I wouldn’t say that it was particularly edgy as the naïve ingénue/bucket list storyline has been done numerous times, but if you’re looking for some hot, hot romance that has a couple of sexy and sweet characters than this is it. Reluctant porn king meets reluctant good girl who bond over the latter’s to do list is really a rush and the between the sheets scenes will have you blushing, flushing and gushing about how destiny, self awareness and true love (and sexy times).
There is very little darkness in what is often depicted as a cheerless lifestyle. The adult industry in Rush is pretty sanitized. How realistic that is depends on who you talk to. But getting busy on camera is just business and according to the hero, Max, business is good. I appreciated that we get to see another side of adult entertainment and a contemporary romance is as good a way as any to show that it’s not all seedy and sleazy. I liked how open and welcoming the heroine, Everly, is and the prejudices of others helps bring her closer to Max.
As far as romance goes, Rush is pretty standard fare, but the characters are so likeable that it doesn’t feel played out even though you can guess what’s going to happen next. However, in an effort to force the drama, Gordon injects some family drama that felt forced late in the third act which gave way to a rather underwhelming ending. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the flow of the story and I always appreciate a HEA.