Review: Rush by Maya Banks

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Rush (Breathless #1) by Maya Banks Gone with the Words Review

2 Stars

Well, here’s the thing about this book. Yes, it’s Erotica and I don’t usually review them on the blog…but it’s written by Maya Banks. I love her KGI series! So when I received this for review, of course, I wanted to read it! And overall I liked it. I liked it WAY more than Sylvia Day’s Bared to You, another Erotica novel I reviewed on the blog, but I wasn’t totally invested in Gabe and Mia’s story. I am beginning to think that these “Fifty Shades of Grey” type of books are not for me though.

My biggest issue with Rush was Gabe. There really wasn’t much I liked about the way he was. He never really showed much emotion and it made it hard for me to find any romance in the sexual encounters between him and Mia. And there were a ton of sexual encounters, but they all seemed overly brash. I wish there had been less sex and more connection/relationship building, which kind of sucks to say about and Erotica novel but it’s how I felt. I think what saved him in the end for me was how he came around in the end, even though it was after some major f’ups with Mia. Mia was definitely likable but she would just go along with everything. I get that they signed a contract where she agreed to all this stuff but I thought maybe she’d try to get Gabe to be less cold with it all.

While I enjoyed Mia and Gabe’s story well enough, I kept thinking about the other two guys we meet in this book, Jace and Ash. They have something reeeeeally interesting going on and I am BEYOND intrigued to figure them out! I think a lot of the times they were what kept me reading this book, so I definitely look forward to reading Fever and Burn.

Book Info

Rush by Maya Banks
Series: Breathless #1
Published by Berkley
Pub Date: February 5th 2013
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: AdultEroticaRomance
Buy the book! | Goodreads

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.

About Maya Banks

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.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

11 Responses to “Review: Rush by Maya Banks”

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    Kristilyn (Winter Distractions)

    I haven’t read any Maya Banks, but I’ve heard awesome things about her. I have one of her books (Sweet Surrender, I think?) on my shelf … I can’t wait to read it! I hope you get to learn more about the other characters in the next book. ;)

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Thanks, Kristilyn!! That’s one series of hers I’ve had my eye on.

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    I liked this book, but I love erotica of all times, maybe it’s just not for you. Gabe was Dominant and learned to trust on Mia.

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      I enjoy eroticas too, I think it’s just these types that I haven’t found I love. I plan to still keep trying. :)

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    I’m definitely no a prude but I find that I don’t like these kinds of stories either. I don’t even find them particularly sexy.
    I need more to the relationship or I just don’t buy it in the end.
    I’ve read a few great ones though so I keep trying :-)

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      I agree so much with this comment, Karen! I’m the same way!

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    Sounds like one I may pass on. I don’t have a problem with erotica but the fact that you thought Mia was so docile squicks me out a bit, coupled with Gabe being a bit of an iceman. I hope the sequel/s are better reads for you! Sometimes the first book in a series lets me down too, but the others are better.

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Yeah, Mia does end up growing a pair at the end, but it sure did take a lot. And yeah, I have higher hopes for the sequels, so I hope they live up to them. :)

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    Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley)

    I don’t mind reading these types of books, but I haven’t read 50 Shades or the Sylvia Day books.

    I want to read Maya Banks because I see her on your blog all the time, but this is another case of being intimidated with where to start. I didn’t realize, actually, that this was an erotica series until just now.

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Yeah, I kind of tried to bypass 50 Shades by reading these, but no luck finding one I like yet. I can’t see myself giving 50 Shades a try either.

      I love Maya Banks! :D And she does totally have a bunch of books published, so I get being overwhelmed by the choices. I want to really try her Highlander series though, because, hello! Highlanders! Jamie! Outlander! :D

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    Amy @ bookgoonie

    That’s sometimes the problem with erotica. Not taking the extra care to make the characters likable or the sex to be more tender. When it just ravage feast time every time…harder to connect or buy in. Mix it up :)

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