17 May 2014

Rush Into You by Brianna Lee - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

I had it all.

I was captain of the cheerleading squad and star of the debate team.

I was smart and popular and living the dream.

Until that night.

That one fateful night changed everything.

Now everyone hates me—everyone.

They stay far away.

It’s safer.

Drugs numb the pain, and sex pays for the drugs.

Being alive is my punishment.

Then I meet him.

Ryker Rosse.

Tattoos, sinful body…and his eyes. His eyes are irresistible.

He is captivating. He treats me with respect.

He sees me.

Ryker brings happiness into my life of regret, but I don’t know if I deserve happiness.

Some mistakes can never be forgiven.

Or can they?
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“I won’t regret you, Ryker. Whatever happens… I won’t regret you.”
Gabby had it all until she was left with nothing. She lost everything in her life, and it had caused her to spiral down into oblivion – lost and broken.

The poor judgment on that one fateful night had changed everything. Everyone hated her, judged her, and treated her like she was the worst person in town. Even a leper would have treated nicer. She was shunned.

It was not long until Gabby turned into drugs, and sell her body for it. It’s awful. I watch her slowly self-destructing with no one to save her. What happened? I wanted to know how the pain, and the loss brought her to this. I wanted to hug her, to comfort her, to show her some compassion because the people that surround her thought of her badly, and I wanted to do something good for her. I hated to see someone being treated like that. No wonder she resorted to drugs  (not that I condone it), but where else would she go when all the doors are closed? When she is being judged without even hearing her explanation?

Then came Ryker – he was someone new in town and offered her something that was never given to her by anyone since the incident – RESPECT. And even during the first chapter of this book, I was already half in love with him. He was the unexpected in this novel. He was kind to her, even though he knew exactly what was happening to her, he didn’t judged her, he saw the sadness and emptiness in her eyes before he saw all those marks on her arms. And by the end of their night, no matter how much he wanted her, he didn’t have sex her. Total mood killer, but hey, he has his reasons. And finally, he did what other people refused to do, he saved her.

Months later, their paths once again crossed. Perhaps it was fate, or perhaps it was chance. But I was glad that they saw each other after that night. This time, Gabby was sober. She was clean. She was no longer doing drugs or booze, and most especially, she was studying to become a nurse. Her path was straight, and her past remained a secret. She chose to live a new life, with a new friend, namely Jay leaving the past and all the pain behind.

As for Ryker, now that Gabby was back in his life, he would not dare to let her go again. But first, they needed to come clean of the past, it’s their only way to move forward. Good thing that Ryker wasn’t the kind of man who would run away easily. This guy? He totally had my heart for sticking through thick and thin, through the good and bad. That – that is TRUE LOVE. He didn’t run away when he knew about everything, he opted to stay and give his support – which was what she needed in the first place.

Just when everything was falling into places, her past reached out to her, making her spiral down once again – things were getting out of control, and she wanted Ryker to just leave her alone. She hated herself, it was just a matter of time before he would hate her too – or so she thought. This guy was head over hills in love with her, and there was no way he’d hate her. I hope she realized it before something happened to Ryker, and she will lose him for real…

The twist that had me gasping in surprise and my heart knocked out of its place. I think I felt more pain when it happened than during the first chapters when my heart broke for the girl who was hated by everyone.

One of my favorite parts were beautifully written paragraphs in which Gabby thought of the love she wanted.  I have read it again and again, it was what I want or perhaps what most girls wished for.
“I wanted to be his first choice. I didn’t want a second rate love. I wanted true love.”
Rush Into You was a great read that kept me on my seat. I fell in love with the characters, you will feel for them, understand them, lose your hearts on them, and they will make you wish so hard for a happy ending. It’s Gabby’s journey towards forgiveness and healing, it’s her journey towards change, towards a new life and towards love. It can be a little emotional, there was some light moments, and I think I will never ride a merry go-round again without thinking about this book! Brianna Lee wrote a book that will make you see people who are using and abusing substances in a different light. Perhaps, it’s just a silent plea for help. Perhaps there is a more profound reason why they got hooked in the first place, and it is not in our position to judge. Rather than throwing judgments, we should offer help and support. Ryker helped Gabby, treated her with respect and kindness, and it made a difference. 

✪Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.✪

Brianna Lee is an avid reader and flavored ice coffee addict. She is also a book blogger for Brianna Lee Book Reviews and lives in Massachusetts with her beautiful daughter.

As a busy mom and aunt, she often has to write her stories in a notepad app on her cell phone, but late at night you will find her typing on her laptop until she passes out on her keyboard...literally.

Brianna encourages readers to contact her as she loves to hear from you! Email her at authorbriannalee@live.com.

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1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful review! I'm so glad you enjoyed my debut! Thank you so much for hosting me today! I appreciate it so much! :)