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.
This book is just a detailed pornographic how to be a submissive woman and her master. When it comes to romance books with adult themes, I listen and read female authors because I believe that women know what women like. This author proved me wrong. In the Breathless trilogy, as well as with the Sweet series, this author treat women as submissive, slaves to rough sex and being manhandled. I feel that these books are an insult to abused women and women in general. Also the language used by the characters, is a good example of how men speak in a trashy bar or by uneducated, crude men. I like lots of Ms. Banks other books, but Rush, Fever and Sweet Surrender are the worst books I have listened. They read like porno books written by a man. So if you like books that treat women as weak, idiots who cannot survive without a man spanking, insulting and physically and emotionally abusing them, then these books are for you.
I really wish Jim Frangione had been the narrator. His "Vicious" really would have been the voice for this story. That's all I can add to any of the reviews that are already out there.
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
Yes, it is a hot, sexy read.
It isn't more than it claims to be. This is not a deep, challenging listen. The characters are not complex...if you are looking for a superficial read that is mostly about sex-this is it.
He was a bit stoic. There wasn't a lot of feeling behind his character portrayal.
The scene in Paris...it was troubling & shows a realistic depiction of a poor choice by the dominant character getting out of control. Too often in these type of stories it seems there are no errors on the part of the strong male characters.
This scene shows the consequences and fall out (the female is unrealistically forgiving-in my opinion) that continues in the aftermath.
NOTE: Strong language and explicit sex
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After reading other reviewer's comments, I decided to gamble on the purchase since it was under ten dollars! Overall, I didn't think it was a bad purchase for the price.
Other reviewers found the sex to be degrading; I actually thought it was pretty gritty and representative of what BDSM might be to some individuals. The female character found it arousing, so even if it wasn't what some people would appreciate, it was part of the story's development.
Other reviewers didn't believe the male character's emotional development; I saw glimpses of the changes throughout the book, so that also seemed to work within the story.
Some reviewers didn't like the narrator; I thought he did a fine job and I was able to differentiate the characters.
As I listened I realized...I didn't empathize with the main characters and didn't like them very much! Usually there is something appealing about one or both of the characters and their flaws make them more human; however, in this book I found Gabe to be someone who "talked a good game" but didn't behave very well. I didn't find him to be likable and didn't warm up to Mia.
I wouldn't have used a credit for the book and a potential reader should be aware this is a grittier, edgier lust/love story.
I love Audible!
Adam Paul is my FAVORITE narrator! I wish he had more books he has done. He is so very talented. Yeah, Adam Paul is all that...
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
Before purchasing a book i like to read the reviews of others. I found quite a few that are to busy comparing this book to 50 Shades and I think that it is narrow minded of some. After listing to this wonderful book i can't wait to listen to the next. Maya Banks has done a great job with the story and i also enjoyed Adam Paul's narration. With so many of these sexy sort of books out there these day's it is a listening feast for me. I love all the authors as individuals. It is plain to see by the description one reads before buying a book what sort of story it is going to be. If you can't handle the Heat - Stay away from the fire...
i'm a romance's lice! i crawl all over it... :D
After reading so many reviews i was a bit hesitant to buy it. But i took a chance and it turned out.... hmmm okay. I already knew what i was in for i think that's why i just went with it. No disappointment, cause i didn't expect anything more than what it had to offer.
if you're looking for 50 shades material? Maybe it resembles some.. with all the billionaire dom and mild bdsm plays.. but if you're looking for christian grey material, i don't think this fit the bill so much. Whatever incorporated in 50, it turned out to be a bit too extreme and debased here. The hero was just a f*cked up character. There was no dramatic childhood or explanation to how he became the way he was either... in plain writing he was just naturally f*cked up and selfish. Not really likable.
It wasn't a bad read though... just readable.
Yes. This story is intense and yes it does have moments that are quite disturbing but it is revealing.
When Gabe realized the depth of love he actually has for Mia, and Mia's determination to love him through himself.
He did a great job portraying the characters and events.
Anything worth having is worth fighting for.
This is not a romance. It was just erotic sadistic sex. There is absolutely no story whatsoever. I have never been so very disappointed in a book. It made me sick! It is a display of abuse and dysfunction. I so wish I would have listened to the other reviews and not wasted my time and money on this.
"Predictable. only so so"
I really like the "sweet" series and since then i hope that maya creates another sizzling hit. Therefore expecting more i was disappointed. The story was predictable and a little flat. The sexy parts were ok. But all in all surprisingly boring Its always difficult when the hero has no humour at all. i couldn`t connect with gabe s character at all. Good looks is not enough.
"Very average in every way"
Characters are quite flat and although it wasn't an unpleasant experience, it wasn't anything out of the ordinary.
Story is very predictable and no real surprises.
Took me a while to get used to having a male voice ina story I felt was more suited to a femine one, but he did grow on me...
Out of curiosity yes, but I can't see it becoming a big success...
If you've read 50 Shades, you'll be disappointed.
"Breathless book 1"
I loved this book the character's came to life
and in some places I cried and others I laughed.
I Am now listening to book 2in this aerie.
"Part of the better written erotica genre"
Gabe and Mia - she's his best friend's little sister and as such, is completely off limits. She's had a crush on him forever and when he decides she's ready for defilement, she jumps at the chance to be with him. He offers a mild version of dom/sub and some fairly well written sex ensues.
They have to keep their relationship quiet because her brother will go postal when he finds out. Unfortunately, he walks in on them in the middle of...um... well, you know, and all hell breaks loose.
It's not as good as Sylvia Day or Jodi Ellen Malpas. Even Twilight is of a better quality. Having said that, it is a good read.
It's enjoyable, steamy and endearing.
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