Review: Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.
But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business — until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers — and the consequences could be deadly.
Jennifer Echols is one of those scarce authors that never fails to make me fall completely and totally in love with each and every story she writes. Her words are pure magic that ignites off the page and casts a hypnotic spell on the reader. While reading SUCH A RUSH, there wasn’t a moment where I wasn’t thinking about it, even when I would have to set it down. It was so easy to get sucked into the life of Leah that it was even harder to pull away. Thank you, Echols, for creating such pieces of art that will always make me smile.
Leah is a broken girl who is afraid to show others her weaknesses. She doesn’t want sympathy or pity. All Leah wants to do is fly and get away from her sad excuse for a life. I have to say that even though flying a plane wouldn’t be my way to get away, Echols makes it sound so normal and understandable for a girl like Leah. Everyone needs some way of escape, and Leah’s just happens to be in the front seat of an airplane.
Leah wasn’t the only one who stole the show, no matter that the novel was from her perspective. While I couldn’t ever connect with Alec (and I’m not sure that the reader is meant to), Grayson had my emotions and hormones going. This guy is tortured, hot, and full of loss. He and Leah are certainly a match for each other and neither was willing to back down in tense situations. It’s great when love interests can be equals.
If only Jennifer Echols was a machine that could crank out novels like SUCH A RUSH every month. Sadly, that isn’t how it works, no matter how much I would want that. While there are so many novels out there that I love, Echols’ novels, namely SUCH A RUSH, will always hold a special place in my heart.