Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Review: Rush Too Far by Abbi Glines




SYNOPSIS


Everyone in Rosemary Beach thinks they know how Rush Finlay and Blaire Wynn fell in love. But Rush is back to tell his side of the story...

Rush has earned every bit of his bad-boy reputation. The three-story beach house, luxury car, and line of girls begging for time between his sheets are the envy of every guy in Rosemary Beach, and Rush handles it all with the laid-back cool of a rock star’s son. All he needs are his best friend, Grant, and his sister, Nan.

Until Blaire Wynn drives into town in her beat-up pickup truck with a pistol under her seat. The Alabama farm girl instantly captures Rush’s attention once he discovers that the angelic beauty is his new stepsister, but he vows to keep his distance. Even if she needs his help. Even if he craves her.

Because Rush knows why Blaire is all alone in the world, forced to ask for help from the father who abandoned her three years ago. And he knows if he gets too close it will destroy Nan, who has a secret connection to Blaire.

He has every reason in the world to stay away from her. Find out why he doesn’t.

4.5 Star Review by Nicole Lorenzo

Rush Finlay is the son of a famous Rock star. He lives the lifestyle with his expensive house, cars, tattoos and women. But underneath the glamorous lifestyle he leads, is a complicated family life that Rush has been left in charge of keeping together. Keeping his sister Nan happy is Rush’s number one priority and he has gone above and beyond to make that happen. But everything changes for Rush when Blaire Wynn shows up at his door looking for her father. She looks like an Angel with her blonde hair and blue eyes and broken heart. Rush knows exactly who she is, his mother is married to her father and they are off vacationing in Paris. Rush’s immediate response is to get her to leave, but when he realizes she has nowhere else to go he decides to let her stay even though he doesn’t completely trust her yet. When Rush finds out Blaire’s mom just died and she’s all alone in the world Rush feels terrible, after all he’s part of the reason her father left her in the first place. Rush knows then that he will make sure Blair is safe and taken care of until she gets on her feet and can get a place of her own, but he needs to keep his distance. After only a few days this gorgeous girl has gotten under his skin.

“Keep your distance from me, Blair. You don’t want to get too close.”

Rush is determined to stay away from Blair. She is sweet and innocent, nothing like he imagined her to originally be. Plus he doesn’t feel like he has the right to have her, and she wouldn’t want him if she knew the truth. His sister Nan is livid that Blair is staying with him, but for once in his life Rush doesn’t let Nan get her way.

 Staying away from Blair turns out to be impossible, she is all he sees and thinks about. He gets angry when anyone looks at her, even though he has no claim to her. Her strength, kindness and beauty have put him under a spell that he has no idea how to break out of.

“I can’t touch you. I want to so damn bad it hurts like a motherf*cker, but I can’t. I won’t mess you up. You’re… you’re perfect and untouched. And in the end, you would never forgive me.”

Finally giving in to his need for Blaire turns out to be his undoing. He knows now that he will never be able to let her go, even if it hurts Nan and his mother. In the short time he has known Blair he has fallen for her, which is inconceivable to everyone who knows Rush and he finds himself having to defend his feelings for her.

“Blair isn’t just another girl for me. She’s it for me. She. Is. It.”

Loving Blair isn’t easy when he’s hiding the truth from her. He knows it’s going to hurt her to find out what he’s been keeping from her, but decides he’d rather tell her than have her find out another way. Unfortunately Blair does find out the truth before he can come clean and she’s completely devastated and in denial by the news. Angry and full of distrust, Blair leaves. But Rush isn’t giving up that easy, he will follow Blair to the end of the earth if he has to in order to make things right. But is it too late?

“I will fix this. I swear I will make it right. I love you enough to get us through this. I just need you to love me enough. Please, Blair. Love me enough.”

Rush Crushers get ready because you will love this book! Rush Finlay and Blaire Wynn’s story started with Fallen Too Far. Here we get Rush’s side of things and I have to say I loved seeing inside of his head. We get to see a different side of Rush here. We can really appreciate how torn he is between protecting Nan (who I loathe) and loving Blair. He struggles a lot internally to do the right thing. He knows almost right away that Blair is nothing but a sweet, kind hearted, beautiful girl who’s had to deal with way too much heartache. He feels a fierce protectiveness over her, and wants to be the one who helps her and shields her from any further pain. He feels extreme guilt over the secrets he’s keeping from her, but at the same time he can’t stand to be away from her. Blair changed something in Rush the second she walked into his life and he couldn’t help but fall for her. He loves her something fierce and when Blair leaves you really feel the torment and anguish Rush feels. I have loved Rush from the very first book in this series so being able to get a book solely in his point of view was quite the treat! Thank you Abbi for creating Rush in the first place and giving us Rush Too Far so we can swoon over him all over again!

“Loving someone you don’t deserve isn’t easy. It hurts like hell.”




EXCERPT

RUSH TOO FAR
Abbi Glines
Available from Atria Books in eBook and trade paperback on May 6, 2014
They say that children have the purest hearts. That children don’t truly hate because they don’t fully understand the emotion. They forgive and forget easily.

They say a lot of bullshit like that because it helps them sleep at night. Such sayings make for good, heart-warming clich├ęs to hang on the walls, to bring out a smile in people passing by.

I know differently. Children love like no other. They have the capacity to love more fiercely than anyone else. That much is true. That much I know. Because I lived it. By the age of ten I knew hate and I knew love. Both all-consuming. Both life-altering. And both completely blinding.


Looking back now I wish someone had been there to see how my mother had sown the seed of hate inside of me. Inside of my sister. If someone had been there to save us from the lies and bitterness she allowed to fester within us, then maybe things would have been different. For everyone involved.

I never would have acted so foolishly. It wouldn’t have been my fault that a girl was left alone to take care of her ailing mother. It wouldn’t have been my fault that the same girl stood at her mother’s graveside, believing that the last person on earth who loved her was dead. It wouldn’t have been my fault that a man destroyed himself after his life became a broken, hollow shell.

But no one saved me.

No one saved us.

We believed the lies. We held onto our hate, and I alone destroyed an innocent girl’s life.

They say you reap what you sow. That’s bullshit, too. Because I should be burning in hell for my sins. I shouldn’t be allowed to wake up every morning with this beautiful woman in my arms, who loves me unconditionally. I shouldn’t get to hold my son and know such a pure joy.

But I do.
Because, eventually, someone did save me. I didn’t deserve it. Hell, more than anyone it was my sister who needed saving. She hadn’t acted on her hate. She hadn’t manipulated the lives of our family members, not caring about the outcome. But her bitterness still controlled her while I had been delivered. By a girl…

No, she wasn’t just a girl. She was an angel. My angel. A beautiful, strong, fierce, loyal angel who had entered my life in a pick-up truck, carrying a gun.


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