by Gina Gordon
In this edgy, sizzling romance for fans of Monica Murphy and Abbi Glines, a bad boy shows a straitlaced law student how to slow down and savor the good things.
Everly Parker is about to graduate from law school, always busy, and can’t stop rushing through life. Her late grandmother left her a bucket list of meaningful, can’t-miss experiences, but she hasn’t completed a single one. Then searing-hot Max Levin bursts into her world. As a casting director for a porn production company, Max is loaded, cocky, and all wrong for Everly. Still, she’s tempted enough to cross the first item off her list: Go out with someone you’d never give the time of day.
Inheriting a porn empire isn’t every guy’s dream (well, actually, it probably is), but Max isn’t complaining. It’s just that until he meets Everly, he has no idea what he’s been missing. As the pressure mounts to take over the family business, Max can’t help wondering what would happen if he chose Everly instead. So far, his life has been a wild ride, but only Everly promises the greatest rush of all: love.
It's no big secret that I love to read... But with my love for reading comes certain expectations and sometimes, unfortunately, those expectations make it hard for me to really enjoy a book when I feel like they're not living up to the pedestal that I put them on. I know, that's my own issue and something that I definitely need to work on... But nonetheless, that's what happened with Rush.
While I enjoyed it... And I really did like it... It wasn't quite what I was hoping it would be. Or more importantly, our hero, Max, wasn't who I was hoping he'd be. He comes off cocky and arrogant in the beginning, which is what I was expecting, but after meeting Everly he got this whole self-loathing, woe is me attitude, which was a little off putting.
Everly, on the other hand, was exactly what I was expecting. A little reserved and unassuming but supportive of her friends and envious of the fact that they're comfortable in their own skin, whereas Everly is constantly working hard to prove her worth. Meeting Max really helped bring her out of her shell though and she turned out to be a great heroine.
Max and Everly meet when he's interviewing her two roommates for his porn business. He's so used to women falling all over themselves for him that he's intrigues by Everly when he realizes she couldn't care less who he is. What starts out as a tentative friendship leads to both of them realizing that it's time to do what they want in their lives, not what is predestined for them by their parents.
I really enjoyed the slow build of their relationship... What starts out as Max helping Everly complete the bucket list that her grandmother left for her when she passed, turns into so much more for both of them. The slow build into the physical was definitely unexpected, considering who Max is, but I think it worked in this instance.
Overall, Rush was an easy read that held my attention but in the end I was still hoping for more. I'm not sure if this is a standalone or not, but I'd be interested in reading about Max's BFF, Ben, and Everly's BFF, Grace.
When her dream of becoming a mafia princess didn’t pan out, Gina Gordon went after her second dream: becoming a writer. And she hasn’t looked back. A self-proclaimed happily-ever-after junkie and cupcake connoisseur, Gordon loves spinning contemporary tales of knee-bending first kisses, unconditional love, and super-hot sex. She lives in Milton, Ontario, with her husband and their lovable dog.
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Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Rush in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.