Monday 3 June 2013

My review of Such a Rush

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
Release Date:
June 6, 2013
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Such a RushHigh school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she's in the air, it's easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. So when her flight instructor, Mr Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. Then Mr Hall dies suddenly leaving his teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, in charge of running the business. The two brothers have always made their hostility towards her clear so she's sure that her dreams of being a pilot are over… 

Then it Grayson makes it clear that he wants her to stay working for him, and Leah doesn't understand why. She's crushed on him for years, but always known he's out of her league… isn't he? As the summer rolls on and they spend more time together the spark between them grows, but with Alec's feelings starting to change too, suddenly things become a whole lot more complicated. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers - and the consequences could be deadly…

Such a Rush was... such a rush! An entertaining and engrossing story that I thoroughly enjoyed and will definitely re-read and recommend to those contemporary-junkies out there. 

Leah Jones lives in a trailer park with her barely present mother with not much to do except watch the planes fly by from the airport right next door. When she finally scrapes up the courage, she stomps over to Mr Hall, the owner, and asks for flying lessons. Three years later, she has a license and a steady job working for Mr Hall's banner advertising business with his two very good looking teenage sons, Grayson; the trouble maker, and Alec; the golden boy, who she's never really spoken to. But when Mr Hall passes away and leaves the company to his sons, Leah is forced to finally engage in a conversation. Grayson wants her to stay working for the company but with his own conditions, and Leah finds herself crushing harder on him that she has for the past years. But Alec is also in the picture, and Leah finds herself caught between the two and her love for flying.

After reading Forget You, I had to get my hands on this as soon as possible because I knew I would love it. I wasn't hooked from the first page, but by the third chapter I couldn't put it down. And I guess that just has something to do with visiting a new world and meeting new characters. But in the end, I did indeed fall hard for our main girl Leah and the ABS-olutely gorgeous Greyson. (Even if he was a douche at the start.)
What can I say? I am a sucker for any book with some kind of romance plot in it, and it just so happens that this book has a lot of it! But it also has elements of self-discovery and what it really means to be yourself. And I ate that all up.

Leah is a bold and proud character who I admired and adored. She's not had an easy life growing up and everything has been very unsettled since her mother doesn't exactly pay 100% attention to her. Leah is a hard worker and very passionate. I enjoyed getting to know her over the period of the book and learning about her past and what she expects in her future. And her relationship with Greyson? I enjoyed that too. I loved the way their feelings built every time they talked and the tension whenever a guy approached Leah. Very funny to see a guy into alpha male mode.

At the start of the book, Greyson asks Leah to come back to work at the business, but he also asks for her to date his brother Alec. Why? Well, that part isn't revealed until the last part of the book. But whatever the reason is, it's important. Leah accepts because she can't afford to lose the job, which is exactly what Greyson intends to do if Leah refuses. Now, this doesn't make Greyson the most likable of characters, does it? But as the book progresses, he opens up and you see the boy buried underneath the front he puts on, and it's impossible not to love him. Not to mention the fact that he is hot and so adorable when he wants to be.
Alec. He plays a big role in the book of being the block stopping Leah and Greyson's relationship. And considering he has been given such a big role, I didn't feel like I saw enough of him or his personality. I would have liked Echols to let his personality shine through a bit more because I think that would have made his character a lot more interesting. 

I loved so much about this book. The characters and the romance, but also the flying. It was weird at first when Leah was telling us about flying a plane and I was sitting there thinking of it as foreign language. Nevertheless, I got used to that and found that it gave the book that extra sense of excitement. After all, I don't think I've ever read a book where an eighteen-year-old flies a plane. And after reading this book... I wanna try!!!

Such a Rush has a wonderful storyline and plot twists to keep you on the edge of your seat, but it also holds a set of quirky and lovable characters. I'm anticipating more books from Jennifer Echols because both Such a Rush and Forget You have left such a mark on me. If you're looking for a contemporary romance to read this summer, don't miss this. 
A review copy was provided by Simon and Schuster


  1. This sounds really good, I'm always on the look out for new contemp recommendations and I'll be keeping an eye out for this one, thanks for the review!

  2. This book has been on my TBR for awhile. So is Greyson pining for Leah throughout most of the book? I love that (is that weird?) Great review!!

  3. Oh man, I so look forward to reading the book after reading your review! I don't know why I haven't read it yet when I already have the book! Great review! :)

  4. i will read this book, thanks your blog is amazing

  5. this book cover reminds me of the one for panic by lauren oliver. nontheless, sounds like a good book :D thanks for sharin!