Friday, April 5, 2013

Review: Rush by Maya Banks

Rush (Breathless #1)
by Maya Banks
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
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.
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Rush was, in one, simple word... disappointing. I adore Maya Banks and her writing, which wasn't any exception here - It was a book I couldn't put down. But it felt like a lot of things I've read before, it lacked actual plot, and wasn't up to par with other works I've read of Banks. 

Rush was like reading a giant sex-scenes with breaks in the middle, which was the crux of my disappointment. Maya Banks can write stunning love stories, with her Historical books (Never Seduce a Scot, for example), being a few of my favorites in the genre. But in this case, the emphasize seems to be about the physical. I am not a prude, and I enjoy the "naughty" scenes, as I sometimes call them, but I found myself skimming through them because there was just too many of them. If you erase all the sex, there will be left only about 20% of actual plot. It almost felt like the plot was there to be a companion to the sex, rather than the sex being part of the plot.

It also felt like Banks wanted to run through every possible position/situation/way in one book... It was too much. Waaay too much. I mean...

So, now that you understand my main problem, let's get to know our characters.

Gabe is the main male character of the story. He is serious, closed up, dominating, arrogant, blunt,  stubborn, but once Mia breaks through his defenses (and even before) and sneaks into his heart, he becomes sweet, caring, easy to worry and very attentive. I disliked his disrespect to her sometimes, but he had some incredibly swoon worthy moments.
I liked how he was definitely a dominating guy, but he also liked the times she took charge and wasn't too extreme in his views. 

Mia is the main female character. She's smart, brave, loyal, full of happiness and joy. She is sweet and caring, and the real paradox about her is that on the one hand - she gives away the right to her body, time, soul, to Gabe, but on the other she's not some meek kitten and she doesn't tolerate much disrespect, and speaks her mind.

I always enjoy Maya Banks's characters, and I enjoyed those, too, but I was saddened by the fact we didn't actually have much time with these characters aside for all their sex-scenes. I mean, I would've liked to get to know them - their likes, dislikes, hobbies, etc. Instead I got to know a lot about what they like in bed...

I also felt like many of the supporting characters were there for one small part in the story, they fulfilled it, and were gone. I wish they had a wider meaning. 

Their romance was... difficult for me. Some aspects of it I loved, some hated. 
In the story, Gabe makes Mia sign a contract, detailing how their relationship is going to be passed, and without that contract he doesn't get into relationships. 
The idea of someone signing a contract that says the other person owns them, that they will have to do what the other wants, whenever he wants it, that she is a possession... it's distasteful to me. I understand why he had her sign the contract, with all the emotional baggage he has over his ex, and I have nothing against his sexual tastes, but the idea of that contract and all that... it made me cringe. So... cold. 
I enjoyed their moments outside their sex-life. Their few dates, the moments he takes care of her, etc. There were some real swoon worthy moments there.
I didn't like the emphasize on the physical, as I've said before.

The writing is fantastic, it truly is. I love Banks's writing style; it's gripping and engrossing and makes you unable to put the book down. I mean, I read for EIGHT HOURS STRAIGHT, refusing to take any breaks. 
My only real complaint for the writing is that at the beginning of the story, there was a lot of repetition.

And, despite all of those things I didn't like, I enjoyed the story. Mostly cause I couldn't put it down, and just had to know how the little plot it had resolved. So this is a rating based on that.

I recommend this mostly for people who enjoyed "50 Shades of Gray", but otherwise not my favorite Maya Banks novel and I would recommend you read one of her historical novels.
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  1. That's too bad, Maya Banks usually writes good stuff, but I agree with you one the sex thing, that's just too much and I don't enjoy repetition. The character's sound interesting though. :)

  2. I know! I love Maya Banks, that's why this was so disappointing :(


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