Series: Push #1
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense
I feel like I am wrapped in a cyclone. Everything is whirling around me, drawing the air out of my lungs and filling me with the best kind of turmoil. Every time his tongue slides against mine, a prickle in my gut tells me how right we are together. How much I need David. How much I need us.
I hope the cyclone never stops.
Emma Searfoss has spent a lifetime trying to escape her abusive stepfather. It's why she moved far away from home. It's why she's kept no ties with her remaining family. And it's why she's got a major rage problem. When her neighbor shows up to fix the kitchen in her new apartment, his enigmatic charm calms the fire in her. David is cool and collected, and he makes Emma feel safe for the first time ever. But David has his own chilling past—his six previous girlfriends have all disappeared without a trace. Emma's walking a dangerous line, but David's pull is intoxicating. And impossible to resist…
This is a new adult romance with mature content for readers 17 and up.
This novel began with a whopper of a prologue. Immediately I began asking questions and my first was, “What the fuck?” Props, to Claire Wallis, for reeling me in in less than 60 seconds.
The story opened with Emma as she moved into her new apartment. 22-years-old, fresh from college, taking on a new job and city all on her own. This might sound like a lot of female characters in a million summer, beach-reading chic lits, but Emma wasn’t that girl. The blurb states that she escaped an abusive stepfather, which is the understatement of the fucking decade. This girl escaped a majorly fucked-up childhood, where she had to fend for herself, and learn life lessons at an age when most girls should be obsessing about the latest teenybopper superstar. Emma not only survived a crazy-as-fuck stepfather, she endured an absent mother and two dick-ish, older brothers. I won’t give away exactly what she went through, but I’ll warn: brace yourself.
Enter David Calgaro, an enigmatic carpenter who showed up out of nowhere, ready to build Emma’s dream kitchen. From the word go, David and Emma set off the fireworks. There was rapid-fire banter, spicy, sexual tension, and an immediate pull. Sounds sexy, right? Two young people, living in the same building, sparks fly, they get to know each other, fall in love, HEA, another new adult novel in the bag? WRONG!!! These two characters were twisted. They were broken and perfect for each other. As I learned more about their pasts, what they’d both endured, it became clear that this wasn’t a typical love story. This book is not like anything else that’s been released in the romance genre recently. I can’t even believe that Harlequin published this – it isn’t your momma’s cheesy romance read (way to step up your game Harlequin!). This story is DIFFERENT. It is unbelievable. It is fantastic.
Throughout the entirety of this book, I felt a maelstrom of crazy emotions. I was shocked, confused, apprehensive, curious, terrified, disgusted, manic, and depressed. What was I shocked, confused, apprehensive, curious, terrified, disgusted, manic, and depressed about? READ THE BOOK. I’m not going to tell you any more that what I’ve revealed above (these were revealed in early chapters of the book, so they aren’t spoiling anything), and what is given in the blurb. I’m not trying to be sketchy, I just feel like each secret is a sweet treat that should be consumed while you’re reading the story.
I bought this book because I needed to switch things up a bit. After reading so many books in the same genre, the storylines began to blend, and the characters became repetitive. I wouldn’t say that Push was a palette cleanser, more like a shock to my system. Now I’m buzzing, and it feels amazing. I’d recommend this book to anyone who needs a jolt to their system. You won’t regret it!
View Spoiler »This book does end in a cliffhanger, but so what? It’s a fitting ending for this story. Don’t be scared. Buy it and read it. Don’t wait. « Hide Spoiler
View Spoiler »This story is SICK. I’m feeling extremely conflicted after reading this story. David Calgaro is not good. He is very, very BAD. And I don’t want to hear any nonsense about shades of grey, this character falls clearly on the side of wrong, but I STILL LOVE HIM. What is wrong with me?!?! « Hide Spoiler