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When post-grad Rachael Hamilton accidentally gate-crashes a pro-athlete party, she ends up face-to-face with Ryan Carter, the NFL's most beloved quarterback.

While most girls would be thrilled to meet the attractive young millionaire, Rachael would rather spend time with books than at sporting events, and she has more important things to worry about than romance. Like her p...more
Kindle Edition, 246 pages
Published April 8th 2013 by Carina Press
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Duchess Nicole

I love opposites attract books, mostly because I think that it takes someone who has a different mindset than you to open your eyes to a new way of thinking. This book is all about the way that Rachel and Ryan bring out the best in each other, and that's what made me love it!!!!

Rachel is studious and responsible...not necessarily a nerd, but more of an artsy, deep thinking kind of girl. Her group of friends are the kind that may look a little off the wall and say weird philosophical things tha...more
Susanne
With Ryan, I felt intelligent, witty, charming. I felt adventurous and beautiful and thrilling. I felt like I was a heroine.

Swoon alert! Meet Ryan Carter. He rides a motorcycle, and he is a millionaire pro-athlete quarterback.

Tousled honey-blond hair topped a face of sharp angles and smooth planes. Broad shoulders tapered to a narrow waist, and since he'd misplaced his shirt I had an unobstructed view of the well-defined abs and golden glow usually seen on billboard models.

Rachel is a bookish h...more
Lisa Jayne
3.5 STARS.



Intelligent jock and all round big hearted star of NFL Ryan Carter, meets nerdy shy feminist Rachael Hamilton in a chance encounter. Sparks fly,insults are traded and therein begins the unlikely relationship. This couple could not be further apart in the personality scale, but as in all good romances we know that opposites MUST attract. But don't be fooled readers this is one rocky journey.

Misunderstandings are aplenty in this story, there are Insecurities flying around from both camp...more
Jamie~Book Boyfriend Ho♥
Cute Story....

First we have NFL QB Ryan Carter.. sweet, sexy and more than just a jock. He can be an ass for sure and he goes through girls like crazy but he's honest with them and they know what they are getting...

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Then we have Rachael.. Rachael Rachael Rachael (I say this out loud in a condescending voice because she really go on my nerves being so snarky all the time...She's interning for free at a publishing company and temping at a couple of places trying to make ends meet un...more
Mo
Really liked this one. Reminded me of when I first discovered Susan Elizabeth Philips and her Chicago Stars series, couldn't get enough of them. Think this is a debut novel and it is very well written. Rachel might have been a bit annoying at times but that was just her character. The sparks flew around these two. Loved it. Ryan, what a sweetheart, good-looking, sporty, rich, nice, Irish (sort of) - Rachel made an assumption that maybe he was just a dumb jock but he was far from it. Would have l...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I was thoroughly underwhelmed by this book.

I should give fair warning that sports books are not my favorite. I read them, but I don't have any fantasies involving athletes and I don't get anything special out of the theme. However, I wanted to try "Rush Me" because it is Carina Press's first go at the New Adult genre and it is based in New York, my neck of the woods.

Another preface is that I am a New Jersey Jewish girl. You wouldn't think that that would be relevant but it kinda is here. This b...more
Heather
This book seems to be getting a wide range of reviews. First off this is not a fast and light read. It is a thought provoking book. It is a smart and witty. There is a lot of lead up to the love part of this story. There are a lot of books out there that rush into the relationship and the sex without building characters and the relationships. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I actually like those books. This one just had a little something... more.

Rachel is a twenty-something struggl...more
Rose
Initial reaction: Yeah...I need to think about this one, but it's unapologetic chick-lit. I wanted to mentally headsmack some sense into the leading characters several times, but the premise of the story wasn't terrible. It was just really generic and over-the-top in execution.

Full review:

This book irritated the ever-loving crumb out of me, for about 95% of the time that I read it. Mercifully, it proved a quick read when all was said and done, but at the same time - I'll admit it held my attenti...more
 ♥Stephanie♥
I was declined to get an arc for this but that didn't stop me for buying the book. The cover and blurb got me on this one. ^_^

Rachael was on her way to a friend’s party but ended up walking into the wrong place and walks in on super sexy NFL star Ryan. Two different people held a very strong attraction to each other.


Okay, so our heroine Rachael is an uptight b*tch.. lol. Through out the book I really didn't like her. She came to me as a mean heroine...and was surprised coz I'm not used to readi...more
Angie
May 29, 2013 Angie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Angie by: Li
Shelves: good-uns, new-adult
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville

I will admit, I liked the cover of Allison Parr's debut novel RUSH ME right off the bat when I first saw it floating around the blogosphere. I could tell it was going to be marketed new adult as soon as I saw it, and that's probably a marketing win right there. But the reason I liked it was because everything I knew about the book seemed to come together in the cover. The bold stripes of color and the font work really well for this sports romance. I particula...more
Wminbc
LOVED THIS STORY...how or why two stars are sitting up there when the book is not even released and no reviewers have read/rated??

Football...awesome
Hotties who have great lines...awesome
Book loving girl...come on super awesome!

More to come on www.nocturnereads.com
Katie
This was really great. I sort of feel like Allison Parr was reading a checklist of my common book complaints and "fixing" them.

This is:

A new adult book without a big angsty secret that apparently affects everything, but you don't get to find out what it actually is until the 75% mark.

A sports book where the sports ring true. The main character might not know sports, but I feel like the author does.

A contemporary romance where the character doesn't have it all together.

And! I'd say it's even kind...more
Rachna R
Like, 4.5 stars. 4.75 stars. I don't know if it's because I was just happy to get back to romance after three weeks of course readings, but there were so many things about this book that I liked so much for getting right that I wish I'd been taking note!! I really like the way Parr approaches tropes that I love but also feel iffy about - the fact that they fight, for example, because constant fighting isn't healthy, but here with these two it comes from a place of similarities? every time the le...more
Anne OK
3.5 Goal-winning Stars

Game on! This “New Adult” kick has taken hold of me and won’t let go. Combined with a sports-theme and I’m a goner. Pass interferences, off side calls, roughing the quarterback, and few fumbles along the way keep this one alive and entertaining. It scored with me.

When mid-western Irish-Catholic NFL quarterback and playboy spares with New England Jewish artsy-nerdy but sassy bookworm, the likely question is, who’ll score first? First encounters are somewhat of a pet peeve o...more
Sue (YAHollywood)
I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I thought it was going to be your typical contemporary romance formula. Rachael Hamilton accidentally gatecrashes a pro-athlete party, she ends up face-to-face with Ryan Carter, the NFL’s most beloved quarterback. This book has a actual plot. It never drags.

This is an incredible read, it was so hard to put down, there’s just this certain humor that will keep you on the hook. The recurring characters are delightful to read. There’s a great dynamic relatio...more
Lkay ❇✾The one-click buy button addict❇✾
3.5 stars

If I'm being perfectly honest, this whole book read like a B grade Romantic Comedy. But something about that just really worked for me. I was surprised to find myself really enjoying it, and read it in one sitting. There were things that I really liked, and a few things I didn't. But overall, it was a pretty good book.

Rachel Hamilton
is a post-grad living in Brooklyn with her friend and trying to make a career while interning at a publishing company. She has big dreams, but battles fear...more
Becky
I've never been soo befuzzled by an author before.

Let's see Rush Me is the typical contemporary romance novel, all chick lit and girl power with a pretty staid and boring plot. There were characteristics of the story that have been used over and over and over again and those I found annoying.

Like the hero had never been in love before. He was a man whore who dated continously but never loved anyone. The heroine was the one to change his mind of course. That's stupid. What 26 year old man has ne...more
Cindy
10 GLORIOUS STARS!

Definitely one of my top reads of 2013.

Longer review to come, I want to reread some bits. ;-)
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)


RUSH ME is Carina Press’s first foray in New Adult so naturally I had to try it out. I’ve been in the NA mood for awhile now and have been gobbling them up like candy. RUSH ME seemed to fit the kind of books I liked so I gave it a shot.

In this book, we have a hero that is a pro athlete named Ryan Carter. A hot football player? Yes, yes count me in! Our heroine is Rachael Hamilton, a bookish girl who is still trying to figure out how to live her life while also pleasing her family. Ryan and Rach...more
Christine
I loved how the story started. Rachael Hamilton accidentally walks into the wrong party. As she tries to find her way out, she walks into a room where Ryan Carter is “busy” with a girl. Ryan Carter is a famous NFL player while Rachel spends her time at home with a book. Yet this two different people can't help their strong attraction for one another. I love these stories, but this one no matter how much I tried, I could not get myself to like the heroine.

I liked Rachael in the beginning. How cou...more
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
3.5 Stars

I thought this book was sweet and charming with a touch of quirk.

Rachael is a typical book nerd who has no patience for things like sports.



Ryan happens to be a misunderstood NFL quarterback.



With a chance meeting their worlds collide. With this collision judgements are made and feelings are hurt but fate can be a real bitch sometimes and these two keep meeting and are forced to try to be friends.



Friendship is hard when assumptions are made but once the truth starts to get in walls start...more
Jess
DNF - I started this one and the leads (especially the hero) came off very immature and this book is not for me. And honestly from reading the blurb, it never registered that this was New Adult - a genre I'm not a fan of and unfortunately what I read in just the first few chapters of this story wasn't enough to change my mind.
Laci
This was a little different of a romance for me. More mature read maybe.. It had everything I love about a romance novel but it also had something a little extra that I can't put my finger on. What keeps coming to my mind trying to describe this book is "Smart", so I think it would be a smart choice to read it.
Akanksha❤ Søren♰
Fucked up book.
It was soo weird, it actually felt super hilarious. Like I was laughing at how weird the book was.

This book is all about NFL, religion (Jewish; which I didn't get much), being weird, job, worthiness, money and some other weird crap. Didn't like it except for that one dinner scene.. :\
Summer Lane
Jan 31, 2013 Summer Lane marked it as to-read
I AM DYING FOR THIS BOOK.
FOOTBALL AND A NERDY GIRL WHO FALLS IN LOVE WITH A QB?
*GRABBY HANDS*
Sonja
Somewhere around 4.5 stars for me. I loved this one so, so much!!!! Tropey to the max (geek and jock fall in love) but I seriously loved everyone so much!! Rachael was a fantastic protagonist and I really appreciated that she was my age because characters in their early 20s are altogether too rare in new adult/adult fiction. I loved Ryan and that he was a military history major because that's kind of really great to me, and I loved them (minus their first meeting, which made me incredibly uncomf...more
Kristin
I loved the beginning of the story. Rachael walks into the wrong party when out with her roommate. She walks in on Ryan Carter being serviced and quickly realizes that she's in over her head and can't seem to get out through the sea of people in the main room. Ryan, thinking she's a groupie, seeks her out and that's were things started to go down hill for me.

I've never read a book where the main character was a such a bitch. I could see her being defensive when Ryan assumes she's at the party t...more
Lucie Fuentes
A first novel written by Allison Parr really well done that completely amazed me. I was bluffed..

Reading the synopsis, the novel seemed light and entertaining enought but the plot was not original at all. I chose this reading because the romance plot between a football star and a nerd/geek would be predictable but perfect for an evening without thinking. I was spoiled!
Nothing happened as I expected ... I really had a great time, without cliché and without correctly guessing the intentions of t...more
Charlotte  Black
This book took me completely by surprise. After reading the synopsis I worried that it would read too cliché but the story and the characters are witty, artsy, slightly off the wall, but most of all fun. Fun that's drenched with fear, worry and a whole lot of buried emotions.

A very simple story when it comes down to it. Girl meets boy, boy annoys girl, girl annoys back. Then they meet again and they react to each other again. Eventually they realise that this is their thing. And it carries on fr...more
Kala
**I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review**

I've rated this 3, but it's probably more like 3.5. I actually really liked it - so much so that I started reading it when I got off work at 430 am and liked it so much that I stayed up to finish it.

Some parts of the book were a bit far fetched (like the random walking in to a pro football player's party, and the whole coming back to get her lost scarf and ending up staying to watch tv and play pok...more
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