I haven’t been reading like I usually do. Between the kids going back to school, soccer, softball, gymnastics, homework, editing, and my husband starting his own company I had little time for myself. So I’m going to go back in my archives and tell you about a book I fell in love with this year: Rush: New York City (City Lights #3) by Emma Scott. By the way, ROMANCE ALERT. (It’s all I read)
I was scrolling through Facebook one day—okay, it’s an everyday occurrence—when I stumbled on a sale of Rush. Being the frugal lady I am, I snatched it up. The summary hooked me right away. It was a modern day take on Beauty and the Beast. A win/win in my book. But see for yourself what you think of the summary.
To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable. –John Milton
Charlotte Conroy, Juilliard-trained violinist, was on the cusp of greatness when tragedy swooped down on dark wings, crushing her hopes and breaking her heart. The music that used to sing in her soul has grown quiet, and she feels on the verge of setting down her violin for good. To pay the bills, she accepts a job as a personal assistant to a bitter, angry young man who’s been disabled by a horrific accident …
Noah Lake was an extreme sport athlete, journalist and photographer. He roamed the world in search of his next adrenaline high, until a cliff-dive left him in a coma. He awakes to find his career gone, his dreams shattered to pieces, his world an endless blackness that will never lift.
Charlotte begins to see that beneath Noah’s angry, brittle exterior is a young man in a pain. She is determined to show him that his life isn’t over, that he has so much to live for, never dreaming that she would become the only light in his darkness, or that he would help her find the music in hers.
The life he knew is over. The life she wants is just out of reach.
Together, they must face their fears and rediscover what it means to really live.
Do you hear that? It’s my loins quivering with anticipation of unrequited love and lust. Just kidding—maybe. Emma Scott has it all here: strong female protag who is hell-bent on making it on her own. A broken male protag who wants to be left alone but yearns for more even as he is faced with his failure. And a burning romance between that is not only smart and well played, but mature and unshaken. I think Charlotte and Noah are a pair who won’t give up when it really seems like that’s all they have ever done. Scott’s writing is beautifully poetic as it is structured in a classic romance. It’s a standalone book which means that we aren’t left hanging at the end. Score! I really felt for the characters as well as wanted to shake them. That to me is an impression, if conveyed correctly, can carry the book with the reader for a long time. And I read this book a good four months ago. Sometimes I get my romances mixed up and can’t remember one from the other, but with Rush I had no trouble recalling the wonderful story between Charlotte and Noah.
There are three books in the City Lights series and a novella coming out in October along with another full length novel in December. I plan on reading every one and you should, too. Make sure to let Emma and Write Diva know what you think of her books!
City Lights Series
About The Author
I write romances with flawed characters (not just the heroes, but flawed, real women too), in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy, over-the-top HEAs. I believe in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope.
I live and work in the Bay Area, California with my (patient) husband and two sweet little girls.