Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Rush by Shae Ross

Title: Rush
Author: Shae Ross
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Release Date: May 9, 2016
Source: ARC from Publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon / B&N / Indigo
Priscilla Winslow has a mouth that spits fiery sarcasm faster than I can throw a touchdown. But I’ve wanted her ever since I saw her in that Bo Peep outfit on Halloween. Yep, I’m a sheep who will follow that little hottie anywhere. There’s one problem…she hates me. Just because we ended up in jail and quite possibly ruined both of our futures…

They’re changing the rules…

College Quarterback, Preston Rush is living the dream. He’s leading his team to the National Championship and days away from earning a ‘first round draft pick’ label. When he meets Little Bo Peep at a Halloween party, he thinks he’s scored big. Instead, he wakes up in a jail cell with the corseted beauty. Because of him, she’s in trouble and when he discovers her true identity, he realizes, his nightmare is just beginning.

The always shooting for perfection Priscilla Winslow can’t believe her good deed has cost her soccer career. Even though she knows it isn’t Preston’s fault, she can’t forgive him for the disaster that is her life. She just wishes her damn body would get the message. Every time she sees him, it’s all she can do not to kiss him.

When everything crashed down around him, Preston will have to decide if doing the right thing is worthy losing it all.

As you can probably tell from a lot of what I’ve been reading lately, I’ve been on a major romance kick lately. I just can’t seem to get enough. The latest one I’ve read, Shae Ross’s Rush, was different and unexpected in a good way.

Hi, my name is Emilie and I love sports romance. A lot. Especially if it’s set in college. Even more if both main characters are athletes instead of just the hero. So Shae Ross’s Rush? Total Emilie bait. Also those abs on the cover. I just couldn’t resist them. But that’s besides the point. Shae Ross’s Rush was, in a way, different from the other sports romances I’ve been reading. For one, both main characters are athletes. That’s not necessarily uncommon, but it’s also not necessarily something I see a lot of. The other thing that made Rush feel different was that it didn’t so much focus on the prowess on the field as it did on all the corruption and messed up crap that goes on behind the scenes when it comes to some college sports. In fact, that was pretty much the entire focus of the story. Well beyond the romance. The fact that some sports teams are valued more than others, regardless of actual performance, and that there is a lot of bad stuff going on behind the scenes is something that your sort of know but don’t really want to talk about. So it was definitely interesting to read a story about that and seeing the ways that it affects the people involved. And it was definitely impacting the people in this story in a big way. 

Neither Priscilla nor Preston was exactly who I thought they were going to be. To be completely honest, I kind of expected Preston to be your stereotypical cocky-jock so I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that that’s not who he was. Instead, he was someone who really cared about his family, someone who was willing to risk his whole future to help someone he barely knew, someone who was determined to do the right thing no matter how hard it was and no matter the cost. So yeah, Preston totally surprised me. But in in a really good way. As for Priscilla, I loved how she wasn’t willing to take Preston’s crap. Or any other male athlete’s for that matter. She was an athlete just like they were and she deserved the same amount of respect they got. And she wasn’t afraid to ask for it. Even if sometimes she needed a little push from her best friend to do so. So even though I wasn’t sure how I felt about them at first, Priscilla and Preston worked together. Or at least they did for me. 

I really enjoyed reading Shae Ross’s Rush. It was a different kind of sports romance and looked at a different aspect of college sports. On a different note, I wouldn’t exactly be opposed to reading a story about Carson, Jace or Marcus. Just saying…

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