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Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I’ve enjoyed a few of Lexi's novels now and though I hadn’t read book one this is one of those series where each book is a stand alone, just having a connection by way of the characters and place to the others.
Poor Grace, what a horrific few teen years she’s had, I was so sad for her. Kids can be cruel and to be 13 with a bad stutter and big boobs – well, of course she took the way where she thought people liked her. Its not till later she finds how she’s being used and the consequences are still chasing her years later.
Her dad is overprotective to the extreme, I get he wants to protect her but c’mon she’s 20 now!! It does seem to me as a UK reader though that US teens/early twenties are far slower to be independent. I can’t imagine either myself back then, my own kids, or any of the teens I know now sticking to being told what to do and where she can live at that age....
So Grace does as she’s told, and to be honest its a respite away from the bit -chiness of living in her home town. She’s learning you can’t outrun your past, it comes with you, and though she’s spent years away the locals still think of her as easy gee gee :-(
She’s agreed to spend the summer with her new stepbrother, who she’s not yet met. Then when they do – wow, she finds out he’s the guy she had a “moment” with at her friends house the previous day....She doesn’t want him to know her as easy gee gee, she’s tried hard to leave that girl in the past but as the summer goes on and they finally give on to their feelings that past comes rushing back.
I liked Chris, he’s a good lad, very focussed on his career, and so far done everything to keep that running smoothly, and then he meets Grace and is head over heels in lust, and later love. Can her secrets pull them apart when they come out though? Will his past come up to bite them? Can they make it through or are they doomed to fail because of all the secrets? Its interesting when she brings up the “if a boy/man did that would he still be regarded as a slut or patted on the back” line, its something that so often irritates me. A boy is just “being a lad/sowing his oats/enjoying his freedom” whereas a girl doing the same thing gets the slut/easy/tart etc. label – grrr...
Its a fun read, though I felt I was reading about 14-16 year olds rather than young adults, but maybe as I said its that US/UK divide thing that I’ve noticed before.
I didn’t feel really pulled in to the story, didn’t really feel the issues were huge, more storm in teacup thing mainly. I felt for them both at the end where there seemed to be one thing after another heaped on them, but it all felt a little light ands superficial in a way, not the way I usually feel when reading one of Lexi’s stories.
As serious as the issues were that Chris was facing it just didn’t feel real enough to actually matter, I knew somehow there would be a way out, after all the HEA is why many of us love these stories. Usually the fun is in guessing how the author will do iot but here I just couldn’t really set my mind to working it out. One of those where I enjoyed it but not enough to reread, and I know in a couple of days I’ll have forgotten about them.
Stars: Three, maybe a four? Its a good story but just felt not really deep enough for me.
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I've read several Lexi Ryan books, but none struck as strong of a chord with me as Spinning Out did. That book made me a true fan of Lexi Ryan's writing and her story telling and I knew after reading that book, I'd devour every book she ever released from then on. That plan started with the second book in The Blackhawk Boys sports romance series, Rushing In, and it did not disappoint.
As soon as I began reading Rushing In, I was immediately brought back into the world of the Blackhawk boys and I was just as quickly taken by the refreshing dynamic Lexi Ryan created between Christopher Montgomery and Grace Lee. While I love a good taboo romance, I was never a fan of the bandwagon craze where hundreds and hundreds of books with overtly sexual STEPBROTHER emblazoned covers flooded the romance scene. That was such a turn off for me and I avoided all those books like the plague. I much prefer it when a step-sibling romance covertly sneaks up on me like this one did. I appreciate a well developed, layered story that is sexy without being overt, is a bit taboo without feeling over the top and that's exactly what Rushing In delivered. There's a whole lot of heavy, hard-to-digest content in this book and the fact that Chris and Grace's parents just got married is actually the least difficult of all the obstacles facing these characters. This story is messy and complex and it only grows exponentially more so with each turn of the page.
For the first half of this book, I felt like the emotional component that was so evident in Spinning Out was somewhat absent in Rushing In, despite how much I was thoroughly enjoying the book. I thought maybe Lexi Ryan was simply looking to write a lighter, sexier, more angsty romance between Chris and Grace, changing things up a bit from the seriously heavy, emotionally taxing romance she'd crafted between Mia and Arrow in their book. WRONG. I had no idea how heavy this story would eventually get, how gripped I'd become, how emotional I'd feel. I read practically the entire last 40% of this book with blurry eyes. The barrage of hits to these characters just kept coming... the secrets that would finally come to light, the secondary characters that would cause such strife between them, the heartbreaking relationship between Chris and his father, the demons from the past that just refused to stay there... all of it killed me. Looking back, the pacing of this story was spot on. There was always an undercurrent of something solemn, even in the lighter, fluffier, sexier moments, but it was subtle. Peppered through the sweet romance, through the humorous banter, through the simmering sexual tension were whispers of darker secrets, but they didn't consume the storyline right out of the gate the way they did with Arrow and Mia. In Rushing In, the onslaught comes later, allowing the reader to fall first, taking this romantic ride with these characters before both the characters and the reader are blindsided.
What began as an enjoyable read became an unputdownable, emotional story that wouldn't let me go. I went in liking this storyline and I came away completely in love. I came away addicted. I loved everything about this book. I loved this couple. I loved rooting for the good guy when I typically root for the bad ones. I love the author's writing. I loved how much it hurt, how much it kept hurting right up until the wholly satisfying end. I love this vast ensemble of characters, as maddening as they can all be, and I'm so thirsty for all of their own stories. I love that each installment in this series adds further dimension to this ever changing dynamic, to this world of football and friendship and romance and the heavy emotional current that ties it all together. I love everything about this series and I can not wait for more.
Grace Lee has not had an easy life. Growing up with a stutter she was viciously made fun of so in order to fit in she did what she had to do to get people to like her. Grace hasn't always been proud of the choices she has made because of it. While she has avoided living with her father for years she eventually decides she has to move in with him, his new wife and her new stepbrother which was her high school crush.
Chris Montgomery is an all around good guy and the star quarterback of the Blackhawks. Chris is a total momma's boy and treat's everyone he knows well. Quick to come to the rescue of those in need he can be counted on to do the right thing yet when it comes to his new stepsister she tempts him more than she should.
This book was so well done between the explosive chemistry and the angst that keeps you engaged until the end. All the entertaining characters from book one are back as well adding to an already rock solid H/h. Can't wait for the next book in the series :)
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