Thursday, April 4, 2013

BOOK REVIEW...Fever (Breathless, #2) by Maya Banks

-- Jace Crestwell
Jace, Ash, and Gabe: three of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the country. They’re accustomed to getting anything they want. Anything at all. For Jace, it’s a woman whose allure takes him completely by surprise...

Jace Crestwell, Ash McIntyre, and Gabe Hamilton have been best friends and successful business partners for years. They’re powerful, they’re imposing, they’re irresistibly sexy, and Jace and Ash share everything—including their women.

When they meet Bethany, Jace begins to feel things he’s never experienced before: jealousy, and a powerful obsession that threatens him, overwhelms him—and excites him beyond control.

Jace isn’t sharing Bethany—with anyone. He’s determined to be the only man in her life, and it’s jeopardizing a lifelong friendship with Ash. Bethany will be his and his alone. Even if it means turning his back on his best friend.
Published April 2nd 2013 by Berkley

"I would never have though it possible to fall in love a woman as fast as I fell for her... 

It was like being hit by lightning. The best and worst feeling in the world."

[Attn:  I will be making reference to the novel "Sempre (Always)" by J.M. Darhower]

At best, Bank's "Fever" (part II) is a scratch-the-surface// skin-deep love story emulating Darhower's Sempre.  Even the quote (stated above) rang familiar with a famous Italian saying Darhower so kindly included in her novel, "Colpo di fulmine" which translates to the feeling one gets when falling in love -- struck by lightning.

The Fever trilogy serious actually follows the love lives of Jace Crestwell, Ash McIntyre, and Gabe Hamilton.  In the first book, we got to fall steamily in-love with the sex-crazed couple Gabe and Mia Crestwell.  This second novel revolves around the budding love between Jace and Bethany Willis.  What first starts out as a sex proposition turns into the feeling of Colpo di fulmine.  

Both Fever and Sempre's main heartthrobs share oddly familiar characteristic -- tall, dark, and handsome.  Sempre's Carmine DeMarco is a playboy with the world at his feet.  And guess what??  So is Fever's Jace Crestwell.  It gets better though -- two of the "world's most eligible bachelor's" get taken off the market by destitute females with a tragic past. 

Like Sempre's Haven Antonelli, I admired Fever's Bethany for their strength and resilience.  Many women would not have been able to withstand all the trials they endured.  Both authors make it easy for you sympathize with the heroines of the stories.     
To be honest, after reading the first novel recent reviews of this book, it was how I expected it to be.  Somewhat.  Most reviews talked about what a controlling pr*** Jace was towards Bethany.  With all due respect, anyone with a good sense of common would see that his intentions were pure.

I mean, if your parents died in a car crash when you were eighteen and you had to raise your little sister since she was four... wouldn't you develop a control issue??  On top of it, you meet the one person who takes your soul away... wouldn't you want to do whatever you could to keep them safe?!  

The question on everyone's mind is --- who will strike Ash McIntyre with lightning in the final installment?  

My Rating:

-Overall : 8
-Plot : 8
-Writing : 8
-Characters : 8
-Cover : 4

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