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Monday, April 8, 2013

Review: Rush Me by Allison Parr

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, New Adult, Review6 Comments

Review: Rush Me by Allison ParrRush Me by Allison Parr
Series: New York Leopards,
Also in this series: Running Back, Imaginary Lines
Published by Carina Press on 08 April 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, New Adult, Sports & Athletics
Pages: 246
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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four-stars
Also by this author: Running Back, Imaginary Lines

Place(s) Traveled to: New York, New York // Brooklyn, New York // Ashland, Massachusetts

First Line: The invitation arrived at 8:37 on a Friday, right before Eva and I left for a party.

Rush Me by Allison Parr is the first New Adult title to be offered from Carina Press and once I read the description of it I knew that I had to read it. Seriously this book had me at “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.” In recently months, I’ve come to love these sports themed romances. As I was joking about with a friend on Twitter the other day I am a bookish sort and prefer my interaction with sports to come via a book.

From the start, I quickly fell into this story and really loved Rachel’s character. Ryan Carter, on the other hand, took a bit more convincing. Not that Rachel is perfect. She’s far from it and there are times, especially at the beginning where she comes off as a total bitch. But there is no denying that there are sparks between the two main characters. The first meeting of the hero and heroine is less than ideal and one can see why they wouldn’t have the fondest initial thoughts of the other but they each kinda take it to the extreme. Thankfully though, fate (or in this case author Allison Parr) has plans for them to kind of have a redo.

There was much about this story that I loved. I really liked Rachel and Eva’s friendship. I loved how Rachel sort of gets swept up into the world of various NFL players. And there were many humorous moments when she’d totally not get a football reference much to the pain of her new set of friends. Those were situations that I, as a non-sports person, could relate too. However, all was not sunshine and roses with this book. As there were scenes that often left my cold and as these were often the sex scenes this wasn’t a good thing. This was mostly in the set up and how the scenes were portrayed (like the one at Rachel’s reunion for example) and if you’ve read the book then you might understand what I mean.

Its those moments that kept me from falling completely head over heels in love with Rush Me. But its all the other moments in the book that made me wish that it didn’t have to end. A big part of me is hoping that this is just the first in a series of books about this fictional NFL team as I really liked most of those characters. They were just so lovable and I’d like to see more of them in the future.

If you are a fan of sports themed romances or of the New Adult category or both then Rush Me by Allison Parr is a book that I can easily recommend to you. There is much to like in this story, even with its occasional blips of discord, plus with the current price of $2.99 you really can’t go wrong.

four-stars

6 Responses to “Review: Rush Me by Allison Parr”

  1. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    I had pre-ordered this one because it just sounded so good. I had time on my hands today, so I read it this afternoon. I really, really enjoyed it! I ended up giving in 5 stars, mostly because it felt refreshing compared to a lot of NA books I’ve read this year, and it was the right book at the right time. However I totally get what you mean re: the set up for that one sex scene, especially. That definitely made me more than a little uncomfortable.

    • Irish

      I agree its definitely different than many NA books out there which many seem to think should be all about sex. I liked how this one showed Rachel struggle to figure out what she wanted to do and worry about bills and such. Very realistic.

      Plus it was just really entertaining with Rachel and her new NFL friends. Loved those scenes best.

  2. Sarah

    I need this book! Obviously! I love sports romances. Ugh, I spend way too much money on ebooks lately but I don’t think I can pass this one up.

  3. Vivien

    Err..hopefully this doesn’t double post. Darn internet.

    Anyways, this does sound like an interesting read. At first it’s something that I think I’d really like. However, when you mention awkward sex scenes, I get the jeebies. So I’m not sure. Hopefully they’re not too weird.

  4. Helen Moulden

    Have never tried a Sports themed romance before, but may try it. Though the bit about the sex scenes leaving you cold has put me off a little. I hate slightly uncomfortable bits like that. But as you gave it 4/5 stars I might still consider it 🙂