Rush Me by Allison Parr: Review

April 10, 2013 Reviews 1

cover28683-mediumWhen 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.

New Adult is a genre, I must confess, that I have not read a great deal of. I tend to get a little confused as to the different between NA and YA. Based on my experience with Rush Me, I will happily read more. This book was fantastic. I read this in one afternoon.

I am mad for a sports-themed romance, so this was straight on my to-read list when I first saw it on a Carina Press newsletter.

This was both sweet and hot. Rachael and Ryan’s chemistry at times bordered on the explosive and even with it being an NA novel, one of the scenes was scorching (the charity auction). Yes, Rachael and Ryan are snarky, they’re complicated and have trust issues. But, hey, I know I was like that in my early twenties. Nothing new there. I’ve seen some reviews of this books where other readers have pegged them as being mean, in fact too mean. I don’t personally think this is the case. They did stoush with each other, and say hurtful things on occasion, however I thought this came from their past experiences (or lack thereof) and not from a place where they genuinely wanted to hurt.

I really enjoyed that even though training wasn’t covered in any great detail, there was actually mention of training – something some sports romances forget pro athletes actually have to do. The supporting characters, especially Ryan’s teammates, were wonderful and I would love to see more of them.

I am super-impressed that this was Allison Parr’s debut novel. On the strength of this, I am definitely looking forward to reading many more of her books to come.

My rating: 5 out of 5

Release date: 8 April 2013

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Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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