Book Review: Rush by Maya Banks

Breathless #1
Author: Maya Banks
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Erotica/Romance
Released: February 5th 2013
Review Source: Berkley
Available: Amazon

Advisory: Intended for 18+ - Contains heavy sexual content & mature situations.

Summary: (from 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.

This is the first book in the Breathless trilogy by Maya Bank. When I first picked up Rush all I knew was that it was going to be hot and hot it was. I have heard of Maya Bank's before, but this was the first book I have read by her and definitely will not be my last. When I started reading the first few chapters, it reminded me A LOT of Fifty Shades of Grey because of the whole contract thing, but it was completely different afterwards.

The trilogy is about three best friends (Gabe, Jace and Ash) who so happen to be rich, hot and hotel moguls. Rush is the story of Gabe Hamilton and Mia. Jace's little sister, Mia, has had a crush on Gabe ever since she was a little girl. I mean who wouldn't crush over their brother's hot best friend! Mia and Jace's parents both died in a car accident when she was just a kid. Jace has always taken care of Mia and helps her any way he can and is very protective over her. Mia has recently graduated from college and is working at a coffee shop until she figures out what she should do with her life. Then one night, at one of her brother's hotel's grand opening, Mia decides to go and surprise him. Little did she know that that night would change her whole life. At the hotel, Gabe sees Mia and decides he has waited long enough to approach her. He convinces her to go to his office the next day and there he makes a proposition she cannot refuse.

I absolutely loved everything about Rush, except for one scene between Mia and Gabe while they were in Paris. I don’t want to say more because I don’t want to give too much away, but I felt like he was selfish and crossed the line. Other than that, Rush was amazing and a great read. I just couldn't put it down! Fever, the second book in the series comes out next month and I was lucky enough to get an ARC. I can’t wait to read it! Review coming soon!!!!


  1. I'm reading Fever right now, and just a few pages in and it's already HOT! I enjoyed Rush, too, and like you hated the Paris scene -it felt sooo wrong!!! Last 1/2 of Rush was great!!

  2. been oogling these books, a few of my friends really liked it so naturally I was curious myself. Never read anything by Maya Banks before but heard good stuff about her as well. Great review :) the plot sounds...charming eheh

  3. I have read many other books by Maya Banks and love what she does. Your reference to 50 Shade of Grey has just completely thrown me off though. I can't not stand that book, it made me want to vomit. Now I am left with a quite a quandary.

  4. I have yet to really dive into this author's books. I can't wait to read this one and I hope that I enjoy it as much as you did.

    I hope you enjoy the second book!
    Thanks for the great review!


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