Author: Emma Scott
My Rating: A+
Genre: New Adult Romance
Series: City Lights #3
Main Characters: Charlotte and Noah
Release Date:June 2015
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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 good. To pay the bills, she accepts a job as a personal assistant to a bitter, angry young man who’s been disabled by a horrific accident …
Noah Lake was an extreme sport athlete, journalist and photographer. He roamed the world in search of his next adrenaline high, until a cliff-dive left him in a coma. He awakes to find his career gone, his dreams shattered to pieces, his world an endless blackness that will never lift.
Charlotte begins to see that beneath Noah’s angry, brittle exterior is a young man in a pain. She is determined to show him that his life isn’t over, that he has so much to live for, never dreaming that she would become the only light in his darkness, or that he would help her find the music in hers.
The life he knew is over. The life she wants is just out of reach.
Together, they must face their fears and rediscover what it means to really live.
RUSH is Book III in the City Lights Series, and each can be read as a standalone.
What a fantastic book this was. Emma Scott was a new to me author when I went into this book, so I had no idea what to expect, but the premise sounded amazing so I leapt. I am so glad that I did. I am pretty sure this book will make my top 10 list at the end of the year. Yes, it was that good.
This book is about two people who've lost their way. Noah lost his when he was in a horrific cliff-diving accident that almost stole his life and it did steal his sight. For this high-adventure fueled guy, death would have almost been preferable.
Charlotte chases a different kind of high than Noah. Her adrenaline rush comes from playing her violin. As a prodigy, her big brother Chris was always her biggest fan, so when he unexpectedly dies, her grief buries her ability to connect with her music.
Neither of these characters is doing well with their new set of circumstances. For Charlotte it's been a year. For Noah, it's been six months. But through a set of coincidences, Charlotte comes to live with Noah in his downtown NYC townhouse acting as his personal assistant. Her job is to keep him safe and maybe, if they're all lucky, get him to living again. Noah is angry, belligerent, and never leaves the house. The black in his life is overwhelming and suffocating him and he doesn't know how to pull his way out of it.
The way the book is written is brilliant, although I'll admit I was a little worried when I first started reading it because the initial set up felt so familiar to Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. But then the book took hold of its own story filled with twists and turns and I absolutely fell in love with these characters. The story is really interestingly written, too....just because of the influence of Charlotte's music. The book is broken into three parts that are broken down with musical terms. For Noah, his other senses have developed and he connects to Charlotte through the emotion in her music, although she isn't aware that he's eavesdropping on her.
There is so much emotion and angst happening in both these character's lives and through each other, they are beginning to heal. I loved getting to read their story and get swept away in the emotion of it all. My heart mourned just like Charlotte when she lashed out after Noah's migraine. The book is powerful and I loved every single minute of reading it. It switches back and forth between Noah's and Charlotte's POV and that is absolutely my favorite style of romance.
This says that it's the 3rd in the series, but from what I can tell there is NO overlap to the books at all. They are a series by circumstances, not by common characters so they each absolutely work as completely stand-alone novels.
I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend this book!