Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Blog Tour: Feel The Rush (Hard Feelings #2) by Kelsie Leverich

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Feel The Rush

Hard Feelings #2
By:  Kelsie Leverich
Published:  August 20, 2013
By:  Penguin InterMix
Source:  Publisher

GR's Summary:

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?

Hard Feelings Series:

My Thoughts:

Feel the Rush by Kelsie Leverich was a sweet and touching story that every woman can relate to.  If you remember that first love, the one that broke your heart, then you will be able to relate to the main character, Meagan.  In her junior year of college, she fell madly in love with the star quarterback, and thought they had the perfect relationship.  She saw him as her future husband, and the future father to her children.  However, as a horrible revelation came to light, she realized that he was not the person that she thought he was.  Shortly after, she has her first one night stand with a fun, sexy, playful, and charming soldier named Reed, the night before he's is leaving.  Fast forward 8 years, and when she moves with her best friend Eva to a new town, who is her neighbor, but Reed!

Feel the Rush started out a little slow for me, but once things heated up, I could not put this book down.   I loved that the story was told from the dual perspectives of Meagan and Reed.  Meagan has been in a depression since her 30th birthday was approaching, and she thought she'd be married and have kids at that point in her life.  She decides that she needs a change if she is going to settle down.  Instead of Mr. Thrill (the hot, sexy, bad boy types she usually goes for) she's going to go for Mr. Safe.  However, the pull between Reed and her is strong!  She has to use all of her willpower to resist this soldier.  Not only is he gorgeous, sexy, and well-built, but he is also playful, thoughtful, charming, and giving.  The problem is that he doesn't plan on ever setting down.  Reed has a lot of demons from his past, and once you find out what they are, your heart will break for him.  I really loved Reed.  He made Meagan enjoy her life more, take risks, and live in the moment.  He was a lot of fun, and a very loving, and loyal man.  I loved how Meagan was able to show love, and nurturing to Reed.  She helped ease some of his suffering, and keep his demons at bay.

There was a fun and colorful cast of secondary characters in this story, that I loved immensely.  Eva, Meagan's best friend was feisty, fun, and fiercely protective, and Trevor, her other best friend was yummy.  These two characters need their own story.  Becca, Reed's sister, was also a great character!  She didn't want anyone hurting her brother, and she made sure Meagan knew it.  The large group of Reed's friends, were a great cast of characters!  Brewer, was a wounded soldier that really bonded Meagan and Reed together at the beginning of the story.  It was hilarious listening to his pick up lines, and attempts at flirting with Meagan.  Luke and Murano, were great buds of Reed's and I felt like they were my buddies too!  I loved reading about the get-together's, and felt like I was right smack dab in the middle of them, having a great time!

My Rating:

I give Feel the Rush by Kelsie Leverich, 4 Stars filled with fun, friendship, love, passion, humor, and heartbreak!  Read this book if you are looking for a great story!  I can't wait to read the rest of the Hard Feelings series!  If you are a fan of authors like Cora Carmack, and Jennifer Probst, that use hot sex scenes, humor, and a strong cast of secondary characters in their writing, then, Feel the Rush is for you!    

My Favorite Quotes:

"Is that why you do it?  For a rush? she breathed, the sound leaving her mouth soft and gravely.  Reed lifted the corners of his mouth.  It's why I do everything.  If it doesn't make you hold your breath and shut your eyes the moment before you do it, then it's not worth doing."  (eARC, Loc. 1075)

~Meagan & Reed

"He was like chicken noodle soup on a cold day.  He was like her favorite song that she hadn't heard in a long time--the one that made her smile regardless of the mood she was in--and he was like her favorite movie when she needed a good laugh.  He was soothing, and comforting, and just--easy.  Being around him was easy--except, she didn't just want to be around him, she wanted to be with him."  (eARC, Loc. 1595)


"Meagan turned around, their nearness knocking the breath from her lungs.  She had to tilt her head back to look into his eyes, and she almost regretted doing it-almost.  They stared at hers with a rawness that held her captive, an intensity that she knew he possessed, but she hadn't been sure until that very moment how much it could consume him.  He was looking down at her like he was unable to do anything but that--like she was the one holding him captive instead.  (eARC, Loc. 1811)


"She was dreaming.  And hell yes, it was a good dream too.  The kind of dreams that were all chocolate and margaritas--hell, even a chocolate margarita--all your favorite book boyfriends popped into three-dimensional sex slaves for your dreamland vacation fantasy, mixed with sandy beaches and warm sun and a couple of mani-pedis thrown in there for good measure."  (eARC Loc. 2420)


"I'm not so different, ya know.  His palm left her hip and pressed flatly to her lower stomach--she trembled, but only from what no longer was.  We both wanted everything, I just didn't realize what everything was until you.  You're my forever."  (eARC, Loc. 3764)



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.

“I know.”

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

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About the Author:

I am a wife and a mommy to two adorable knuckleheads, hair stylist by day, writer by night. My crazy life revolves around my family (to include two dogs and a cat) and most of the time, actually all of the time, it's a crazy mess - but I love it! Drinking wine and reading books helps :)

I'm a sucker for Romance, add some toe curling smut and I'm done for!

My passion is writing. It's the thing I think about when I wake up in the morning, the thing I think about in between packing lunches and giving baths, and the thing I think about when I close my eyes at night. A book can teleport you to another life, to another world. It can sweep you off your feet, make you fall in love, break your heart and heal your soul. I love reading for those reasons, and I love writing for those reasons.


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  1. Holy smokes that excerpt and picture teaser are hot! I love the quotes used the review more though. They're that perfect mix of sweetness while also teasing. I've put the book on my tbr list and wish list!

    1. I know! This book was steamy! I hope you get the chance to read it!

  2. I love what I have read so far!! Adding to my TBR list right now!! Thank you!!

  3. I really liked this one. I also read book one last week and liked it too. I’m really looking forward to the next books in this series.

    1. I have the first book too and am so excited to read it after reading this one! Who doesn't love a man in uniform :)


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