Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Review: Rush by Maya Banks

Book 1 in the Breathless series
Author:  Maya Banks
Publisher:  Berkley
Release date:  2/5/13
Author's website:   Link

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.
Gabe Hamilton has a lucrative business with his best friends Jace and Ash.  They all grew up together and trust one another.  He's also gotten the chance to know Jace's little sister Mia as well.  However, Mia's not so little anymore and has grown into a beautiful woman that has caught Gabe's eye.  She's always had a thing for her older brother's friend and when the opportunity to finally be with Gabe,  she agrees to do whatever he wants.
I was unable to connect with any of the characters in this story.  I love nothing more than a great male character that I want to get to know better, but I have to say that Gabe did not do that for me.  I found his character to be somewhat shady and slimy as he couldn't wait to pounce on Mia.  I also didn't like or agree with some of the choices he made regarding his relationship with Mia.  I felt very sorry for her character as she seemed very naive and wanted nothing more but to be with him since she had a crush on him for so long.  Overall, the storyline just had an uncomfortable feeling that I felt throughout the entire book.  There were times when I wanted to stop reading and DNF it, but my curiosity won in the end because I wanted to see how the story would end.

I'm giving Rush a rating of:

I do have to say that I enjoyed the characters of Jace and Ash. They seemed be more easy going than Gabe. But they've got their own issues to deal with and while I liked their characters, I won't be reading their books.  Rush put a bad taste in my mouth and I'm not interested in finding out what happens to any of the characters in the remaining books in the series.

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