Book Review + Giveaway: Harmful Rush by Debra Doxer

Harmful Rush (Remedy #3) by Debra Doxer
Publication Date: April 24th 2017
Genre(s): 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.

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*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

Harmful Rush is about Skylark, who has been keeping a secret from everyone but her dad. She has the gift of healing, which should be a good thing, but Owen- Skylark’s father- has been adamant that she hide her gift as much as possible. At first, Owen’s advice seems to come from a paranoid place, but when Sky mistakenly heals her best friend and the town turns against Sky, Owen’s advice begins to make more sense.

Now, Sky has started college in another town, where she’s banking on the fact that no one knows anything about her and her secret. In school, she meets Dylan, who is every girl’s dream man. When Dylan starts pursuing a relationship with Sky, she has to decide if love is worth letting her guard down and revealing her secret.

This is the first Debra Doxer book I’ve come across and I must say, I’m impressed. The storyline itself is very engaging, and the fact that there’s no angst just made everything even more enjoyable for me. The paranormal aspect of the story is quite straightforward, and that’s a good thing because the plot shone through.

The characterisation is another aspect of the story that flows very well. It’s always a breath of fresh air when characters in paranormal stories are realistic, and Harmful Rush is no exception. Everyone plays a major part in the story, including the minor characters, so that there are no fillers.

Overall, Harmful Rush is a beautifully written story with lots to love about it. It’s a quick read with just enough romance, mystery, fantasy, and realism to move anyone.



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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