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Rush (The Breathless Trilogy Book 1) by [Banks, Maya]
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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: 1368 KB
  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0606352457
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,190 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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