Series: Rush, #1
Author: Brianna Lee
Category: Contemporary/ Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 2.5/3 stars out of 5
*I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review*
I had it all.
I was captain of the cheerleading squad and star of the debate team.
I was smart and popular and living the dream.
Until that night.
That one fateful night changed everything.
Now everyone hates me—everyone.
They stay far away.
Drugs numb the pain, and sex pays for the drugs.
Being alive is my punishment.
Then I meet him.
Tattoos, sinful body…and his eyes. His eyes are irresistible.
He is captivating. He treats me with respect.
He sees me.
Ryker brings happiness into my life of regret, but I don’t know if I deserve happiness.
Some mistakes can never be forgiven.
Or can they?
Rush Into You sounded like a book that was right up my alley. Raw, emotional, with a few dark twists that leave you a bit breathless and a romance just as intense, however, I just couldn’t really get into this one. Now, I’m not saying it was a bad book, it just wasn't really a book that I could get into. Though I did enjoy it to a point.
I think the aspects that throw me off really were that it just didn't have an authentic feeling to it. Parts felt a bit too perfect between the couple, cheesy, and a bit overdone. Again, this is all my personal opinion! I also couldn't get into the writing style (each reader has their own preference towards writing styles). And, sadly, the writing style of this book didn't sale me all the way. But it was still enjoyable.
The life I lived was my purgatory, and I was only alive so that I could suffer for all my sins.
The characters were definitely well rounded and nicely told. I did enjoy Gabby’s story – it’s a dark and sad one. That girl is very tough and I just loved that we are given a before and after glimpse of her. She definitely develops through the book and though she made mistakes, she was an enjoyable character. One I did feel for.
Now, I definitely enjoyed Ryker -- and his name. The aspect of the book that probably kept me enthralled was him… and the fact that he races bikes. OKAY! I’m a big sucker for fictional boys that drive motorcycles, but ones that race them… DAMN! I’m glued to the pages. I found him to be a sweet guy, and I loved that he was always there for Gabby (and how they met).
He and Gabby did have some nice chemistry going on and I did feel it. And I liked that Ryker saved Gabby, when he first meet her and then a year later when they meet again. I loved how Ryker was able to show Gabby that she is worthy of love and of forgiveness.
The pacing and buildup of the story were nice. Though a bit fast paced the story did flow nicely. The transitions were a bit rough, in my opinion, but I never got lost. I felt that the conflict wasn't as raw and intense as I was hoping and it just didn't really capture me in a whirlwind of emotions.
I needed his hands on me again to feel warm, and I needed my hands on him. I got that taste, and now I wanted more.
I did enjoy Rush Into You. It was an emotional book, with some very raw aspects to it. Though I wished I enjoyed it more, I am glad I was given the chance to read it! And I do encourage those who are curious about the book to pick it up, you just might end up loving it!