Saturday, 28 July 2012
Review: Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
Publisher: MTV Books
Released: July 10th, 2012
Heaven Beach, South Carolina, is anything but, if you live at the low-rent end of town. All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. But there’s one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertising business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons.By the time she’s a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true . . . but turns out to be just as fleeting as any dream. Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they're determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business—until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly.
I was pretty disappointed with Jennifer Echols' last couple of books so I was a bit unsure what I'd think of Such a Rush. I needn't have worried, though, because it was a return to form and almost as good as The Boys Next Door, which is my favourite of all Jennifer's books.
Such a Rush is about Leah, her job at Hall Aviation and her ambition to become a pilot. She works for Mr. Hall at his airport, towing banners that attach to planes, and he gives her flying lessons. After his untimely death, his twin sons Grayson and Alec - both seniors in high school - come back to run Hall Aviation and keep their Father's legacy alive.
As with all Jennifer's books, there's a hot romance present. It's sexy, heated and keeps you completely glued to the pages. I won't say who Leah ends up linked with but I will say that both Hall brothers are very fine boys indeed and whoever she ends up with is sure to grab your attention!
There are several other reasons why I enjoyed this book as much as I did, aside from the realistic romance. Here are some of them:
* The aviation theme. I'm scared of flying and have never even been near a tiny plane, but I found learning about pilots and flying to be really interesting.
* Leah and her no-nonsense, independent attitude to life. She basically rocked and I want to be friends with her.
* Grayson Hall. Be still my heart.
* Themes of family. I like a good story about families and all their trials and tribulations and this one fits that requirement perfectly.
* Jennifer's addictive writing. Could I turn the pages fast enough? No I could not.
* SEXY TIMES. Jennifer is the queen of YA sex scenes and she never disappoints.
So, contemporary YA readers, I do hope you'll run to your nearest store or laptop and purchase Such a Rush. You may have doubts like I did, but don't worry, this book will not disappoint you. Jennifer Echols is back on form and raring to go - I can't wait to read whatever she serves up next.