Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Release Blitz: Rush Too Far, by Abbi Glines

Everyone in Rosemary Beach thinks they know how Rush Finlay and Blaire Wynn fell in love. But Rush is back to tell his side of the story...

Rush has earned every bit of his bad-boy reputation. The three-story beach house, luxury car, and line of girls begging for time between his sheets are the envy of every guy in Rosemary Beach, and Rush handles it all with the laid-back cool of a rock star’s son. All he needs are his best friend, Grant, and his sister, Nan.

Until Blaire Wynn drives into town in her beat-up pickup truck with a pistol under her seat. The Alabama farm girl instantly captures Rush’s attention once he discovers that the angelic beauty is his new stepsister, but he vows to keep his distance. Even if she needs his help. Even if he craves her.

Because Rush knows why Blaire is all alone in the world, forced to ask for help from the father who abandoned her three years ago. And he knows if he gets too close it will destroy Nan, who has a secret connection to Blaire.

He has every reason in the world to stay away from her. Find out why he doesn’t.

They say that children have the purest hearts. That children don’t truly hate because they don’t fully understand the emotion. They forgive and forget easily.

They say a lot of bullshit like that because it helps them sleep at night. Such sayings make for good, heart-warming clich├ęs to hang on the walls, to bring out a smile in people passing by.

I know differently. Children love like no other. They have the capacity to love more fiercely than anyone else. That much is true. That much I know. Because I lived it. By the age of ten I knew hate and I knew love. Both all-consuming. Both life-altering. And both completely blinding.

Looking back now I wish someone had been there to see how my mother had sown the seed of hate inside of me. Inside of my sister. If someone had been there to save us from the lies and bitterness she allowed to fester within us, then maybe things would have been different. For everyone involved.

I never would have acted so foolishly. It wouldn’t have been my fault that a girl was left alone to take care of her ailing mother.

5 out of 5 stars

Before I picked up Rush Too Far, I was excited, but wondered if I would love it as much as Fallen Too Far, if actually being in Rush's head would live up to the picture I already had of him in my own mind and heart. Would I feel the same about him at the end of the book as I did when I started it?  Simply put, would it live up to such high expectations?   I can assure you 110% that it did and there's no doubt you will walk away even more in love with Rush than ever before!  

It almost goes without saying if you haven't read Fallen Too Far you better go one click it now because it is amazing and without a doubt I think you need to hear the story from Blair's perspective first.  I remember reading from Blaire’s POV and even from the beginning I wanted to hate Rush, but there was just something about him, about his words and his actions that wouldn't allow it and just like Blair I fell in love with him.  Being inside his head for the journey was nothing short of spectacular.  You see his every thought and reason behind his every word and action and at the end, when Blair walks out my heart broke right alongside his.  Yes, it may be same story, but hearing it from him feels completely different.  

Rush may scream bad boy upon Blair's first introduction but he's far from it.  Rush's heart is huge, he is protective, loving, caring and loyal to a fault.  He will do anything to take care of and protect the ones he loves.  So while Blair's beauty and his attraction to her is undeniable, he absolutely cannot allow himself the privilege of getting close.  She is a representation of his only sister's unhappiness.  A sister who he's practically raised, one he doesn't want to hurt and one he's always put first.  
Unfortunately, the more Rush learns about Blair and the more he realizes she is nothing like her father, the harder it is to stay away.  Realizing her beauty doesn't just run skin deep he finds himself drawn to her strength, her light, her confidence and positive attitude.  The more layers he peels the further he falls, and this is where the story begins to feel different.  I loved experiencing the toll Blair's presence was taking on his life.  I enjoyed seeing him struggling with his conflicting feelings.  Living through each moment, witnessing each instance where his protective nature conformed to include Blair made for an incredible journey.  I completely devoured this book in one sitting, I simply could not take my eyes off the pages and when it was over all I wanted to do was pick up Never Too Far and settle in for a re-read!  Rush Too Far is a must read, do not pass on this book.  Abbi Glines masterfully created a great addition to this series, giving Rush and his story with Blair even more depth than before. 

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