Ames' review of Rush 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...Despite enjoying Mia and Gabe's characters, I had a few problems with Rush.
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.
Mia is Jace's little sister and that has made her off limits to Gabe for years. There was no way he was going after his best friend's sister. But one day out of the blue, Gabe saw Mia on the sidewalk and something about her that day made him realize that he couldn't deny himself any longer. He had to make her his.
Gabe hasn't realize that Mia has wanted him ever since her teenage years. But Mia never in a million years that that a guy like Gabe (older, sophisticated, rich) would want a girl like her. Mia is a beautiful, kind woman with a big heart and she definitely underestimates herself.
When Mia appears at his hotel's grand opening alone, Gabe realizes this is his chance to claim Mia, but becoming his lover isn't going to be that easy for Mia. Gabe has been burnt in the past by another woman and he has all his lovers sign a contract - basically signing over control to Gabe. He's very dominant. He's unapologetic about it but he doesn't want the media getting any wind of his sexual proclivities. Mia needs to be sure she's ready for what he's going to dish out before she signs the contract. She may be young, but she knows what she wants.
There were some aspects of Rush I enjoyed. Like I said I liked Mia and Gabe's characters. I liked that she was his best friend's little sister and I liked the age difference between them. And the sex was hot. But it did get repetitive after a while. There were also some clichés on that got on my nerves. Gabe referred to Mia as kitten a few times and liked it when she got angry, because she was like a kitten when that happened (little claws that do no damage kind of thing). For some odd reason, I find that metaphor very annoying. There was also an incident that I understand was meant to create conflict for Mia and Gabe but I absolutely hated it. Gabe, reacting in a non-logical way to Mia making him vulnerable, puts her in a dangerous situation that Mia does not come out of unscathed. Hated that. It left a bad taste in my mouth. And there was the corny as hell ending. As much as I liked Mia and Gabe, all these factors added up to me not liking Rush that much. But there was enough there that has me interested in the second book in this trilogy.
Rush gets a 3 out of 5 from me.
This book is available from Berkley. You can buy it here or here in e-format.
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