//Harmful Rush by Debra Doxer//
“Would he still hold me like this if he knew my secret? I close my eyes and pretend the answer is yes.”
Young Adult supernatural perfection! Harmful Rush was exactly what I was looking for! I finished this novel about a month ago and it was everything I was searching for! It had mystery, angst, romance, danger, sweet and careful moments, moments that took my breath away, and just the right amount of drama. My eyes were glued to the pages and, I swear, they never left until the last word was read.
“I’m a mystery waiting to be solved wondering what to do in the meantime, and afraid the meantime is all there is.”
I haven’t read the first two novels in this series, but you better believe I will be One-Clicking them in the future. However, you do not have to read the first two to understand HR, it is a complete standalone. While this is a YA novel, it breaths new life into the genre as it breaks the mold and ventures and explores new lessons young adults learn and how to navigate growing up. The plot, romance *swoons*, and character development was executed beautifully and was perfectly balanced.
Skylark and Dylan were amazing together. I loved the angsty push and pull moments they shared. Both were characters that had seen and felt heartbreaking pain and were still learning from mistakes of their past and how to deal with the demons that haunt them daily. They had to learn to trust one another and let the other in. One of my favorite things about reading is when you get to see a strong willed character let their guard down and open their heart to someone. It’s moving and beautiful!
If you are a fan of paranormal or YA you will LOVE this novel!
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.”