Rush Too Far by Abbi Glines
| Atria Books | 256 pages | ISBN 9781476775944 | May 6, 2014 |$15.00 |
| eBook ISBN: 9781476775951 | $7.99 |
| eBook ISBN: 9781476775951 | $7.99 |
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 clichés 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. It wouldn’t have been my fault that the same girl stood at her mother’s graveside, believing that the last person on earth who loved her was dead. It wouldn’t have been my fault that a man destroyed himself after his life became a broken, hollow shell.
But no one saved me.
No one saved us.
We believed the lies. We held onto our hate, and I alone destroyed an innocent girl’s life.
They say you reap what you sow. That’s bullshit, too. Because I should be burning in hell for my sins. I shouldn’t be allowed to wake up every morning with this beautiful woman in my arms, who loves me unconditionally. I shouldn’t get to hold my son and know such a pure joy.
But I do.
Because, eventually, someone did save me. I didn’t deserve it. Hell, more than anyone it was my sister who needed saving. She hadn’t acted on her hate. She hadn’t manipulated the lives of our family members, not caring about the outcome. But her bitterness still controlled her while I had been delivered. By a girl…
No, she wasn’t just a girl. She was an angel. My angel. A beautiful, strong, fierce, loyal angel who had entered my life in a pick-up truck, carrying a gun.
Can I just say that Ms. Abbi Glines needs her own category of amazing. Her writing is pure addiction. Let’s not mention the fact that she is a totally sweetheart. I had the opportunity to meet her briefly last year at BEA in NY. Cutest thing ever, I swear. You just want to hug her, she’s so adorable. Ever since then, I’ve been such a fan. I haven’t had the pleasure of reading all of her series yet, but one day I will. So as of right now, my favorite series will have to be the “Too Far” series.
What can I say about this book? No, I mean it, really. What can I say!? At times novels leave me astounded and speechless. It’s often hard for me to translate my feelings into words for a review. The more I love something, the harder it is. This, my dear, is most definitely the case here. I was head over heels in love with the first novel, Fallen Too Far. Now to get Rush’s side of the same story… SWEET BABY JESUS! I can’t handle my life right now. If you’ve seen any tweets that say #rushcrush, this is why. Rush is… perfect. The relationship that he has with Blaire is undeniably one of the best character relationships I’ve ever read.
”I just need you to love me enough. Please, Blaire. Love me enough,”
Rush is a rock star’s son. Did I mention that he’s perfect? On the outside he is the epitome of a rock stars heir. That is until you get to see the inner workings of Mr. Rush Finlay himself. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a famous persons child. I don’t think I would like it. Rush doesn’t open up to anyone or show his true self to people. Blaire is his one and only exception. The instant connection the two characters have is out of this world crazy beautiful. Blaire is just adorable. She’s a young woman who doesn’t take anything for advantage. Not only is she sweet, beautiful, charming, and a hard worker – don’t let her fool you, she’s a tough and jaded woman who’ll shoot you if she has to.
“Keeping her away from me would save us both in the end.”
I absolutely loved that this was from Rush’s POV. I can’t lie, I fell even more in love with his character now that I’ve read this. The protectiveness and simple, yet possessive need to save Blaire from ruin is just beautiful. Knowing what happens before it happens, but still being surprised is very hard to do. (Did that even make sense?) seeing a different perspective on something that you’ve read before is like opening a new present. It’s exactly the same, but it’s nothing at all alike.
If you’ve read Abbi’s works before – READ THIS. If you haven’t read any of Abbi’s books – read Fallen Too Far, then… READ THIS. If you want to experience Rush’s side of the story first and then Blaire’s - READ THIS!!! I don’t want to say which version I like better, because honestly I love them both. Each perspective brings so many different emotions and happenings to the novels.
Rush – I’m not done with you yet.
Abbi Glines, you inspire me to keep writing. Between you and Colleen Hoover – I can’t but wonder… Did you both get all the writing talent in the world and now there’s just nothing left for me!? I mean you blow me away every time. I hope to one day have enough patience and courage to do what y’all have done. You’re an absolutely pure Trailblazer, and Thank you a million times for your words and stories.
Since publishing her first novel Breathe in May of 2011, Abbi has also released The New York Times bestselling Seabreeze Series which includes Breathe, Because of Low, While It Lasts, Just For Now and Sometimes It Last, The Existence Trilogy that includes the USA Today Bestseller Ceaseless. New York Times and USA TODAY bestsellers The Vincent Boys and The Vincent Brothers. Last but not least her most popular series to date, Rosemary Beach which includes The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers Fallen Too Far, Never Too Far, Forever Too Far, Twisted Perfection and Simple Perfection. Her newest book scheduled to be released on December 17th, 2013 is Misbehaving (Seabreeze).
When Abbi isn’t locked away in her office typing away she is hauling her kids to and from their many social activities. You could say her second job is the Glines Kids personal chauffeur. It’s a rather illustrious job.