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College Quarterback Preston Rush is living the dream. He's leading his team to the National Championship and days away from earning a 'first round draft pick' label. When he meets Little Bo Peep at a Halloween party, he thinks he's scored big. Instead, he wakes up in a jail cell with the corseted beauty. Because of him, she's in trouble and when he discovers her true identity, he realizes, his nightmare is just beginning.
The always shooting-for-perfection Priscilla Winslow can't believe her good deed has cost her a soccer career. Even though she knows it isn't Preston's fault, she can't forgive him for the disaster that is her life. She just wishes her damn body would get the message. Every time she sees him, it's all she can do not to kiss him.
When everything crashes down around him, Preston will have to decide if doing the right thing is worth losing it all.
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By Shae Ross, Candace Havens
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I'm going to kill my sister. Strike that. First, I'll shave her bald, then I'll kill her.
White ruffles billow around my legs. I'm following my best friend Jace to the entrance of the Rathskeller bar. It's the night before Halloween and thanks to my sister Cate, who stole my badass ninja costume and left me hers, I'm dressed as Little Bo Peep. Despite the fact that I haven't worn a dress in years and Cate doesn't wear anything unless it's fringed, feathered, or sequined, she thought this "stripper on her way to a carnival" look would work for me.
Double doors burst open, blasting the night air with riotous sounds from the crowd within. Anxiety bubbles in my swampy stomach as we sidestep the gang of sweaty men that are laughing and stumbling out. "Hey, look, it's Cinderella," one of them calls in a tone of drunken euphoria. I locate the source — a stocky cowboy, grinning at me from under the brim of his Stetson. I keep moving, contemplating whether the pocket square tucked in his jean jacket is a costume or his everyday swag. When I pass him, he turns and walks backward, opening his hands over an impressive beer belly. "Aw, where ya' goin'? I got your Prince Charming right here."
Jace loops her arm through mine and nods to his gut. "You need to reacquaint yourself with a mirror, my friend." His buddies roar, nudging him toward the parking lot, and I mutter over my shoulder as Jace tugs me toward the entrance, "Then one of his grandkids needs to school him on the difference between a nursery rhyme and a Disney character." I blow out a breath then instantly suck it back as Jace reaches for the door handle.
"Wait!" My palm slaps the door, and she pauses, staring at me with an expectant look. "I can't do it. I'm sorry. I thought I could but — I just can't." I spin and lunge toward the parking lot but she catches the hem of my dress with a firm stomp. My corset tightens, pinching my ribs, and I jerk to a stop.
"Priscilla! Get your ruffled butt back here."
I grab a fistful of fabric and yank. It springs loose, sending me staggering. I'm trying to make my getaway, but it's like moving with a tent strapped to my waist. No wonder Little Bo Peep couldn't find her sheep — she couldn't fucking move. Jace pivots, squashing my split second of freedom with her other foot. Frustration rumbles up my throat and I glare at her, but she's unfazed.
Reddish-blonde bangs sweep low on her brow, enhancing the twinkle of victory in her blue eyes. Trying to maneuver around Jace when she's on a man-candy mission is like trying to sidestep the Great Wall of China.
I twist and thrust my palms out. "Seriously, do you know how humiliating this is for me?" She puckers her lips and looks me over. The satin bodice I'm wearing is tight enough to enhance even my modest bustline, and my skirt is hiked up in front, curtaining over white hose.
"You oughta be owning that corset like Madonna in the eighties."
I sigh and flick a string off the faint rise of cleavage. "I'm going to lose more than my sheep in this get-up."
"Exactly. This is your big chance. When's the last time you kissed a guy?"
My brain spins, trying to come up with a memory, but the wheel is ticking to a slow stop on capital letters. Bankrupt. I got nothing. Pink lips press out a long beeeep. "Captain's log, Stardate 2015 — let one man boldly go where no man has gone before. Step outside the Priscilla Winslow untouchable box and let the Enterprise land ..." Her costume sparks under the stream of streetlight as she speaks with head-bobbing conviction.
I scowl and interrupt her rant. "I'm sorry, but it's really hard for me to take life advice from someone dressed as a tube of processed meat." My hand wands over the blue cardboard frame hanging from her shoulders. "What made you want to be a can of Spam for Halloween ... and I don't get the whole outer space theme."
"I'm sending Ian a message: fresh meat," she says, twisting proudly. "How could he resist? I sprayed the coat of glitter so that I'd stand out."
"Well, you are nailing it, sister."
"Damn straight. Mr. He's The One is behind those doors. Suck it up, Buttercup, we're goin' in."
Jace has been my best friend since freshmen year. We play soccer for South Eastern University in Detroit. On move-in day she marched into our dorm wearing big sunglasses, carrying a vintage bowling bag, and followed by her twin brothers, Sweeney and Tucker, who were carrying a refrigerator-sized box. Just the necessities, she had said, winking as they headed out for another one. When a lizard poked its scaly face out of her "Holiday Lanes" bag, I managed to cover my shock with a stupid smile, nodding along with her enthusiastic chatter as she readjusted the tiny headband around Rasputin's arrow shaped skull. In my mind, though, I was sprinting to the housing office to request a new roommate, convinced she was "gansta-crazy." But then something happened that made me reconsider. She pulled me into the hallway and introduced herself, her lizard, and her new "bestie" roommate to everyone on our floor. As I watched her, I realized she had something I don't. Jace soaks up the spotlight like a sponge and beams it back in a "proud to be loud" sort of way. I love the shadows.
As her roommate, I was confidant she would pull me into every weird, hysterical, creepy, slightly dangerous scenario known to mankind. Naively, I thought I could help her tone it down when necessary. Ha! Fast-forward three years later and here I am, arguing with a blinged-up can of Spam, about to walk into a bar dressed as Little Bo Peep — all so she can stalk her crush.
"Oh, come on, Sil. This is one of our last chances to have fun before the qualifying games start. It's an off-campus bar. It's not like you're going to see anyone you know." She turns her wrists down, making puppy eyes, and hops with each begging word, jostling her glittered frame. "Please, please, please."
Jace has met Mr. He's The One three times already this semester. She doesn't have the best track record with men, but I have to admire her willingness to put herself out there. Especially since I can't figure out how to take the "out of office" response off my dating life. The anxiousness in my stomach melts into a heavy feeling. I swallow hard. I can do this for her. Little Bo Peep might hurl all over her dress before this night's over, but I can do it.
I pound my shepherd staff on the pavement. "All right, but stop jumping. You're blinding me with shimmer." Excitement lights her round features, and she hustles me through the door, reinforcing my decision by gushing about Ian's smoking hot friends.
Music vibrates through the brown-paneled walls as we tunnel our way down the entry hall, consumed by the pungent smell of beer and old carpet. Bearded men on Harleys cast silver-toothed smiles from a collage of pictures tacked to a bulletin board, and a massive American flag hangs above us. "Is this is a biker bar?" I ask, straining to take a nervous look into the packed room at the end of the hall.
"Only on Fridays," she responds.
Oh God. Just when I talk myself out of a queasy stomach it resurfaces. "Yeah, well, here's the thing, Jace. It is Friday."
"Yeah, but not this Friday. They're having a Halloween party."
My bullshit meter chirps, and I raise a brow, watching her fish a hand under her Spam can. "I'm positive," she whines. But in Jace's language that phrase translates to "I'm twenty percent sure," which means there's an eighty percent chance we are in a biker bar. Super.
"See," she declares withdrawing two tickets "It says, Halloween Party."
I smirk at the wilted scraps, unconvinced, as she presents them to the crossed-armed bouncers and we merge into the lively group. Here we go.
Jeering voices mix with laughter, spiking intermittently above the drone of hard rock. We trudge deeper into the swarm, passing three hockey players, a woman in John Deere overalls, a creepy mime, and a caveman, when Jace flinches. "There," she yells, pointing to a zombie wobbling out of a circle of men. A pulse of relief waves through me. I was beginning to think he stood her up. Mr. He's The One moves toward us, his eyes glowing like Christmas bulbs against the putrid gray of his face paint.
He grins, flashing red gums. "Hey, you made it." They lean awkwardly, attempting to reach each other around the Spam can, then he dips his head to the side and plants a kiss on her cheek.
"Ian, this is my bestie, Priscilla," she shouts. He nods and smiles, motioning us toward his friends. We introduce ourselves to the mixed group of girls and "smokin' hot" guys as Ian signals the bartender with two fingers. When he reaches for our drinks, Jace checks out his ass and wiggles her eyebrows suggestively at me.
"My uncle owns the bar," Ian explains, slinging the bottles our way. "Beer's on me."
"To Ian," Jace cheers, raising her bottle and an adoring look. It's hard to tell from the face paint, but I almost think I can see a faint flush on his cheeks when he returns her smile. So far, so good. Maybe the night of humiliation will be worth it after all. I chat with them for a few minutes then join the conversation with Ian's friends.
After an hour of drinking and laughing, I excuse myself for the bathroom, waving off Jace's offer to accompany me. My skirt dents and reshapes like a cotton ball, sweeping over bodies as I hold my shepherd staff out, clearing a path. This thing is actually kind of awesome. I turn into the bathroom hallway, and I'm contemplating what Little Bo Peep does with her dress when she pees, when the door to the men's room opens, and a sleek creature slides out.
"Oh," my slightly stunned voice echoes softly.
He raises his tawny head, and his gaze fixes on me. He's wearing a Chewbacca costume — furry mask, black button nose, and perma-smile lips. His head tilts, and he scratches his temple. I'm a parachute of white, filling the hallway from waist down — there's no way for him to pass in the narrow space.
"Uh ... sorry." I grab a handful of skirt and back into the wall. I lean, preparing to shimmy around him, but an odd sound escapes from behind his mask — a low Wookie-like murmur. Amusement or maybe ... appreciation? His gaze is angled down, unmoving, and I drop my head to see what he's seeing. Seconds pass as my focus adjusts in the low light.
Without realizing it, I've lifted my skirt high enough to expose the lacy tops of my white hose and, worse than that, my pink underwear. Nice, Priscilla. Heat rushes up my neck. I blink slowly, and a moment of contemplation settles between us. Long legs shift, jangling the metal from his ammo belt. I huff out a nervous laugh, shove the fabric down, and hold my breath, waiting for him to pass.
He sidesteps, easing by slowly with his back to the wall. I should stop staring — look down, or up, anywhere else — but I really want to see more of his eyes. My sweaty grip tightens around the staff as his shaggy feet skim the toes of my Converse high tops. A swirl of blue gray settles over me. Holy shit. His eyes are ... mesmerizing ... and I'm completely absorbed. I stand in front of him, soaking up the silvery stare, calm, yet deep at the same time — like an overcast day in August, when the sky is so still you can feel the warmth under the clouds. The corners of his lids crinkle, and I imagine his smooth smile expanding under the mask. I curl my fingers, fighting the impulse to reach up and peel it off. God. If I react this way to just having seen his eyes, imagine what his face must look like ... and the rest of him. My gaze drops to his chest. It's broad and his stance is firm and my hearts jumps at my next realization. He's taller than me — by more than just a few inches. I raise my gaze to his and match the smile I see spreading under the mask again. He nods slowly, as if he's reluctant to break the connection, and when he speaks his smooth voice lingers, haloing around my head.
"Peep," he says.
"Chewie," I respond.
Another smile. Another breathless beat. I straighten, turn, and step slowly toward the women's restroom, my skirt rustling a faint swoosh over his furry legs. I'm listening for movement behind me, but there's nothing — just the distinct feeling of his presence. I pause in front of the door and give in to the urge to look back.
He's centered in the hallway where I left him, watching me. I smile, and his torso leans left, as if he's going to fall over. He lifts a paw and thumps his heart twice. Moaning echoes, filling the hallway with an animalistic groan. I smile, push the door open, and disappear through it, erupting into a fit of laughter.
God. I must be drunk — I'm flirting with a mohair galaxy rebel, but he seemed kind of hot to me. Maybe my mom is right, and I either need to start dating or seek out a good counselor to help me deal with my "daddy anger issues" — her diagnosis, not mine. Recalling her words scrapes my nerves raw. I blink the thoughts away, drying my hands and exiting the bathroom.
The bar seems hotter and more congested as I weave my way through the masses. Then again, maybe it's because I'm looking for someone now. I don't know what I'm going to say to him when I find him — I'm not the greatest when it comes to approaching guys and introducing myself. And by that I mean I never do it unless Jace is leading the charge. I swallow over the dryness building in my throat and recall her words. Step out of the Priscilla Winslow box. If I could just see what he looks like without his mask on. It's not often I meet guys that are taller than me, and something about him seemed sweet and funny. I can always bail at the last minute and keep walking if I can't work up the nerve to say anything when I find him.
A dull object jabs my thigh, and I turn into the wide grin of a guy wearing a wiener-dog costume. From the chest up, he's a floppy eared Dachshund. From the waist down he's a hot dog. "Hey, It's Mary's little lamb!" he exclaims.
He thrusts his hips, swiveling in front of me. "Want a bite?"
My shepherd staff hooks the protruding pink tip. "Vegan," I respond, sweeping his wiener away.
"Let me know if you change your mind."
"Okay. Be sure to hold your breath," I call, ducking behind a Dracula.
I'm taking the long way back to Jace, still searching for the tall shag carpet when a draft of air flutters over my arm. Someone's propped open a side door, and the temptation of cool air prickles the sweat on the back of my neck. I'll just hop out for a minute, and then I'll get back to my wooly Jedi fantasy. I step gingerly over the rock that's wedged under the door and emerge in the shadows of an alley.
The temperature drop seduces a welcome rise of gooseflesh, and I lift my hair, stretching into the night breeze. Chrome flickers beside me, and I turn to inspect a long row of motorcycles. Not a biker bar, my ass.
My minute is up — I should really go back inside. I drop my hair and start to turn, just as an angry voice chops the night air. Peering cautiously down the alley I see two men dressed as pirates. They're growling at a third man who is half hidden behind a dumpster.
A grunt erupts, followed by swinging limbs. Ice floods my veins, and my heartbeat suspends as the shadowy figures curse and struggle. Jesus! Thick punches land between sharp gasps, and I grit my teeth harder with each sound. I need to get help. I spin for the door, but a flash of tan fur stops me. Chewie? I squint at the dark silhouettes. It is him. My pulse fires like an assault rifle.
"Hey!" I yell. They either don't hear me or they're ignoring me. I lunge for the door, step into the hallway, and fumble with the lever on the fire alarm. The siren pierces my senses like a blade, and I dive back to the alley with the deafening howl pounding around me.
Adrenaline surges as I run. Chewbacca is on his knees, pulling one of the guys down, but the other pirate is angling a leg, about to slam it into his head.
"Hey!" I wind my staff and let loose a full-force swing. My elbows jerk to a painful halt as it connects with the taller pirate's upper arm and he stumbles.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Loved this book, I'm hoping this will turn into a series.
It's a cute and humorous meeting for Little Bo Peep and Chewbacca aka Priscilla and Preston, that ends with them both in a jail cell. That's the beginning of this five star romance, which also takes a look at the dark side of college athletics. Priscilla desperately needs Preston to help salvage her soccer career and Preston is faced with a choice that might end his career in pro football before it even gets started. Preston is a true hero with a heart of gold and Priscilla is a strong intelligent heroine. Great story, great characters, great writing make this book a must read. I received an ARC from Entangled Publishing in return for an honest review.
Good College Romance This was a fantastic read. I enjoyed reading the love story of the hero and heroine Preston Rush and Priscilla Winslow. This is a new age romance read and the book is about two college students who are both smart and they are star athletes at the college they attend. He plays football, she plays soccer. Their meeting starts over a drunken fight and jail..out of that comes a struggle that happens all across colleges thru the US and the author does highlight a rea problem. Preston and Prescilla struggle during this and grow together as a couple – There is some hidden truths and lies that darken their new relationship which Preston hopes Priscilla doesn’t find out. I liked the ups and downs this couple went thru but at times it seems there could have been other ways it could have happened. Also this has a HFN ending, not the HEA . I hope maybe we will get a story about this couple down the road. Preston and Priscilla made an interesting couple and the secondary characters were great. Would love to read more about this cast of characters again. My rating: 4.0 stars **** **I was given an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review***
This is a new adult romance between two athletes drawn together by fate. Priscilla, the captain of the girls soccer team, jumps into a fight to rescue quarterback Preston. Unfortunately they're both arrested, which impacts both of their schooling. The charges are dropped against Preston, but Priscilla is suspended from the team, after he misses her hearing. They work together to reverse the decision and form a relationship that is smoking hot. Preston is keeping a lot of secrets and would rather keep Priscilla safe, even if it means losing her. Will Priscilla's college career end in disaster? Will their relationship survive? This is a good New Adult book, because it featured realistic main characters, a great writing style, and a fun setting. I like how the characters matured throughout the book and would recommend this book to fans of the new adult genre. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Did you see that cover? Holy Moses, those are some HOT abs, and I must admit it's the main reason I wanted to read this book. Jocks are my weakness, add some sexy washboard abs to the cover and you can pretty much guarantee I'm going to read it. This story started out with a bang. It pulled me in immediately and I devoured the first 35% quickly. However after that it kinda lost me for a bit. Don't worry, it picked back up towards the end and I was able to finish relatively quickly. The football God and the soccer princess, the girl with a silver spoon and the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Opposites attract and all that. But for all their differences they also had a lot in common and similar goals. The push and pull between Preston and Priscilla was magical. There was a little angst, just enough to keep the story interesting, some laughs and of course, we can't forget the sexy times. This was a new to me author and I'm glad she's got a few books already out because I'm going to go one-click them soon. I enjoyed this story, although I was hoping for a little longer of an epilogue. I still felt like I had some questions I wanted answered. But maybe there's a follow-up in the works. ~ Lia, 4 Stars
This is the first book I have read by this author and it was amazing! If I didn't need to sleep, I wouldn't have put it down until I was finished. Priscilla and Preston are college athletes. She plays soccer, he plays football. This book did a fantastic job of exploring the pressure faced by college athletes, how to handle boosters, and the reality that Title IX isn't always respected. Preston is hands down one of the sweetest lead characters I've read in a long time. Priscilla is so strong which isn't common in NA books. There was definitely angst and not everything ended up perfect for everyone involved. I loved the dual POV. It made the connection to both main characters that much stronger. I'm really hoping that the side characters introduced in this story will get books of their own. I will definitely be reading more books by this author! I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This is, IMHO, another winner by this talented author! It has a mix of angst, turmoil, humour and romance mixed with college life for a group of excellent sporting students. The story telling is great, as usual, well paced and packed with action. There are many surprises adding twists and turns to the journey to their HEA. The characters are well developed, with many secondary ones who really deserve to have their own stories in future, if only to reassure me they, too, will have a loving happy ending. Whilst honesty is supposedly the best policy, what if speaking out could cost you your chance to be a top sports person earning millions? What if not speaking out could cost the love of your life their chance at such a future? What if your family is poor and you could change that forever? Temptations, conflicting desires and worries all play important parts in this well crafted story. Through the story the pressures on sporting students are explored as are the unexpected consequences of what were initially well intentioned actions which is how the two main characters initially met. Issues like the different treatment of athletes based on their gender, the financial temptations and manipulations, coping with family health and financial issues and so much more are included in this story. The characters are brilliantly portrayed and excellently developed, easy to relate to and empathise with. The plot focus isn’t solely on the romance, there’s a detailed plot with plenty to keep the reader turning the pages. Whilst it may well be written with new adults in mind, it works well for older readers (like me), too! No ifs, no buts, definitely one I’ll be reading again – congratulations on another enthralling read I have no hesitation in highly recommending. I’ll certainly be looking out for more by this author in future and really hope this proves to be the start of a new series. Thanks to the publishers for gifting me an ARC of this novel, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.
Rush by Shae Ross....Oh my goodness this book was a perfect great read and I found a new author, Shae Ross is a born storyteller. The Character are very well written, Preston and Priscilla were fun to watch the bantering back and forth with the chemistry was perfect. This story hit all the emotion buttons off the charts. If you are looking for a fun enjoyable read, then look no further, you have found it. I received a complimentary book from publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
I LOVED this book! So normally, I’m real stingy when it comes to 5 stars on my reviews but Rush really worked for me. It pulled me out of my reading slump and gave me a great story. It had everything I love in a good book. It had romance, humor, chemistry, and awesome MCs. I really liked Priscilla, she was a great h but Preston stole the show, he was just a perfect ten on the book boyfriend scale. The author did a great job of giving her characters vivid, vibrant voices. The plot was solid, the secondary characters (Jace, Carson, Marcus & Moses) were great and added layers to the story and insight into the MCs. The funny humor peppered throughout the book had me cracking up and the slow build up to the romance was spot on. I was rooting for both Priscilla and Preston right from the start. They were so great together. They were strong, loyal, smart and so crazy passionate on and off the field. I was pleasantly surprised by how fast and deeply I got sucked into these characters’ lives. The writing really pulls you in. I think this is one of the best sports romances I’ve read in a while! Loved the fact that this was a dual POV because you get inside both Preston and Priscilla’s head. Your not left guessing, its all laid out in the open. The author shows you rather than tells you whats happening. It was pretty damn addictive and I know this is a story that will stick with me for a while, its pure feel good romance. I was glued to the story from the first moment spunky Bo Peep locked eyes on her sexy wookie and all the way to that swoon worthy ending. I was so invested in this couple’s happy ending and so happy that there was no major OM/OW drama, no cheating and the H is NOT a manwhore!!! (That needs special mention because this was the cherry on top of the awesome sundae that is Preston Rush!) Yeah, I am definitely claiming him as my new book boyfriend!!! ***ARC provided for an honest review ***
I was hooked on this story from the first pages and only put it down because I had to get some sleep to be able to get my kids to school. This was a great read and I thought that it also had a great lesson that came out in it about values and doing what is right. I am glad that Shae Ross made a point to have the main characters right their wrongs in the end of the story. Very well done. Priscilla is a young lady that has a great soccer career ahead of her and her team is headed to the playoffs. When Priscilla ends up at a party dressed as Bo Peep, she never imagined how her night would end. When Priscilla takes up for another college colleague, she ends up getting herself thrown in jail with him to spend the night. The judge has had it with the college kids getting in trouble at the place they were in and has no leniency when it comes to punishment anymore. Not looking good for Priscilla. She know that she is going to have to go before the athletic board and that they are probably going to put her on suspension. What is she going to do about the playoffs? When Priscilla realizes who the other college colleague is that she defended, she is somewhat relieved to know that he is also an athlete at the college. Maybe he can help get her out of this mess they are in. Preston Rush is one of the star quarterbacks. he will have to go before the athletic board as well and maybe he will tell them that she just got mixed up in the whole mess. When Priscilla and Preston begin to talk a little, Preston knows that he wants more than to just talk with Priscilla, but she hates him. How is he going to get past her not liking him? They exchange numbers and go about their separate ways knowing that they will most likely be going in front of the athletic board together. When the time comes for Priscilla's hearing, there is no sign of Preston. Priscilla had even dropped off a letter with the information for her hearing with one of the football coaches to give to Preston, why would he not come? Is he just that stuck on himself and not worried about her career at all? You have to read this story to find out what all happens with Priscilla and Preston. Why did he not show up? I have to say that I love how Shae Ross made the college characters in this book have a heart for the young kids that don't have as much and are less fortunate. I love that Priscilla started a charity just for the kids and to help them get uniforms to play the sports that they love! This was just an overall great read that anyone could enjoy I think. There was sports involved but not consuming the whole story line. Just enough romance to make you want more from the characters and all together just a good read. Thanks Shae Ross for a great read and I can't wait to see what you come up with next!
The minute Priscilla Winslow slips on the Little Bo Peep costume she knows it's going to lead to a night of trouble, it has her completely out of her element and drawing attention that she isn't use to receiving off of the soccer field. After deflecting the attention of a few weirdos she unexpectedly meets someone who she thinks she may just have something in common with, but after a quick trip to the restroom she discovers that the moment has passed and her hairy suitor has disappeared. That is until she comes to his rescue during a brawl in the alley... she thinks she is doing a good deed until the cops show up and she lands herself in a jail cell and has her thinking she never should have put that damn costume on! College Quarterback, Preston Rush is certain he has met the girl of his dreams the minute he spots Little Bo Peep, they meet in a crowded bar, have a moment loaded with chemistry and then she is gone... that is until she comes to his aid in the alley. Fighting in he alley isn't exactly how he thought he'd spend his evening, but it's what happened, and now his little alley adventure has landed him in jail alongside his little Peep! He promises her he will not let her suffer the consequences of his actions, but after some unforeseen circumstances he misses the opportunity to make good on his promise, which leads to her losing her spot on the soccer team, and him feeling like a complete jerk! He is determined to fix the situation, and prove to her that he keeps his promises, but she isn't so willing to accept his help! The minute I saw the cover for this book I knew it was a book I had to get my hands on, and boy am I glad that I did, I absolutely loved this story!! It was a very captivating read, that kept me turning the pages and had me swooning the whole way through! I highly recommend you meet Priscilla and Preston, their story is certain to score a special place in your heart!!
This was a solid book from beginning to end. Team Slow-Rush was a partnership and faught all demons and obstacles as they were given to them. What hurt was the trust. It was hard for Priscilla because she had inner issues in which she didn't want to face and Preston had a heart of stone. They clashed but the supporting cast of true friends and teammates is what made it worth wild and all around fun. This book displayed the under belly of college sports and friendship. Gave insight on what could be but also displayed how the past don't always justify your future or the here and now. It depends on your partner either romantically of BFF. Know who will stand by you or just show up when you need them to.
Rush was my first read from this author. I really enjoyed it, though New Adult is not my typical go-to. I'm 33 now, and reading about 20-year-old college students falling in love often tries my patience. Preston Rush is the star quarterback of the college football team. Priscilla Winslow is the star of the women's soccer team at the same university. This was already different than some of the other stories I've read, as the heroine was a star athlete, too. I liked that, and thought that gave them more weight as equals. They have quite the eventful meeting at a Halloween party, then she jumps in to help him when he gets jumped later that night outside. They get arrested, and things go down hill from there for Priscilla. Priscilla is dressed up as Little Bo Peep for the party when they meet, and he is Chewbacca. He calls her Peep throughout, as a nickname, which I found to be endearingly adorable. Of course, Priscilla is the one who gets in trouble after their arrest. She gets suspended from the team for the rest of the season, and can't get in touch with Preston for him to help her as a witness to her self-defense claim. Of course, she thinks he doesn't care, and is furious that he's faced no consequences whatsoever, as someone has pushed it under the rug for him. When Preston finds out what happened, he vows to help her any way he can, even to the detriment of his own college/future pro career. She doesn't even realize what a big deal that is, as she is unaware of his family life, and what he's done for them in the past that could come back and bite him. Of course, their relationship builds from there, with several stops and starts, along the way. Priscilla has trust issues from her dad walking out and her mom falling apart because of it. Preston doesn't want to get close to anyone because his family life is difficult, and he doesn't know if he can trust anyone with his secrets either. They struggle to trust each other as the story goes on. Plenty of people in the periphery of their lives make that extremely difficult at different times, including some of his teammates. I enjoyed both characters separately, and together. I enjoyed their groups of friends, and their families as well. I really appreciated that Preston had strong moral convictions about doing the right thing for Priscilla, regardless of what the consequences might be for his own life. That's pretty impressive for a guy in his early 20's. However, though I understand the impulse, I didn't like that he didn't trust her with his secrets, and believe the fact that she wanted to fight for him too. The epilogue is nice, but we only get a Happy For Now ending, though I guess that's to be expected with their age, etc. Also, I felt like Preston got the short end of the stick on how everything worked out. Though he seemed at peace and said he had no regrets about the outcome, I couldn't help but feel badly for him. I can only hope that it didn't affect his future prospects over much. There were some great side characters, and I'd definitely be interested in further books focusing on some of them, and getting a future glimpse of what life is now like for Preston & Peep. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I look forward to more from this author!
Priscilla Winslow has a mouth that spits fiery sarcasm faster than I can throw a touchdown. But I’ve wanted her ever since I saw her in that Bo Peep outfit on Halloween. Yep, I’m a sheep who will follow that little hottie anywhere. There’s one problem…she hates me. Just because we ended up in jail and quite possibly ruined both our futures... They’re changing the rules… College Quarterback, Preston Rush is living the dream. He’s leading his team to the National Championship and days away from earning a ‘first round draft pick’ label. When he meets Little Bo Peep at a Halloween party, he thinks he’s scored big. Instead, he wakes up in a jail cell with the corseted beauty. Because of him, she’s in trouble and when he discovers her true identity, he realizes, his nightmare is just beginning. The always shooting for perfection Priscilla Winslow can’t believe her good deed has cost her soccer career. Even though she knows it isn’t Preston’s fault, she can’t forgive him for the disaster that is her life. She just wishes her damn body would get the message. Every time she sees him, it’s all she can do not to kiss him. When everything crashes down around him, Preston will have to decide if doing the right thing is worth losing it all. Review: Gonna start with....LOVE that cover! I am not one for a lot of NA books, I am old, I admit it and I enjoy slightly older characters. Well Ms. Ross has changed that for me. I loved this book! The characters were flawed, but really want to do the right thing and have a strong moral compass. When most kids their age are partying (at least I was) and not thinking beyond themselves, Preston and Priscilla are. They have both come from home lives that have been strained and they have taken on more responsibility than most. They are at times fun, sexy, emotional, dramatic, sincere and just so plain good together. Loved the secondary characters too, they really added dimension to the story and would love to see some of them in their own books. the concept for the story was unique also, I have read lots of romances about athletes, but I liked how the story revolved around conduct issues and how it effects their standings as NCAA players. They are both athletes and stars in their respective sports and I saw this as a plus to the story. This is a new-to-me Author and besides the characters I thought her storytelling was great, kept me engaged and rooting for Preston and Priscilla. I am originally from Michigan so anyone who is from there or the book is set there gets a thumbs-up from me ;) Fun, sexy, earnest romance. 4.5 Stars *Received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
An awesome read! I really loved this book. From the cringe worthy way Preston and Priscilla first meet to the way Preston handles things in the end, I wouldn't change a thing. The characters are great, the banter between them keeps it fun and fresh, and the sparks of chemistry between them can be felt through the pages. The way the author handled the topic of the inequality of collegiate athletics was spot on and handled very well. Overall and excellent read and a book I would recommend to everyone.
Preston is the college quarter back who has a successful career ahead of him. He comes from a poor family which makes him more determined to get to the top in order to help his family have a more comfortable life. Priscilla is a soccer player who comes from a fairly well off family but her life is far from perfect due to parental issues. She is close to her siblings despite their occasional squabbles. She too is on her way up in her career as well as being dedicated to those less fortunate than herself. Preston and Priscilla come across each other at a fancy dress party and there is this instant attraction between them. Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse when Preston finds himself being physically assaulted. Priscilla witnesses the incident and immediately goes to the rescue. They both end up in the same cell in jail. They form this casual relationship or so they think! When the implications of what's happened hit them, they both realise that their careers might well be in jeopardy. The consequences for Priscilla are pretty harsh and even though she is attracted Preston, she can't help but blame him, especially when he is not available for any assistance. Priscilla is quick to jump to conclusions. The problem is that she is still attracted to Preston who thinks that she hates him. As the story unfolds, they both learn more about each other but Preston is keeping a secret, partly out of shame and partly to protect Priscilla. She is not aware of the reasons why he refuses to divulge what he is hiding from her. To make matters worse, Amelia, Preston's ex puts more doubt in Priscilla's head. This is where trust or lack of comes into play. I like the way Priscilla and Preston interact with each other. Their relationship is a gradual build up which leads to the question, are they or aren't they? Preston is eager to get to the top but that doesn't stop him from doing what he thinks is right at the cost of possibly losing his chances. Priscilla jumps to the wrong conclusions on more than one occasion but she doesn't hide behind her insecurities. She owns up and readily apologises. She is also dedicated to her team and to those in need. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. It's full of fun and laughter. There are uncertainties, greed, corruption, bullying, friendship and loyalty. The love between Preston and Priscilla is very palpable even when they think that they have to eventually part ways. It's very well written. I love the storyline where all the characters are believable. Preston and Priscilla both shine throughout the story. I would fully recommend this New Adult Romance to other readers. I was kindly issued with an advanced ecopy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.