I got book reviews to catch up on again…
I need to get more organised!
Anyway I read these three books a while back and seeing as they are a trilogy, it will be better to review them altogether…
Okay so the first book Fallen Too Far….
To want what you’re not supposed to have…
She is only nineteen.
She is his new stepfather’s daughter.
She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother.
But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.
Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…
Blaire just may have fallen too far…
Fallen Too Far is from the perspective of Blaire. The minute she pulled her gun out on Grant I knew she was going to be so damn awesome. I loved this girl.
She’s strong, smart, independent and loving. But, unfortunately for Blaire, she’s had to suffer through some pretty horrific losses in a relatively short time frame. She’s looking for support from her father until she can make some money and go out on her own. However, he’s not there for her yet again. Instead she finds her step brother Rush Finlay and although he’s as hot as hell it seems as though he doesn’t want her there… Let alone like her… Considering all the woman that she sees him with.
Then there’s Rush himself.
I did love Rush instantly, even if he did screw around with Blaire’s head and was constantly leaving her for his bitch of a sister Nan but through all that I fell for him… HARD. Just like Blaire does.
Rush is complex. He’s a rock star’s son, so he’s seen things and done things in his life that are well…pretty experienced. He’s loyal to his family though and is a very passionate guy.
The relationship that Rush and Blaire have is a bit complicated. Rush is the very experienced, sexy rockstars son and Blaire, well Blaire is still innocent in all things sex, despite the fact she’s already had a boyfriend.
From the minute the books start you can see the heat between them.
Blaire wants Rush and Rush wants Blaire but like he says;
“Blaire, I’m not a romantic guy. I don’t kiss and cuddle. It’s all about the sex for me. You deserve someone who kisses and cuddles. Not me. I just fuck, baby.”
But despite all that he says to her, all that he does to keep her away, Rush can’t seem to stop Blaire from setting a permanent place in his heart. And, well… That scene up there… Yeah… Lets just say those rules get broken 😉
And the ending…
Okay I can totally understand why Blaire decided to get away and end it. Rush, for all intents and purposes, puts his bitch of a half sister first and although he wants to be with Blaire… Nan comes first.
I hated Nan. As soon as I saw her in the book I wanted to strangle her. There is no redeeming qualities about her to like. She’s a bitch through and through and all she’s had in life is Rush to look after her. But Rush needs his own life. Nan is too needy, too vile, too UGH to even deserve Rush’s devotion to her. I wanted to slap her, shake her, do something! She needed to grow up!
And Blaire… Blaire handled Nan aswell as she could, despite the fact that Nan hates her guts (there’s a secret as to why, which does come out and is a reason why Blaire leaves at the end of the book)
But despite all of the bitchiness of Nan, there is genuine love between Rush and Blaire. You can see it from the moment they first kissed.
But this scene at the end…
“His eyes never left mine. I held his gaze. I could see the storm in his eyes. I knew he was confused. I could even see the fear. Then there was the love. I saw it. The fierceness in his eyes. I believed it. I could see it clearly. But it was too late now. The love wasn’t enough. Everyone always said that love was enough. It wasn’t. Not when your soul was shattered.”
OH MY GOD.
Never Too Far
He had held a secret that destroyed her world.
Everything she had known was no longer true.
Blaire couldn’t stop loving him but she knew she could never forgive him.
Now, she was back home and learning to live again. Moving on with life… until something happened to send her world spinning once again.
What do you do when the one person you can never trust again is the one that you need to trust so desperately?
You lie, hide, avoid, and pray that your sins never find you out.
Okay so this book picks up three weeks after Fallen Too Far ended and its heartbreak central.
Rush doesn’t do anything. He doesn’t go out. He doesn’t have his parties. He just wants Blaire.
Blaire is a wreck too. She loves him but she just can’t let him in. I understand that but Blaire… WAKE UP! She’s in hell just as much as Rush is and when she discovers that she’s *SPOILER ALERT* pregnant! Well… there’s one reason to head back to Rosemary Beach. Aswell as her best friend Bethy needing a flatmate.
The story was told in chapter-by-chapter alternating POVs so we were never left too long without understanding both sides of the story.
I seriously seriously seriously LOVE Rush. That guy just makes my heart race. He’s hot, swoony, and flawed (not to mention tattooed and pierced). Just… LUUUUUUSH! How can you not love him when he says stuff like this:
“There is nothing I’d rather do than be near you… I’ll take whatever the hell I can get when it comes to you… I will do anything. Anything, Blaire, just to be near you… You need me, I’m there.”
He even says this:
“No. One. Comes. Before. You.”
And I wanted to believe it so so so so bad!
It did seem to work however. Rush was there for Blaire. Kind of but Nan still manages to get in the way.
As she’s been told before; Rush will always chose Nan.
And in one scene it seems as though he’s just done that when Nan is admitted to hospital. Rush practically leaves Blaire outside of their house, with no key to get in. So she walks all the way to Bethy’s house.
While Rush is with his sister for 8 days in the hospital, Rush’s friend Woods steps in, and takes Blaire to her appointments, gives her lifts whenever she needs them and is generally there for.
Rush gets the kick up the ass he needs when ex step brother Grant tells him to get his act together and Blaire’s father drops a truth bombshell on Rush.
But other than all the drama and the times he screwed up, there was one constant thing throughout the story; Rush and Blaire’s love for each other. It was tested to the limits but damn they love each other.
It totally warmed my heart how he was never willing to just let any of their issues go. He tried to respect her space but at the same time was always pushing to try and work through them. You could just FEEL how much he was desperately head-over-heels in love with Blaire and you just KNEW that he’d do just about anything to protect her.
“Let me prove it to you. Leaving me doesn’t let me prove anything. You have to stay with me, Blaire. You have to give me a chance… Trust me to protect you and put you first.”
My heart did hurt bad when he messed up, or when unfortunate situations lead to misunderstanding and general angst but at the same time I love the feel that it gave the story – it kept you a little worried and yet totally invested in the character’s lives.
“I love you, Blaire. I love you so damn much it hurts.”
I felt bad for Blaire because for the most part, I understood her insecurities – about not being a part of his world, being reminded of it every day and being surrounded by reasons why they wouldn’t fit together. I liked that she wasn’t weak – she simply had trust issues brought on by all the men in her life, in some way or another, betraying her. And given Rush’s past and his family connections, it was hard for her to accept that she could actually put stock in his love for her.
“She’d lost everyone in her life she’d love and trusted. Why would she believe me? The only men in her life had left her. Betrayed her. She expected nothing else… I wasn’t letting anyone else hurt her.”
“I love her. I will stop at nothing to make sure she’s safe.”
Blurb:Rush promised her forever… but promises can be broken.
Torn between his love for his family and his love for Blaire, Rush has to find a way to save one without losing the other. In the end one has to be more important. Letting go isn’t easy.
Blaire believed in her fairytale… but no one can live in a fantasy.
Her love for Rush and desire to have a family keep her believing that they can find a way for this to work. Until she has to make the right decision for her and the baby. Even if it breaks her heart.
Can they find the forever that they both want or has it all just gone… too far?