By Allison Parr
Published by: Carina Press
Publication Date: April 8, 2013
Source: E-book provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for honest review
When post-grad Rachael Hamilton accidentally gate-crashes a pro-athlete party, she ends up face-to-face with Ryan Carter, the NFL's most beloved quarterback.
While most girls would be thrilled to meet the attractive young millionaire, Rachael would rather spend time with books than at sporting events, and she has more important things to worry about than romance. Like her parents pressuring her to leave her unpaid publishing internship for law school.
But when Ryan's rookie teammate attaches himself to Rachael, she ends up cohosting Friday-night dinners for half a dozen football players.
Over pancake brunches, charity galas and Alexander the Great, Rachael realizes all the judgments she'd made about Ryan are wrong. But how can a Midwestern Irish-Catholic jock with commitment problems and an artsy, gun-shy Jewish New Englander ever forge a partnership? Rachael must let down her barriers if she wants real love—even if that opens her up to pain that could send her back into her emotional shell forever.
Rush Me was a pleasant surprise of sweet romance mixed with a little of the spicier side of love. I’ve been a little hung up on hot and heavy romances featuring very dominate men lately. This book was a nice detour from that while still providing enough romance and sex, yes there is sex, to keep me from feeling like I was reading a YA romance.
The subject matter was light and while Rachael has some issues, there are no heavy topics that can get really depressing like many of today’s romances. Yes, there are commitment issues, fights, and very sad moments that make you want to scream, “What the hell are you thinking!?!” but overall, the characters are products of their pasts and present.
This made the characters and the story so much more relatable, even with Ryan Carter being a professional quarterback. He was very realistic. His insecurities and flaws make him both appealing and frustrating. Rachael struggles with the image of what she thinks he is, that public image of America’s favorite football player, and how she views herself.
Rush Me is a contemporary romance that almost everyone can relate to. Rachael and Ryan experience what we’ve all experienced at one time or another; the insecurity of truly getting to know someone, letting them in, and risking your heart.
I strongly suggest this book to anyone who loves a good romance, but if all the heavy topics and BDSM have been getting you down recently, Rush Me is the perfect, uplifting alternative that provides the romance with a dash of raunchy sex, without being overbearing sexually driven. And you will totally fall in love with Ryan Carter!
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