Push [NOOK Book]

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I feel like I am wrapped in a cyclone. Everything is whirling around me, drawing the air out of my lungs and filling me with the best kind of turmoil. Every time his tongue slides against mine, a prickle in my gut tells me how right we are together. How much I need David. How much I need us.

I hope the cyclone never stops.

Emma Searfoss has spent a lifetime trying to escape her abusive stepfather. It's why she moved far away from home. It's ...

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Overview


I feel like I am wrapped in a cyclone. Everything is whirling around me, drawing the air out of my lungs and filling me with the best kind of turmoil. Every time his tongue slides against mine, a prickle in my gut tells me how right we are together. How much I need David. How much I need us.

I hope the cyclone never stops.

Emma Searfoss has spent a lifetime trying to escape her abusive stepfather. It's why she moved far away from home. It's why she's kept no ties with her remaining family. And it's why she's got a major rage problem. When her neighbor shows up to fix the kitchen in her new apartment, his enigmatic charm calms the fire in her. David is cool and collected, and he makes Emma feel safe for the first time ever. But David has his own chilling past—his six previous girlfriends have all disappeared without a trace. Emma's walking a dangerous line, but David's pull is intoxicating. And impossible to resist…

This is a new adult romance with mature content for readers 17 and up.

www.clairewallis.com

"This is a fun MUST READ… just dark enough for our reading thrill! As much as I was dying to know the outcome, it was just so good that I didn't want it to end. I ate up every last line."—Maryse's Book Blog

"My mind is blown! This book is wildly addictive and one of the most original, suspenseful and sexy books I've read this year! It's intense and unputdownable. Once you start reading, you won't be able to stop!"—Aestas Book Blog

"My love for this book knows no bounds…it is literally crack! I will read it again and again…and recommend it to everyone I know. But they'll have to get their own; it's not leaving my sight."—The Book Hookup

"Those looking for a riveting late night story and a rollercoaster ride, look no further than PUSH. Definitely one of the most unique New Adult books out there!"—RT BookReviews (4.5 stars!)

"I couldn't stop thinking about this book for DAYS after I finished!!! Another book completely different from anything I've ever read!!!! GRAB IT!!!"—Schmexy Girl Book Blog

"Push is thrilling, twisted, and absolutely delicious. Prepare to fall hard for David Calgaro."—Skye Warren, New York Times bestselling author

"A wickedly wild ride, full of non-stop twists and turns."—Chanel Cleeton, author of I See London and London Falling

"Claire Wallis holds nothing back in her breathtaking debut. Sharp and shocking, PUSH is one gorgeous punch after another."—Shari Slade, author of The Opposite of Nothing


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459256156
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 18,057
  • File size: 539 KB

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As I look at his arms, I almost feel guilty. Like I have seen something that was supposed to be private. Intimate even. I only see them for a few brief moments, but they tell me more about David than I suspect he wants me to know. Anyone can see his arms of course, but I feel like I have exposed him somehow. Like my looking at them might make him embarrassed. Vulnerable even. But I know thousands of people have probably seen his tattoos and didn't think twice about it.

Maybe it's me that feels embarrassed.

The two of us together in my very small, and very demolished, kitchen is suddenly awkward, and I want to get out. I have to pass him sideways to fit between his body and the wall, and I take care not to touch him as I go by. I put the rest of the food on the table and divvy it all up. He comes around the corner drying his hands with a paper towel.

"How long ago did you move in?" he asks. "I haven't really seen you around so it must have been pretty recently." I want to make a smart aleck comment about all the moving boxes sitting around, but I decide that I'd better not.

"I've only been here a few days," I answer as we both sit down. "I start my new job on Monday."

"Oh yeah?" he asks with what might be a hint of pride in his voice. "Good for you. What's the job?"

"It's for the FBI," I say. "I'm going to be investigating a con-man who swindles women into paying for remodeling projects they didn't ask for."

And there it is. His smile. It's not big, and he doesn't show his teeth, but still, it's a smile. And I smile back.

"Wow. Now that sounds like an interesting case, Emma," he says. "I bet he's a good-looking bastard."

"They say he's a conceited son-of-a-bitch, too," I add.

"Don't worry. You won't be paying for a single penny of your new kitchen."

"How do you know that?"

"Because I play poker with Carl every Tuesday night, and I have already won you your new kitchen. You want a new bathroom too? I can have that for you by Wednesday morning."

"Ahhh. It appears that the con-man is indeed a conceited son-of-a-bitch," I say. "But I'm glad he's spending his winnings so smartly. I didn't know philanthropic con-men even existed. How unexpected."

"Con-men are notorious for the unexpected," he says, and I feel a lump in my throat. The whole time we have been talking I have been watching the birds on his arms in my peripheral vision. I suddenly feel remorseful for taking what could have been a normal conversation and turning it into a series of jokes. He is still smiling, though, which tells me he likes it.

"Unexpected is nice," I say. Nice? That's the best I can do? The word seems wrong.

We sit there eating without saying another word. I am looking at my food and not at him. When I glance up a few minutes later, he is looking right at me, and he's still smiling, even as he eats.

"What?" I ask.

"Are you going to tell me what your new job really is?"

"I'm going to work for a company that designs telecommunication systems for office buildings. I'm an electrical engineer." He actually looks pleased, and it surprises the hell out of me. "Welcome to Geek-ville," I add as I shrug my shoulders. Oh God.

"Geek-ville?" he asks, half laughing. "I think that shit is awesome." I must look shocked at his reply because he shrugs his shoulders too.

"And how long have you worked for Carl?"

"Almost two years. He owns a couple of apartment buildings, and I do all the maintenance for them in exchange for my rent." Oh. David lives here? In this building? "It's a pretty good deal. I just do some odd side jobs to pay for food and stuff, and I usually end up kicking ass on poker night so I'm good. I'm really a carpenter, but I'll do whatever the hell he needs just so I don't have to get some nine to five shit union job."

"I'm not looking forward to nine to five myself, but I think it will treat me pretty well."

"I'm sure it will," he says as he gets up from the table. "I'm going to get a few more things done in here, and then I'll get going."

He goes back into the kitchen, and I follow behind him carrying our plates. As I drop them into the sink, he hooks his tool belt around his waist and nestles it down onto his hips. I glance at the birds again, knowing that his eyes are on the belt clip and not me. They are breathtaking.

"Do you live in this building?" Really, Emma? Do you really want to go there? I curse my curiosity and tell it to go fuck itself.

"Yes," he says. "Right above you, but two floors up." That explains how he knew which apartment was mine and exactly where the kitchen was. It doesn't explain why he used the door buzzer.

"Oh. Then why did you use the door buzzer this morning?" I ask.

"Because intercom introductions are my thing." He holds his arms out in front of him and adds, "If you saw me through the peephole in your door, would you open it?"

"Yes...but only because of the tool belt." I mean it as a joke, but I'm not sure he's going to take it that way.

He chuckles and says, "Works every time."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    WOW

    Holy cliffhanger Batman. The writing was so perfect and the flow of the story so exact that I don't think I breathed, much less slept, until the end. Where in the world is this story going?!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2014

    My mind is blown! I finished this book 3 days ago. My mind is st

    My mind is blown! I finished this book 3 days ago. My mind is still  blown. I thought I was a black and white kind of girl. I thought I knew what was right or wrong. David has made me so confused. I feel like I should hate him, be repulsed by him, but no, if loving him is wrong, I don't want to be right. LOL




    Throw away all of your preconceived notions before you start this book, then just dive in. So well written and excellently crafted. If you loved Raw by Belle Aurora, you will love this book too. Guaranteed. I can not wait for the second book. It's killing me not knowing!! Best cliff hanger ever!




    Claire Wallis is an evil genius and I love her for it!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    ~Original Review at Books, Books, and More Books~  Emma and Dav

    ~Original Review at Books, Books, and More Books~ 

    Emma and David both had a pretty awful childhood which unfortunately leaves them both with lots of problems.  Emma's father died when she was young and her mother blames herself for his death.  She decides to remarry a horrible man, Michael, not because she loves him but because he has money and can take care of her and her children. Michael is pretty much a manipulative jerk and turns Emma's brothers into horrible men as well. Who takes their 13 year old little sister to a frat party? Somehow Emma grows up, goes to college, and gets a job as an electrical engineer.

    David's mother died when he was young and he was raised by his alcoholic father. The only good thing that his father did for him was train him in construction and had him work for him. David seems to be an all-around good guy, maybe a little sad though.  Emma and David meet when David comes to fix her kitchen in the new apartment she has just moved into. He is the maintenance guy for multiple properties of the landlord. They banter back and forth with flirting and eventually get together.  We slowly get into both of their heads and find out what happened to David's former girlfriends that all disappeared.

    The whole story is an emotional roller coaster and you can feel the little bit of crazy that both Emma and David are.  The ending of the book leaves with quite the cliffhanger and I am hoping that means a sequel. Definitely a good read and I was really surprised when I read this was the author's first novel. I look forward to reading more from her.

    Disclosure: This book was provided to BBMoreB free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Really?

    I can't believe I wasted hours of my life on these two idiots!!!! This book is a couple of messed up "adults" that have minds of four year olds.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

    4 Crazy Stars Okay, well what's to say besides this book is utt

    4 Crazy Stars

    Okay, well what's to say besides this book is utterly insane.
    I mean you know what's coming from the dual prologues but the way it transpires to get there is also utterly insane. Don't get me wrong it was really well written and I liked the book (though I question my sanity for enjoying it so much) it was just twisted in a new way from what I normally read about. 
    Emma has moved to the city (which I'm not sure, they never say but it's not Chicago that much I've got but they're still in Illinois) and away from her crazy step-father. She has a new life, a new job, and a new apartment … with a busted kitchen. So when the new carpenter David shows up to fix her kitchen sparks fly. He's everything Emma wants, he offers her stability and protection. Together they form a tight majorly obsessive bond. These two are literally crazy about each other. They're relationship moves fast, like very fast. It's one of those all consuming can't live without you relationships.

    Throughout the novel we also learn what happened to David's prior girlfriends. Let's just say the title is pretty accurate. The ending was just as insane as the book. I'm convinced they're all crazy. Emma, David, the 6 girlfriends (one was actually insane) both of Emma's brother, her step father. Just all of them.

    I will so be reading the next book after that ending!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2014

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    Aestas Book Blog said this was addictive and she was so right. I

    Aestas Book Blog said this was addictive and she was so right. I could not put it down. It was intense, tragic, sweet, and dramatic. The characters were damaged and broken from things in their past but you find yourself falling in love with them. Claire Wallis just draws you into their story and you basically sit on the edge of your seat as you discover bits and pieces. I love that the story went from past to present as we get to see more the story unravel. I knew there was going to be a cliff-hanger (dang it) but it was just perfect for the story to end that way...but now I am just sitting here thinking about the next book. It was different and well written and I can't wait for more!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2014

    This book is page after page of nothing but excitement, tantaliz

    This book is page after page of nothing but excitement, tantalizing mystery and wonderful psychotic characters. Prepare yourself to be wowed by page one. This is a book you will be unable to put down. It is worth 10 stars!! You better get used to nothing getting down around the house for a day or two, because you won't be able to put this one down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2014

    I had the chance to get this book as an ARC, and I can't wait to

    I had the chance to get this book as an ARC, and I can't wait to share it with my friends as soon as it's released! This new and upcoming author has a way of writing that I really connect with. Her style is fiery and refreshing. This is something I think the New Adult genre has been missing until now. This book resembles a hybrid of "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn and "Beautiful Disaster" by Jamie McGuire. I was hooked by the time I finished the Prologues. The way she is able to jump around in time to give you a better understanding of the characters, yet leave you without confusion, is admirable. Every character is unique and relatable, in one way or another.
    It is one of those books that makes you think you know what is going to happen - but does it turn out how you think it will? I'm not about to give away the story, but I suggest you grab a bottle of wine, order the family a pizza, and get comfy. You are in for one helluva ride!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2014

    Very rarely do I begin a book and read it consistently day in, d

    Very rarely do I begin a book and read it consistently day in, day out until I finish it.  Push by Claire Wallis was one of those books,
    the first in a very long time to hook me at the beginning and never let me go.  

    The characters were instantly intriguing, flawed yet sympathetic, passionate and fiery.  No matter where the story led I wanted to follow.  
    The end of the story left me longing for me, which is exactly as a story should be.  

    I anxiously await the sequel, along with any other new works Ms. Wallis chooses to share with the world.  

    Well written, well told and highly recommended!  

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  • Posted June 23, 2014

    I was hooked from the 1st page. The writing was great and the ex

    I was hooked from the 1st page. The writing was great and the extremely flawed characters felt so real to me. If you like falling in love with the "bad boy" and I mean REALLY bad boy then this book is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Wtf ?

    What the f? What just happened this is the most stupidest book i've read about a sicko who pushes people off bridges? Why in the heck.....? DO NOT READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    AH-MAZING!

    I loved this book from page one! i really look forward to seeing more from claire wallis soon!

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  • Posted May 22, 2014

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    3 1/2 stars - This one messes with your head for sure! I don

    3 1/2 stars - This one messes with your head for sure!



    I don't read very many thrillers but this one caught my eye. It was a huge change from what I normally read with lots of twisted characters and psychological drama.



    The story is from Emma POV and I immediately feel sorry for her. She's one tough cookie and will tell you off in an instant but how she got to that point was pretty sad. Her step-father ranks right up there as one of my least favorite characters of all time. Not only did he ruin her childhood but turned her brothers into jerks as well. It's pretty clear she's in need of love.



    David is a mystery. I love how straight forward he is, tearing her kitchen apart and even walking in without her knowing he was there. Definitely had me thinking he was a creeper and should be watched out for. His history isn't much better than Emma. These two really have reasons to be messed up.



    Their relationship develops as he works on her kitchen. Conversation moves to relationship until Emma is addicted to David.



    It's a fast read with lots of twists and turns that I didn't see coming. The cliffhanger ending has you dying for the next book.



    It may be darker than I'm comfortable with but it's definitely a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    Wtf

    I dont get it. Slow, boring. Could have been great, idea was nice, but poorly exucuted. Who are all that keep lying in these reviews?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 5, 2014

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