Book Review: Fever by: Maya Banks

Rating: 2/5

Publisher: Berkley

Publish Date: April 2, 2013

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Format:  Trade Paperback

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Jace, Ash, and Gabe: three of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the country. They’re accustomed to getting anything they want. Anything at all. For Jace, it’s a woman whose allure takes him completely by surprise...

Jace Crestwell, Ash McIntyre, and Gabe Hamilton have been best friends and successful business partners for years. They’re powerful, they’re imposing, they’re irresistibly sexy, and Jace and Ash share everything—including their women.

When they meet Bethany, Jace begins to feel things he’s never experienced before: jealousy, and a powerful obsession that threatens him, overwhelms him—and excites him beyond control.

Jace isn’t sharing Bethany—with anyone. He’s determined to be the only man in her life, and it’s jeopardizing a lifelong friendship with Ash. Bethany will be his and his alone. Even if it means turning his back on his best friend.

Review: Please note: This book contains graphic sexual situations. Please be over the age of majority in your state/country before reading.

At Gabe and Mia’s engagement party, Jace sees a woman (Bethany) to whom he’s instantly drawn. He wants to talk with her, but Ash notices his interest and invites her for a threesome – which is Jace and Ash’s normal M.O. Bethany sleeps with them and then is gone in the morning before they wake up. Jace is suddenly frantic and searches all over for her for a few weeks, blowing off work and acting like a jerk to his best friends and his sister (Mia). When he finds her at a homeless shelter, he swoops in and takes her back to his place and then sets her up in Mia’s old apartment, clothes, money, etc. Jace learns Bethany was in foster care for years and on the streets. None of this matters to Jace because he has decided Bethany is HIS and only his.

The plot left me baffled. Bethany’s homeless, her “brother” owes money to some very bad men, and she’s slept around for a warm bed. None of this means she’s a bad person, far from it. She and Jace (and Ash) sleep together once and Jace is madly obsessed with her and alienates his family and friends because of his obsession. He “rescues” Bethany and she’s okay with this? I’d be checking for the strings on this deal, because it’s too good to be true. Gabe and Mia’s relationship at the start was off-balance, but this match-up is out-there. Jace is rich and famous and Bethany barely has the clothes on her back. I don’t think Bethany understood at first what she was getting into and it really bothered me when Jace collared her without Bethany understanding what that meant at all. There were also some very glaring instances of out-of-character behavior from both Jace and Bethany. However, if I were rating this book on just the sex alone, I’d give it a 5 or higher because the sex is ridiculously hot (all caps, multiple “T”’s, etc.). 

Breathless series: Rush (1), Fever (2), Burn (3)


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