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Title: Harmful Rush
Author: Debra Doxer
Series: Remedy #3
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.
I can confirm that you don’t need to have read the previous two books in this series to thoroughly enjoy this one – I hadn’t read them and loved this college paranormal romantic suspense!
Skylark Samuels has a secret that only her and her adoptive father know. He’s warned her of the consequences of others discovering it since she was a young child but circumstances cause her to use her gift to save her best friend. Unfortunately, that best friend doesn’t keep the secret, sharing it widely and making life sometimes uncomfortable and at others life threatening for both Sky and her father. This results in Sky choosing to leave her home town to enable her to disappear into a different town, attending college there and striving to live as near normal a life as she can.
Her intention was to blend into the background but Dylan Parks notices her and he’s a well respected, extremely popular guy who everyone notices and their attraction is mutual. By association, everyone notices his attraction to Sky, so being invisible just isn’t an option . . . . and someone else has noticed her, too, but they know her secret.
This is an enthralling story with a mix of paranormal abilities, college life, mystery, blackmail, teenage angst and so much more – as well as romance! I wasn’t at all certain what to expect but it certainly exceeded all my expectations. It is a page turner and very different story. The dilemmas faced by Sky and people like her are highlighted in a well paced, engaging read. The characters are well developed and it is easy to empathise with most of them – especially the main characters. Although I was gifted a copy of this story this is still my honest review after reading it. This is the first story I’ve read by this author but she’s certainly one I’ll be looking out for more in future!
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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