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Rush: The Breathless Trilogy, Book 1 | [Maya Banks]

Rush: The Breathless Trilogy, Book 1

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 14 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.
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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 14 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 is vulnerable to a betrayal far more intimate than either expected.

©2013 Maya Banks (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Bewaji Lubbock, TX. USA 11-02-14
    Bewaji Lubbock, TX. USA 11-02-14 Member Since 2015

    Bewaji

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    "Skimpy Plotline...."
    What disappointed you about Rush?

    Sparse in theme/plot/story line, more on sex or BDSM wannabe. The author should have thought about the scene where Gabe 'served' Mia out to three other men. What is that?


    Has Rush turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Kinda


    Have you listened to any of Adam Paul’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    What character would you cut from Rush?

    None


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    eclectic_pet New Caney, TX, United States 07-02-14
    eclectic_pet New Caney, TX, United States 07-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not one of Maya's better books"
    Would you try another book from Maya Banks and/or Adam Paul?

    I normally like Maya Banks books, but I was sadly disappointed in this one and have no plans to finish the series.

    Not overly impressed with Adam Paul's narration. Maybe a female narrator would have been better. But I doubt it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gabrielle Australia 03-27-14
    Gabrielle Australia 03-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't bother"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Everything, the plot is unrealistic, any vague facts are difficult to digest and the whole story line leaves you feeling as though you are listening to elevator music.


    What could Maya Banks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    In all honesty I don't know


    Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Paul’s performances?

    Not really, it could be due to the content he was forced to read, but I didn't like his voice much either


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Rush?

    I couldn't get through the whole book, but I simply would not have published it in the first place


    Any additional comments?

    It really was very disappointing, there was no simmering tension, just straight into graphic sex scenes with bondage etc etc. maybe there are people out there who thrive on this sort of thing but not me. I think the blurb should also have a warning on the content, I genuinely believe that it is not suitable for younger teenage girls. I would not want my 13 year old niece reading it, the blurb does not give an inkling about the nature of the writing. It sends a very poor message to women, who on earth, in this day an age, would accept a contract such as the 'hero' proposes in this novel. Sorry, maybe it improves, but in didn't even make it to halfway before I turned it off in disgust.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Sheboygan Falls, WI, United States 12-24-13
    Elizabeth Sheboygan Falls, WI, United States 12-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "No words come to mind"
    Would you try another book from Maya Banks and/or Adam Paul?

    The other 2 male charactors might make it possibility, they were more likeable.


    What could Maya Banks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Charactors don't seems real.....A girl that smart and beautiful with a solid support system would not degrade herself like that.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I restarted this story 3 times before I fianlly got through it. Narraotors voice droned on and on.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Rush?

    All but the last few chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first romance from Audible I've heard that is so raunchy and degrding to the woman. I need to check the reviews closer next time. I feel like I need a shower! Very disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Becca 12-06-13
    Becca 12-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "IF YOU'RE OPEN MINDED....."
    Any additional comments?

    If you're an open minded reader and modern, slightly erotic romance is your genre, then I'd suggest ignoring the negative reviews of the book and trying it. I went in a bit suspicious due to the reviews, but found I liked the plot and characters. My ability to connect with a character's humanity is important to me and and I felt Banks included enough humanity in her characters to make them real and relate-able. This series reads a bit like the 50 Shades Trilogy in regards to the kink so if you didn't like or were appalled by those books then don't give Banks' Rush Series a try -- you probably won't like it either.

    I would describe the audio performance of this series as good, not excellent, but that's probably because I felt like Paul's voice made the men sound older than intended. This is a personal opinion, though, and I didn't take marks off for his performance because he did well in all other ways.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Schapira Plantation, Florida, USA 05-28-13
    Karen Schapira Plantation, Florida, USA 05-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Nice listen -"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rush?

    Gabe's transformation.


    Have you listened to any of Adam Paul’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I preferred Adam Paul's performance in Rush to his performance in the KGI series because I was used to Harry's voices.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was entertaining. I am not a fan of kinky sex. However, the delivery was not too severe in this case. Not a spectacular story - I much prefer the KGI series. But, worth a listen. Maya Banks is an extraordinary talent. Her range is phenominal!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BLF CA,USA 04-05-13
    BLF CA,USA 04-05-13 Member Since 2014

    BAbarbara100101

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    "generally I like maya banks"

    I generally like maya banks highlander series so I thought I would try this one as well. I found this book disturbing and downright uncomfortable in part. While the characters are likeable by the end there are parts where you almost feel like you need a shower to wash off the images that are described. While this book is touted as the next "fifty shades" what is missing here are the reasons for the character's actions.

    That said based on the highlander series I did give maya another try

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sally Wenner San Antonio, USA 02-22-13
    Sally Wenner San Antonio, USA 02-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Eh.... I guess"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the story line was actually interesting....


    What was most disappointing about Maya Banks’s story?

    Gabe was a washout.. Come here do this.. All the time nothing really new and exciting


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Sure... I liked Adam... But a lot of people haven't.. I just didn't mind


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    None..


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste a credit..

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 02-11-13
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Rush is breathless...and HOT"

    This book is detailed, graphic, and yes articulate about sex in general….but it also has a nice plot! There is a difference between graphic details for the sake of graphic details and graphic details that further a story…and if you don’t like graphic sex in books then don’t get this one. If you do like your books on the naughty graphic side of life this is for you! I have written the word graphic SIX times now…and inevitably there will be the idiot that gets the book and gives it a low rating because it was….yup, you guessed it….graphic…you have been warned!

    The narration was great, the feminine lead was strong, yet submissive, and it reminded me of the Sweet Series in how you could really get into the mindset of the characters. Can’t wait for book two, thanks for another great one Maya!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    donna sydney, Australia 02-10-13
    donna sydney, Australia 02-10-13 Member Since 2013

    I'm a 25 year old mum to my beautiful nearly 2 yr old daughter and i LOVE books , both reading and listening to them :D

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    "enjoyed it !!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes i would because i liked the story line and kept me wanting to listen to see what happen next


    What did you like best about this story?

    mia , i really liked how she was written she seemed like a real person and how a woman would act if it were a true story , she was relatable i think


    What three words best describe Adam Paul’s performance?

    ok , ok , ok lol didn't mind his performance


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the moment where gab didn't stick up for mia when case and ash walk in and let mia walk away , i like how mia handled herself in that moment


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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