Friday, February 28, 2014


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Feel the Rush (Hard Feelings, #2)Series: Hard Feelings #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Intermix
Publication Date: 8/20/13
Format: eARC
Pages: 292
Source: Publisher
Rating:  4 stars

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?
"Sometimes, the things we're afraid of...the things that scare us the most, are the things that give us the biggest rush."

In The Valentine's Arrangement, Megan Mitchell lost the guy. The guy she didn't even realize she wanted to be hers until he was gone. Now she's facing down the fact she's turning thirty soon, and her life isn't where she thought it would be at this point. She wants a family, the husband and kids and a happy, safe life. When the opportunity comes for her to make a big change, Megan takes the risk, bringing her front-and-center with a face from the past, Reed Porter.

Reed is a daredevil. He's an Army Jumpmaster, a thrill seeker who lives for the moments on the edge. While it may seem that he's in it for the fun, a tragedy has pushed Reed to seek all those moments, whether it's white water rafting, paragliding, or even wing walking (excuse me...NO.) So while Megan is looking for the fairy tale happy ending, Reed is just looking for a happy ending. He'll give Megan right now, but won't promise forever.

Feel the Rush is a really good second chance romance. Though the premise isn't a new one, Leverich really made it work. Her characterizations of Megan and Reed were very in-depth, so I always knew exactly where they were coming from, and why. Megan's longing to have it all was palpable; her understanding for Reed's feelings was admirable. She never pushed him for what he wouldn't give, but she didn't settle for less than what she deserved. Reed's reluctance could've made him seem like an ass, but he was just so nice and so honest that even though he frustrating, I just got it. Throughout the story, especially on the back end, the two do begin to learn some lessons about life and love, particularly about expectations and letting go of what holds you back.

And the attraction between these two? Good lord, it was hot. Reed played Megan's body like a prized instrument.

He spoke in time with the pleasure he was giving her body, telling her word for word what he was doing, and it was the hottest thing a man had ever done to her. But when that lush, thick voice was combined with his mouth and his hands and his body--all on her, all at once--it made for a combination that not only created shivers that shook her to her core, but it made her not want to slip and fall, it made her want to jump. He was taking her someplace she couldn't reach, but when she got there, she would definitely jump.

I liked Feel the Rush so much, even more than book one. This one had a lot of heart, a lot of steam, and a couple of moments that had me tearing up. I love nothing more than a good romance that has me invested in the happy ever after. There's good set up for the next novella and novel in the series. I'm finding myself enjoying the Hard Feelings series so much, and am more than happy to recommend it.

Favorite Quotes:

  "So what's the game plan? Revenge sex? Best friend revenge sex?"
  Megan laughed. Leave it to Eva to start scheming. "No, I'm not plotting anything."
  "You're no fun. Come on, let's at least torture him a little. You need to get him all hot and bothered again and then shut him down. You said he was checking you out Play with him a little Give me some fun."
  "You're cruel--you know that?"
  "Guilty. But seriously, you need to tease him until his memory comes back in full swing."
  "That's not really my style, Eva.
  "I know, but it's my style and I need to love vicariously through you."

  In the very next breath his mouth connected with hers, his teeth pulling her bottom lip into his mouth. She felt like she was strapped on a roller coaster, her feet dangling over the edge. It's that fear, that feeling as if you're click, click, clicking up to the top. It was that feeling that had you begging to get off, wondering why in the world you climbed on in the first place. Then when you reached the top, there was that split second of pause, that one flash of a moment where you could see the ground below and you'd think, "This is it."
  This was it.

The Hard Feelings Series
The Valentine's Arrangement (Hard Feelings, #1)  Feel the Rush (Hard Feelings, #2)  Pretending She's His (Hard Feelings, #2.5)  A Beautiful Distraction (Hard Feelings, #3)

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About the author
Kelsie LeverichKelsie Leverich grew up in the small town of St. Joseph Illinois before getting married and following her husband from one Army post to another. After eight years, they finally settled down in Avon, Indiana with two adorable knuckleheads that are better known as her kids. Kelsie's 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 snuggling on the couch with her kids and a good book or out on the lake with family and friends. 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.

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  1. Reed sounds like a lot to take and I hope I don't get too frustrated with his reluctance. It sounds like it didn't bother you, so I have hope there. I have a copy of this and I'm even more excited to dive in after reading your wonderful review, Andrea! :)

  2. I don't think I have seen this series around but it sounds really good. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one better than the first book. Great review, Andrea :)

  3. Great review. I'm all for second chances and finding romance. This sounds like my kind of read :)

  4. I loved Megan and Reed's story! I also appreciated their in-depth characterization. This story sure did bring the steam! I loved the lessons that Megan and Reed learned, and your review is spot on about the book! Great Review Friend!!!

  5. I have all of these, except for pretending she's his. I don't know how I missed that one. Anyway, I hope to be reading them all back to back soon. Great review!

  6. I know Nereyda adores this author too. I need to get to this series soon since it sounds like an adult contemporary series that I might enjoy.
    I'm glad to hear about the characterizations and the romance sounds wonderful.
    Lovely review, Andrea!

  7. Ahh another series to check out, oh my goodness my TBR pile just keeps right on growing. Sounds emotional with memorable characters. Love to hear that it's steamy.

  8. Leverich is an author that's been on my tbr for while. I really like your mention of how well the characters are written - that you always knew where they were coming from. I like that in a story. Excellent review, Andrea!

  9. I really enjoyed Reed and Megan's story also! But I loved Pretending She's His! I'm glad you liked this one! And you're right! They definitely sizzled together in this book!

  10. Yayyyy! I love Kelsie Leverich (I have a crush on her hair) and I really like these books! Feel the Rush is my favorite although I really liked Eva's story too. So excited for Beautiful Distraction.

  11. Oh and regarding your comment, I did review TVA but since I got the audiobook for review I posted it again with the audiobook comments :)

  12. I am curious about Megan and Reed and love how the chemistry sounds. Wonderful review Andrea, of course I want it now!

  13. EEP! Want to get to this one soooooon! He plays her body, huh? mmmmmm


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