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★ RUSH (#9 The Beat and The Pulse) ★
Ryan Harper used to love a girl named Jade Forsyth, until she chose someone else.
Walking away from the only woman he’s ever loved and clawing his way up from the bottom, he’s on the cusp of making it in the world of professional MMA. He’s spent his life being put down because of his working class roots, but now he’s made something out of himself. Something he can be proud of.
When a chance meeting on a Melbourne street sends his unrequited love spiralling into his life once more, he’ll do anything to show her there’s more to her—and life—than how much money is in her bank account, the clothes she wears, and how much overtime she puts in at work. Life is for living…and loving.
But when the rush wears off, will Jade see his feelings are real? Or is history destined to repeat itself?
From Amity Cross comes Rush, a sizzling new instalment in the Internationally best selling MMA fighter romance series, The Beat and The Pulse.
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I’m a huge fan of Amity Cross’ The Beat and the Pulse series. Cross’ AUFC fighters are hardworking, dedicated men who have never had anything handed to them…they work for EVERYTHING and EARN what they deserve by their constant need to be the best. And, the fact that Cross finds a way to match these heroes up with their “perfect” women is also what makes this series a must-read. Because at first glance, the central couple seems to have nothing in common and come from quite different worlds, but once Cross strips them bare and shows readers who they are at their core, even when it takes a bit to illustrate that idea, it becomes clear why Cross paired them up in the first place and how they seem to balance one another out and teach each other how life is meant to be lived.
Jade and Ryan’s story is the ninth book in the series, so while there are some cameos of past heroes and heroines, the focus has branched out to the fighters Ash is training at Pulse Fitness, but knowing Ash’s background helps to understand the kind of men he works with, so none of them are going to be lightweights who can’t hold their own…all of them are contenders, willing to risk it all for one shot to prove their worth, and Amity Cross’ newest hero, Ryan Harper, seems to epitomize that idea when it comes to life and love.
I’m going to be upfront about Jade…some readers are not going to like her; in fact, they might dislike her so much that they won’t give her a chance to grow and realize the errors of her ways…admittedly, a few points along the way while reading Rush, I thought I was going to be that reader…the one who couldn’t see past her shortcomings because she had a difficult time shedding them and learning from her mistakes, even when she had no other choice but to grow from the disaster of her life. But, I stuck with her, knowing that her diva attitude and shallow needs have been ingrained in her for over a decade, allowing her to feel that materialism and self-entitlement are the norms to live by, and it’s not until she reaches rock bottom, which is way after her fiancé cheats on her, that she realizes the true error of her ways and sets about rectifying her mistakes, even if her lack of awareness costs her the one real person who’s been with her since the beginning.
Ryan Harper is an intriguing hero, quite simply because he found a way to turn his younger selves’ recklessness into something constructive as an adult, and he accomplished it on his own terms, without becoming someone he’s not or someone who doesn’t understand the value of hard work. He definitely has the right perspective when it comes to how to live life and who to surround himself with, and while the feelings he’s had for Jade have laid dormant for 10 years, one interaction with her springboards them to the surface, forcing him to either take the risk he wouldn’t take all those years ago or walk away again, knowing that he never got the chance to prove his worth to her and show her that he’s definitely better than second best.
Rush is a great title for Jade and Ryan’s story; Jade has rushed through life since she felt that materialism and the façade of perfection was what was important, becoming a picture perfect image of shallowness and entitlement, never truly understand how life was meant to be lived. In high school, Ryan always rushed to Jade’s side when she took a break from her boyfriend or needed help, in a way, becoming her second choice when her first one tossed her aside, and as an AUFC fighter, he wants to rush his pro career because he’s ready for a shot at a title match and while he’s impatience is easily understood, the perspective he helps Jade to have would also help him to know his chance will come on its own terms, not just his.
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