Rush by Shae Ross
Series: Pretty Smart Girls #3
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Publication Date: May 9th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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Priscilla Winslow has a mouth that spits fiery sarcasm faster than I can throw a touchdown. But I’ve wanted her ever since I saw her in that Bo Peep outfit on Halloween. Yep, I’m a sheep who will follow that little hottie anywhere. There’s one problem…she hates me. Just because we ended up in jail and quite possibly ruined both our futures...
They’re changing the rules…
College Quarterback, Preston Rush is living the dream. He’s leading his team to the National Championship and days away from earning a ‘first round draft pick’ label. When he meets Little Bo Peep at a Halloween party, he thinks he’s scored big. Instead, he wakes up in a jail cell with the corseted beauty. Because of him, she’s in trouble and when he discovers her true identity, he realizes, his nightmare is just beginning.
The always shooting for perfection Priscilla Winslow can’t believe her good deed has cost her soccer career. Even though she knows it isn’t Preston’s fault, she can’t forgive him for the disaster that is her life. She just wishes her damn body would get the message. Every time she sees him, it’s all she can do not to kiss him.
When everything crashes down around him, Preston will have to decide if doing the right thing is worth losing it all.
Priscilla is the captain of the women’s soccer team at her university. She loves soccer and can’t wait to go to the championships (they’re almost there). Unfortunately, going to a Halloween party puts that all in jeopardy. She is at a bar with a friend dressed as Bo Peep (her sister stole her ninja costume and left her with the BP costume) when she heads to the bathroom after a few drinks. She meets a guy dressed as Chewbacca in the hallway outside the bathroom and something about the eyes behind the mask get to her. Not long after that interaction Priscilla heads out the back door of the bar to get a breath of fresh air and sees Chewbacca getting beaten up. She tries to intervene but makes no headway so she decides to pull the fire alarm when no one will help her. The cops come and arrest both Priscilla and Chewbacca (aka Preston Rush who is the quarterback of the football team) and throw them in a cell.
Priscilla ends up going before the Athletic Board and gets suspended for the remainder of the year. She’s despondent about the outcome as she was just trying to help someone out and she’s pissed off because she had left a letter for Preston to tell him when the AB meeting was so that he could be her witness to the events but he didn’t show.
Preston is quite taken with Priscilla and when he sees that she’s pissed off at him he can’t understand it. He wanted to help but never received her letter. He swears he’ll help her (as his charges were dropped) but that means going before the AB and telling them his part in the matter which will get him suspended from the football team when they’re about to go to the National Championship. His teammates get wind of what he’s planning and don’t like it at all.
Preston and Priscilla get closer the more time they spend together but Preston is keeping secrets and Priscilla’s not sure if she can completely trust that when her appeal comes around he’ll actually be there for her.
This was my first read by this author and it was a good one. I really liked her writing style and the way she slowly brought the characters together. The romantic and sexual tension between the two MC’s was intense and I loved it.
There were several things about this story that I really enjoyed. Of course the romance was one of them as I enjoyed seeing Preston and Priscilla come together. I admired Preston so, so much. He had a good head on his shoulder, cared about his family and his teammates and tried to live his life with honor. Yes, he’d screwed up at one point but since then he’d been trying to do the right thing. He was also trying to help his teammates do the right thing as well and his show of support for them made me like him even more. His support of Priscilla despite the ramifications of his coming clean to the AB made me want to throw my arms around him and hug him to death.
Priscilla was a strong character. When Preston didn’t show up for the first AB meeting I loved how she didn’t let him get away with it. She wasn’t afraid to get angry with him and tell him exactly how she felt. Loved that!
Overall this was a great New Adult sport romance. It was nice to have both the hero and the heroine involved in sports and not just the hero as it added another element to the book that I hadn’t read in other stories. I liked Shae Ross’s writing and will be going back to read the other two books in this series.
Rating: 4 out of 5