Express Lane Review: Rush Me by Allison Parr

Welcome to my Express Lane Reviews, where I review a book quickly – with 7 points or less – so you can get on your way!

rush meRush Me
Author: Allison Parr
Publisher: Carina Press
Age Group: Adult
Source: Teen
Good Reads  |  Amazon
Rating: 3 out of 5

Summary from Amazon:

When post-grad Rachael Hamilton accidentally gatecrashes a pro-athlete party, she ends up face-to-face with Ryan Carter, the NFL’s most beloved quarterback.

While most girls would be thrilled to meet the attractive young millionaire, Rachael would rather spend time with books than at sporting events, and she has more important things to worry about than romance. Like her parents pressuring her to leave her unpaid publishing internship for law school. Or her brother, who’s obliviously dating Rachael’s high school bully. Or that same high school’s upcoming reunion.

Still, when Ryan’s rookie teammate attaches himself to Rachael, she ends up cohosting Friday night dinners for half a dozen football players.

Over pancake brunches, charity galas, and Alexander the Great Rachael realizes all the judgments she’d made about Ryan are wrong. But how can a Midwestern Irish-Catholic jock with commitment problems and an artsy, gun-shy Jewish New Englander ever forge a partnership? Rachael must let down her barriers if she wants real love–even if that opens her up to pain that could send her back into her emotional shell forever.


3 out of 5

3 out of 5

My Thoughts

*so, I’m starting a new type of review on my blog called Express Lane Review.  The idea is that these types of reviews are quick (think express lanes in grocery stores), and each review will have 7 (or less) points.  Let me know if you like them, or if you have any advice.  I’ll still be doing my regular reviews, as well.  I just wanted to have some variety in my review structures*

Point One:  Rush Me is a super quick, easy read that’s perfect if you’re under the weather.  It’s uncomplicated, and if you’re stuck in bed (due to torn ligaments, on my part) and need something easy-going, then Rush Me is for you.

Point Two:  There’s cute boys galore!  Big, professional football players, none the less.  Actually, one of my favorite aspects of Rush Me was the friendships between all the football players.

Point Three:  Rachael, the main character, is pretty likable, but sometimes she did frustrate me a bit.  I just wanted her to relax a bit, and I wish she would stop getting in her own way.  But I also was rooting for her, and wanted her to get her happily ever after.

Point Four:  One more note about Rachael.  I found her to be quite judgmental for someone her age.  Even though her judgmental-personality is part of the story, and shows her character growth, I also felt like it was a bit much.

Point Five:  Ryan was pretty darn swoon-worthy.  I’m not into sports at all, but Ryan’s devotion to his team was very attractive.  I like a guy (even a fictional one) with goals.  However, some of the frustrations I felt with Rachael, I also felt with Ryan.  He really just needed to talk things through with Rachael, and not jump to conclusions.

Point Six:  Rush Me is a romance, and it does fall into some romance tropes that do frustrate me.  I love romance stories, but some of the often-used plot devices frustrate me: such as the main characters never talking to each other, resulting in all sorts of problems.  I saw that in Rush Me, and it invoked some eye-rolling.

Point Seven:  I didn’t love everything about Rush Me, but it was the only thing I was able to concentrate on while I was stuck in bed for a week, which says something.  Sometimes the mind needs some candy, and I definitely enjoyed this variety, although it wasn’t my favorite.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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2 Responses to Express Lane Review: Rush Me by Allison Parr

  1. Great new feature! Sorry you’ve been stuck in bed. No fun. It’s nice to have a quick easy read. I wonder what I’d think about Rachael being judgmental. I don’t always mind that, but it can get old, like you said.

  2. I really enjoyed this book. Like Rachael I lived in Brooklyn and worked in publishing for a number of years and I think it’s maybe the only book I’ve read that almost perfectly captured how fun/frustrating that life is. I’m also a huge football fan so stumbling on a whole part of professional football players is kind of my dream. But I totally agree with your sixth point, as much as I liked Rachael and the setting for the book I did get annoyed by her and Ryan’s lack of communication. Great review!

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