Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.
When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.
Heaven Beach, South Carolina, is anything but, if you live at the low-rent end of town. All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. At school, they may diss Leah as trash, but she’s the one who negotiates with the landlord when the rent’s not paid. At fourteen, she’s the one who gets a job at the nearby airstrip.
But there’s one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertising business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons, to take her up just once. Leaving the trailer park far beneath her and swooping out over the sea is a rush greater than anything she’s ever experienced, and when Mr. Hall offers to give her cut-rate flight lessons, she feels ready to touch the sky.
By the time she’s a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true . . . but turns out to be just as fleeting as any dream. Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they’re 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. From Goodreads.
There are few authors that write as well as Jennifer does. I picked up one of her books just to read it and ever since then, I have read all but 1 of her books. I loved the fact that this book had planes in it. There aren’t very many books where the main characters are daredevils.
I do have to say that I loved Leah’s character but I did not like the way she thought everyone thought about her. Of course it doesn’t help that the one boy that she has liked for years thinks she is white trash (I am using better language then what he really thought btw). I did like that no matter what though she was willing to let it go and still help the boys out. Of course Grayson doesn’t make it easy by blackmailing her.
There wasn’t a single moment in this book that I did not like. I loved that even though she was being blackmailed, Leah tried to be a better person. I did not like her mom, who just up and leaves their kid alone like that? No matter what the age is, I still hear from my dad and he lives all the way across the country and calls me at least twice a week if not more sometimes and I am almost 30 years old.
The characters were very believable, they all had their flaws but in the end they were all willing to look passed them to end up as friends but depending on who it was they ended up as more than friends. I thought Alec was really funny and nice, I totally got why Grayson did everything he did, and Leah didn’t let them walk all over her even though she was the only chick pilot.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.