Book Review–Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

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This is the 22nd book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

Picture Source: Goodreads.com
Picture Source: Goodreads.com

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
Published July 10th 2012 by MTV Books

 

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

When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.

Heaven Beach, South Carolina, is anything but, if you live at the low-rent end of town. All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. At school, they may diss Leah as trash, but she’s the one who negotiates with the landlord when the rent’s not paid. At fourteen, she’s the one who gets a job at the nearby airstrip.

But there’s one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertising business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons, to take her up just once. Leaving the trailer park far beneath her and swooping out over the sea is a rush greater than anything she’s ever experienced, and when Mr. Hall offers to give her cut-rate flight lessons, she feels ready to touch the sky.

By the time she’s a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true… but turns out to be just as fleeting as any dream. Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they’re 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.

 

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I’ve been wanting to read one of Jennifer Echols’ books for a long time. Let’s face it–the cover is gorgeous. The synopsis also sounded pretty interesting, so when I found it online for a great price, I snagged it.

This book was a bit hard to get into at first. I liked how the setting was near an airport/at an airport and that a young girl was so interested in flying. Because honestly, it’s not something you see often. The main character, Leah, was an interesting character with a chip on her shoulder–and with good reason. I also liked Mr. Hall. In fact, her relationship with Mr. Hall was probably my favorite non-romance one in the book.

The writing is good and easy to get into, but I didn’t really get sucked in until halfway through. The main reason? Grayson Hall. Before I thought he was a jerk and really didn’t like him at all. But once I got halfway and he became more of a prospective love interest, he became more likable. The chemistry between him and Leah was intense. Not so much between Leah and his brother, but that was to be expected.

I really didn’t care for Molly through most of the book, though there were parts in her relationship with Leah that I did like (their scene at Leah’s trailer is probably my most favorite). I liked Alec well enough, but once I reached a certain point, I was shipping Leah and Grayson hard. The “love” triangle isn’t quite what it seems, so if they put you off yet the rest of the synopsis intrigues you, I recommend reading it.

The story was realistic. While I have never lived in a trailer home or the life Leah has, I am no stranger to trailer homes and parents who should do better for their children but don’t. My heart ached for Leah as more of her miserable home life began to come into focus.

This was really good. I’ll probably re-read it again at some point. I am definitely on the lookout for more Jennifer Echols books now.

 

 

4stars

 

 

 

 

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