4.5 – 5 stars (same rating as book #1)
“No. One. Comes. Before. You.”
I HEART RUSH!! and I loved this book!
Ohhhh this book was just so ADDICTIVE!!! There is something about Abbi Glines’ writing that makes me desperately just want more and more and more!!!
Its the kind of story you can just inhale in one sitting – a quick, deliciously angsty, drama-filled romance.
What made me love it was that I never once, not for one second EVER EVER EVER doubted how right Blaire and Rush were for each other, or how much they loved each other. That was clear and unwavering. That being said, they went through some pretty serious ups and downs, huge insecurities, a lot of mess ups and dysfunctionality along their road to making their relationship work.
At times it was a little ‘much’ for me, but I got the same feeling while reading this book that I get when I’m watching a really well-written TV show — its like, I know that sometimes its just “drama” but I just eat it up!
I’m not going to talk about the plot of this one at all. Its a direct continuation of book #1 (which should absolutely be read first) and the story picks up 3 weeks after the cliffhanger ending of the first one. There’s a bit of a twist that I suspected from book one that plays out in this book and basically affects the whole general story line. I loved it and loved where it took the characters.
The story was told in chapter-by-chapter alternating POVs so we were never left too long without understanding both sides of the story.
I seriously seriously seriously love Rush. That guy just makes my heart race. He’s hot, swoony, and flawed (not to mention tattooed and pierced). Just… gah! How can you not love him when he says stuff like this:
“There is nothing is rather do than be near you… [I’ll] take whatever the hell I can get when it comes to you… I will do anything. Anything, Blaire, just to be near you… You need me, I’m there.”
For the most part I really liked the way he handled things – I mean, sure he kept messing up and I wanted to grab him by the shoulders and shake him a few times but his mistakes were mostly understandable, and let me tell you, that man knew how to grovel. There was just no way you could doubt his intentions. I mean this was all new to him too – the first time he’d actually cared about someone enough to want a relationship… his first time actually falling in love.
It totally warmed my heart how he was never willing to just let any of their issues go. He tried to respect her space but at the same time was always pushing to try and work through them. You could just FEEL how much he was desperately head-over-heels in love with Blaire and you just KNEW that he’d do just about anything to protect her.
“Let me prove it to you. Leaving me doesn’t let me prove anything. You have to stay with me, Blaire. You have to give me a chance… Trust me to protect you and put you first.”
My heart just plain HURT when he messed up, or when unfortunate situations lead to misunderstanding and general angst but at the same time I love the feel that it gave the story – it kept you a little worried and yet totally invested in the character’s lives.
“I love you, Blaire. I love you so damn much it hurts.”
I felt bad for Blaire because for the most part, I understood her insecurities – about not being a part of his world, being reminded of it every day and being surrounded by reasons why they wouldn’t fit together. I liked that she wasn’t weak – she simply had trust issues brought on by all the men in her life, in some way or another, betraying her. And given Rush’s past and his family connections, it was hard for her to accept that she could actually put stock in his love for her.
“She’d lost everyone in her life she’d love and trusted. Why would she believe me? The only men in her life had left her. Betrayed her. She expected nothing else… I wasn’t letting anyone else hurt her.”
“I love her. I will stop at nothing to make sure she’s safe.”
There is some serious hotness in this book – much like in the first one. Some of those scenes had me fanning myself! Definitely adult.
And, rest easy! There is no cliffhanger at the end of this book!!! *whew* But, that being said, you are left wanting ‘more’. It leaves off at a happy place, but it was a bit abrupt. I would have definitely loved an epilogue or just a tiny glimpse into their future but I know there are going to be two more books in this series so, despite them not being focused on Blaire and Rush, I have high hopes of seeing more of them in the future and maybe of getting a giant swoony epilogue at the end of the whole series 🙂
“No man has ever loved a woman as much as I love you. Nothing will ever come before you. I don’t know what else I have to do to prove to you that I won’t let you down again. I won’t hurt you. You don’t have to be alone anymore. I need you.”
I absolutely LOVED this book and I would definitely recommend this series for everyone!
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