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“You know what I like, Caitlin. You know I want you to beg for it.”
Gabe: I’ve never been the kind of person to give up on something I want. Now, I refuse to take no for an answer. I want this girl. I want to help her, and sleep with her, and steal things with her, and make her laugh the way she did right that night in her friend’s car. We’re going to have a summer neither of us will ever forget, and by the time we go our separate ways, she’ll have enough money to go to college, and I will have had her…every way I want her.
Caitlin: I’m starting to forget why it’s a bad idea to get in any deeper with a boy who is a walking, talking contradiction. A boy who has a taste for breaking the law, a wicked way with words, and a confident touch that leaves no doubt he’s way more experienced than I am. I’ve spent my life putting aside my own needs and cleaning up after other people’s mistakes. Now, I want to make a mistake of my own. I know I’m playing with fire, but for Gabe I’m willing to beg to be burned.
THIS WICKED RUSH is an edgy, sexy, boundary-pushing read intended for readers over the age of seventeen. The book features graphic love scenes, violence, strong language, and thieves in love. Read at your own risk.
There are a lot of authors out there who can weave a fine tale and then there are authors who can really weave a fine tale. Jessie Evans certainly falls into the really category and This Wicked Rush is just that, a naughty and fast-paced read meant to lure you in and not let you go until the final page.
Caitlin and Gabe are from two very, very different worlds but for one wild night, they came together and did the unthinkable, they committed a crime, got away with it, made out like crazed weasels and, returned to their lives. For Gabe that meant returning to college and for Caitlin that meant returning to her wrong-side-of-the-tracks home where she cares for her younger siblings and niece and works two seriously crappy jobs meant to keep her family’s heads above water. Caitlin has accepted her lot in life: her mother ran off, her older sister ran off and left a toddler behind and, Caitlin’s father only shows up when he’s drunk, needs money or a place to sleep or wants to threaten/frighten Caitlin and the kids.
From the beginning, it is clear why Caitlin hates her situation and desperately wants out. She loves her family fiercely and will never abandon them but she is basically killing herself trying to make ends meet. She has sacrificed everything for her family and yet it still isn’t enough. When the Adonis bad boy otherwise known as Gabe reenters her life, Caitlin is swayed by his proposition even though she knows, with every fiber of her being that it is wrong. For just one summer and with no strings attached, Gabe wants Caitlin to help him steal from the wicked in order to right some of the wrongs in the world. Gabe assures Caitlin that should anything go wrong, he will take the fall for the crimes and since he is (thanks to his parents) ridiculously wealthy, all of the money stolen will go to Caitlin and her family. The catch? 1) Caitlin has to become a criminal; 2) she has to pretend to be Gabe’s girlfriend and; 3) she has to NOT fall for her partner in crime. Too bad Caitlin can’t seem to control that last one 🙂
From the beginning, Gabe’s story is far less clear. He is from an old and über wealthy family, he is gorgeous and, his life is right on track. But, Gabe has dropped out of college, he basically despises his parents and, he is bound and determined to have Caitlin as both a partner in crime and a lover. Gabe makes it clear from the beginning, this ride is just for the summer, their crimes are actually meant for the greater good and, he has no intention of being anything other than a fling. Too bad Gabe can’t seem to convince his body and heart of the wisdom of that last one 🙂
From the moment Gabe and Caitlin begin their adventures you, as the reader are on a sort of crazy joy ride. Their plans for each crime are meticulous, their execution is virtually flawless and, their after-the-crime time together is smokin’ hot. As hard as both try, their feelings for one another grow until there comes a point when neither can deny the obvious. Underneath all of this drama is the added bonus of knowing something is not quite right with Gabe but not really knowing what it is. The big reveal on this one and the crazy, ridiculous ending will leave you absolutely confounded and begging for book two!
The Bottom Line: So, with all the awesome things I just said about This Wicked Rush, why can’t I commit to the full five stars? For one reason and one reason alone, I just can’t wrap my brain around the answer to what’s wrong with Gabe and the ending. For me, the two just don’t work together and after such a good read, I was left totally confounded and somewhat uneasy. With that being said, I know there is another book coming and I want my questions answered so I will absolutely be in line to one-click the crap out of the next book in the series, One Perfect Love.