RUSH: New York City (City Lights #3) by Emma Scott [Book Review]
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I’ve been on a literary high. Going from one amazing story to the next, all 4 to 5 star reads. However, few books have stood out or lingered in my head like Emma Scott’s RUSH: New York City. I was drawn to the blurb because it felt reminiscent of another one of my top 2015 reads Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Composing this blog post makes me want to re-read just so I can experience the awesomeness all over again. I stumbled upon this literary gem in one of my Goodreads groups as a read it/review it opportunity and continue to be thankful for the exposure to new authors that readers get when taking a chance on indie books. The neat thing about discovering an author this way is that in the event they get picked up by a publishing house, you get to share in their excitement and get a sense of being there first to celebrate their success and support their future work. I’ve seen it happen and wish the very best to the hugely talented, Emma Scott. Check out the blurb and my review below. Grab your copy from Amazon because you won’t want to miss one of the best books of 2015.
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.
5 You, Not Me Stars!
Ever wondered what might have been if Me Before You, though agonizingly beautiful, had unfolded differently? Emma Scott gives readers a devastating yet uplifting tale of second chances and learning to live while you’re alive.
Noah Lake, extreme sports journalist and enthusiast, went from embracing breath-taking scenery that served as backdrops to the heady rush his exciting career provided to shutting the world out in the blink of an eye. A terribly timed decision sent his career and life nose diving straight into a dark abyss with no sight of a silver lining. Unwilling to let go of the past, he becomes consumed by hatred. Refusing to accept his reality, time passes offering no clarity to what his next step should be. Like an uncalibrated compass, with no sense of direction, Noah has ceased living and simply exists. Little did he know that the melodious and kind voice that called him a prick would become the sun amongst his darkened sky.
Charlotte Conroy, Juilliard trained violin virtuoso, lost the spark that ignited her music. She didn’t just play an instrument, she became the vessel through which consuming emotion would pour out. At 22, tragedy and betrayal has robbed her of that loving feeling. Living from paycheck to paycheck, she lives to make ends meet until she receives an offer she simply can’t refuse. Assisting Noah Lake won’t be easy but she’s willing to grin and bear it while doing the best she can. As Charlotte’s tender heart and pure soul shine through her actions, emotions that Noah had once buried are stirred.
Meant to live for more than his self-imposed exile and life altering limitation, Noah starts to see that being blind doesn’t have to define who you are. Together, Noah and Charlotte must overcome obstacles to truly have a shot at love. Only then can she reconnect with the music she’d once lost and with it paint a vivid picture of what their future holds.
Rush: New York City is my first reading experience with author Emma Scott and I absolutely loved it. From the very first line, I was captivated by the colorful writing style that places the reader on a high octane roller coaster ride. Told from alternating POVs and set in my beloved NYC, this book was everything I hoped for and so much more. The emotions flowed from every page and made me root for the unlikely duo to resurface victorious both individually and as a pair. I urge fans of Me Before You to take a chance on this beautiful story with a HEA that will leave you in happy tears. I look forward to reading more from this author.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I write romances with flawed characters (not just the heroes, but flawed, real women too), in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy, over-the-top HEAs. I believe in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope.
I live and work in the Bay Area, California with my (patient) husband and two sweet little girls.
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