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(Breathless #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  69,576 ratings  ·  4,156 reviews
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
Paperback, 396 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Berkley
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Georgia ♥
3 Stars

I like sexy books. Y'all know that.


It is also well known, that I enjoy reading about damaged, hot, arrogant, alpha males.


But, huge BUT.... I like some plot too! Some real angst, feelings, connection, character development and in this case...

Cabe is in love with his best friend and partner's younger sister, Mia for years. He is older and he got burned by his crazy ex, so how he decides to approach the situation???
He breaks out a freaking contract!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Well, sure... That w
Feb 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways:

“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.” 21%

“Say my name, Mia. Who owns you? Who do you belong to?” 21%

She should have run, and run, and run, and when she thought she ran far enough, she should have run some more. I guess this was where I was supposed to swoon at all his “alphaness” and “dominance” and just be a puddle of lust?
3 1/2 stars

I struggled with portions of this book and had a very difficult time with the hero, Gabe, and his jerky and selfish behavior. I can honestly say, I don't think I've ever read a more jerky and selfish hero. There was nothing sexy or appealing about him or his behavior! That said, I ended up enjoying this story more than I thought I would. It's Maya Banks after all!

Note: I know some may compare this book to Fifty Shades, but this story is NOT a Fifty Shade's "knock off" in any way shap
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the author; fans of erotic romance
I think I liked this one a lot more than I thought I would...and I actually cried at the end. Don't know why I ended up with tears...Ms. Banks must be doing something right for me to get so emotionally involved!

This is the first book in a new trilogy (Breathless) for Maya Banks. The trilogy is about three rich, powerful best friends, all in their late thirties (Gabe, Jace, and Ash). Rush is Gabe Hamilton's story. Gabe is a wealthy real estate mogul/hotelier; a partner in HCM Global Resorts and H
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~

I was a little nervous about this one. The last couple of the “dominating billionaire” books I’ve read have been so so for me, and Maya Banks can be a hit or miss author for me. I’m so glad I took the chance.
I really really enjoyed this one.

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I loved the set up (I am a sucker for the “in love with my brother’s best friend” thing)

Gabe was definitely your quintessential alpha male. Add to that a past which has left him with no ability to trust in a relationship, and an obsessio
Oct 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: erotic, contemporary
Maya Banks has a new trilogy releasing following three billionaires who run swanky hotels. Although I’m a little tired of the billionaire hero, the blurbs intrigued me so I thought I’d give book one, Rush a try.

Let me say this – sometimes having an asshole hero can be fun. Take Tack for example (Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley). He is initially rude to the heroine, arrogant, demanding in bed etc.. but she writes him in a way that his alpha behavior is coming from a good place. There is romance
P.A. Lupton
Mar 23, 2013 rated it did not like it

This book is a DNF for me. I only made it 25% into the story and hated every second of it. I don't like the characters at all, and so far haven't been able to identify a plot outside of sex. And don't even get me started on the fact that it's exactly like 50 Shades. He presents her with a contract? What I loved about 50 Shades is that Ana fought Christian at every turn and refused to give up her independence. Mia is just handing it to Gabe. And when Gabe says he's going to give the contract to h
3 ½ stars – Contemporary/Erotic/BDSM Romance

Thoughts After Reading:

This was a decent erotic romance, but I didn’t really connect with the characters. Their “relationship” felt a bit trite, dull, and emotionless, and I actually got bored with the sex scenes. The angst and drama seemed needless and calculated, although it resulted in some good groveling by the hero. I love Maya Banks, but this didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Hopefully Jace’s and Ash’s books will be better.

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Emily May
Aug 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: erotica, 2015
All cold sex, absolutely no chemistry or sensuality.

The guy - Gabe - is an arrogant, selfish asshole who doesn't care about anything except fulfilling his control-freak needs and banging his best friend's sister. He whips out a contract before every sexual relationship so the women can't accuse him of abuse. And he is jealous to the point of being genuinely scary.

There is also nothing outside of the sex - no flirtations, no funny conversation or banter, just sex. It was boring and I hated Gabe.
This book tells the story of Gabe, a billionaire Dom with a serious attraction to his best-friend's little sister, Mia. Of course, Mia is about as off-limits as a woman could be. She's sweet, young, innocent and coddled by her over-protective big brother. Gabe's sure he's going to hell for just thinking of the sex acts he wants to do with Mia.

Going to hell or not, he decides that he will have Mia. After seeing her at a grand opening party one evening, scantily clad and looking irresistible, he c
Sep 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2readseries

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Best friends since college, Gabe, Jace and Ash are now billionaires and the founders of HCM Global Resorts and Hotels. Gabe Hamilton has been lusting after Jace’s baby sister, Mia Crestwell for years now. It’s been an obsession and preoccupation for him and now that she is twenty-four and all woman, he’s decided he will no longer fight it. With the fourteen year age difference between the two, he has never acted on his lust until now.
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Okay, it's absolutely blowing my mind that I'm rating this book four full stars but I've got good here goes...

Literally, the first two thirds of this book, I hated the main character, Gabe. I typically find uber rich, controlling a$$hole-ish guys really hot and I gravitate towards that... But Gabe was straight up dickhead. Sorry, no better word for it. It blew my mind that this young, sweet girl found any redeeming qualities in him other than looks... As long as he didn't open his m
That is a book of the same type as the Fifty. Wealthy men in suits, possessive, dominant, wild hot scenes and a submissive women. Quite a ride, good to go back to this kind of a book.

“Some crushes just never went away. They built, instead, into something permanent, obsessive and all consuming.”

***Quick Review:***

Series: The first of three books in the Breathless series.
Grade: Erotic Romance.
Main characters: Gabe Hamilton, businessman, owner of hotels, thirty-eight years. Mia Crestwell,


Gorgeous alpha businessman lusting after best friend's younger sister.

Explosive sexual relationship.

Fan-f*cking-tastic grovel to end all grovels.

Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5* STARS!

+ Great plot and fast paced.
+ Cheap thrills.

- Mainstream hero.
- Too obedient submissive wannabe
- Not really BDSM.

Overall: Maya Bank is one of my recommendation for sexy erotica books. I love her Sweet series and I think Rush is worth to try for you fans of Billionaire dominant :)
3 Figuring Things Out Stars-Only $1.99
* * * Spoiler Free-An Early 2013 Review
As someone who is open to reading most types of romance, as well as other genres... I like to see what is out there and take a sample. I had read a book by Maya Banks before and although it wasn't something that totally clicked with me, I was open to what she presented. Her style of writing was clear and the experience was something I filed away as an ok read and to see what else is out there.

This series came out and I
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to BookHeroin by: Hannah (bookwormstalk)
4 STARS ****

Rush by Maya Banks .

The series :Breathless has Three books in it.
Rush ,Fever, and Burn .

Gabe Hamilton, Jace Crestwell and Ash McIntyre—who are best friends and business partners. The men dominate both in the boardroom and in the bedroom. Each novel in the trilogy will explore the relationship of one of the men as he discovers the woman he will love.

It all Started with a contract

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Gabe Always had a certain taste when it comes to his private life. he didn't have a certain comp
Laurie  |  LOHF
Oct 31, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica, audiobook
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Feb 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
50 Shades kind of book, but unfortunately, very disappointing! First of all, the hero talked like every other "damn" hero in Maya Banks contemporaries (save for her HQN Desires which ban the damns and the rest). He's supposed to be rich but sounds like someone who is not even very educated. Then, there's the way he treats Mia. Wow. Talk about a JERK. I love alpha heroes. I happened to love Gideon Cross and Christian Grey (up until the end of book 1). But this hero doesn't even get me a little in ...more
Colleen Fauchelle
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
I read this on the plane to Australia. Its a 'spicy meatball' book. I read it on my kindle, so I didn't have to hide the cover. I was hoping to buy the other 2 in the trigloy in Australia but couldn't find them anywhere. So I rang my daughter and she brought the next one online in New Zealand and I down loaded it. Technology is amazing.

About the book. Once I got into it I really enjoyed the story. It had enough story line along with the spice to make the book intresting. Gabe Hamilton works with
This book sounded like it was going to be an awesome read! A man falling in love with his best friend's little sister. Not only is this guy his best friend but his partner in a million dollar company and a "little" protective of his little sister is an understatement!

I like the idea of this kind of love story. All my years of Jr. High and High School I had a HUGE crush on my best friend's older brother, and I think that is a common thing. So, heck this should be good, how it effects the friends
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've had this on my shelf for a while waiting for the urge to read a controlling-billionaire-meets-innocent themed book to return. At one time this set up was in every book I read and I'd got more than a little jaded with it. This was one of the better examples, clearly heavily -ahem - influenced by Fifty Shades and Crossfire, but with just the right details changed to freshen up this well worn trope.

She's the little sis of his best friend and business partner. He's a self made billionaire who m
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
I hate to give an author less than 4 stars. Especially Maya Banks - just went through some of her other books that I have read and they all got 5 stars. Need to rate the others that I have read like the Highland series but I know there were high stars also. I just felt I had read this before. Rich guy, best friend's younger sister, she is out of bounds, signed contract, keep it a secret.... I have read Fifty and some of the others of this genre. They all just seem to read the same old same old. ...more
Sep 18, 2012 rated it liked it

**3 1/2 stars**

This first book in the Breathless series is centered around Gabe Hamilton and Mia Crestwell . Gabe is a hotel mogul..he, along with Mia's big brother, Jace and their other best friend, Ash, build and run hotels in the US and overseas. When Mia was a teenager, her's and Jace's parents died in an accident, so Jace stepped up to the plate and raised Mia. His two best friends, whom he met in college, have always been there for the both of them but apparently Gabe has always had a secr
Feb 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I do like a possessive hero, I am constantly looking for recommendations for the same. And friends to lovers, lusting since eternity, best friend's sister - these are all tropes which normally have me hooked. But this just didn't work for me. The fact I even finished it is a huge applause to Ms. Banks writing skills. I didn't want to, I just wanted to put down the damn book and cry for all the damage 50 shades and it's legacy is doing to feminism. But I did finish it nonetheless, and yes I still ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was so dumb. Soz
This is a hot, dirty, and slightly perverted romance with a totally predictable storyline, but which I really enjoyed!!

Rich billionaire businessman, Gabe, has been badly hurt by love. In order to protect himself from further heartbreak and humiliation, he keeps his sexual relationships strictly controlled, requiring all of his lovers to sign a contract which outlines all of his expectations.

The one woman he really wants to get his hands on is the younger sister of one of his best friends and b
Hannah (bookwormstalk)
Ohhhh my emotions! Deep breath.

Okay I don't know what I expected going into this book, but damn was my heart shattered to bits in the best and worst ways.

I truly felt like I knew the characters--especially Jace, Ash, and Gabe within the first chapter! Gabe as a character was presented in a nutshell without leaving the readers feeling like we were TOLD who he was instead of learning about him. I don't know how Maya did it but, damn, what a great job she did!

This entire book was to-die-for incredi
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed this book. The beginning reminded me a lot of Fifty Shades of Grey, but as the story progressed it took a different path and the story line managed to shift into a different yet interesting direction.


I also enjoyed *Gabe* and *Mia's* characters and I thought they had great chemistry.

I recommend this book and I will definitely be reading the second book in the series of *Jace* and *Ash's* story once it's released --> Love you Jace!!!

******* 4 Stars******
* Meli Mel *
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3-4 Stars

First off, if you loved the 'Bared To You' and '50 Shades Of Grey' series, then you will most likely enjoy this one too because they are very similar. If not, you should pass this. My rating is from three to four because some parts felt three stars while others felt four.

This is a book where I didn't entirely love the male protagonist. Gabe Hamilton is a thirty eight year old dominant business man, who is business partners with Mia Crestwell's brother (Jace Crestwell) and best friend (A
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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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