Wednesday, March 20, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Rush (Breathless, #1) by Maya Banks

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.

February 5th 2013 by Berkley

My casting for Gabe Hamilton: 

My casting for Mia Crestwell: 

So basically the first book in the Breathless series tells the tale of hotel mogul Gabe Hamilton and his best friend's sister, Mia Crestwell.  

Gabe, along with his two best friends Jace and Ash, build and run a hotel empire that extends from the  US to overseas.  When Mia was a teenager, her and Jace lost their parents in a car accident, so Jace stepped up to the plate and played big bro and parent to her.  He and his two friends, Gabe and Ash, who he had met in college, and help take care of Mia like any 10+ older men would BUT there is an exception....Gabe.

Gabe has always had a secret fascination with Mia but never acted on his feelings because of the huge age difference between them [14 years to be exact].  The feeling is likewise as Mia, like Gabe, has also harbored feelings for the other but kept this to herself because she felt as if he was way out of her league. 

Anyways, your probably wondering what sparked the change in their relationship right?

Well, one magical evening, Mia shows up at a hotel opening night and Gabe immediately spots her.  Mia is now 24yrs old and ripe for the picking in Gabe's eyes so he finally decides to act on his feelings towards her BUT AT A PRICE.  Due to his past of being burned by women, Gabe wants Mia but on HIS TERMS. What ensues as a very intense and sexual relationship between the two turns out to become complicated when real feelings are forged while all done secretly under the noses of big bro Jace and friend Ash.  Can you say disaster waiting to happen?!

THE PROS:  Lots and lots of kinky sex!! Hehe. :D

THE CONS:  Reading this, I felt as if some of the parts were redundant and stale.  I mean how many times can you take a guy telling you "bend over" and not get bored or annoyed?!? Gabe was always dishing out orders, well sexual ones, and Mia always conceded each and every time!! She never once argued or rebuked him! :(

There was also no real plot or storyline other than 14 years her senior, industry mogul Gabe Hamilton, engages into a "forbidden fruit" relationship with his best friend's sister, Mia Crestwell.  Gabe, who has been sparred personally and in the media from the fall out of his marriage and her accusations of abuse, is literally a cold robot.  Though I do feel his inner turmoil, I still didn't get him at times.

My Rating:

-Overall : 8
-Plot : 7
-Writing : 8
-Characters : 8
-Cover : 3

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