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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Review: Feel the Rush by Kelsie Leverich

Format: .mobi (provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: August 20, 2013

Picking the wrong men is a talent Meagan Mitchell has perfected. She’s sweet, confident, beautiful—and single. With her thirtieth birthday sneaking up on her, she needs a new plan. No more Mr. Wrongs or Mr. Bads. It’s time to find Mr. Safe....

Army captain Reed Porter lives for the thrill—an Airborne Jumpmaster with a rush addiction. He’s sexy and playful, and he quickly tempts Meagan with his rich Southern drawl and sinful looks. But slowing down and settling down are not on his agenda, making him exactly the type of man Meagan wants to avoid.…

As their undeniable attraction heats up, Meagan has to decide if she’s willing to risk everything on a chance at love with a reckless charmer. Is she brave enough to bet her future—and her heart—on Mr. Thrill? Or will Reed finally learn that the feeling of a safe landing is just as addicting as the rush of the fall?

First off, give this book a chance. I almost quit after 20 pages because the story managed to hit two of my "No No's" and the heroine stood dangerously close to the TSTL (Too Stupid to Live) side of my Character Line.

I don't like heroines who whine about being almost (insert age here, and by the way, I'm a few months shy of 30 and have never felt like Megan) and they don't have a man, kids and a perfect house as if that's the only thing that matters in life. I also don't like friends and/or family that encourage that line of thinking. It makes for a lot of eye rolling and a lot of "How pathetic" being muttered under my breath. That's how Megan comes across in the first few pages and I just couldn't connect to her as a reader, nor did I care for most of her friends. However, I stuck with Feel the Rush and I was pleasantly surprised when it soon picked up and became something other than a romance with a ridiculous heroine.

I enjoy contemporary romances where nothing goes as a character planned and that's exactly what happens to Megan. She wants to settle down and have a family yet all she's been dating are men that are obviously not family material so she makes a note to change and start dating "Mr. Safe." Great plan, only she doesn't have any chemistry with the "Mr. Safe's" of the world. That's strictly reserved for her new neighbor, who isn't so new to her. The problem is that Reed Porter doesn't remember her... At first. When he does, he certainly changes from easy flirting to an intense pursuit of Megan. Though I don't think I would have bought the line he fed Megan when he did remember her.

While I wouldn't say that Feel the Rush is a dark romance, it definitely has some dark moments, especially with Reed and the tragedy that effected his outlook on life. Author Kelsie Leverich didn't shy away from touchy subjects like survivor's guilt and she did bring up the topic of abortion several times. I felt like I was reading a different, more enjoyable book than those first 20 pages of silliness. Reed has a lot of baggage to deal with and he has a lot of set backs but what I liked about him was his honesty with Megan. He never lead her on, he was upfront about what he felt he could, and could not give her. It was up to Megan to accept it or not but it was her personality that ended up making Reed want to try for forever with her.

I really loved all the connections between Megan and several characters in the book, it was a "It's a Small World" moment where characters are connected in a way they never imagined. They brought a lot of emotional turmoil for Megan but they also forced her to face events in her past that had somewhat colored her view on relationships. There's also a good level of angst in Feel the Rush which for me makes for a better, more passionate romance. Having Reed, a formerly cocky, smirking, no strings attached military bad ass fall so hard for Megan that he didn't know which way he was coming or going made for some interesting scenes.      

Final Verdict: Feel the Rush is the kind of surprise romance that I like, where I start off already having a not so flattering opinion but the book and the characters take me in a totally different direction than anticipated and I end up having a good time with them and their story.      

Book Song: Crawling Back to You by The Backstreet Boys is my pick because to me it represents Reed's feelings towards Megan in the last half of the book. If you don't believe me, listen to the song or check out the lyrics.

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1 comment:

  1. Aw yay! It's pretty amazing to me when that happens and a book I was sure I wouldn't be able to deal with turns out to really win me over in the end. Will add this sucker to my list next :) Thanks for the heads up Adria!


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