Rush Too Far Series: Too Far #1.1, Rosemary Beach #1.1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Format: Paperback, 256 pages
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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.
As someone who has loved Blaire and Rush since first picking up Fallen Too Far, I was over the moon to find out Abbi would be writing the book from Rush’s perspective. Their relationship hasn’t been an easy one and all the books have been told from Blaire’s perspective. I couldn’t wait to get Rush’s side of the story.
I, along with half the women in America – or at least those who read Abbi’s books, love Rush Finlay. He’s a sexy, brooding alpha male. He’s also a manwhore. Or he was, at least. But that’s part of his charm. Say what you will about Rush, but the women he was with knew what the deal was. He never let them think it was something more. Was he an asshole? At times, yes. And sometimes even with Blaire. But it didn’t matter, I’ve been a fan from the start. Of course, I got a little angry with him from time to time, but I always suspected he would make things right.
If you’ve read any of the Too Far or Rosemary Beach books, you know the story of Blaire and Rush, so I won’t bore you with details. If you haven’t read the books yet and you like sexy romances with bad boys, sweet girls and hot scenes, pick these up immediately. This story was just as sexy as the first. Maybe even more so because we were looking at Blaire through Rush’s eyes… and let me tell you, that boy is intense. Also, hot. But you knew both of those things. He’s also got a huge heart and more feelings than he lets show. I just wanted to give him a big hug at the end. Despite knowing how their whole story ends, I was a mushy mess of feels.
It pretty much goes without saying that my favorite thing about this book was getting Rush’s side of the story. Abbi did a fantastic job of writing him. She writes the male POV really well. And while, yes, the story is the same as in Fallen Too Far, it never felt like I was reading the same book all over again because of the new bits and bites she added in. Even if it had felt more like a reread, however, I think I still would have loved it. We knew from the start Rush was attracted to Blaire and that he tried to stay away. But I loved reading his thoughts as he realized what he had for her was more than lust. This reformed bad boy won my heart all over again with this book.
Now is it too much to hope Abbi will write the other two books from his POV as well? I’d love to see more about what was going on with him during the times he was apart from Blaire. I’ll cross my fingers and hope.