Friday, July 6, 2012

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Release Date: July 10th, 2012
Publisher: MTV books
Source: Publisher (thank you!)

A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.

High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.

But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business — until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers — and the consequences could be deadly.

Review: I haven't read all of Jennifer Echols' books but from the few that I have gotten to, I have to say that Such a Rush is the best of them and my new favorite (Sorry, Going Too Far! I still love you but...)  

I loved Leah from the get-go. Despite her less than stellar upbringing, she proves to be very intelligent and self-sufficient since no one else is looking out for her. Leah's home life is what can easily be described as depressing but instead of wallowing in self-pity and allowing herself to follow in her mother's steps, she decides to chase her dream of becoming a pilot. I appreciated how Echols made it apparent that Leah had to deal with certain situations due to being poor; there were all these details that ranged from reusing the same water bottle (until the label peeled off) to not being able to get a driver's license because there was no money to pay for it. I really liked how Leah's job helped her with everything--it gave her purpose, it gave her something to do with all her time  and energy and of course, she spends time with the Hall family.

Oh, the Hall family. Even though Mr. Hall was taken away too soon, Leah's flashbacks and then subsequent conversations with Alec and Grayson about him made it feel like Hr. Hall never really left. He only makes his appearance once in the beginning but it's obvious that if it hadn't been for Mr. Hall, Leah wouldn't have gotten anywhere without his guidance and support. After Mr. Hall's death, Alec and Grayson take over the business and here's where I felt the book really shined: the research about airplanes, how they work, and the business aspect of flying was so well-done. Leah's life is almost entirely about flying so it's only natural that this would be an encompassing aspect of the story but Echols writes about it so effortlessly that as a reader, you'll never feel lost whenever airplane talk is mentioned. As for the Hall brothers, mai oh mai. You're supposed to like Grayson more and I did, but I thought that the relationship between Alec and Grayon was another intriguing point of the book. They're completely different and they react to things in opposite ways but you know that they've always got each other's backs (despite having a weird way of showing it). 

Also, the scenes between Grayson and Leah? So steamy. But this is Jennifer Echols so you already knew that, I imagine. She's seriously amazing when it comes to writing romantic scenes. I love the HONESTY that she infuses them with (and of course that they're always smokin' hot...but I digress).

Final verdict: With fully realized characters and honest, emotional writing, Jennifer Echols knocked it out of the park with Such a Rush. The title of this book is very fitting since I felt such a rush of emotions as I read this and because of how Leah feels while she's flying. Again, I can't say that this is her best since I haven't read all of her work but I feel like she just keeps getting better and better with each book. Such a Rush is her hardcover debut and I highly recommend that you get your hands on it ASAP. Whether it's as a hardcover or as an e-book, it's worth your time.  
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