REVIEW: Rush by Maya Banks

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“Maybe I didn't always know what I was missing, but it was you. Always you.”

Back of the book blurb:

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 the 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 is vulnerable to a betrayal far more intimate than either expected.

Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780425267042

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My rating:

For the record, it’s more like 4.5 stars but I don’t feel like making a star image thing that shows half a star because I’m a lazy ass college student. OKAY.

First, I was definitely hesitant to read this because I did know that it is a BDSM novel. I had never read one before, as I was scared because I didn’t want to read something that wasn’t accurate and was horribly offensive to the BDSM community, like 50 Shades of Grey seemed to be for a lot of people. I still haven’t read those novels and to be quite honest, I probably never will. I don’t really want to get into all of that, though, because I haven’t done the research to judge if any of these BDSM novels are accurate representations. I don’t want to spew ignorance anywhere.

I was actually pleasantly surprised with this book. I had actually read pretty negative reviews months ago about Maya Banks so I was always hesitant to pick up her books, but I am so glad I did! I really enjoyed this book so much. Everything was consensual, except for that one instance but it was that dickhead Charles’ fault. So while the whole dominance thing went against all of my feminist beliefs, I was able to separate from that for this book because Mia did go into the agreement knowing what she was getting herself into, well, mostly. But, still. It was consensual and actually sexy as hell. I guess I like being told what to do, too… but only in the bedroom!

Mia was so fun to read and to go through her life with her. She was fierce, witty, and could hold her own when she needed to. It was incredibly heartwarming to fall in love with her and the way she fell in love with Gabe. It was inevitable, right? Someone’s gonna fall in love, obviously. It’s just going to happen!

Gabe was… delicious. There’s just something about masculinity and being such a male that is a huge turn on to a lot of people, including me. But again, that’s only in theory. If I ever met Gabe and like, got involved with him and he tried to pull some shit on me, he’d be out on the curb SO fast. But book Gabe was so fun to read about and so sexy.

Maya Banks sure knows how to write. I was literally feeling everything the characters were feeling and it was honestly an intense read, emotions-wise. There were parts where I literally had to put the book down because it was just so intense and I had to stop and take a few minutes before continuing.

While Banks is an incredibly strong writer, she was very redundant. There was a line that said, “She knew exactly what he liked in exacting detail.” Like, is there really a need for the double “exact?” I get the point she was trying to make, but, “She knew exactly what he liked” would have sufficed. And also, some of her dialogue was SO unrealistic. Unless it’s just because I’m from Ohio and I don’t get out of state that much, but do people really say stuff like, “You’d cut me out of your life with the precision of a surgeon’s scalpel” in real life? A lot of her dialogue just seemed so extra. Almost like she was trying to fill a word count and just went back and bullshitted a bunch of stuff to reach her word goal.

Regardless, I really did enjoy this book and was so glad I picked it up and will probably start the second book in this series!

Happy Reading!

The Cosmic Reader

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