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Rush by Maya BanksBy Maya Banks

Mia Crestwell has always had a crush on her big brother’s business partner, and best friend, Gabe Hamilton. Believing that he has always viewed her as a little kid, she is shocked when one night he suddenly ravages her with a kiss and demands that she come to his office the next day. Unsure of what to expect, and not daring to hope, the last thing Mia expects is the thick contract Gabe hands her and the business-like way he proposes a personal relationship as well as a professional one. Outlined in the contract are the specifics of the type of relationship Gabe requires, with her signature, she is essentially signing away her life; she would be his to control. As his personal assistant he would have complete access to her both in his office and in his bedroom. Scared but incited by the idea, Mia signs the document. Will she be able to handle Gabe’s complete domination of her 24/7? And more importantly, will she be able to recover when Gabe tires of her?

This is the best follow-up novel to ‘50 Shades of Grey’ that this reader has read to date. It is a similar plot line but the author takes certain creative liberties that give it a different flavor. It is extremely well-written and I think one of my favorite things about this book is the author did not try and draw it out into a trilogy by creating drama where it wasn’t needed (it is a trilogy but each book focuses on different characters). My other favorite thing about this novel is the author doesn’t try to explain away the kink with some emotionally scarring past. In fact, she makes a point to say just that – sometimes people just like kinky sex. There were a couple of cringe worthy plot turns that this reader could have done without (they didn’t add to the plot or really further any of the characters just added some unnecessary drama) But, all in all, a gripping read.

If you read ‘50 shades of Grey’, loved it, and want something to read next, read this book. With light BDSM aspects, the book is more involved in power exchange and quite a bit of anal play. While not as all-consuming as, for instance, Anne Rice’s erotic works, this novel manages to cover a lot of territory without getting repetitive or overly dramatic and emotional. Having Mia as his personal assistant, Gabe has complete access to her body 24/7. As you can imagine this leads to quite a lot of sex. It also allows Gabe to tease Mia, the reader, and himself really, with a variety of toys and creative punishments when she misbehaves. Overall, this is a well-written, sex-packed novel that I wholeheartedly recommend.

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