Series: Breathless #1
Published by Penguin Source: Purchased
Genres: Alpha Guy, BDSM, Best Friends Sister, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Romance
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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.
I keep hearing the name Maya Banks in romance groups online, so I finally decided I needed to read more of her books. I picked Rush to start with because I am a HUGE fan of the whole dating your best friends little sister trope. I think it’s the whole keeping the romance thing secret and the impending potential fall out that keeps the anticipation and drama heightened which makes me like it all the more.
So I like a bad-boy-dom-alpha type. I really do. I promise, I’m not just saying that, because well, I did not like Gabe in this story. I mean yeah, he’s an alpha type, he’s a dom, sure, but he’s like really a jerk. Sure, yes, I know a lot of the alpha types in these books are jerks in the beginning and then as they reveal themselves, there is reasoning behind it or they soften over time, and you as the reader forgive the jerk behavior. I never got to the forgiving of the jerk behavior. I just found him to be a jerk for now real good reason. And there were several points where he did something wrong, felt bad about it, and the was like “eh I should do it again”. Uh no. Also there is a scene with some of his business associates that way rubbed me the wrong way, to the point where I think after that scene was over I knew I wasn’t ever going to like Gabe.
As for Mia, my thoughts on her are conflicted. One one end she seems like a nice girl, and she really I think just wants to be loved, which I can understand. But on the other hand I keep wanting to shake her uncontrollably and yell at her to snap out of it, no guy (no matter how long you have been crushing on him) is worth this.
One of the other issues I had with this book is it is way more sex then anything else. I think if you went through and removed all the sex you would probably have like 2-3 chapters worth of storyline. It almost got to the point where I felt like the sex was just filler. Yes, there were a few hot scenes and I appreciated, but it just got old after a certain point.
I’ll probably give Maya Banks another try after reading this, but this book just didn’t work for me.