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(City Lights Series #3)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  7,021 ratings  ·  927 reviews
To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable. --John Milton

Charlotte Conroy, Juilliard-trained violinist, was on the cusp of greatness when tragedy swooped down on dark wings, crushing her hopes and breaking her heart. The music that used to sing in her soul has grown quiet, and she feels on the verge of setting down her violin for go
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Trillian (first published June 1st 2015)
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Apoorva Yes, this book does end with an HEA but if you read this, you will eventually want to read Endless Possibility because it describes.......a certain jo…moreYes, this book does end with an HEA but if you read this, you will eventually want to read Endless Possibility because it describes.......a certain journey undertaken by Noah that's just mentioned in this book. It actually goes parallel with this one. Besides, it's much shorter than this, like a novella.(less)
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Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!

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Anyone who pays attention to my reviews probably knows a few things about my tastes- I love books that make me feel and make me cry, AND my favorite types of heroes are the broken/damaged ones who have something to overcome. This hero is blind. Yes. BLIND. This is my second Emma Scott book and in both books she totally nailed it. It’s like her books are crafted for me with all of my favorite things! Once I started this book, there was no way I was putting it down. I read it cover to
4 Stars

As soon as I read that this was another 'beauty and the beast' themed story, I couldn’t resist. Because there’s just something about the reclusive, hermit type that draws me in like a moth to flame.

Despite the well-known 'beauty and the beast' theme, this book is special and unique. It delivers a deep and heartwarming love story with a beautiful message that “beauty is found within”.

But this book is so much more than a love story. It’s a deeply touching and emotional journey of self-disc
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
if you want to know what this book is about, think ‘me before you,’ but not as sad.

i do appreciate the disability representation. im sorry to admit that ive never thought out how un-user friendly the world is for those who are seeing impaired. this story has definitely made me more aware of those difficulties some people may have. but i also like how the story doesnt feel like its exploiting noahs blindness, but uses it as an opportunity for character growth and development.

in the end, this sto
Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger
Charlotte Conroy is a talented violinist with a glorious future, but after losing her brother, she lost the most important thing to her - her passion for music... and with it, everything she had. 🎻

Noah Lake lost his sight in a tragic accident. He was the envy of all men and the passion of all women, but the most important thing to him was his job, which was full of extreme, speed and rushes - and now he's lost in the dark. 💔
Noah became angry, bitter and depressed and pushed everyone away fro
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 light in my darkness Stars


“How do you do that? How do you know what to do and say so that I feel…?” “So that you feel what?” “Whole. You make me feel like I have a shot at something more than this misery.”-Noah and Charlotte

OMG I loved this book so much. This is my first Emma Scott book and it gave me all the feels. I loved everything about this book. Everything! I loved the hero Noah. I loved the heroine Charlotte. And I completely loved the plot. This book was so sweet, and
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
*****5 Stars*****


“Love, real love, wasn’t empty, grasping hands, or lies that felt like truths. And it wasn’t perfect or neat or always easy. It was a rising sun on a new day. It was endless possibility.”

WOW! What an amazing, heartfelt and beautiful story, so much so that I read this one in a single sitting. “Rush” by Emma Scott is part of the City Lights series, but can be read as a standalone. To me, Emma Scott can do no wrong. This is my third Emma Scott novel and all three I have rated
Aestas Book Blog
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it

“You are the light in my darkness, Charlotte.”

What a beautiful, heart-warming story! I read this book in one sitting and loved it! It initially caught my eye because it sounded so different but had something I really love: a tortured, grouchy, reclusive hero. Don't ask me why, but I love those! So, naturally I had to read this book!

The story is about this guy, Noah Lake, who used to be a professional and famous extreme sports athlete who was blinded and
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
****4 STARS****


This was my 3rd by Emma Scott and I was not disappointed.

OMG, yasssss!!! Another brilliant book.

One of the most important bits of this book is the unfortunate fact that Noah, oh my poor sexy Noah, he had a horrible accident where he lost his sight.

Noah is having a hard time coping with his new disability, which is to be expected. You see, before the accident that left him blind, he traveled the world doing extreme sports and writing about th
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing

An Amazing Journey of THEN and NOW

Thank goodness I finally took the time to read Noah and Charlotte's love story. The highs, the lows, and oh the feels, are all here in this incredible read! The author is Emma Scott, so of course, I am not surprised how much I loved ;)

THEN ..... Charlotte Conroy, a senior at Juilliard and a gifted violinist, was on track to perform with the New York Philharmonic. She loved and breathed music. Success was literally at the tip of her fingers ..... until the day sh
Emma Scott
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 - "If I could see just once more-just one thing in this world-it would be you." Stars!

I am not going to write a review giving you a complete run-down of the plot for Rush I could quite easily and it would probably end up being all gushy and rambling, but I think the synopsis gives enough details about the essence of the story for any reader to work out whether the third book in the City Lights series is going to be something you do or don’t want to read.

This is one of those books that as a re
Wil Loves Books!
I read this one back in August. This was gorgeous, beautiful, perfect. Emma Scott is so freaking talented, she writes the most amazing books! I owe a good review for this one, but there are no words. This was perfection!

I have so much highlighted is not even funny. Anyway, I super recommend. I hate to compare books but think as this one as the better, more optimistic version of Me Before You. Ah! So awesome, I still think about this one from time to time. I call it the Emma Scott effect, since I
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was such a great book, a lovely, heartwarming, emotional and uplifting book. Once I started, I had a hard time putting it down. I thought things flowed really well, the characters felt very real and the writing was wonderful.
After a harrowing and difficult year, Charlotte is in desperate need for a break. Graduating from Juilliard with a sparkling future as a classical violinist was supposed to be her destiny, but Charlotte now finds herself almost at rock bottom. A kind word from a strang
Bindi Boo
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 amazing stars

Straight into my favourites. Wonderfully written, painfully real and the emotions evoked was unbelievable. Noah and Charlotte, two souls broken by tragedy and when they find each other, it was the best gift life could ever offer.

I had to wait to gather myself before writing this but apparently I didn't give myself enough time. I don't think any amount of time would be enough to achieve that because this is the kind of book that stays with you till the end.

This book started off beautifully. That's the only way to put it. I loved the writing, the words. They seemed to flow like water and held together like notes in symphonies. And apparently, this book has me waxing poetic. So you know it's something good.

Noah and Charlot
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fav-author
I wanted to read Rush because I fell in love with Emma Scott's writing when I read Full Tilt. I haven't been able to get her words out of my head after I read it and I had to experience her writing again which lead me to Rush.

What can I say? Rush was exquisitely beautiful in its writing and storytelling. I immediately felt a connection to Charlotte and Noah who were both dealing with a loss and grieved in their own way. It was struggle for both of them to accept their losses, to let go and move
Jeannine Allison

Woah. Emma Scott knows how to write swoony book boyfriends. And Noah is my latest obsession! <3


When we first meet Noah, he's a little bit of an insufferable twat. He's rude to Charlotte and throws his fair share of tantrums. I understand he's struggling and that his situation sucks, but I was glad when he pulled his head out of his ass and started appreciating Charlotte. He's the kind of "asshole" hero I can deal with. I don't like heroes who are cruel for the sake of being cruel, but you can te
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a refreshingly different story. I always appreciate stories with one of the mcs having a disability, and this one addressed the feelings that go along with dealing with the disability when it is new. Normally, these type of stories are about people that have been living with their disability for a while, so that was a nice change. I did enjoy it, but I didn't love it either. I did feel like it was a little slow at times, and the ending kind of ticked me off.
Annie Brewer
5 'I'll always come back to you' stars!

So, once I finished, How to Save a Life, I was desperate for more of Emma Scott's writing. There was just something so unique in the way she writes her stories, creates her characters in such a way, they become part of your life. You root for them and love them and only want them to have everything they deserve; which is each other. I had this one on my kindle already, having bought it months ago, and decided to dive right in. I knew I was in for a treat. I
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another wonderful story by Emma Scott. Although Rush is more sedate comparing to her other books, it is still wonderful. This is more to NA audience.

Noah lost his sight during an accident. He becomes sulky and rude. He pushed away his family and loves one. Charlotte is a violanist who suffer a lost of her brother. It rips her from her career. She lost her inspiration to play again. By chance their world is colliding in a rushing beautiful romance. Both of them realizing their shortcoming and th
Robin Hill
6 stars.

This is exactly my kind of book. Hot, angsty, broken hero and the sweet but adorably tenacious girl next door who saves him. It's a formula that never fails to work for me.

Noah's love for Charlotte is off the charts swoontastic thanks to Scott's uncanny ability to bring forth the feels. Her writing is beautiful and I am seriously jealous of her ability to describe a scene using only an instrument and a blind man's imagination. <-- That particular scene is one of my all time favorites in
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Noah was an extreme sports writer, writing about his own experience. He traveled all over the world living a dream most young athletic men fantasize about until he has an accident that snatches that life from him. Now he lives as a hermit and rages at anything and anyone that dares to tell him how lucky he is to be alive.

Charlotte is a violinist prodigy. She's in her last year at Juilliard when tragedy strikes at home. She loses her will to play when she lost her brother. Skating through life sh
Wow! Just wow! After being in a book funk for weeks I've been lucky enough to read two 5 star books back to back and this is most definitely one of them. A gorgeous story of two damaged people, one to the most horrific disability and one to the loss of a loved one.

I loved their slow build romance from employer/employee to sort of friends to Noah and Charlotte really needing each other to heal and move forward with their lives once they realised how strong their feelings were for each other.

Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Everyone knws i love and adore Emma Scott...shes perfect and in this situation i think its a "its me not you" situation. I dont think i am in a good position to enjoy a book and that scares me becos reading is my escape...i am jst so immersed in so much stress i think it is affecting my reading. It could be that or it could be that i didnt jst feel this. It was good dont get me wrong but for the standard i hve for her books it was bland...the story wasnt fleshy felt empty and pretty ...more
Jacqueline's Reads
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-books, ku
4 Find Me Stars

Rush is a standalone. I’m always nervous when I pick up an Emma Scott book because I never know how I will feel after reading her books. I have loved her books and almost pulled my hair out with some of her books, you just never know.

I picked up Rush because of the premise. The Hero is bind and the Heroine is hired to take care of him. I know right? I HAD to read this book.

I liked Rush, after finishing it. I liked the mild angst, the intensity and the drama, but the book is REALLY
Melody Kimmons-Allen
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a Rush!!!

Emma, my Emma, how I love you so! This book was just...huhhh!
After I read Full Tilt—my new romance bible—I knew I was going to read any and everything Emma Scott has ever written, as long as I could get my hands on it. Robin have great taste in books (thanx for recommendation Robin:)). I will now stalk your 5 stars reads, like my life depends on it.

I just loved this so, so much. The tragedy that caused Noah to lose his sight left me in a contemplative state. I stopped a
Suanne Laqueur
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting reading experience for me. One where a secondary character stepped in to connect me to the main characters.

Charlotte is a young, accomplished violinist who is heartbroken from her brother’s death and the subsequent cruel desertion by a first lover. Uninspired by her music, broke and struggling in Manhattan, she lands a plum job as a personal assistant to Noah Lake.

Noah, who had made a lucrative, thrilling career in extreme sports, is now blind, homebound and severely depr
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ah, Rush. What can I say about this book that hasn't been said, by the almost 400 ratings that are already here on Goodreads? Sometimes you don't really need to say much, everyone else has already said it, and probably much more eloquently than I will, but I'll give it the ol' college try!

Let me back up a bit... This is month 3 of the Pick-for-Me challenge in our book club; and somehow, by the twist of best luck, I have had the fabulous, Fabi, draw for me twice! And she *knows* me. I mean, she r
Meg (
5 - I'm here for you stars!

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OH the FEELS! Did anyone else have major anxiety issues while reading this book? I swear I kept hoping for the worst, and drove myself crazy thinking something was coming.. something big is gonna happen and shift this entire book off its axis. Angst The best word to describe this book.

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Noah was (view spoiler), I know I was not expecting it either! Charlotte was a Julliard Violinist who completely lost. I suppose you could say they were bot
3.75 Stars.

I was in a major book funk before I started Rush. I started four books and they did absolutely zilch for me.

I was a bit antsy when it came to reading Rush although I shouldn’t have been as Ms. Scott has never disappointed me when it has come to her writing style, her portraying of heartfelt romance and characters that are so real with flaws and all that you can’t help but not fall in love with them.

But still… what if I was having a bad streak and it was going to stop there were times
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Emma Scott is a USA Today and Wall St. Journal bestselling author whose books have been translated in five languages and featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After. Her first MM romance, Someday, Someday won the Utopia Con Award for LGBTQ Book of the Year. Emma writes emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, an ...more

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“Maybe what I told her was a lie. Maybe I could be what she deserved. Maybe I could make the same teeth-clenching, sweat-pouring effort I’d put into my PT, and channel that into living blind, so that she wouldn’t have to constantly be cleaning up after me, or dragging my ass out of the house. My endless black was never going to go away. That was certainty. But kissing Charlotte had been a burst of light streaking across it, like a comet.
Maybe. Maybe is gradations of darkness. The sweetest torture.
Maybe is hope.”
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