Rush by Shae Ross

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ New Adult/ Reviews/ Sports/ Young Adult 11th April 2016
Rush by Shae RossRush by Shae Ross
Published by Entangled: Embrace on May 9th 2016
Pages: 240
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three-stars

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 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 a 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 crashes down around him, Preston will have to decide if doing the right thing is worth losing it all.

Dressing up as Little Bo Peep no Halloween Night brings consequences that Priscilla Winslow isn’t able to deal with, or understand, especially after having done the selfless deed of rescuing the college’s star quarterback – and spending the night in jail for it. Preston Rush on the other hand, understands full well just what he has gotten her into but to fix this issue will require every bit of moral fibre and courage to do so, while risking everything he wants and at the expense of his family that’s falling apart.

‘Rush’ isn’t the typical NA, college-age, sport-related book and for that reason, it has already gotten me cheering. As memorable as the last unforgettable book I’ve come across (the first in a long while), Shae Ross provides an insight into the booster-player relationship I know nothing about and a slow-burn, realistic romance that springs up from a crisis that has been years in the making. I liked Preston’s surprising steadiness – he’s a fixer by nature – more than I could tolerate Priscilla’s tendency to jump to conclusions and distrust so easily and was more than regretful when he didn’t exactly get what he wanted or needed at the end. There isn’t quite a HEA or any guarantee of success beyond winning a sports game and we’re left contending with a Happy-For-Now situation that did leave me wanting.

Yet so far removed from the glitzy, hook-up lifestyle into which so many sport-romances tend to go, ‘Rush’ stands out because of its strongly-carved, not-quite-stereotypical protagonists, its supporting characters and the uncertain future that’s charted out – as well as the high stakes – of an athlete on the verge of going pro.

three-stars

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