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Publisher: Loveswept on May 12, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
Everly Parker is about to graduate from law school, always busy, and can’t stop rushing through life. Her late grandmother left her a bucket list of meaningful, can’t-miss experiences, but she hasn’t completed a single one. Then searing-hot Max Levin bursts into her world. As a casting director for a porn production company, Max is loaded, cocky, and all wrong for Everly. Still, she’s tempted enough to cross the first item off her list: Go out with someone you’d never give the time of day.
Inheriting a porn empire isn’t every guy’s dream (well, actually, it probably is), but Max isn’t complaining. It’s just that until he meets Everly, he has no idea what he’s been missing. As the pressure mounts to take over the family business, Max can’t help wondering what would happen if he chose Everly instead. So far, his life has been a wild ride, but only Everly promises the greatest rush of all: love.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
On the surface, Max seems to have it all. The heir to an adult film production company, he’s got all the money, prestige, and women a man could dream of. But having his career decided for him, inheriting a legacy that doesn’t exactly command the most respect, and a family’s expectations hanging over his head, it’s not quite the fantasy-come-to-life that one might imagine.
Everly, on the other hand, doesn’t have it so easy, and her own parents’ expectations of her are more burden than she can handle. It feels like life is passing her by while she just tries to keep up with what they think she’s supposed to be — until a list left to her by her late grandmother challenges her to live a little.
And then a chance meeting between Max and Everly changes everything.
When I first saw the synopsis, I wasn’t sure what to think, but I kept glancing back at it and finally gave in to my curiosity. A story that revolves around a porn industry heir and a young woman with something of a bucket list could have gone very, very wrong, or it could have been a lot of fun. Fortunately for me, it was a hell of a lot of fun.
When Max and Everly first meet, the attraction is definitely there, but they’re both so different from each other that it seems pointless. He’s a really nice guy, but his life has been an entirely different world from hers, and it’s hard to believe they could ever have anything in common. Then Max gets a look at the list Everly’s grandmother left her and resolves to help her start checking things off.
Their friendship quickly becomes a journey of self-discovery, as Everly begins taking chances and allowing herself to just live, and Max finds himself removed from the unconventional life he’s always lived. Surprisingly, Everly doesn’t harbor any judgement of Max; she simply accepts him for the person he is and not the world he was raised in. It’s kind of the ultimate bad boy and good girl set-up, but there’s so much more to the characters than what’s on the surface, and their relationship progresses in a rather natural (and eventually steaming hot) way. The challenges they face should be obvious — different family values, different paths in life so far, and (of course) the trappings of the industry Max is set to inherit. But instead of focusing so much on the world Max hails from, the real story is in the characters discovering themselves and each other, finding out who they are at heart and what they want in life, and eventually falling in love. I thought I knew what to expect going in, but Rush is quite original in that respect, with engaging characters, plenty of laughs, and a heart-warming romance.
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