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ARC Review: Rush by Maya Banks

4.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: Feb 5, 2013
Genre: BDSM, Erotic Romance
Published by Berkley
Pages: 396
Format: ARC

“Forget the Fifty Shades of Messed Up, what you need to be reading is about Mr. Gabe Hamilton, and friends… Fans of Sylvia Day’s BARED TO YOU have to make it a priority to read RUSH.  I think this trilogy will just leave us breathless.”~ Under the Covers

When Maya Banks sets out to write a hot story, she delivers on all counts.  Forget the Fifty Shades of Messed Up, what you need to be reading is about Mr. Gabe Hamilton, and friends.

What a hot hunk of man Gabe is.  He is the ideal fantasy for anyone who likes the tall, rich and powerful hero.  This may have been exploited a bit much for my taste lately, but I think Ms. Banks has it dead right.  You can’t help but want Gabe, even though he’s arrogant and always thinking about himself.  And my favorite…he’s a grown man.  Sexy, assertive, intense…sex on legs.

Gabe is partners with Jace and Ash in a very successful business.   He’s had a crush on Jace’s little sister, Mia, for many years but never acted on it.  After a nasty divorce that has left him broken relationship-wise, and taking advantage that Jace is not in town, he makes Mia a proposition.  To come work for him as his assistant but handle more than his paperwork.  He doesn’t want any emotions involved, which is why he makes her sign his well known contract.

Mia is a great heroine.  I applauded her behavior in more than one occasion and it was refreshing to see a heroine in this type of book that’s not a sitting wallflower, a woman who has her own thoughts and opinions and they don’t necessarily revolve around making Gabe happy and bowing down to his every request.  She stands her ground when it’s necessary.

Their relationship starts out a sexual thing that they both wanted to get out of their systems, but they slowly find that they’ve been in love with each other for a while.  It just needed the right buttons to be pushed for it to all come to the surface.  And when it comes to the steam factor….be ready to get burned!  This book is sizzling hot!

The one thing that’s original about this series is that each book will feature a different couple.  Thank you Ms. Banks!  We go back to the roots of the Sweet series, where she introduces a group of friends or family members and we get to find out all the kinky things they get into.  This series is like that.  It adds another level to the story that I find lacking in a series that follows the same couple throughout Book one is about Gabe and Mia.  Book two will be about Mia’s brother Jace.  And book three will be the third BFF Ash.

Fans of Sylvia Day’s BARED TO YOU have to make it a priority to read RUSH.  I think this trilogy will just leave us breathless.  And as I sit here, I’m waiting extremely impatiently to read Jace’s story.

Favorite Quotes:

“I can’t go easy, Mia,” he said, his voice strained and edgy.  “I want to be inside you more than I want to breathe right now.  I have to have you.  Now.”

“Eyes,” he snapped.  “On me, Mia.  Always on me.  You don’t come with your eyes closed.  I want to see everything you have when I’m inside you.  You don’t ever shut me out.”

“She wanted to rock his fucking world.

“No panties at work. They’ll just get in the way.”

“He had a total “give a fuck” attitude, and what Gabe wanted, Gabe always got.”

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Maya Banks

Maya Banks is the #1 New York Times, #1 USA Today and international bestselling author of over 50 novels. A wife and mother of three, she lives in Texas.

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Zina Lynch

Canna Wait, Maya is a superb author.

Lori Meehan

I have this reserved at the library now. I can’t wit to read it. Thanks Francesca for the review.


Oooooh Gabe sounds like my kind of hero-thanks for the great review Francesca!

Kathleen O

i can’t wait to get my hands on this book.. Maya is one of my fav writers…

I can’t wait to read this book and series. The voice that Maya Banks gives erotic romance is just exceptional. Ever since reading her Sweet series, I’ve been hooked! Great review ♥

Maria D.

Can’t wait to get my copy of this!

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I am really looking forward to reading this series. 
Thanks for the great review, Francesca!!


Francesca – I read this book based on your stellar review and I wanted to thank you. It was an awesome read and I am eagerly awaiting the next installment to find out more about Jace and what is in store for him!

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Thanks for stopping by and letting me know Iswari! So glad you liked it and found it thanks to us. And yes, eagerly anticipating Jace is right!!!! I can’t wait! 😉