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Chasing Winter (Warm Rush #1)

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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  371 ratings  ·  43 reviews
When Jesse Winter left Connecticut to attend his business overseas, he had no idea that he would be gone three long years. His homecoming is a bitter one. An accident has left his body shattered and his heart cloaked in ice, and he knows he'll never be warm again.

But Keith Taylor, just fifteen when Jesse skipped the country, has other ideas. He's all grown up now, and he's
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Paperback, 194 pages
Published July 7th 2008 by Amber Quill Press, LLC (first published January 1st 2006)
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Daisiemae
Oct 09, 2008 Daisiemae rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes an interesting spin with their romance. Great M/M love story
Recommended to Daisiemae by: I found the author on a website.
Okay y'all know how much I HATE first person, well I finished this book a few weeks ago and I have to say although it is in first person it was really an interesting read.
Jesse Winter seems to have it all. He is a successful business man who runs his own business that is extremely profitable. Although he is quite weathy, he is very down to earth and lives in a solid middle class neighborhood.
When the story starts he had befriended his teenaged next door neighbor, Keith. Jesse is somewhat aware
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Bryl Tyne
Dec 07, 2008 Bryl Tyne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of m/m erotic romances
Rowan McBride's love for muscles, muscle growth, muscular men... is once again a highlight in Warm Rush. While, I may gape at a nice musculature, I'm not into the massive amounts McBride tends to pile on the characters. But, the writing's so fresh and alive, it was easy to fall in love with the characters and the book.

I like the style and pace of McBride's stories, and intend on reading more of them. Excellent story, quick read, beautiful romance.

Karel
Re-read review:

I am a die-hard McBride fan,and were it up to me, I'd be groaning under his window all day long to give him insomnia and therefore up productivity because he won't be able to sleep + other assorted creepy things

But illegal so I will satisfy myself with projecting my creepiness




I'm not the sort to review everything, so I'll just go with this one as it's the only book for which I have criticism for.



What you get here is what you'll find in almost all of McBride books: insanely possess
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Ayanna
I'm sitting here vacillating between 3 stars and 4. I'll go with three because I had some issues with the characters, but it's more a 3.5...


I'm okay with a certain amount of euphemism, but I draw the line at calling your penis your "pole."

But I think I have McBride pinned down now.
(1) Porn-logic size proportions
(2) Magical Alpha Male who gets Alpha Male Condition which makes him magically large and muscular
(3) [for want of a better word] the attractive uke that becomes even more uke-like somehow
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Erotic Horizon
After moving into a new neighbourhood, and while enjoying the success of his business, Jesse finds life is only made better by is friendship with his next door neighbor’s teenage son. He keeps his personal life discreet and enjoys his time with Keith practicing basketball. When he is advised by his marketing department to expand into Europe, he jumps at the chance; however a trip which should have taken only a year turns into three, with Jesse returning a changed man - both emotionally and physi ...more
Mountie
Jun 21, 2011 Mountie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hmmm... M/M readers who want a good story with a twist.
Shelves: fantasy, m-m, contemporary
I think Alli's review summed it up nicely; "Really likable characters but what an odd story". 2 of the 4 books I have read by Rowan and the one in my TBR pile have a similar theme in them, Rowan's "kink" for lack of a better way to say it. And I think he is able to pull it off though it can make for an "odd story".

I liked Jesse and I liked Keith and I think the story flowed well. The fantasy aspect of it made it a bit harder towards the end to suspend belief, but it did make it interesting to ex
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Benjamin
Eleven year old Keith Taylor was smitten from his very first glimpse of his handsome new neighbour Jesse Winter, some ten years his senior. Over the next four years he becomes a regular visitor at Jesse's home, and Jesse spends many hours teaching him basketball. However when Keith is fifteen Jesse goes away to Europe on business for a year; Keith is heartbroken, when that one year turns into three years with no sign of his idol Keith is devastated with troubling results.

When Keith finally retur
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Murmurella
Three and a half stars. Too much hurt/comfort for my comfort ;) plus towards the end the book gets a touch out of control (once again - for my personal taste) with one of the characters growing to gargantuan proportions... literally. Otherwise nice and pleasant read. Of course you can connect all the dots before the book ends, but it's not necessarily a bad thing. Finished the book in one day :)
Christy Stewart
I had to force myself to not be weirded out over the fact Jesse had watched Keith grow up, been a father figure to him, and yet slept with him after only two years apart.

Aside from that and the stop and go pacing of the book I did enjoy it.

I'm a sucker for scars...Fetish style sucker.
Escapist
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Mabz
loved it!Unique concept!! but i dont like the ending!! somehow i thought things would get back to normal,
Kathy
This is the second Rowan McBride book that I've read and I enjoyed this one just as much, if not a little more, than the first.

Warm Rush 1: Chasing Winter is a romance, but it's also a muscle growth story, a genre that, until I read Hot Shot , was not one that I'd heard of. But with the wonderful storytelling and characters created by Rowan McBride I found myself quite entranced. His characters really carry the story and make the transformative magic of muscle growth a rather appealing subjec
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Elisa Rolle
Jesse is a 26 years old businessman with a wonderful life: money, a beautiful house in a good neighborhood, friends. One friend in particular: a young guy of 15 years old, the boy next door. Keith sees in Jess an idol, and he desperetely wants this man; but Jesse sees in Keith only a kid. Beside Jesse, even if gay, likes a different type of man: bid, sturdy men, and Keith is a skinny boy and probably he will not grow much more.

Then Jesse has to leave for a business trip, a year long journey in E
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Charly
A sexual fantasy for people into giants and/or muscles

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 6/10

PROS:
- The story here is different from anything else I’ve read in this genre. To be honest, I couldn’t decide for the first 40% or so whether I even liked it, but I certainly wasn’t bored.
- I love reading about physically challenged people who find love. Jesse’s accident turns him into what he considers a monster, yet Keith never falters in his quest to secur
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Dean MacKinnon-Thomson
1/5 - this didn't work for me at all.

Plot: predictable. But worse than that, the author seems to find serious cases of body dysmorphia okay, providing you explain it all with some tired cliche. The kind that actually explains nothing, but the warm fuzzy feeling inside is supposed to make it all okay.

The first 50% sees the author use the same plot event twice. Jesse pushes Keith away to protect himself from his fears/self loathing/issues... only for them to be dramatically pulled back together b
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J.D. Ruskin
I'm not sure how I feel about this one. I liked the MC, Jesse, a lot. I actually wish there was more about his struggles to recover from the accident. The story was well written. The plot kept my attention through to the very end. I thought the age difference would be an issue, but the author handled it really well. My problem was I didn't like Kevin, the romantic interest. He was an arrogant SOB that used his size and strength to physically intimate family, friends, strangers, and little old la ...more
Duane Colwell

Absolutely delightful story. The premase is a little strange but I really loved the story. Sthenolagnia: sexual arousal from the display of muscles. This is what the story is all about. If you can deal with that you'll like this story. I loved both characters: Jesse and Keith, and I thought Keith's controlling image was very hot.
Shanna
I wanted to like this book, I really did but it just didn't gel for me. I loved the characters and I loved their relationship. There were loads of great bits to the book but the whole just didn't come together. I couldn't tell if the author wanted to write a standard romance or something paranormal but in the end the mixture just didn't work. I saw no need for Keith to become a giant, it added nothing to the story. If he'd simply had a growth spurt and added muscles the story might have been a l ...more
Saphira Mesowea
I really liked the book and it kept me reading till the end. I loved Keith's character and want more books in this series.
However, one aspect of the book really turned me off. I am not a fan of Hulk sized people and that was a major thing in this book. The author is awesome and writes well but it just freaked me out when Keith started growing and wouldn't stop.
But if you want to read a light book that leaves no mysteries at the end, this book is really recommended.
Plus, Jesse made me feel like a
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K
I was thinking to myself, this is a pretty enjoyable contemporary romance with a rather straightforward storyline, until the small *coughsmirkcough* twist threw for me for a loop. Yes I know I am slow, and didn’t read up on any reviews for this author before hand (my fault obviously), so it took a while for me to catch on. Well, I didn’t love the twist, but I didn’t hate it either. And the main thing is, it worked for the story. I quite enjoyed the fact that it was a little different.

So all in a
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Bogusia
3.25 stars
A bit odd, but enjoyable :)
TF
Ha, I was not prepared for that. I've had this book for ages and haven't read it, I had forgotten what it was about and I didn't read the blurb before I started reading. I haven't read McBride before and had no idea what to expect. Some parts I really liked and some I didn't at all. I didn't like that Keith used violence to get his way or the way he treated his family. But I have to say, that even though I didn't like Keith's ways, they are a reaction to what Jesse likes.
Deja Black
I so did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. It was definitely a wonderful surprise! Yes, he likes 'em big and big is exactly what Keith was for Jesse. Big in size, spirit, and heart. The love that Keith had for Jesse warmed me, and Jesse's return from the icy grip of death was really satisfying to "watch". I will definitely read more by this author. Thank you, McBride, for an awesome book!
Candice
I thought Keith was a douche. I hated his ego. I hated the way he treated his family. I just hated him. For that, I couldn't really get into the story :( What happened to sweet boy who played basketball with Jesse?
Bookbee
Puts a whole new spin on Gulliver's Travels! For me, the muscle-growth thing didn't work... at least when it got to the point of impeding certain pursuits.

Still, I liked the characters (for the most part) and the story did keep me interested.
Meggie
Keith was really intense character, stubborn and interesting. Everything Jesse went true with his accident was tragic and well developed. The relationship between them was romantic a bit weird, but good. I enjoyed re-reading this story. The story was warm and gave this warm promise of something good to come.
Ociany
Simply fantastic read!! Although the part where Keith keeps growing is unclear (why?) but I loved Keith and Jesse and their interaction. It's so romantic and really made me cry. I loved the fact that Jesse may be rich but Keith didn't love him because of his wealth.
CB
Interesting characters, not what I expected. One of the MC's develops in a very unique (and quite unbelievable) way but, hey that's why it's fiction. Once I got over the unexpectedness of it, I thought the story was sweet and overall entertaining.
Zuyuan
Do not like the fantasy element in this. Big muscle guy are sweet as always in his others book, but in this it's pretty inordinate. The magic and reaction from other characters to that seems unrealistic and funny in result.
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