Berkley Trade / February 5, 2013 / $15.99 print, $7.99 digital
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.
The first in a breathtaking new trilogy from Maya Banks, Rush and its trio of bad-boy billionaires is sure to gain a slew of fans flocking from the Fifty Shades phenomenon, but what makes it special is how it really stands on its own. Rush is the romance between hotel mogul Gabe Hamilton and his business partner and best friend’s little sister Mia Crestwell, both finally acting on those long-denied, not-so-familial feelings.
Gabe has been burned before in a messy and public divorce, and since then his relationships with women have involved contracts, commands, and little emotion. Mia has wanted him as long as she can remember, so she jumps in and soon discovers her desire goes much deeper than she realized, and she’s willing to do just about anything to be with Gabe.
The similarities to Fifty Shades seem obvious at first, but Rush quickly sets itself apart with some intriguing distinctions. The best thing here is the connection and easy relationship between Gabe and Mia. The romance is the center of this story, and the fact that they aren’t strangers, but instead the brother’s best friend and little sister, adds a new dimension to the billionaire BDSM theme.
She was… captivating.
He didn’t quite know what made her so special. Perhaps it was nothing more than the forbidden nature of their relationship. She was his best friend’s little sister. She was fourteen years younger than he was. She was a woman he should leave alone.
But what he should do and what he was going to do were two different things.
He wanted Mia, and he’d do whatever it took to possess her.
After they sign the contract, they quickly mix business and pleasure as Mia comes to work at Gabe’s company immediately. She is at his constant beck and call, and Gabe can’t get enough, making for some potent office sex scenes and a naughty underlying edge to all their interactions. Soon it’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins, and where their business stops and the fun starts. Add in a conniving ex-wife, a protective older brother, and an after-hours meeting in Paris that goes horribly awry, and Gabe and Mia quickly have to navigate deeper waters to keep their relationship afloat. And still they both wonder if what they have has become something real.
He’d never get over her. He knew that without hesitation or doubt.
He loved her.
As deeply as it was possible to love another person. And God, he wanted her. Every day. In his life. As much a part of him as he would be of her.
Without rules, conditions. Fuck the goddamn contract.
As the story develops, nothing is too easy, which allows the relationship between Gabe and Mia to grow into something very satisfying. And with Mia’s brother Jace’s book Fever next, this new trilogy seems to be moving further away from current billionaire tropes into what Banks is famous for—great romance.
Tiffany Tyer is a writer and editor who loves reading and analyzing all things romance. She also works as a vocalist, a tutor, and a non-profit ministry assistant, and she loves it that way. Her book reviews can be found at Happy Endings Reviews, a blog she co-founded.