A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.
High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.
But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are 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.
Such a Rush is one of those books that slams into your emotions on every level. The determination, pain, strength, betrayal, love ~ it's all there, wrapped in a pretty cover.
Leah is, for lack of a better word to describe her, badass. She does what she has to do, completely wrapped up in the desire to do better for herself than what everyone expects from "trailer-park trash." She's tough, takes care of herself, and rarely gives in to self-pity. She has a temper, and when you touch that sore spot ~ as Grayson and Alec discover ~ she can be venomous without mercy. However, although she has grit, she hasn't allowed her difficult life keep her from desiring a decent future and someone to love her.
Her relationship with Grayson and Alec, while the synopsis may make it seem like the overused love-triangle, it is anything but. I won't give away the good stuff, but I'll say that Leah knows who she wants from the very start, and she never wavers.
The storyline is steadily awesome, integrating so many different aspects of Leah's life into one amazing whole. Leah has almost multiple faces ~ a pilot; "the-girl-who-lives-in-a-trailer-park"; the daughter of a young, absent mother; flirty Leah who gets what she needs vs. no-BS Leah who just gets the job done. She's a very complex young woman, and yet, none of these aspects I've described define her as a whole. Leah has to deal with huge obstacles in her life such as her mother's abusive boyfriends, being unable to fill the fridge in her small trailer, and being accused of being the school "slut," but she defies all odds and shows the boys of Hall Aviation what she's really made of ~ even if, at first, she doesn't see it herself.
The writing style is what hooked me from page one. Echols' descriptions are incredibly beautiful, bringing inanimate objects to life and instilling the feelings of the characters directly to the heart of the reader. I felt as if I were flying over the ocean, experiencing that rush of knowing that anything could go wrong at any moment, hoping I was in the capable hands of the pilot. Jennifer Echols is amazing!
This book is very, very happily-ever-after ~ almost unbelievably so ~ but who am I to stomp on Leah's new-found fortune in all things? If anyone deserves it, Leah has proven that she does.
I'm usually a lover of trilogies, series and the like ~ but this is one *stand-alone* I would highly recommend to those who love YA, a little love, and an underdog story ~ this one's not all hearts and flowers, but it still hits all the right places.
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~ Keely ~