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Rush (The Breathless Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Maya Banks
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,367 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for the novels of Maya Banks

“For an erotic, BDSM book, this one fits the bill.”—USA Today Happy Ever After Blog

“HOT...and very intense.”—Guilty Pleasures

“Heated investigative romantic suspense…Intense, transfixing.”—Midwest Book Review

“Definitely a recommended read…filled with friendship, passion, and most of all, a love that grows beyond just being friends.”—Fallen Angel Reviews

“Grabbed me from page one and refused to let go until I read the last word…When a book still affects me hours after reading it, I can’t help but Joyfully Recommend it!”—Joyfully Reviewed

“I guarantee I will reread this book many times over, and will derive as much pleasure as I did in the first reading each and every subsequent time.”—Novelspot

“An excellent read that I simply did not put down…A fantastic adventure…covers all the emotional range.”—The Road to Romance

“A must-read author…her [stories] are always full of emotional situations, lovable characters, and kick-butt story lines.”—Romance Junkies

About the Author

Maya Banks is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author whose chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and Scottish historical romance. She lives in the South with her husband and three children and other assorted babies, such as her two Bengal kitties and a calico who's been with her as long as her youngest child. She's an avid reader of romance and loves to dish books with her fans and anyone else who'll listen! She very much enjoys interacting with her readers on Facebook and Twitter as well as in her Yahoo! Group.

Product Details

  • File Size: 945 KB
  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,437 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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121 of 131 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You must be kidding! May 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The great cover design, the publishing house, so many great reviews enticed me to buy this. What a mistake. MISTAKE. Not very well written. Characters I could never really connect with and couldn't understand their drive except on a superficial level. I agree with another reviewer who noted that the heroine goes from infatuated girl to sex mad sex kitten almost overnight. And our hero Gabe is SUCH a Christian Grey/ Gideon Cross (oh, same publisher!) wannabe and doesn't even come close in any universe. The sizzle was functional at best. Emotional depth- not much if any. The writing was quite thin. And the price of 7.99 ??????!!??

Spoiler alert here, sorry but must be done: The scene in Paris where he ties her up and makes a whorish show of her for his business guests was not only hideous but utterly ridiculous! I mean Mia is his personal assistant, they've just had a business dinner with these 3 other men and now he's making her the sexual centerpiece afterwards. MAKES NO SENSE! Gabe, Mr. Millionaire super successful businessman doesn't realize that this could have BAD repercussions professionally...he's planning on working with these men on an upcoming project. Plus Mia is one of his partner's sister. This won't get back to him??? Nuts! Stupid! Yeah, he does it to prove a point to himself, that he doesn't really have feelings for her, bla bla, I get that, but this was so bad on soooooo many levels. And she goes with it. She was interested in a scenario like this, but hey, pick up some strangers in a bar and do this, not your business associates!!! Ugh. It all goes horribly wrong of course (oh the suspense the danger!) And after her initial freakout she's perfectly fine and enjoying a lavish touristy day in Paris with Gabe. I don't think so.
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234 of 262 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fifty Shades What? RUSH is Fabulous! February 5, 2013
NOTE: I received an advanced reader's copy - I was not paid to review!

I'd hate to start the comparisons, but I know they are going to be made. If you enjoyed the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy and the Crossfire Series, then you should definitely pick this book up. This is a spoiler-free review so don't worry I won't give anything away!

First off, the great thing about this trilogy is that each book is a complete story. This book, "Rush", is about Gabe Hamilton, one of the three owners of HCM Global Resorts and Hotels. He is a 38 year old who has a very specific way in dealing with his women. Then there is Mia Crestwell, Gabe's best friend's and business partner's little sister, who is 14 years younger than Gabe. Both Gabe and Mia have admired one another from afar for years, but the time is finally right for them to act on it. This story follows Gabe and Mia's unique type of relationship - "they were like two magnets inexorably pulled together."

Before I get into the characters, let me tell you why this book is different (and better in my opinion) than Fifty Shades of Grey. 1) The writing is well edited and perfectly written. Not once did I feel like the writing was pedestrian or juvenile. Ms. Banks clearly knows how to write and has a mature, vast vocabulary. 2) Mia may come off innocent and docile, but this girl stands up for herself. She does not stand for any BS and does not act like a petulant child when she gets upset. 3) Gabe and Mia's relationship and what Gabe wanted from the relationship is much more...realistic. For example, when discussing their relationship, Gabe says "if you truly find yourself in a situation that you do not want to be in, `no' is sufficient for me to stop.
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311 of 377 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the world of anal plugs February 28, 2013
By Lee
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
First off, let's get one thing straight: This is not a romance. This is a pornographic depiction of a very sick "relationship" that the author attempts to normalize. 24-year-old Mia is drifting and has a part-time job at a bakery. No character development there whatsoever. But she has a crush on Gabe, one of the "wealthiest, most powerful men in the country," who is 14 years older, and who is obsessed with her. So what does she agree to do? Signs a contract with him to be his "sexual submissive." Gee.

Even sillier, plot-wise, they pretend she's been hired as his "personal assistant," and she gets a desk in his office. You can guess what happens there. She has no job duties, except to be ready and submissive to Gabe at any time. He states over and over that he "owns" her. This will make any woman who has ever suffered mental or physical abuse from a man cringe.

Then begin the sexual stunts, including anal probes, spanking, and whipping. Worst of all, is the scene where Gabe arranges a business meeting with 3 men who watch as a naked and bound Mia sucks off Gabe. Of course one of the men attempts to force himself on Mia, and suddenly Gabe is filled with remorse....uh...okay.... Here's the really sick part: ***Spoiler*** Instead of being furious and even reporting the attempted rape to the police, the author has little Mia forgive Gabe and stay with him. I cannot believe that other reviewers think Mia is "strong." She has absolutely no sense of self and is a little girl looking for a sugar daddy to rescue her from drifting.

This is not a light and playful, sexy give and take between two equal adults, this is seriously unhealthy stuff. We all know this author is capable of more. She can move a plot along and write steamy scenes in her other books. How sad and creepy that she is taking the low road.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever.
My boss talked me into reading the series. I have seen these books out there, but I felt it was too soon after Gideon and Christian. Felt like it would be similar. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sammie's Book Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book!
Best book I've read thus far ! Just finished Rush cant wait to start the other two books!
Definitely will recommend reading this!
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Contrived
Romance novels are often formulaic given the inevitable hook ups and yet somehow this book was so unoriginal that I stopped after the forth chapter.
Published 14 days ago by Linda Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loooove it!!!!
Published 19 days ago by Jessica kaye
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
All I can say is WoW! Hot, surprising, and well written! One of my all time favorites. Love this author.
Published 27 days ago by Deborah Reagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Pretty good
Published 27 days ago by Bella
2.0 out of 5 stars HLB Reviews Rush
I keep hearing the name Maya Banks in romance groups online, so I finally decided I needed to read more of her books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Home. Love. Books.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for ladies!
Wonderful book. Love the trilogy by Maya banks. Intensive and breathless.
Published 1 month ago by alba
3.0 out of 5 stars Women as disposable playthings - This just doesn't cut it for me
This is the first book I've read by Maya Banks, so I don't know if this is a typical story for her, but this book just didn't do it for me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Zessin
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the journey through the struggle!
Enjoyed the internal struggle of the dominant controlling main character. Admired how the main female character was willing to explore but maintained her strength.
Published 1 month ago by Lesley Pollard
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Maya Banks lives in Texas with her husband, three children and assortment of pets. When she's not writing, she can be found hunting, fishing or playing poker.

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