Title – Rush Too Far
Author – Abbi Glines
Publisher – May 6, 2014
Series – Rosemary Beach, #4
Fallen Too Far was Blaire’s story. Now it’s time for Rush to share his side.
Everyone in Rosemary Beach thinks they know how Rush Finlay and Blaire Wynn fell in love. But Rush is back to tell his side of the story…
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.
Abbi Glines takes readers back to the beginning with Rush Too Far, the sweet, sexy, and heartfelt start to Rush and Blaire’s epic love story, told from Rush’s point of view. For anyone with a serious Rush Crush, this book will have you falling even harder for the inked bad boy than you ever thought possible as we finally get to experience his side of the story. Rush and Blaire’s chemistry is as palpable as ever, the heat between them rising as we get to feel it through Rush’s more experienced eyes. Their familiar and addictive push and pull remains, growing in some ways as the other half of their puzzle falls into place with this new point of view. Fun, steamy, and smart, Rush Too Far is the same Rosemary Beach adventure with a gritty, alpha edge that will leave you wanting more of Rush Finlay.
“You’re everything a guy like me should stay away from.”
Getting to see things from Rush’s perspective revealed an entirely new side to this character. Every page added to my understanding of Rush, demonstrating a depth that was completely unexpected. The behavior that was off-putting at times in Fallen Too Far finally made sense as Rush’s reasoning became apparent in this book. The moments where I wanted to punch him left me feeling far less violent when I could see the rationale behind his choices. His dirty thoughts and barely contained need to claim Blaire made me blush, while his care and kindness towards her had my heart fluttering. Just when I didn’t think I could fall any harder, Abbi Glines had to go and prove me wrong by exposing the true nature of this complex and fiercely loving man.
“Only with you, Blaire. You’re my exception.”
I was hoping for a bit more new material in terms of Rush’s innermost musings and scenes away from Blaire. While there was definitely some exciting insight into this inimitable character, we didn’t get to explore his emotions or the outside forces affecting his relationship with Blaire as extensively as I was hoping. I did enjoy experiencing things from his point of view, his immediate impressions and feelings coming to light and giving this familiar story a new spin, but I had hoped it would be much more heavily weighted towards new material than it was. I was glad to see more between Rush and Nan, finally understanding their relationship a bit better. Although I’m also pretty sure Abbi Glines only made my hatred of Nan grow with this book.
“As a child, I had often wondered if angels were real. By the time I was ten, I had decided they weren’t. That was all bullshit. I realized now that I’d been wrong. Blaire was my angel.”
Abbi Glines once again captures the heartache and hope of this one-of-a-kind story with Rush Too Far. Even told from the male point of view, she manages to deliver all of the emotion readers fell in love with when they read the story through Blaire’s eyes but with the added raw, visceral wanting that is all Rush. I loved exploring Rush’s relationships with Grant, Woods, and the rest of the Rosemary Beach men, finally getting the glimpse into the elite club that Blaire’s point of view was unable to deliver. I’m more excited than ever to dive into the rest of the series, ready for more of this unforgettable group of characters and the vibrant, dramatic world of privilege they call home.
Oh, Rush! After finishing this book, I can undoubtedly say that my Rush Crush is so much worse than it was! Abbi Glines so successfully gave the readers Rush’s point of view without ever feeling like she just wanted to write another book for the sake of gain. While reading, it felt like she HAD to tell his side of the story and I was so grateful for it. Nothing felt forced or too repetitive from Fallen Too Far.
“But she isn’t just a girl. She is an angel. My beautiful, strong, fierce, loyal angel who entered my life in a pickup truck, carrying a gun.”
The story felt natural and I absolutely LOVED getting to be inside Rush’s head. There were many times in Fallen Too Far that I wanted to understand how his feelings toward Blaire progressed or how his priorities began to change. Through Rush Too Far, I was able to see the slight nuances and when, as well as how, the thought processes began to change; when his focus began to shift from Nan to Blaire. Another thing I really appreciated about Rush Too far was seeing the inner turmoil and struggle that he was experiencing. In reading the first book, you never get to experience that because it’s based solely off of what he tells to Blaire. It creates a whole new dynamic to his character. As a reader, you get to see how truly torn he is with what he did for Nan, and consequently took from Blaire, and his desire to keep her.
“I will always love you. No one will ever compare. You own me, Blaire. My heart and soul are yours.”
Overall, I thought that this story really added to the Rosemary Beach collection. I love a male POV for fun, but Rush Too Far really helped the actual story line – and I’m not just saying that because I have the freaking biggest Rush Crush! Getting the glimpses into his head during scenes we’ve already read, as well as the new scenes we didn’t know about, just helped further my adoration of him! Not surprisingly, I devoured this book in a matter of hours…great job Abbi Glines, and I absolutely cannot wait to see what you come up with next!
Headlights filled the driveway, and I let out the breath I was holding. She was home. I waited until she was out of the truck and at the door before I opened it. I wasn’t giving her a chance to run from me.
She stood there in front of me then glanced around at my feet as if she were expecting to find something.
“Where have you been?” I asked, trying not to sounds as frustrated as I was.
“What does it matter?” She asked. She wasn’t angry. She looked confused.
I closed the little bit of space between us. “Because I was worried,” I said honestly. She needed to know. She’d scared me.
“I find that real hard to believe. You were too busy with your company for the night to notice much of anything.” The distaste in her voice was obvious.
“You came earlier than I expected. I didn’t mean for you to witness that,” I said, knowing it sounded bad as I said it. But I didn’t have an excuse. Even if I wished I did.
She shifted her feet and let out a sigh. “I came home the same time I do every night. I think you wanted me to see you. Why, I’m not sure. I’m not harboring feelings for you, Rush. I just need a place to stay for a few more days. I’ll be moving out of your house and your life real soon.”
Damn her. She was going to make me feel. I couldn’t fucking feel. Not with her. Closing my eyes, I muttered a curse and tried to calm myself down. “There are things about you don’t know. I;m not one of those guys you can wrap around your finger. I have baggage. Lots of it. Too much for someone like you. I expected someone so different, considering I’ve met your father. But you’re nothing like him. You’re everything a guy like me should stay away from. Because I’m not right for you.”
Don’t miss the rest of the Rosemary Beach Series:
Fallen Too Far (Rosemary Beach #1)
Never Too Far (Rosemary Beach #2)
Forever Too Far (Rosemary Beach #3)
Twisted Perfection (Rosemary Beach #5)
Simple Perfection (Rosemary Beach #6)
Take a Chance (Rosemary Beach #7)
One More Chance (Rosemary Beach #8)
You Were Mine (Rosemary Beach #9)
Kiro’s Emily (Rosemary Beach #10) – FREE!
When I’m Gone (Rosemary Beach #11)
When You’re Back (Rosemary Beach #12)
The Best Goodbye (Rosemary Beach #13)
Up in Flames (Rosemary Beach #14)
New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of TWISTED PERFECTION, FALLEN TOO FAR, NEVER TOO FAR, JUST FOR NOW, WHILE IT LASTS, BECAUSE OF LOW, BREATHE, THE VINCENT BOYS, THE VINCENT BROTHERS, THE EXISTENCE TRILOGY.