REVIEW: KELLY SISKIND – NEW ORLEANS RUSH

REVIEW: KELLY SISKIND – NEW ORLEANS RUSHNew Orleans Rush by Kelly Siskind
Published by Everafter Romance on April 23rd 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley, Everafter Romance
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Falling for your surly boss is a rotten idea.
Letting him saw you in half is even worse...

Beatrice Baker may be a struggling artist, but she believes all hardships have silver linings...until she follows her boyfriend to New Orleans and finds him with another woman. Instead of turning those lemons into lemonade, she drinks lemon drop martinis and keys the wrong man's car.

Now she works for Huxley Marlow of the Marvelous Marlow Boys, getting shoved in boxes as an on-stage magician's assistant. A cool job for some, but Bea's been coerced into the role to cover her debt. She also maybe fantasizes about her boss's adept hands and what else they can do.

She absolutely will not fall for him, or kiss him senseless. Until she does. The scarred, enigmatic Huxley has unwittingly become her muse, unlocking her artistic dry spell, but his vague nightly activities are highly suspect. The last time Beatrice trusted a man, her bank account got drained and she almost got arrested. Surely this can't end that badly...right?

NEW ORLEANS RUSH

by KELLY SISKIND

I love this trend of illustrated covers, especially when they represent the mood of a book so perfectly as the one for New Orleans Rush does. In this sweet novel we meet Beatrice, an artist who moved to NOLA with her boyfriend only to be left by him a couple of days later. Alone, broke and sad and after drinking a little too much she keys a car she thought belonged to her ex.

Huxley Marlow is a magician, owns a theater with his two brothers in which they perform almost daily. His assistant just quit his job and when he sees this beautiful girl keying insults into the paint of his vintage car, a car he inherited along with the theater from his father, he blackmails her into becoming his new assistant.

Huxley doesn’t get mad (although he was a little irritated), and I really loved that, he even feels bad for forcing Bea to work for him without payment, not knowing that she doesn’t have any money. And he doesn’t even know half of it. Bea’s father, an alcoholic with a lethal gaming addiction cleaned her of her savings and because his daughter isn’t the only person he “borrowed” money from, a loan shark is now after her. So can you imagine how bad he is going to feel after learning that little treasure?

Huxley is a broody one. He’s carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Additionally to his guilt for their father’s death, their theater is in such a state that it needs urgent repair. The visitor numbers are low and those who visit his show are uninspired and unenthused so he plays poker frequently to polish up his income. He has taken it upon himself to care for not only the theater but also his brothers, never letting them into the fact how deep their theater is in trouble.

Huxley is selfless, caring, protective, a real gentleman with an old-fashioned chivalry that you can’t help but swoon over. He is so open about his feelings for his Honeybee that it was hard not to fall in love with him. I didn’t even try. The moment he met her his whole attitude changed. And I dare you not to grin like a lunatic when Huxley crunches on Bea’s breakfast eggs.

Huxley’s sour expression was any indication, he’d also chewed eggshell pieces. She managed to swallow, then moved her plate away and waited for him to crack a joke or get annoyed with her awful breakfast. He did neither of those things. Huxley scooped up another bite and crunched his way further into her heart.

Bea is the sparkle, the rainbow that Huxley needed. Her quirky, sweet composition, the way she faces life with sass and optimism, is the salt in the Marlow brothers’ soup and I think every brother fell a little in love with her.

He was learning there wasn’t much he wouldn’t do to earn a Beatrice Baker smile.

The only thing that annoyed me a tiny bit was that she kept repeating in her mind that she didn’t like that Huxley was playing poker, that she didn’t trust he would stop after that last game. I know the author did it to remind us how much Bea hated gamblers but after the third time I think everyone knew the extent of her disgust for them.

I loved Huxley’s brothers so I hope that they’ll get a story. Especially Fox, the silent type, intrigues me.

NEW ORLEANS RUSH is on the lighter side of the spectrum and was a complete delight to read. It’s sparkly, romantic, cute, with endearing characters and a lot of laugh-out-loud and sweet moments that will have you smile from ear to ear.

“I hope you know how stupendously magical you are.”
“Stupendously magical?”
“The most stupendous.”

About Kelly Siskind

A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to enjoy the charm of northern Ontario. When she’s not out hiking with her husband or home devouring books, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head.

Her novels have been published internationally.

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