Title: Harmful Rush (Remedy #3)
Author: Debra Doxer
Publication date: April 24th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Rating: 4/5 stars
Harmful Rush is a standalone, full-length novel set in the Remedy world. You do not have to read the first two books to read this book.Skylark Samuels has a secret.
She’s not a normal teenager, although she plays one in real life. Pretending to be something you’re not isn’t easy, especially in high school where gossip is gold. For years, Sky manages to hide her uniqueness, until one fateful day when she exposes her gift, her curse, and all her fears come to pass. Now instead of going to college near home like she planned, she has to leave town and go someplace where the rumors can’t follow. The plan when she gets there: keep to herself and stay under the radar.
But blending into the background is impossible when local heartthrob Dylan Parks notices her. Even though Sky keeps her distance and doesn’t act like one of Dylan’s adoring fans, he goes out of his way to talk to her. Her. The girl who wants to be invisible.
Sky isn’t immune to Dylan’s charm, but getting close to him is a bad idea. It goes against the promise she made to herself. Besides, if Dylan knew the truth, he wouldn’t want her. If he discovered her secret, he’d treat her differently and possibly fear her. It’s happened before. But the more Sky gets to know Dylan, the harder it is to resist him, until fate intervenes.
A tragic event forces Sky to reveal herself to the one person she’s come to care for, and his reaction is unexpected. For the first time, she doesn’t feel so alone. But what she doesn’t realize is that she’s never been alone. When she finally lets her guard down, someone comes along who threatens to unravel everything, because being normal was never Sky’s destiny.
Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”
"I want to live in the same moment I'm breathing in."
"My whole life has been spent waiting for something more. Answers, reasons, truths."
Skylark (whose name I love by the way for its uniqueness) is our MC, and she was absolutely amazing. I loved her from the get go, and she is easily relatable. She has a secret and when that secret is exposed, she's forced to start her life over in a new town and around new people. I loved how seamlessly this "paranormal" element was incorporated into the story. It definitely drove the book forward, and I was eager to see how exactly it would come into play during the story. One of the first people Sky meets when she starts her life over and begins college is Dylan. And boy did I love him! The chemistry that Sky and Dylan have is off-the-charts!! I loved their scenes together and he truly helped her become the person she was meant to be.
"Every touch of his skin scorches mine, and the way he tastes is as though I've been craving some intangible thing forever, and I've finally found what satisfies it."
One thing that I appreciated was the slow burn of Sky and Dylan's relationship. Ms. Doxer never forces their relationship in your face...she just lets their relationship build naturally. They experience ups and downs like any couple their age (or any age for that matter). They work together to build each other up and support each other in any way the other needs. From the minute they meet, you can easily see they are meant for each other. And I was definitely rooting for them the entire novel!
"Just when I think he's going to push me away, he gathers me in his arms like he'll never let go."
I wish I could go into the plot but I don't want to spoil anything. However, what I will say is that it is extremely unique and exciting. Ms. Doxer balances the mystery element with the romance/contemporary elements very well. There is plenty of exciting/thrilling scenes, especially toward the end, when Sky's secret is threatened to be exposed and she is left vulnerable and torn on what she should do. Ms. Doxer's writing is gorgeous, and the entire story is beautifully written. The story is very compelling and addicting, and I never wanted to stop reading!
I would highly recommend checking out this story by Debra Doxer! It is definitely one you do not want to miss, and it makes it even better that it's a standalone. I know that I will 100% be checking out the other books in the series as soon as possible though! The story is unforgettable and will stay with you long after you finish reading. With fantastic writing and an exciting story, this is a must read for 2017!
Happy reading :)
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