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Rush - Maya Banks Like many GR readers have commented, this novel is the better written and developed version of Fifty Shades of Grey. Maya Banks does an excellent job of developing Mia and Gabe's characters. While the primary emphasis is on Mia, both are given equal treatment. Like in Fifty Shades of Grey, there is a significant age difference of 14 years as well as class disparity that is mitigated by her brother's success. The emotional trama for Gabe stems from his bitter and messy divorce. He also has to deal with his parents sudden divorce and to top it off, his attraction to his best friend and business partner's little sister. It does skirt the creepy side a bit considering the attraction between the two started pretty early and their age disparity was a potential problem. Fortunately, they act on their attraction to each other at the stage where the age different isn't a significant issue.

While the character development is good, the plot seems to be all over the place to me. It felt like a lot of things were happening to the characters with little or insignificant value to the character's development. I kept hoping with each incident would provide something deeper than just as a device to move the story along. It's not bad at all. I'm not sure if I could pinpoint what is leaving a bit dissatisfied. Each incident did drive the story further but seemed to just drop away once is served its purpose.