shattered into a million pieces by Halina Beloi. Mitch finally catches up to her, and now he's demanding answers. Did he even truly know her at all?

Trouble—she was definitely trouble. Always had been in one way or another. Trouble for his body. Trouble for his mind. Trouble for his heart.” 

In the beginning I didn't know what to make of Halina. Yes, she's scientifically intelligent and can stand her ground well against threat, but why the heck did she leave Mitch in the dust years ago? Well, what is revealed is very insightful, and one thing is for sure...she never stopped thinking of him.

He was too close to his breaking point. No one pushed him like Halina did. No one.” 

The entire team is back in this book. Yay! Mitch struggles emotionally throughout this story. Is Halina worth the risk? Is she worth risking getting hurt again? I love how the team helps Mitch see things in a different perspective as he sorts out his feeling for Halina. They are truly an awesome, supportive group! Their banter is funny and how they work together as a cohesive team continues to be fascinating.

We are magic together, baby. Always have been.” 

It is no surprise to me that Shatter is full of action, nail-biting suspense, and steamy romance. Joan Swan writes all that so deliciously well. What did surprise me was how significant Shatter is to the series. Ms. Swan ties Mitch's story so beautifully to the series arc. Everything that happens blows my mind in such an amazing way! Although just enough back story is provided, I truly feel that to get a full understanding of the series and characters that this series is best read in order. I promise you that getting to Mitch's book is worth it! Even if you start with this book, at least you'll get a lovely dose of what this team is all about and perhaps consider picking up the previous books. Loved, loved, loved the ending to Shatter!!! Thank you, Joan Swan, for giving us a captivating and incredible story for Mitch!

Baby, you have to admit, us together—that was crazyamazing.” 

*A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.*

Meet Author Joan Swan:

NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Joan Swan writes sexy romantic suspense for Kensington (Phoenix Rising Series) and independently (Covert Affairs Series).  She also works as a sonographer at a top medical facility in San Francisco and lives in magnificent wine country on the central coast of California with her husband and two daughters.


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  1. I was one of the fans that use to tease and joke with Joan about Mitchy getting a book. He is just one remarkable character.

    1. I love how you call him Mitchy! I'm so glad he got his own book!

  2. That last excerpt is sad for Mitch. You're going to put me through the wringer aren't you Joan ;)?

  3. Loving this series, Joan! And I have to say I really appreciate you don't make your fans wait too long in between each book. Cuz that can be hell for us impatient types!

  4. I am loving this series and cannot wait to get my hands on my copy of Shatter! So glad she chose to focus on Mitch. He's a character I've wanted to really know more about.

  5. I just wanted to chime in and say that it's very nice to see so many loving this series as I am! Thanks for commenting!

  6. Love this and can't wait to read it!

  7. Congrats to Joan on the new release.

  8. This is one of my favorite series. Each new book just gets better and better. I have been eager for Mitch's book and it didn't disappoint.

  9. Love Joan's writing...just when you think the books can't get any better, they do!


  10. I couldn't begin to choose between Mitch or Wes. They are both pantymelters. Joan aka Skye can conjure up some uber hawt heroes.

  11. Great review. I have this series on my TBR list.

    1. Thanks, elaing8. I'm so excited for when you get the chance to start this series! Like others have been saying, each book gets better and better! :)

  12. Already have Reckless and Shatter on my TBR list and also my wishlist, have both series actually on my lists. Thanks for such an amazing giveaway.

    1. You're in for some fantastic reads! Thanks for commenting, Lisa!

  13. Congrats on the release. Looking forward to reading it.

  14. loved the book thanks so much i love joan`s books denise smithdenise226@verizon.net