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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Review: Unexpected Rush by Jaci Burton

I will NOT get ranty. I will NOT get ranty...

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: February 16, 2016

For Barrett Cassidy, playing defense for the Tampa Hawks is a dream come true. And now he may have discovered his dream woman. Harmony Evans, once the sweet, gawky teenage sister of his best friend and teammate has grown into a smart, gorgeous woman with moves he finds hard to resist. But he knows he can’t get involved with his best friend’s sister—it’s guy code.

Harmony has always gone after what she wants with single-minded determination, from her independence to her education to her career in interior design. She never expected her youthful crush on Barrett to develop into something deeper. And she’s not about to let some ridiculous man rules or her brother stand in her way.

When the chemistry is this combustible, lines tend to get crossed. And when Barrett and Harmony’s secret gets out, it just might be game over..

So basically Unexpected Rush is a best friend’s younger sibling romance. Barrett is best friends with Harmony’s brother and like all younger sisters, Harmony had a crush on Barrett when they were teens. Now that they’re all grown up the crush has turned into a full blown attraction that Harmony wants to explore but Barrett doesn’t because of the unspoken guy code of not messing with your best friend’s sister.

But Harmony won’t let the attraction go without a fight.

I hate to have to say this but this book had NONE of the charm of the first three or four books in the Play-by-Play series. NONE. ZIP. ZERO. NADA. And I’ll tell you why: It was in big part, the heroine’s fault.

Now I love a heroine who isn’t afraid to pursue what she wants, including a man. I’m all for equal rights especially in the dating world. A woman should ask a guy out, a woman should woo a man once in a while but ONLY if both parties are on the same page and are willing to see where the attraction leads! I’ve got no problem with subtle persuasion on either side but what Harmony did was NOT the single minded determination described in the blurb. She all but molested Barrett in some scenes! Not sexy. Not sexy. At. All. Let me put it this way, I reversed the roles in those scenes and in my mind it was Barrett doing and saying some of the things Harmony did and said and guess what? Total ick factor. So why should it be any different because Harmony was the one doing and saying it?

I also found Harmony to be silly, immature and weak. I mean come on, she’s an adult yet she lets her brother fight her battles for her when they aren’t even battles to be fought. He’s over the top, nutso protective of her and SHE should have put a stop to it. I didn’t buy what Burton was selling when it came to Harmony. Tough, independent woman? Heck no! Harasser of men and hypocrite? Absolutely.

Then there was Barrett. Barrett who honestly could have faded into the background because he wasn’t all that interesting. There wasn’t anything that stood out to me about this guy and I honestly couldn’t pick him out of a lineup of sports romance heroes. Plus if he was attracted to Harmony then I had to question his taste and even his mental state. That woman was just no good.

As a couple Barrett and Harmony went from zero to clothes flying everywhere with literally no in between. There was no development of the romance, heck these two were barely even friends, the only connection they had was through Harmony’s brother yet all of a sudden they’re tossing their clothes off and gettin’ down and dirty. I’m all for some hot sex scenes but I need it to make sense and they didn’t make sense. No transition at all and the scenes started to become repetitive.

Final Verdict: Sadly this Jaci Burton book didn’t work for me either. I don’t know if the series has run its course or not but this is just not working for me anymore. That Harmony… Ugh, just no.

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