By: Gina Gordon
Releasing May 12, 2015
In this edgy, sizzling romance for fans of Monica Murphy and Abbi Glines, a bad boy shows a straitlaced law student how to slow down and savor the good things.
Everly Parker is about to graduate from law school, always busy, and can’t stop rushing through life. Her late grandmother left her a bucket list of meaningful, can’t-miss experiences, but she hasn’t completed a single one. Then searing-hot Max Levin bursts into her world. As a casting director for a porn production company, Max is loaded, cocky, and all wrong for Everly. Still, she’s tempted enough to cross the first item off her list: Go out with someone you’d never give the time of day.
Inheriting a porn empire isn’t every guy’s dream (well, actually, it probably is), but Max isn’t complaining. It’s just that until he meets Everly, he has no idea what he’s been missing. As the pressure mounts to take over the family business, Max can’t help wondering what would happen if he chose Everly instead. So far, his life has been a wild ride, but only Everly promises the greatest rush of all: love.
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A loud bang sounded to my right and I turned my attention to the aisle, where a sweet- looking girl blew a heavy breath out the side of her mouth. It caused her unkempt black hair to flutter around her face. She bent, reaching to pick up the stack of books that had fallen to the ground, giving a spectacular view of a tight, round bottom covered in black fabric.
Who knew yoga pants were so damn sexy? Hers were sloppily tucked into a pair of beige Uggs.
I scrambled from my seat and crouched beside her, picking up one of her books and holding it out. “You dropped something,” I said, my senses kicking up at the sweet scent surrounding me.
She snorted, a cute little laugh, and grabbed the book from my hand. “Sounds like something I would do.”
She finally looked up and her soft blue eyes locked on mine. Her lips were plump and naked. She didn’t need lipstick. They were the perfect shade of raspberry. Her pale skin was luminous and it took all of my willpower not to lean in and scent her, running my nose up her dainty neck. My cock twitched in my pants. An unexpected twitch. One I hadn’t felt upon first sight of a woman in a long damn time.
Getting rid of that book so soon might have been a bad idea. I needed it to cover the semi that had just popped up in my pants.
I did a quick survey of her body, which didn’t stand out, in yoga pants and a long-sleeved T-shirt. She was the exact opposite of the women I saw on a daily basis. She was as plain as vanilla ice cream, but something grabbed me—grabbed my cock, was more like it.
“I’m sorry to interrupt.” Her face knitted with guilt as her eyes settled on something behind me.
“We’re on an interview,” Stella said from the table.
This woman knew the escorts. Did that mean she, too, was . . . A grinned curved up at the side of my mouth. Oh, yeah, I could definitely see her making a lot of money playing the uptight librarian fantasy.
“At my favorite café?”
“Public space, and all,” Jade said with a shrug.
Smart girl. Just the kind of girl White Lace wanted.
When the last book had been picked up, the woman straightened, and I followed suit. She flipped her hair and when her sea-blue eyes locked on mine, I suddenly felt like I’d just run the New York Marathon. Winded, achy, but high on something I just couldn’t put my finger on.
“Thank goodness.” She struggled to gather the books against her chest. “I thought I interrupted your dates.”
I struggled to lift my arm to help her, but it was caught on something invisible. Sort of like my tongue, which didn’t want to cooperate.
She shuffled away and placed her books on a table three down from where we sat.
When she returned, she eyed me with . . . disinterest.
“I’m Max Levin.” This time my arm cooperated. “Are you an associate of these lovely ladies?”
She brought her hand up to cover her chest. “You think . . . Oh, no.” She laughed, a sweet little giggle that forced a smile to my face. “I’m not a . . .” A blush fell across her cheeks.
Innocent. Unassuming. With a little lip gloss, maybe . . . I shook off the thought. This girl wasn’t porn material. But for the first time in years, I actually wanted to test the merchandise to find out.
Rush is a great example about not judging a book solely by its cover and synopsis. I freaking loved this book! I was intrigued when I read the synopsis on Net Galley. It was basically described as a romance between an heir to a porn enterprise and a young woman getting ready to graduate from law school. I thought…”Hmmm…this might be interesting.” Yes, I was right that it was going to be interesting, but Gina Gordon completely blew me away!!! It was so much more. The book and its characters have so much depth that pulls you in and doesn’t let you go!
Here’s the quick rundown. While both Max and Everly grew up pretty much knowing what their futures would be. He would one day take over his father’s place as the head of a porn enterprise, and Everly would follow in her parents’ footsteps and become an attorney. But, that’s where the similarities end, or so we are lead to believe. As in life, plans change. Max is pretty much content with taking his father’s place, or so he thinks until he meets Everly. And, Everly has known she would become a lawyer, but I got a sense from the very beginning of the book that she wasn’t quite so sure. The two meet at a coffee shop while Max is interviewing Everly’s two roommates, who are escorts, for a potential job as actors in an upcoming porn film. To say their first meeting was memorable is an understatement. She finds him incredibly attractive but obnoxious and pompous, and he’s never met a girl like her before. As he makes his apologies for being an arrogant jerk, he discovers a bucket list her grandmother left her to complete before finishing law school, and Max decides to help her with it when he sees one of the items is to date someone she probably wouldn’t give the time of day too. This begins one of the most humorous and swoon worthy romances I have ever read. It won’t be an easy road to their happily ever after, but it will be a journey in which they learn so much about each other but most importantly, themselves.
A couple of things stand out to me about this book…the characters and Gordon’s writing ability. First, the characters….they are written in a way that just endears them to you. They appear one way on the surface but are so different than what you expected. Max, the walking sex god, isn’t the pompous a### he appears to be. There is so much going on underneath that sexy face and body. He’s smart, intelligent, and has a good heart. Everly comes across as this strait-laced, good girl, but she’s hiding a little naughtiness inside of her. You would think growing up the way she did she would be judgmental, but she lives with two escorts and doesn’t judge them for their choices. Even Max’s dad is a contradiction. He’s the king of a porn enterprise but yet his ultimate goal with some of the girls is to get them out of it and on to a better life. Even Everly’s dead grandmother is more than a one-dimensional character; you can clearly see the kind of person she was through her bucket list she left Everly.
Gina Gordon’s writing is flawless..she know how to tell a da** good story, one that will fly by much faster than you want it to. You become so immersed in it that you don’t even realize how much time has passed since you started the first page. The only regret you have is that it’s come to an end! I really hope that some of the secondary characters get their own books! Well done!
**ARC was provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
When her dream of becoming a mafia princess didn’t pan out, Gina Gordon went after her second dream: becoming a writer. And she hasn’t looked back. A self-proclaimed happily-ever-after junkie and cupcake connoisseur, Gordon loves spinning contemporary tales of knee-bending first kisses, unconditional love, and super-hot sex. She lives in Milton, Ontario, with her husband and their lovable dog.
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