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~Review~Rush: The Beginning (Black Hearts Still Beat #1) by L.A. Cotton~


48424591. sy475 Title: Rush: The Beginning
Author: L.A. Cotton
Series: Black Hearts Still Beat #1
Genre(s): Romance
Release Date: November 26, 2019
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: ✮5 Stars✮


The sweetheart of Country is about to show the bad boys of Rock, it only takes a single beat for everything to change.
Evangeline Walker knows how quickly everything can change.
But nothing can prepare her for the moment she meets Rafe Hunter.
Intense gray eyes.
Wicked smile.
Tattoos inked on his skin just begging to be touched.
Those aren’t the reasons Eva should stay away from him though.
The fact he’s the bassist for America’s hottest rock band is the reason she should run and never look back.
Everyone knows the greatest love stories all start somewhere.
… this is their beginning.
Rush is a 50,000 word Black Hearts Still Beats prelude novel. Rise (BHSB: pt. one) and Rule (BHSB: pt. two) are coming soon!

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Rush is the first book in the Black Hearts Still Beat Series by author  L. A. Cotton, and it is a rock star romance book. I have to say that usually, I am not a fan of the rock star romance genre. I didn’t read many books with rock stars, but this book was great for me. It was emotional, heartbreaking, and sweet.

Rafe and Eva are two very different teenagers – almost – adults that live and enjoy their lives very differently. Rafe has the world at his feet because he is part of the most famous rock band Black Hearts Still Beat. The members of the band are very well known for the tumultuous and disorderly life they lead. They always keep the headline for tabloids and scandal newspapers, paparazzi and social media news. They fit perfectly in the expression: ”sex, drugs, & rock ‘n’ roll”.

Rafe enjoys his life and success to the maximum, very differently then Eva. Rafe is broken, but we don’t know his full story yet, and that is because the story of the book is told only from Eva’s POV. We only know that he was hurt.

Eva enjoys her life, completely different from Rafe. Or should I say, she just learns to re-enjoy and live her life again. She is a survivor, she received a second chance at life and she is scared to live again. She matured before time and went through horrible things, she suffered terribly and saw the others suffering the same, or worse than her. 

She decides to attend the talent show as a new upcoming country star only for the money, at first. She wanted to repay her parents all the money they spent on her. Before her life changed, she loved to sing. Singing and music were her escape, and she wanted to rediscover that again.

This story was very beautiful and very well written. The chemistry between Rafe and Eva was so intense and powerful. I can’t wait to read the next book!

I highly recommend!






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