Sunday, February 10, 2013

Rush (Breathless # 1) - by Maya Banks

Gabe, Jace, and Ash: three of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the country. They’re accustomed to getting anything they want. Anything at all. For Gabe, it’s making one particular fantasy come true with a woman who was forbidden fruit. Now she’s ripe for the picking...  When Gabe Hamilton saw Mia Crestwell walk into the ballroom for his hotel’s grand opening, he knew he was going to hell for what he had planned. After all, Mia is his best friend’s little sister. Except she’s not so little anymore. And Gabe has waited a long time to act on his desires.  Gabe has starred in Mia’s fantasies more than once, ever since she was a teenager with a huge crush on her brother’s best friend. So what if Gabe’s fourteen years older? Mia knows he’s way out of her league, but her attraction has only grown stronger with time. She’s an adult now, and there’s no reason not to act on her most secret desires.  As Gabe pulls her into his provocative world, she realizes there’s a lot she doesn’t know about him or how exacting his demands can be. Their relationship is intense and obsessive, but as they cross the line from secret sexual odyssey to something deeper, their affair runs the risk of being exposed—and vulnerable to a betrayal far more intimate than either expected.

Release Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher:  Berkley
Pages:  396
Genre:  Erotica/BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Fiction
Purchase at: Amazon or Barnes & Noble

ARC received from publisher for an honest review!

Rush is the first book in a trilogy focused on three billionaire, best friends.  Gabe, Jace and Ash have known one another forever.  They are business partners in a hotel empire.  Rush is Gabe's book. 

Gabe is a sexy, controlling, sexual man.  He is recently divorced and suffered through the separation when his ex-wife painted him as a sexual monster.  Although Gabe's marriage was completely consensual, his ex-wife put the screws to him in order to get a larger alimony payment.  

One day, while attending a party, Gabe glimpses Mia, who happens to be Jace's little sister.  She is in her early twenties, and he's had his eye on her for many, many years.  Gabe has watched Mia grow up - he is 14 years her senior - and he knows that Jace would be livid if he were to make a play for Mia.  While Jace and Ash are off enjoying some time with a beautiful woman, Gabe asks Mia to dance and feels an instant attraction.  Gabe knows he must see Mia again, and plans a meeting with her.  Gabe asks Mia to enter into a relationship based on a detailed contract.  

Gabe was Gabe.  Unapologetic.  Hardass.  Never going to change.  which was too bad, because it meant she was going to have to spend a lot of time finding another man who lived up to him.

Gabe's sexual appetite is a bit different than Mia's.  Although Mia has had some experience with men, she has never encountered a man such as Gabe.  Gabe is a dom.  His contract states that Mia is his property, to use and to protect as he sees fit.  Mia agrees to this contract because she has been infatuated with Gabe since she was a teenager.  

Mia begins working as a personal assistant for Gabe, only so she can be at his disposal for middle-of-the-day shenanigans.  There is a lot of hot sex in this book.  Maya Banks certainly knows how to write a steamy scene.  Gabe stretches Mia's horizons, including sexual acts that Mia has never tried.  Although Gabe is insistent on keeping Mia at arm's length, he begins to have very deep feelings for her.  This book follows the ups and downs of their relationship, and the impact it has on Jace.

"There's no hope for me with you, Mia.  I make you promises I can't keep.  I'm not myself when I'm with you.  I'm not eve sure I like myself right now.  But I can't stop.  God, even if it makes you hate me, I can't stop.  I won't stop.  My need for you consumes me and it's not going away."

One thing that I have to point out, the reason why I took off a star, are the similarities to other BDSM books that I've read.  Gabe's contract, his insistence that Mia remain well fed, and Mia's clumsiness all reminded me of another book in this genre.  However, I found Gabe to be a fascinating character.  Although he's controlling and alpha through and through, he never once developed the coldness that sometimes creeps into these types of characters.  I honestly liked Gabe and understood his aversion to commitment.  Mia was also a great character.  She was in love with Gabe, yet she refused to put up with his bad behavior.  I liked how she was in control of herself and was able to make decisions based on what was best for her, and not because she was infatuated with a man.  Even though it hurt her, she made very good decisions.

It baffled him and brought him to his knees that she hadn't betrayed him.  That her first instinct was to come to him and ask for help.  To trust him to solve the matter when she stood to lose so much.

There was one scene towards the end of this book that had my jaw on the ground.  Something happens to Mia, due to Gabe's fear of commitment, and I seriously had to re-read the passage.  Mia is placed in a vulnerable position by someone that for all intents and purposes loves her and it was heartbreaking to read.  Mia was the victim and I felt helpless right along with her.  I'm not sure I would have handled the situation as well as Mia did, but she thought first and acted later, showing a maturity beyond her years.

If you enjoy dark, sexy and controlling men with a proclivity for kinky sex, then you will enjoy this book.  It is much better written than other books in this genre.  Maya Banks writes a complicated and hot romance!  I will be back for more when Jace's book, Fever, is released this April.


Braine TS said...

Thanks for the review Jamie. I want to read this but another blog I follow gave this 1 star! So now I'm waiting for more reviews before I decide. I don't like books that feels "familiar".

Post a Comment

Due to an increase in spam, all comments are moderated. Even if you do not see an "awaiting approval" message, please only submit your comment once. Sorry for the inconvenience.