Thursday, May 8, 2014

Rush by Nyrae Dawn

Title: Rush
Author: Nyrae Dawn
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Brandon and Alec
Release Date: May 2014
Publisher: Forever Yours
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
This new adult, male/male romance will capture the audience who fell in love with Nyrae Dawn's Games Trilogy.

For the love of the game.

Brandon Chase has always defined himself by one thing: football. Tough and athletic, he is a great college player who enjoys the hard hits and the sweaty grind of the gridiron. But when Brandon is injured, only one person can help him get back on track-a forbidden love he's desperately tried to put behind him. 

Alec Andrews has never quite forgiven Brandon for walking away when their friendship turned into something more. But he can't deny help to one of his closest friends. As the two spend the long, hot summer working together, their old attraction comes flooding back.

Now as Alec thinks about coming out to his conservative family and Brandon considers revealing he's a gay football player, the two men must be strong to fight for a love that could be the greatest rush of their lives. 

Approx. 70,000 words.

My Review:
I enjoyed this book. I've never read this author before, but something about the story description intrigued me. It's a New Adult book...both guys are in college, but they've been friends and "involved" for several years. But both guys are deeply in the closet which has made their relationship difficult...even non-existent for a couple of those years because it was too big of a risk. 

For Brandon, he's well on his way to the NFL. Being a pro football player and an out gay man are not things that can work well together so he's always buried the gay part. Football is entrenched as his identity. He's no one if he's not playing football so for him, there is no choice. And he breaks up with Alec because of that.

Alec has another issue. It's no secret that his father will not react well if he finds out that Alec is gay. Alec is well aware that coming out will more than likely mean the end of their relationship and he's put it off because of that. But he's tired of hiding who he is and knows that his days of staying in the closet are numbered. He was devastated when Brandon broke up with him and is working to get past that and over the loss of the only man he's ever loved. 

But when something happens to Brandon, both have them have to take a look at what they've given up along the way...each other. Is it worth it? Can they live with the regrets?

It was interesting in the way that the book played out. Yes, both men are in the closet, but for very different reasons. And as a result, their mentality about their sexuality is very different too. Alec is much more accepting that this is simply the way that he is and is willing to date other guys. He's tired of being a virgin at 20. Brandon's still trying to deny it all. And as they went through this process of finding each other again and facing up to the facts of their sexuality, they also changed and developed...a few things transpired in ways that I truly didn't see coming. 

It was an expertly woven story and I definitely enjoyed it. I also really liked the football aspect that came into play in the background. I look forward to reading more from this author. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.


Vanessa Romano said...

This one sounds amazingly good. I've yet to figure out why I hate m/f YA & absolutely love the young guys of m/m. This one sounds like it is right up my alley.

Christi Snow said...

Vanessa, I'm exactly the same way, but I think with m/f na, it's all about the angst. For guys at this age in m/m, it's more about the sexuality and coming to grips with who they truly's less of an emotional game and more about being true to self. (in my opinion...Hehe)