Review: Rush by Maya Banks

Posted May 23, 2013 by Shari in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Review: Rush by Maya Banks

One StarHalf a Star

Series: Breathless #1
Genres: BDSM Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on February 5, 2013
Pages: 413
Format: eBook
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This is going to be a short and sweet review because I will just say that this book did nothing for me almost from beginning to the part where I started scanning over a very bad scene.

Gabe and his two friends, Ash and Jace, have the world at their fingertips. They are business partners, millionaires, and playboys. Gabe was burned in a bad divorce, so marriage to anyone is not on the table. But the men also share a penchant for BDSM and rough sex. Gabe has noticed that Jace’s little sister has grown into a woman they have all had a hand in raising, but now he sees her as a woman to dominate over the little girl he helped raise. When Mia shows up at a party, Gabe decides it is time to make his move to have strictly a sexual relationship with her.

Mia has always loved Gabe, but never figured he noticed her. When he offers her a contract for a BDSM relationship along with a job as his assistant, she does read the contract and make notes to him on things she wants changed. The two then embark on have some very rough sex where Gabe just uses Mia as a receptical for his desires. After each encounter, he worries in his head about the sick roughness he feels he preyed upon her, but accepts he can’t change himself.

*** Here is where I am going to give a spoiler. So if you don’t want to read it, skip the rest of the review. I will also be a little more graphic in this phase to make a point. ***


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When Mia discussed the contract, there was a part about Gabe sharing her with partners. While she questioned it, it was left in the contract as she was curious about it. While oversea to make a deal, Gabe invites the men later to the room, not telling Mia of his plans. Gabe is fighting his love for her and wants to show that he can disconnect from it and share her. So he has her undress and ties her up only to make her give him a blow job in front of his associates, who mind you, he doesn’t really know or trust. When he is done, he turns her over to them and starts his whining in his head about what he is doing only to have her almost raped by these men.It bothered me how he went about sharing her and not really asking or informing her of what is going on, but really what bothers me is her forgiveness of him the next day as he is groveling, but not really groveling. He’s sorry. He will do anything she wants. But she doesn’t really hold him accountable for his actions. It’s swept under the door and that’s that. Oh, no you don’t! I don’t accept that behavior to any woman and I want that woman to have a backbone and tell him to take a hike or to have him truly be remorseful.


So after this scene, I kind of just skimmed the rest of the book. I was so turned off by what had happened, I lost all interest in these two getting a HEA. Why would I when I really don’t think he cares for her and she is just a doormat to his needs.

So I can’t recommend this book. It hit points that pushed my limits and not in a good or healthy way. Maya Banks is a favorite author of mine, but this book failed on so many levels to make me feel there is any hope for these two. Not a happy ending for me as a reader.

About Maya Banks

Maya Banks is the #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today and bestselling author of the Surrender Trilogy. Her other chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and Scottish historical romance. She lives in the South with her husband, three children and a variety of pets.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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