Saturday, February 22, 2014

ARC Review: Feel the Rush (Hard Feelings #2) by Kelsie Leverich

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: NAL Trade
416 Pages

The New York Times bestselling author of The Valentine’s Arrangement continues her sizzling series with a new novel of a plan that goes awry—in the arms of a soldier....

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?

“Sometimes, the things we’re afraid of, the things that scare us the most, are the things that give us the biggest rush.”

Meagan Mitchell is turning 30 and it’s scaring the shit out of her. She thought by this age she would be married with children and she couldn’t be farther from it. So, she makes a decision. Done are the Mr. Wrongs, the bad boys. She needs the safe ones. Moving across country with her best friend seems to be a good start. However, she didn’t expect someone from her past. She didn’t expect Reed Porter.
Reed Porter is instantly attracted to Meaghan the moment he helps get her kitten out of a tree. She’s feisty, sarcastic but a little sweet around the edges. And she’s refusing him at every turn. Challenge accepted. The only problem: he doesn’t remember Meagan from the one night they shared together eight years ago. 

To say this book surprised me would be an understatement. The first in this series was just okay and I honestly probably wouldn’t have continued the series if I hadn’t received this book from the publisher, but I’m so glad that I did. Meagan surprised me. She stuck to her guns, standing by what she wants, and having fun playing with Reed. She knows she should stay away, but something about him is just so damn charming. And charming he is. Reed was just…so dang swoonworthy. He lives for the now, for the thrill. He knows he’s not right for Meagan, that she deserves more, but he’s just having too much fun.

Meagan was living in fear of the future while Reed was living in fear of the past. Their chemistry was so electric it jumped off of the page. I enjoyed reading every part of their relationship. I loved seeing how they fell for each other because, sadly, in a lot of books that part gets lost in favor of the drama.  We got to see Reed’s exterior melt away and Meagan embrace a future of not knowing. Set with the armed forces as a background, these two just wormed their way into my heart. There was a ton of laughter, some sadness, and a whole bunch of swooning. This book was just what I needed right now and I loved every minute of it. 
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

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