5 starsAngsty/EmotionalNew Adult

RUSH (Rush #1) by Emma Scott

RUSH Book Cover RUSH
Rush Series #1
Emma Scott
Fiction, New Adult Romance
June 30th 2015

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. 

Megan’s Review


“Love, real love, wasn’t empty, grasping hands, or lies that felt like truths. And it wasn’t perfect or neat or always easy. It was a rising sun on a new day. It was endless possibility.” 

WOW! What an amazing, heartfelt and beautiful story, so much so that I read this one in a single sitting. “Rush” by Emma Scott is part of the City Lights series, but can be read as a standalone. To me, Emma Scott can do no wrong. This is my third Emma Scott novel and all three I have rated five stars. She certainly knows how to make me feel absolutely every emotion, each and every page I read. I knew after reading the synopsis that I had to read this one. I love a story with a tortured hero and Rush did not disappoint.

Charlotte is a Julliard trained violinist, who was living her dream. She had dreams of becoming a concert violinist, had a supportive family and someone she thought was “The One,” until tragedy struck and she lost it all. Now working two jobs and struggling to make rent, she has lost all she is passionate about, including her music.


Noah was an extreme sports enthusiast and journalist who had a severe accident while cliff-diving in Mexico. As a result of the accident Noah was in a critical condition and a coma for twelve days; after waking from the coma and multiple surgeries later, Noah was left blind. Noah is very bitter, angry and as a result, has shut himself off from the world, including his friends and family.

There were times in the story that I felt it dragged on a little, but once I had finished, I realised it all added to the anticipation of the story. It kept me captivated each page, because I was desperate to know what was going to happen next. Once Noah and Charlotte meet, the story really picks up and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I became increasingly invested in these characters and their suffering, struggles, their love and ultimately being a witness to them healing each other.


“Rush” was such a stunningly moving story. There was absolutely nothing I did not love about it, everything from the engaging, realistic characters and heartfelt storyline to the amazing backdrop of New York City. I would most definitely recommend this story to anyone who loves their contemporary and new adult romances filled with a unique and deep storyline. I absolutely fell in love with both Noah and Charlotte and was completely captivated as I witnessed them fall in love and ultimately heal one another. I could not recommend this story strongly enough. 

About the Author

Emma Scott is a writer, marathon runner, and caffeine addict, who lives and writes in the California Bay Area. She has two smart, feisty little girls, a super-supportive husband, and is a demonstrated fan of the Oxford comma. She is also an unabashed Star Wars geek and comic book enthusiast who fell into romance novels when a writing contest prompt turned a 1000-word romantic story into a full-blown novel. She also writes epic fantasy that suffers an epic word count.

She hopes you enjoy her work, encourages readers to leave feedback, and thinks it’s amusing to write about herself in the third person. And if she has a driving force the fuels her work, it’s that love always wins.

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