by Nyrae Dawn


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This new adult, male/male romance will capture the audience who fell in love with Nyrae Dawn's Games Trilogy.

For the love of the game.

Brandon Chase has always defined himself by one thing: football. Tough and athletic, he is a great college player who enjoys the hard hits and the sweaty grind of the gridiron. But when Brandon is injured, only one person can help him get back on track-a forbidden love he's desperately tried to put behind him.

Alec Andrews has never quite forgiven Brandon for walking away when their friendship turned into something more. But he can't deny help to one of his closest friends. As the two spend the long, hot summer working together, their old attraction comes flooding back.

Now as Alec thinks about coming out to his conservative family and Brandon considers revealing he's a gay football player, the two men must be strong to fight for a love that could be the greatest rush of their lives.

"Devastatingly relevant, engaging, sexy, and ultimately heroic. Rush is the kind of book that will keep you reading late into the night." -J.H. Trumble, author of Don't Let Me Go

Approx. 70, 000 words.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455583652
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Series: Games Series , #4
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Writing has always been Nyrae Dawn's passion. Nyrae gravitates toward character-driven stories. She loves going on emotional journeys with characters whether it be reading or writing. And yes, she's a total romantic at heart and proud.

Nyrae resides in sunny Southern California with her husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two awesome kids.

When she's not with her family, you can be pretty sure you'll find her with a book in her hand or her laptop and an open document in front of her. Nyrae also writes adult romance under the name Kelley Vitollo.

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Rush 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: I was very surprised by how much this story sucked me in and kept my interest. There was SOMETHING about Brandon and Alec, especially when they were together. I loved how the story went deeper than just the relationship. There was a lot about their past, learning from it, growing from it, becoming mature adults. And not only that, but also how they handled the reactions of the people they loved, friends and family. Rush was VERY well written, and it makes me wonder why I haven't picked up another novel by Nyrae Dawn. I think this must be remedied soon, don't you? If you're looking for a great romance, definitely pick this one up. It might not be something you usually go for, but believe me when I say it is worth trying it out at least. My Rating: Very good
jenniferstrand More than 1 year ago
It isn't often that I review the LGBT romance books I read on the blog. I know it's not necessarily a genre that many readers of this blog read, but I thought I'd take the opportunity to introduce you all to RUSH and give you a chance to see how wonderful these stories can be. RUSH is a love story.  Pure and simple as unrefined sugar.  And just as sweet.  We've got Brandon and Alec who are pretty sure they're in love, an issue that is keeping them from being together and a ray of hope for a happily ever after. See? Romance. The issue at hand just happens to be one that straight couples don't have to tackle. Brandon and Alec's story is further complicated by the fact that Brandon is a college football player which makes his sexual orientation even more difficult to be honest about.  This kind of thing is happening in real life and is so very relevant. In true Nyrae style, this story is going to grab you from the get-go. Which means you're going to become heavily invested in the characters and all of their feels will become your feels. Which means you'll identify with Alec and Brandon and a level you may not have thought possible.  Which will make you a well rounded individual.  Which will get you a promotion at work.  So.  Reading this book will bring home that big promotion you've been hoping for.  Or not.  You might just walk away with a new favorite story and the inability to stop thinking about Alec and Brandon long after you finish their story.  Which is as good as any old boring promotion, yeah? Quick note:  Alec and Brandon were first introduced in FOUR SUMMERS, a YA novel written by Nyrae and published last year.  I didn't read that book before picking up RUSH and kind of wish I would have.  I think I missed a portion of their back story that would have been helpful to know when prior events are mentioned.  Consider picking up that story, too.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brandon and Alec have been in love with each other since they were sneaking off into the woods at the age of 16. It started off as an innocent friendship but became more every summer that they met up. However, with not being able to come to terms with being gay, Brandon breaks things off with Alec and never returns the following summer. Now, a year and a half later, they find that their feelings haven’t changed. The only question is, are they willing to put it all out there on the line for a love that some people would find wrong? I’ve only read one of Nyrae’s books before and I must say, that after reading this, I need to add the rest of her books to my list. I mean, wow. She has a way of pulling such emotion from her characters that make the reader want to weep for them. I seriously could not put this book down. I had to make myself go to sleep for work the next morning. I kept telling myself, “Just one more chapter.”, and two hours later, there I was still reading. Heck, I woke up and the first thing I did was pick up the book again, BEFORE MAKING COFFEE. I even thought about Alec and Brandon while at work wondering what was in store for them next. Sheesh, I’m seriously going to have a book hangover after this one. It consumed my life. The struggles that these characters face is heartbreaking, their love for each other was passionate, and their decision to come out no matter how hard it was, was inspiring. Even though the story wasn’t suspenseful, Nyrae had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I don’t normally read M/M romance because the story lines very rarely interest me but this combination of new adult, self discovery, and romance really did it for me. I was in love with the story from the first page and it held onto my heart until the very last word. I’m bummed that it had to end. If only Rush could’ve been the size of Harry Potter.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Rush is a beautifully depicted M/M romance, and the first M/M romance I've ever read.  Nyrae Dawn has done an excellent job of making the characters, Alec and Brandon, be not only likable, but real..... guys who could be your best friend, your brother, the guy next door.  The author has done a fantastic job of personalizing the characters, enabling the reader to get to know them, root for them, and love them.  This NA romance is not about a lot of sex, though there is some sex, but it is very well done.  For me, it was more about people, relationships, the challenges faced in a relationship, even more so in a gay relationship.  The guys don't fit your stereotypical gay male that so many misinformed people have created in their imaginations.  Brandon and Alec are all male, guys who love sports, working out, and just having fun.  They face the struggles that normal college guys would face - Brandon related to healing from his injury and his football career, and Alec is just trying to complete college and make a living while dealing with the expectations of his father.   Nryae Dawn also does an excellent job depicting the guys families, one whose family is supportive and loving, and the other 's who is hateful and judgmental.  Torn between what they want, what they need, and what is expected of them, both Brandon and Alec struggle with coming out, being accepted, and what the future holds for them both.  Rush is a gripping story that is wonderfully written and in my opinion, even though it is fiction, it is an excellent tool in educating people about others who may not make the same choices they make, yet are people just the same....people that should and can be loved and supported.  Rush is also the perfect book to start with for those who have never read M/M romance.  I was very impressed with Rush and I most definitely would recommend it.  
amdrane2 More than 1 year ago
I don't even know where to begin with this review. This book was both wonderful and extremely irritating. The love these two guys had for each other is something anyone would want for themselves, yet feeling as if they had to hide it from everyone was so frustrating. Why people can't accept love in any form is beyond me. There were times while reading this where I was so excited for them to finally be who they were meant to be then in the next paragraph I'd want to throw my Kindle across the room cause it just wasn't fair for them to have to hide. It tears me about to know that there are people who feel like these guys do, that they have to hide and get disowned. Recommend this book but be prepared with a few tissues cause unless your heart is made of stone, your gonna need them. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.