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Rush Me

(New York Leopards #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  5,108 Ratings  ·  446 Reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 246 pages
Published April 8th 2013 by Carina Press
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 💙 I read this for the Unapologetic Romance Readers' New Years 2018 Reading Challenge, for the category of: New Adult Romance. For more info on this challenge, click here. 💙

I've been following this author's works since she was posting on Fictionpress under the name Tessandra, so when I found out that she had published something for real, I went out and bought her debut novel, RUSH ME. I've only previously "re-experienced" an author from onl
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
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: genre-na-ya
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
Lisa Jayne
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
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
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

I totally enjoyed this story. The interplay between Rachael and her new found “guy-friends” is awesome. I wanted to sit down and eat pizza and watch football with them. The instant chemistry that Ryan and Rachael felt was great, but I loved their sparring even more. Add to the mix meals, parties, smexy shoes and two “normal” people getting to know each other.
Ryan is a famous football player and he is gorgeous, rich, fun loving, but he is also totally high on himself. Or at least that is how he
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Alpha Possessive Heroes
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 read
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
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
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
Tara ☽
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult, romance
✭✭✭✬✩~ 3.75 Stars

Rush Me is a new adult football romance, about young publishing intern Rachael Hamilton, who accidentally stumbles into a party hosted by the New York Leopards. There she meets Ryan Carter, star quarterback and the physical manifestation of everything she hated about high school. Que ensuing arguing, flirty banter and sexual tension. Y’all know the drill.

First of all, the frequent allusions to American ‘football’ greatly offended my British sports sensibilities. My idea of foot
I ploughed right through this and really enjoyed it, maybe not as much as the second in the series, but it was good - definitely worth the read for me! 3.5 stars
You only get hurt that badly when you're doing something that matters. Something impossible. Taking a risk. Investing yourself.

Probably more like 3.5.

Edit I take it back. I've just reread my review, and I'm like why am I giving this book 3.5 stars when I had so many complaints (quite major ones too), so I'm rating it down to 2.5.

This book was frustrating to say the least. I definitely enjoyed it, perhaps enough that it might have merited a 4 star review, but there were aspects of it that I rea
Rachna R
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
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
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
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
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ryan was more than a little but underdeveloped, but overall I really enjoyed this.
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
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, read-2013, sports
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
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Awww I liked this book. It started so different to what I have read before but it worked out good. The characters were great the main ones and the others. Xxx

Definitely one of my top reads of 2013.

Longer review to come, I want to reread some bits. ;-)
Kellie Maddox-Ward
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was like a fluffy rom-com movie.
It made me happy sigh and have a stupid grin when I finished


Rachel wanders into the wrong party.
Turning her into a gate crasher at the New York Leopards after party.
She also meets Ryan Carter.
The most infuriating, frustrating, stubborn, asshole with the face and body of a god.

They do not get along right from the start, constantly bickering and arguing.
She thinks he is a man-whore jock.
He thinks she is prudish snob.

She however falls int
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
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
Camila, the opinionated Catruler
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports, new-adult
I'm on a NA roll and I have to say, this is much better than the average okay NA. It's not, you know, the best book I've ever read, but it was surprisingly good. I related to the FL on many levels, and truly got to admire her. And for a blond jock, the ML was rather attractive.

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.
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