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1.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the last MB book I read. Review may be deemed to contain Spoilers., 8 May 2013
This review is from: Rush (Breathless Trilogy) (Paperback)
I'm not going to review the book in detail, as other reviewers have done this, but this was yet another MB tale in the style of her 'meat-market' series, Sweet. OK, so the actual sharing didn't technically happen, but why do her female leads, who are allegedly independent, smart, educated women feel so unworthy that they have to agree to do anything and everything that the guy wants them to do?

In the Sweet series, Angelina and Micah's tale was basically nothing more than a gang-activity (the 'bang' word would probably get this review pulled), and this had shades of the same. No, the actual g-b did not take place, but she was totally up for 'being pleasured' by older-guys who were complete strangers, being photographed and blowing the male lead in a voyeuristic situation, then she cried like a kid when blackmail raised its head. She was up for being touched/mauled/pleasured, then when one wanted more, she cried wolf, and he beat the guy up. Then, he seemingly came to his senses and realised that he should not have treated her like this, and wasn't worthy of her, so backed off.

Puhleese. Seen that, read that, didn't enjoy that, and frankly, this tale sucked, as did the female lead; in her case, literally. Not hot, not sexy, not romantic, as she went along with all of his plans like a mindless idiot, whilst just slightly more than liking him; MB was quick to tell us that the female lead could easily fall for the male lead, but hadn't yet. It sounded more like she had no brain or idea of self-worth. Menage is fine, with the right setting, leads and circs, but this was just an attempt at titillation - but not for me. I was actually turned off by the repetitive, 'copied and pasted' sex scenes, which have appeared in a number of MB's books. The sex talk? Sad and a bit desperate, as if MB didn't include any of it, the tale wouldn't sell - I'm just lucky enough that my local library ordered it in, and that I didn't pay for this rubbish.

MB makes the guys out to have 'kinks', but in fact, all 3 in the series are 38yo saddos (from the glimpse I got of the future leads of the other tales in the trilogy), who have issues with intimacy, feelings and trust. This female lead had no backbone and no self-respect or esteem. Totally sad and not what I need or want in a romance.
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Initial post: 1 Jun 2013 17:08:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jun 2013 17:09:14 BDT
Ansdell Lass says:
Hi R's Mum

Thank you for saving me some time when I could be reading other books.

I have always enjoyed Maya's stories but I won't be bothering with this trilogy. I was very surprised by the "'copied and pasted' sex scenes" remark. What a shame that such a good writer should run out of ideas to the degree that she has to repeat herself. I remember years ago my husband reading a book by an extremely famous thriller writer and found a paragraph copied word for word from another of his books. It makes one think that some writers think their readers are a bit stupid, which is very insulting. Never mind, I have lots of other books to choose from!

Thanks again for your usual honest review.

Regards

Posted on 15 Dec 2013 20:51:20 GMT
Saunders says:
So don't touch it with a barge pole? Great review and thanks for making my mind up about this one. Don't know where she is coming from with the price of this trilogy especially when it appears to be getting panned from a number of directions. Maya Banks should take note - sooner rather than later.
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