Publication date: April 24th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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.”
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Title: Harmful Rush
Author: Debra Doxer
I haven't had the chance to really immerse myself in a paranormal/young adult romance story; in fact, it's been so long that i think we're going back to years ago when i read the Vampire Diaries and then life happened and my kindle took the place of my paperbacks. I hadn't heard of Debra Doxer before, but boy did the blurb to Harmful Rush captivate me. It also had me curious to find out what would happen in her book, especially considering that it's a standalone in her Remedy series (obviously, it's clear to see that i haven't had a chance to read any of the previous instalments before picking up this book). Surprisingly, it is a standalone, that does make some reference to other characters that i'm guessing are in the previous books, but it tells Skylark and Dylan's story after Skylark is forced (by no fault of her own) to make the decision to rethink her future. Her college is no longer the one in town, one that she's chosen where she can start a new life, under the radar. The only problem: the boy that every girl wants has taken notice of her and wants to know her better. Suddenly, Sky wants to be normal, but events will force her to decide if keeping her secret is the most important thing in her life.
I was pleasantly surprised: for a young adult novel, it had many elements that i would have expected from a contemporary romance, without going too much into details. It was beautiful, enchanting, breath taking, but most of all, it was entertaining. No, i didn't have to read the previous books to understand what was going on, but boy do i want to know more about what Debra Doxer writes about because Skylark and Dylan's life were the kind that gave me that spark back. The one that had changed over when i received my kindle and filled it out with more erotic genre novels. For certain i'll be keeping my eyes open for more by this author in the future, curious to see where she will be taking this series.