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Rush: The Breathless Trilogy, Book 1 Audible – Unabridged

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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 14 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 is vulnerable to a betrayal far more intimate than either expected.

©2013 Maya Banks (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 11 hours and 9 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Release Date: February 5, 2013
  • Whispersync for Voice: Ready
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1H8VN4
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128 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Amazon customer on 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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236 of 264 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Reviewer on February 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
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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316 of 383 people found the following review helpful By Lee on February 28, 2013
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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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