Book Review: Rush by: Maya Banks

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Publish Date: February 5, 2013

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: 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.

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

Gabe Hamilton is a very wealthy and very powerful man. Along with his two best friends, Ash and Jace, he heads their hotel development company. Gabe went through a very messy divorce, with his ex-wife spewing and twisting details of their intimate life all over the courtroom and the media. Ever since, Gabe has been very protective of himself and the women he spends time with must sign a contract which spells out the terms of their relationship. Gabe is very dominant, both in and out of the bedroom and gives no quarter…

Mia Crestwell is Jace’s little sister and fourteen years Gabe’s junior. Mia’s been attracted to Jace ever since she was 16 years old and now she’s 24 – an adult. She’s finished college and working part time in a bakery until she figures out what she wants to do with her life. When Mia runs into Gabe at the opening of one of the friends’ hotels, they are drawn together by mutual attraction. Gabe offers Mia a job and the contract and she agrees to enter his demanding world…

‘Rush’ is definitely a polarizing book – people seem to either love it or hate it. My feelings: the overall plot was okay and the sex scenes were very hot.

I think the story would have worked better if the characters had started off on “closer-to-equal” footing (status, monetary value, etc.). The dominant-submissive relationship is not one to enter into lightly and I don’t think Mia was properly prepared or educated as to what Gabe wanted. Sure, the contract spelled out a bunch of stuff which he expected of her (up to and including potentially sharing her with others), but they didn’t really have an in-depth conversation prior to engaging in their relationship. Yes, both parties are of age and are free to do what they wish with willing partners (who are also of age), but Mia had so much more to lose if things went south. Also, as their relationship evolved during the course of the book, there should have been dialogue about what it meant to each of them and what rules changed from their original agreement.

My hope is people read ‘Rush’ for entertainment value and not as a guide to any kind of D/s relationship or a relationship at all. For pure entertainments’ sake, ‘Rush’ was a quick read with a lot of steamy hot sex.

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


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