Do Things Work Out in the End? FEEL THE RUSH



Feel the RushA Hard Feelings Novel
Kelsie Leverich
Formats/Imprints: Paperback/NAL 416 pages March 4, 2014
E-book/Intermix (August 2013)
E-Galley provided by publisher via NetGalley.  No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

Picking the wrong men is a talent Meagan Mitchell has perfected. She’s sweet, confident, beautiful— and single. With her thirtieth birthday sneaking up on her, she needs a new plan. No more Mr. Wrongs or Mr. Bads. It’s time to find Mr. Safe….

Army captain Reed Porter lives for the thrill—an Airborne Jumpmaster with a rush addiction. He’s sexy and playful, and he quickly tempts Meagan with his rich Southern drawl and sinful looks. But slowing down and settling down are not on his agenda, making him exactly the type of man Meagan wants to avoid.…

As their undeniable attraction heats up, Meagan has to decide if she’s willing to risk everything on a chance at love with a reckless charmer. Is she brave enough to bet her future—and her heart—on Mr. Thrill? Or will Reed finally learn that the feeling of a safe landing is just as addicting as the rush of the fall?



My Take!



This is a great story; a deeply revealing, hold no punches dissection of a lovely romance between compelling, if not entirely unique characters.  Meagan feels she’s been “looking for love in all the wrong places,” and as she turns 30 begins worrying about starting a family and whether the life she has is the one she wants.

Both characters have a lot of  “stock” traits common to the love interests in contemporary, steamy romance.  But, they each have unique qualities to offer that bring them up to that well-developed level that makes a book stand out.  They are both likeable.  And just between us girls, I gotta tell you he’s pretty lickable too.  Actually it sounds like most of the guys are pretty yummy!  Reed and his buddies are presented as cocky and studly, but the author sees the men’s  big hearts as well, and she sees them through Meagan’s eyes.  Without this insight, the men would be just two dimensional studs (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

Oh,  to be half my age.

I like the feeling of friendship the two friends, Meagan and Eva share – enough to pick up and move together.  And, I like the natural feeling of the military personnel and the attached civilians.  It’s heart felt but not too flag waving; I like a little patriotic feeling, but I don’t want to feel like I have to stand up and start singing the national anthem when I pick up a book.

The prose is often quite lovely and moving, strong and incisive — surgically incisive:

You can’t possibly lose a piece of yourself and expect to feel the same ever again.  It was impossible. Pain didn’t work that way. It heals, but only for small periods of time, because nothing can last forever.  It was this time, this moment, that healed him.  It was doing this one simple thing every year that made that irreplaceable part of himself feel the shadow of its missing piece. It made him feel closer to the person he once was, It made him yearn for the life he once lived, and it made him crave the love he once had,…
” around 32%

The surgical quality of the writer’s voice has a lot to do with the characters getting to the heart of the story. You might say it is “looking for Mr. Right,” but really it’s more than that.  We all grow up thinking life will turn out a certain way and/or dreaming of a goal.  Sometimes we get there, sometimes where we get is completely different.

But, you hear a lot, that “you get where you are meant to be,” and, “things turn out like they are supposed to,”  or even “for the best.”  I always think of the saying “Life is what happens when you are making other plans.” But my question is, does it? Do we really get where we are meant to be? Does everything turn out for the best? And, are these truths or just platitudes?

In his memorial service my friend’s husband was quoted as saying “The future isn’t something that just happens to you.”  In other words, there is an element of chance, bu we  certainly have a hand in what happens in our lives. It is certainly hard to see that from the “before” side of a certain period in our lives;  like they say hindsight is 20/20.   If I knew then….. If I knew when I was younger that this would be my life, would I have changed direction? If I had, would it have ended up any differently? For me, maybe and maybe not.  I have an awesome life, but there are things I would like a “do-over” on.

What do you think about this?  I think in the book this question, and some of the events around it are the heart of the story.

I think this is a great read: nice characters and a good story with slippery depths that you can ignore if you want, but which can also give you something to ponder if you want.  Not to say it isn’t chock full of the kind of hotness we look for in a nice piece of erotic romance, because it really has all that going for it as well.  I HIGHLY RECOMMEND FEEL THE RUSH!



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