Series: Hard Feelings #2
Published by InterMix on 20th August 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
The New York Times bestselling author of The Valentine’s Arrangement continues her sizzling series with a new novel of a plan that goes awry—in the arms of a soldier…
Picking the wrong men is a talent Meagan Mitchell has perfected. She’s sweet, confident, beautiful—and single. With her thirtieth birthday sneaking up on her, she needs a new plan. No more Mr. Wrongs or Mr. Bads, it’s time to find Mr. Safe…
Army Captain, Reed Porter, lives for the thrill—he’s an Airborne Jumpmaster with a rush addiction. He’s sexy and playful, and he quickly tempts Meagan with his rich Southern drawl and sinful looks. But slowing down and settling down are not in his agenda, making him exactly the type of man Meagan wants to avoid…
As their undeniable attraction heats up, Meagan has to decide if she’s willing to risk everything on a chance at love with a reckless charmer. Is she brave enough to bet her future—and her heart—on Mr. Thrill? Or will Reed finally learn that the feeling of a safe landing is just as addicting as the rush of the fall?
REVIEWED BY KELLY
*I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
First of all … Heellllllooooo there man in uniform! My, my, my, aren’t you just H.O.T?!
Yes, I definitely liked Reed Porter A LOT! He was a man who’d been broken by tragedy. A man who didn’t believe he deserved love and happiness and everything else that’s good in life. He was also a man who lived and breathed for the thrills he could find. Meeting Megan and the chase he made for her was one of those thrills until … it was more. I felt so sad for Reed and how he’d convinced himself of his unworthiness. The way Kelsie Leverich wrote his character made him so real that I just wanted to reach in and hug him – and, yeah, I admit, do more than hugging 😉
Meagan was a character I wasn’t too sold on at first. I think it’s because she was kind of wallowing in self pity right at the start. She was nearing her thirtieth birthday and her life was not where she imagined it would be at that age. Then she had the news that her best friend was moving to another military base, leaving her alone. Cue Meagan wallowing and drinking wine straight from the bottle while making new life plans while on the phone to her mum! Then, enter Meagan’s best friend with a brilliant plan – Megan can go with her to the new base and start her life afresh. Problem solved and Meagan can start looking for Mr Safe – the man she has decided to focus her time on. And then Meagan meets Reed Porter … again.
I haven’t read The Valentine’s Arrangement so I had no previous knowledge of Kelsie Leverich’s writing style. I am happy to say, though, that I really enjoyed Feel the Rush. It was written in a third person style for both Meagan and Reed’s POVs and both characters were well developed. I grew to like Meagan and I could see that she had worries and insecurities, just like most, if not all, women. Since I haven’t read The Valentine’s Arrangement I didn’t know who Kale was that Meagan often referred to. That didn’t matter – I was told enough in Feel the Rush that I understood that he was someone who had previously been special to Meagan. I loved reading Reed’s POV as it allowed me to see just how his past had shaped him and changed him. I also loved how his growing feelings for Meagan scared him and made him question things. It showed me that Reed had another side to him – he wasn’t just the sweet-talking sexy as hell Southern military man who drove Meagan wild!
Feel the Rush was hot and steamy but it also had depth and dealt with some difficult subjects carefully. I am definitely looking forward to reading The Valentine’s Arrangement soon.
He lifted the T-shirt over her head and tossed it to the ground. Then he took a moment to just look at her. The woman who had taken up residence in his mind—in his dreams—for the last week was right in front of him, and he wanted to make sure to embed the real image of her in his mind, because the memory of her from that night long ago did nothing to exemplify what was in front of him now.
“You’re staring,” she whispered shyly.
She slid her legs behind her and raised to her knees in front of him. Her tits were right in his reach, her nipples pink and taut, and he wanted to lean down and pull one into his mouth and roll it between his lips—but he didn’t. He was more interested to see what Meagan had planned now that she was on her knees in front of him.
She inched her body closer to him, but even then she still wasn’t close enough—not as close as Reed needed her to be. Reaching out, she grabbed his hands in hers then slowly brought one to her mouth and pulled his thumb between her lips, sucking it gently. His eyes were fixated on her plump lips as she swirled her tongue around his thumb then released it from her warm mouth. She moved his hands down, splaying his palms over her collarbone, down over her tits—barely giving him time to enjoy the soft mounds before she skimmed them over her stomach. Just as he thought she was leading him to her sweet spot, to where he was itching to touch—to feel her warm and wet, coating his fingers—she wrapped his hands around her waist and pressed her body against him.
The closeness he was craving seeped into him as her soft, bare skin fluttered over his.
“Isn’t it more fun to touch than to look?”
Oh, hell, he was in for it with this woman.