Feel the Rush by Kelsie Leverich
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—he’s 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 in 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?
Release date 8/20/2013
Feel the Rush is the second book by author Kelsie Leverich, and is the second in the Hard Feelings series. Although the second book in the series, Feel the Rush can be read as a stand-alone. I loved Leverich’s debut novel, the Valentine’s Arrangement, which was filled with sassy and unique characters with an interesting story. So, of course I was nervous picking up the second book by an author that I enjoyed so much. Would it be as good? Would it feel rushed? Would the writing hold up? Would the characters be lacking personality and depth? In Feel the Rush, Kelsie Leverich did not disappointment. Her writing was every bit as enjoyable as her debut.
The reader is introduced to the characters and is able to see their stories develop through the pages. Meagan, is getting to a pivotal point in her life. She is tiring of the single scene, and while she enjoys her flings she knows it is not her future. She decides to make some changes in her life but of course life has a way of happening despite the direction we try to send it in. She meets Army Captain Reed who is the thrill seeker and quite different than what she feels she needs for her future. He’s not the safe bet. The supporting characters in this book were just as interesting and witty as the main characters and truly added to the story and helped round it out nicely. These characters and their stories were relatable. I like when you can envision the story as something you could see happening with your own life or circle of friends and Kelsie Leverich is skilled at bringing this feeling into her stories. I liked that the author puts so much into the story without it being too much. She brings us some super sexy, hot and funny military men. There were some surprises as the story unfolded and the anticipation was fantastic. The only fault I could find was that I was not pulled into the story from the first page. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because a good story can take its time to get the reader invested and fortunately it didn’t take the author much to get me hooked beyond those first few pages.
Kelsie Leverich’s writing is solid and lovely without being complicated. She can write hot and sexy scenes that are enough to steam up the pages without that being the focus of her story. That is the beauty of her writing. It is so well rounded with everything there needs to be in a book to hold my interest. Feel the Rush is a book most readers can devour but lacks nothing. It is a great story, with relatable, interesting and endearing characters. Their story is delivered while punching you in the gut, surprising you, pulling on your heartstrings, making you swoon and laugh out loud. Feel the Rush is a must for a sexy, sweet and solid romance. Give it a try!! 4.5
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Kelsie Leverich lives in Indiana with her husband and two adorable monsters that are better known as her kids. Her life revolves around her family (to include two dogs and a cat) and most of the time, actually all of the time, it’s a crazy mess—but that’s the way she loves it! When Kelsie’s not writing, you can usually find her on the lake with friends and family or snuggling on the couch with her kids and a good book. Kelsie is not a morning person, has a soft spot for animals, loves musicals, hates seafood, and thinks laundry is the source of all evil. You can find Kelsie on Twitter and Facebook, or visit her website at www.kelsieleverich.com
“Hey, whatcha doin’ out here all by yourself?” he asked as he sat down on the oversize patio chair that was next to her. Tiny clumsily made his way to Reed and lowered his head onto his lap.
“Just enjoying the last of the lingering fireworks.”
Reed took up the hypnotic task of rubbing the top of the dog’s head. “Yeah, have you had a good birthday?”
“I have. Thank you for making the dreadful three-oh not so dreadful.”
“Anything for you, sugar.” His voice had that soft, sleepy, sexy rasp to it, and paired with the Southern drawl that really seemed to make an appearance when he was tired, Meagan was done for—that voice sent a shiver through her body, prickling goose bumps all over her legs—the good kind. “Where’s Eva?”
“Up in our room, more than likely getting her hair pulled.”
Reed narrowed his eyes in confusion. “Luke’s with her,” Meagan explained, and Reed cracked an approving grin as he gave an understanding nod. She returned her own form of an approving smile, hell, she was happy for Eva. “I’ve offered to take the couch tonight.”
Reed’s jaw set tight, his strong eyes boring into hers. “You’re not sleeping on the couch,” he declared his tone not leaving much room for argument.
“Yes, I am,” she protested. “It’s fine. I’m a hard sleeper, I can pretty much crash anywhere.”
Reed lifted his hand from Tiny and leaned back in his chair, crossing his arms over his bare chest. “Okay, then you can crash in my bed with me.”
She sucked in a sharp breath between her teeth. “I don’t think so, Reed.”
He leaned forward again, resting his forearms on the tops of his thighs. The thick muscles of his shoulder flexed, causing Meagan to gawk like a hormone-crazed teenager. Great.
Reed smiled, apparently privy to her little drunken, gaping eyes. Damn wine . . .
“Look, it’s late. Come to bed. I will be a complete gentleman.” He lifted his fingers in the air. “Scout’s honor.”
Meagan debated her options as she finished the last of her third glass of wine. She toyed with the idea of her body curled next to him. It was tempting, and the thought was very appealing. She had slept in the same bed as Trevor many times—but she was afraid it wouldn’t be the same when she was lying next to Reed. Trevor could curl up behind her and wrap her up in his arms and she would feel nothing but content—no flutter of excitement, no wanton desire to feel more of him. But what if she did with Reed? Actually, she already knew the answer to that question—she would feel those things with Reed, she didn’t need to be in his arms to feel them either. But ultimately, her body’s cravings won out against her pesky internal need to weigh the repercussions. She wanted that contact, even if it was just lying in the same space as him, sleeping.
“Fine,” she said. “But I’m warning you, I’m a kicker. And I sometimes talk in my sleep too.”
Reed stood up and reached out for her hand. “That’s okay, I snore.”
“Well, good thing I’m a hard sleeper then,” she said, placing her hand in his, allowing him to help her up. Her legs swayed under her, causing Reed to move his grip from her hand to her elbow as he steadied her.
“How much wine did you have, birthday girl?”
“A glass or two . . . or three . . .”
Reed chuckled and shook his head. “Come on.”