Rush Me

Rush Me

by Allison Parr

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When post-grad Rachael Hamilton accidentally gate-crashes a pro-athlete party, she ends up face-to-face with Ryan Carter, the NFL's most beloved quarterback.

While most girls would be thrilled to meet the attractive young millionaire, Rachael would rather spend time with books than at sporting events, and she has more important things to worry about than romance. Like her parents pressuring her to leave her unpaid publishing internship for law school.

But when Ryan's rookie teammate attaches himself to Rachael, she ends up cohosting Friday-night dinners for half a dozen football players.

Over pancake brunches, charity galas and Alexander the Great, Rachael realizes all the judgments she'd made about Ryan are wrong. But how can a Midwestern Irish-Catholic jock with commitment problems and an artsy, gun-shy Jewish New Englander ever forge a partnership? Rachael must let down her barriers if she wants real love—even if that opens her up to pain that could send her back into her emotional shell forever.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426895333
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 04/08/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 308,565
File size: 799 KB

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The invitation arrived at 8:37 on a Friday, right before Eva and I left for a party. I read it curled up on the couch, my laptop burning my legs and the words scarring my retinas:

Can you believe it's already been five years since graduation? We've booked the Ashbury Inn for the reunion, and we'll have dancing, drinking, and a slideshow of all our favorite moments. I can't wait to hear what all of you have been up to!
Go Pirates!
Sophie Salisbury, Class President

"You look as though you swallowed a toad," my roommate said.

I glanced up from my email. Eva watched me in the warped glass of our cheap mirror, where she stood smudging on wine-dark lipstick. She'd already carefully layered for the evening, belting a red cardigan over a short black and white dress. I wore one of her cast-offs, a slinky green thing she swore brought out my eyes.

"Did you know high schools have five-year reunions?"

Now she turned fully around. "They do not."

"Apparently mine does." I stretched out my legs. "I just got an email from my brother's girlfriend. We're going to have a slideshow of 'all our favorite moments'. Gag me." Sophie Salisbury's favorite moments probably included winning Homecoming Queen and tripping me at graduation.

A smile worthy of the Cheshire Cat slid across Eva's face. "That sounds brilliant. Oh my God, maybe you can connect with your old high school crush—"

"Ha! Not likely."

"Or show up the mean popular girl—"

"Your theatre background's showing. Besides, Sophie's dating my brother. We're supposed to play nice." I read the email a little more critically. Was "I can't wait to hear what all of you have been up to" actually passive-aggressive, or could Sophie genuinely be interested in the lives of other people? "Besides, I don't have anything I could use to show anyone up."

Eva shot me an irritated look. "Well, not if you go in with that kind of attitude."

I smothered a laugh and slid my computer off my lap, crossing the room for the bottle of Pinot gris. "You're right." I gestured widely at the kitchenette that bled into the tiny living room, and the two box-size bedrooms off it. "I'll tell everyone about our stellar apartment—though maybe I'll bump us up to Park Slope—and about my fabulous publishing internship—I think I'll pretend it's a salaried job." Come to think about it, this reunion seemed like a really bad idea. I leaned against the counter in defeat. "Oh, God. I haven't done anything. I'm going to show up and be a failure."

"'Oh, woe is me,'" Eva said from back at the mirror. "'To have seen what I have seen, see what I see!'"

That was the problem with living with a former theatre major. Sometimes she rebuked me with Shakespeare.

"You could bring John with you."

I swallowed too much wine and grimaced, the cheap taste of six dollars curdling in my stomach. "Eva."

"What?" She thrust her glass out behind her and I topped it off. "He's gorgeous. And you said he asked you out again."

"There are so many problems with that suggestion." Apart from the idea that I should impress my former classmates with a guy, rather than my own success, John and I hadn't exactly dated. I mean, I'd thought we'd been dating, but it turned out I was just the third wheel in his open relationship.

"Come on. Maybe it was total serendipity that you ran into him this afternoon and also got that reunion invite."

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Rush Me 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
Britney-W More than 1 year ago
Rush Me was a pleasant surprise of sweet romance mixed with a little of the spicier side of love. I’ve been a little hung up on hot and heavy romances featuring very dominate men lately. This book was a nice detour from that while still providing enough romance and sex, yes there is sex, to keep me from feeling like I was reading a YA romance. The subject matter was light and while Rachael has some issues, there are no heavy topics that can get really depressing like many of today’s romances. Yes, there are commitment issues, fights, and very sad moments that make you want to scream, “What the hell are you thinking!?!” but overall, the characters are products of their pasts and present. This made the characters and the story so much more relatable, even with Ryan Carter being a professional quarterback. He was very realistic. His insecurities and flaws make him both appealing and frustrating. Rachael struggles with the image of what she thinks he is, that public image of America’s favorite football player, and how she views herself.  Rush Me is a contemporary romance that almost everyone can relate to. Rachael and Ryan experience what we’ve all experienced at one time or another; the insecurity of truly getting to know someone, letting them in, and risking your heart. I strongly suggest this book to anyone who loves a good romance, but if all the heavy topics and BDSM have been getting you down recently, Rush Me is the perfect, uplifting alternative that provides the romance with a dash of raunchy sex, without being overbearing sexually driven. And you will totally fall in love with Ryan Carter! *Ebook provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could NOT put this book down! I was hooked from the very beginning. It was dramatic and sexy and humorous. The 2 main characters have an explosive relationship and you just can't help turn the page. A great read!!
scarginbelle More than 1 year ago
not a very interesting book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first read of this author. Her characters were fleshed out and sound, were normal and could have been friends. I have read over 1,000 books since buying a Nook. I enjoyed this one enough to read through several more times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable story line. A girl walks into a wrong party with NFL players than suddenly becomes best friends with them? Author ddid not clearly describe either main chharacter and the dialogue was extremely dull.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book and well written. Some parts got a little boring but picked up toward the end. Its not a must read or on my top 10 list, but overall a decent book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading new authors in the romance genre, and I have found some really great stories by doing so. However, I kept having to pull myself awake as I tried to get through Rush Me. Sorry, I was just so bored. Gave it 2 stars because of the football hero and his teammates.
HB1 More than 1 year ago
Good worth the money over 600 pages. A full story with a proper ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the way the book was written, but really disliked the heroine. She was way too dramatic and came off as a major b****
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Allison Parr's debut new adult romance is absolutely amazing! Rush Me is a refreshing contemporary novel that will have readers immediately wrapped up in the lives of its characters. Rachael is a saucy lead with a determined outlook on life. She wants to make it in the publishing industry and she has plans to stick with her unpaid internship until she finds her dream job. Ryan is is the misunderstood and underestimated pro football player that gets under Rachael's skin and will charm every reader. I enjoyed every second of reading Rush Me. The plot is realistic and at the same time it's a storyline that will make you think it could only happen in dreams. Parr manages to bring Rachael and Ryan together even after their relationship started on rocky grounds. With a pacing smooth as butter and a high emotional drive, Parr has created a very engaging and entertaining story. Between the characters with quirky characteristics and vulnerabilities and the fantastic romance, Parr will gain fans something to talk about. Many stories have been published under this newly popular genre but not all of them have that spark of connection, like Rush Me. It's officially one of my favorites so far and I'm also hoping to read more from Parr in whatever genre! *eGalley provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Ryan comes off as a little egotistical but Rachael also seemed to cross the line a few times. In the end, this one didn’t work for me and therefore, I can’t recommend. ~ Under the Covers RUSH ME is Carina Press’s first foray in New Adult so naturally I had to try it out. I’ve been in the NA mood for awhile now and have been gobbling them up like candy. RUSH ME seemed to fit the kind of books I liked so I gave it a shot. In this book, we have a hero that is a pro athlete named Ryan Carter. A hot football player? Yes, yes count me in! Our heroine is Rachael Hamilton, a bookish girl who is still trying to figure out how to live her life while also pleasing her family. Ryan and Rachael meet at a party and well, I can’t say that this scene really hit it off for me. Ryan is being serviced by a groupie and for me, that changed how I saw him immediately. Ryan comes off as a little egotistical but Rachael also seemed to cross the line a few times. I just could not really understand her reasoning for some of her actions and words. Sometimes I wanted to stop her from doing/saying things while others I wanted her to DO SOMETHING when she remained inactive. As a result, I just couldn’t get into the romance at all. As individual characters, there were too many things that bothered me for me to even care if they got their HEA in the end. One upside is that I did enjoy Parr’s writing even though I didn’t enjoy being in Rachael’s head. So I can’t say it worked for me entirely. The New Adult genre has some really great books out there but I am finding it hard to understand what constitutes as NA now. The hero in this book seemed a little older than I would thought would be considered as NA. In the end, this one didn’t work for me and therefore, I can’t recommend. *ARC provided by Netgalley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I downloded this book for my tbr pile and just thought id read the first few pges before i finished the other book i was reading,,,,,, 6 hours later i finished it! I could NOT putit down! It is amazing! I loved how the Racheal and Ryan react to each other! I hope she dose other books! Great new author added to my list of must reads!
Anonymous 8 months ago
I never felt like I knew the 2 main characters . It was just an ok read. I almost quit reading a few times. I never felt connected and concerned about the characters . Not my favorite story.
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I have had this book on my nook for a while, but it was 600 pages and I thought it was going to be to long.....but I was wrong. I flew through the book. It was cute and funny. It kept me interested which is hard sometimes. It could have had some smut.
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I loved this book. Worth the money
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This was a quick and fun read.  Ryan was a sl*t and Rachael a b***h, but I liked them both anyway.  How come no one else noticed that the guys were playing gin rummy, not poker?
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Yes, this is a good one. I enjoyed their relationship, the fun, the issues, the friendships and the committment.
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