Fever (The Breathless Trilogy #2)

Fever (The Breathless Trilogy #2)

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by Maya Banks
     
 

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Jace, Ash, and Gabe: three of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the country. They’re accustomed to getting anything they want. Anything at all. For Jace, it’s a woman whose allure takes him completely by surprise...

Jace Crestwell, Ash McIntyre, and Gabe Hamilton have been best friends and successful business partners for years. They’re

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Jace, Ash, and Gabe: three of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the country. They’re accustomed to getting anything they want. Anything at all. For Jace, it’s a woman whose allure takes him completely by surprise...

Jace Crestwell, Ash McIntyre, and Gabe Hamilton have been best friends and successful business partners for years. They’re powerful, they’re imposing, they’re irresistibly sexy, and Jace and Ash share everything—including their women.

When they meet Bethany, Jace begins to feel things he’s never experienced before: jealousy, and a powerful obsession that threatens him, overwhelms him—and excites him beyond control.

Jace isn’t sharing Bethany—with anyone. He’s determined to be the only man in her life, and it’s jeopardizing a lifelong friendship with Ash. Bethany will be his and his alone. Even if it means turning his back on his best friend.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the novels of Maya Banks

“Powerful, emotional, and steamy hot.”—Fresh Fiction

“Heated investigative romantic suspense…Intense, transfixing.”—Midwest Book Review

“Definitely a recommended read…filled with friendship, passion, and most of all, a love that grows beyond just being friends.”—Fallen Angel Reviews

“Grabbed me from page one and refused to let go until I read the last word…When a book still affects me hours after reading it, I can’t help but Joyfully Recommend it!”—Joyfully Reviewed

“I guarantee I will reread this book many times over, and will derive as much pleasure as I did in the first reading each and every subsequent time.”—Novelspot

“An excellent read that I simply did not put down…A fantastic adventure…covers all the emotional range.”—The Road to Romance

“A must-read author…her [stories] are always full of emotional situations, lovable characters, and kick-butt story lines.”—Romance Junkies

Library Journal
Bethany Willis and her foster brother, Jack, are staying in shelters while she looks for work. When she lands a job with a hotel caterer, she’s just looking forward to the promise of leftover food and a meager paycheck. Wealthy hotel owner Jace Crestwell frequently shares women with his best friend, Ash. He notices Bethany working at his sister’s party, and he feels an unusual surge of desire—and a surprising desire to have her all to himself. Before the night is over, Jace, Bethany, and Ash go to bed together, but when the threesome is over, Jace realizes he feels more than lust for Bethany and cuts Ash out, putting a strain on their longtime friendship. Banks’s (Rush) latest erotic romance is well written, with realistic dialog. The scenes in which Bethany and Jack’s childhood history is revealed are touching, as were those with the shelter volunteers. Narrator Adam Paul does a pretty good job with his interpretation of this book, though his breathy depiction of Jace during the bedroom scenes sounds a little like Clint Eastwood; his inebriated Bethany is more caricature than character.

Verdict Recommend as a Fifty Shades of Grey listen-alike to those comfortable with graphic sexual content. [The Berkley: Penguin Group (USA) pb was a New York Times best seller.—Ed.]—Laura Brosie, Abilene, TX
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425267066
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Series:
Breathless Trilogy Series, #2
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
46,869
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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His gaze settled on a young woman picking up glasses and plates from the tables. It was the second time his eyes had settled on her that night though she hadn’t been out much, just periodically to do clean up. She wasn’t one of the servers. He hadn’t seen her circling with trays of hors d’oeuvres or champagne. She was dressed in black pants, a white shirt and an apron.

He studied her a long moment before realizing what it was that had interested him. She looked completely out of place. And he wasn’t entirely certain what gave him that impression. The longer he stared at her, the more he thought she looked like she should be an attendee at the party. Not cleaning up after the participants.

Her hair was upswept into a messy bun like Mia wore sometimes, secured with a clip, and the result was a sexy mass of mussed hair that begged a man’s hand to tug at it and set it free. Midnight black, unruly curls, some of which had escaped the clip and tumbled down her neck.

She was slight, not as curvy as he usually liked his women. Narrow hips and small breasted but enough curves straining at the white button-up shirt to be tempting. The rest of her was small. Dainty. Almost fragile.

When she turned, presenting her a view of her face, he sucked in his breath. Her bone structure was small. Delicately rendered. High, prominent cheekbones, almost as if she were underweight and a small chin. But her eyes. Jesus, her eyes. They were enormous in her otherwise small face. A brilliant shade of blue. shock blue, like looking at ice. They were startling against the jet black of her hair.

She was mesmerizing.

Then she hurried away, her arms straining at the weight of the tray that held all the dishes she’d cleared from the tables. His gaze followed her across the room until she disappeared through the door for the kitchen staff.

“Not your usual fare,” Ash murmured beside him.

Jace broke from his reverie and turned to see that Ash had already finished his dance with Mia. A brief look toward the dance floor told him Gabe had reclaimed Mia and the two were once more solidly glued together. Mia’s eyes were alight with joy and laughter, and some of his earlier tension eased. She was in good hands. And she was happy.

“What the hell are you talking about?” Jace said, an edge to his voice.

“The chick bussing the tables. Saw you checking her out. Hell, you were practically undressing her with your eyes.”

Jace frowned and remained silent.

Ash shrugged. “I’m game. She’s hot.”

“No.”

The denial came out more emphatic than Jace would have liked. He wasn’t even sure where the emphasis came from or why he was suddenly tense.

Ash laughed. “Loosen up. It’s been awhile. I’ll go work my charm.”

“Do not approach her, Ash,” Jace growled.

But Ash had already sauntered away in the direction of the kitchen, leaving Jace standing there, fingers in tight fists at his sides. How the fuck was he supposed to explain to his best friend, a friend he regularly shared women with, that he didn’t want Ash within a mile of this one?

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for the novels of Maya Banks

“Powerful, emotional, and steamy hot.”—Fresh Fiction

“Heated investigative romantic suspense…Intense, transfixing.”—Midwest Book Review

“Definitely a recommended read…filled with friendship, passion, and most of all, a love that grows beyond just being friends.”—Fallen Angel Reviews

“Grabbed me from page one and refused to let go until I read the last word…When a book still affects me hours after reading it, I can’t help but Joyfully Recommend it!”—Joyfully Reviewed

“I guarantee I will reread this book many times over, and will derive as much pleasure as I did in the first reading each and every subsequent time.”—Novelspot

“An excellent read that I simply did not put down…A fantastic adventure…covers all the emotional range.”—The Road to Romance

“A must-read author…her [stories] are always full of emotional situations, lovable characters, and kick-butt story lines.”—Romance Junkies

Meet the Author

Maya Banks is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author whose chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and Scottish historical romance.

She lives in the South with her husband and three children and other assorted babies, such as her two Bengal kitties and a calico who’s been with her as long as her youngest child. She’s an avid reader of romance and loves to dish books with her fans and anyone else who’ll listen! She very much enjoys interacting with her readers on Facebook and Twitter as well as in her Yahoo! Group.

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Fever 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 500 reviews.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog “I think I just expected more.” ~Under the Covers I can’t tell you how excited I was to crack open this book! I really enjoyed book one in this series and the character I fell in love with was Jace. The overbearing brother who shares his women with his best friend. And then I started reading FEVER and…wondered what happened? Let me start by saying a big reason why I thought this was just an okay read was the heroine. I wasn’t too excited about her from the very beginning. She’s not very strong in general and to pair her with such a domineering man, well he steamrolled right over her sometimes. I think he needed someone that would’ve been able to challenge him more, like Mia did for Gabe, not a delicate flower. Plus there’s the fact that I never really get over the fact that I’m not sure what her motivation for being with Jace really was. See Bethany is a little down on her luck, has been her whole life, and has learned to live on the streets and in shelters. Then in swoops multi-millionaire Jace and tries to save the day. Not doing the best things for me. But not only was the heroine not my type, Jace turned into a bit of an a$$…you know what I mean. He doesn’t listen to reason when his best friend Ash tries to protect him. He acts like a douche to EVERYONE around him in this book, for a good part of the story! Including one instance with Ash and Bethany where I almost wanted to reach across the pages and slap him silly. What happened to the man I fell in love with in RUSH? But all that aside, the story in general is ok. There’s some intrigue, generated mainly by Bethany’s “brother” who is not really her blood brother, more like a foster brother. He gets in with some bad people and their way of getting back at him is through Bethany so Jace has to step in and protect her. The book is sensual as usual with a Maya Banks read and Jace was hot, of course, but… I think I just expected more. At the very least I expect Jace to show up, not his alter ego. I don’t think I can even say this book made me excited to read about Ash, but I’ll make myself remember that he was hot in RUSH and that he was at times the voice of reason and the strong but sensitive lead in this book, who got the sour end of the stick where his best friend was concerned, and then I’ll be all excited and prepared to read his story. Sounds a bit like I didn’t like it, I did, it was enjoyable, just not as strong of an addition in this series as I would’ve liked. *ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved, loved Jace and Bethany, but most of all I loved how this book kept me guessing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fever was a overall pleasurable read. I like Rush just a tad better but it was worth the money. It had a mysterious plot anx overwhelming twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now i have to wait 4 months for the next one!! I loved jaces an dbethanys story the love and passion was awesome!! A must read! Mrs.banks u are amazing!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow......Jace and Bethany's story was hot...hot...hot! The author did a great job keeping you interested from the very beginning. I love this author and she hit a home run with this trilogy. Can't wait till the next book is released!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was terrible! It should not be classified as romance. There is nothing romantic about group sex. How can anyone identify with a character who has such a lackadaisical attitude towards sex? As a fan of 50 Shades, I have been seeking "the next best thing", and let me assure you this is not it. There is nothing romantic about a woman trading sex for a burger, fries, and orange juice. Save your money. The Crossfire series is better. At least the main character has traits women can identify with in Crossfire. The women are cherished and, worshipped. This storyline is not erotic, passionate, or romantic. It is, quite simply, trashy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another gr8 book!
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Fever is the second book in the Breathless Trilogy and concentrates mainly on Jace. The book picks up where Rush basically left off, and they all are attending the engagement party for Mia and Gabe. Across the room, Jace spots a woman that fascinates him and before he can do anything about it Ash approaches her and arranges for her to spend the night with them. Jace and Ash usually share their women but for some reason Jace doesn’t want to share Bethany. Then Bethany disappears in the morning and Jace is frantic to find her. Ash doesn’t understand why his friend has become obsessed with Bethany and for that matter neither does Jace. He finally finds Bethany in a homeless shelter and vows to take care of her. Jace is usually in control of everything not only in the boardroom but the bedroom as well. Bethany is ready for someone to take control of her life and take care of her. This is a passionate love story about how two complete opposites learn to trust and love. The author continues to include Gabe and Mia and it definitely adds to the story. The friendship that has developed between Bethany and Mia is nice as Bethany is not use to having any girlfriends. It is also good to see that Jace and Ash’s friendship doesn’t change because they will no longer be sharing women. This book emphasizes that some families are not the ones you are born into but the ones you create. It will be interesting to see what is in store for Ash in the last book, Burn as he vows not to fall in love like Gabe and Jace. Rating-4.5 Heat Rating-Hot Reviewed by Donna McClaugherty,My Book Addiction Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so embarrassed that I purchased this book!  I had no idea from the summary that it was basically just porn for lack of a better word.  I wanted a quick, romantic chick lit kind of book and this was NOT it.  If you took away all of the shockingly detailed sex scenes even the story line wasn't that great.  The man literally put a collar on her.  Yes, like a dog.  To show the world that she belonged to him. Thank Goodness I can delete this trash from my library!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1st off let me say that if you're writing a review, don't tell everyone the ending of the book!! I have read every one of Maya's books & loved them all. This book was very good but there was a lot of repetitous emotional stuff that I had to skip through in order to be able to finish the book. I absolutely hated the way the male characters talked in this book! What is with the "gonna get it for you" "be anything you need"? What happened to "I'M gonna get it for you" I'LL be anything you need"? Read the free sample & you'll understand what I'm saying. Sorry to say this book wasn't up to the standards I have for a Maya Banks book but hey, you can't win em all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG! I can't believe the glowing reviews for this book. I have read almost everything Maya Banks has written and this is by far my least favorite. The characters are so unbelievable. I have no problem with love at first sight but I couldn't buy into this storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved loved loved it!! Can't wait until August!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bad doesn't cut it , the first book was better should of stopped there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think for me that the book just had too much going on as far as problems go... I prefer to stick with one major problem rather than a bunch of drawn out ones.. At first I even wondered why he was drawn to her, he did not know her and had never had an interaction with her so why would he go out of his way to basically provide for her every need? I feel like there was not a develpment of the actual relationship and that she was with him because she felt obligated and had nowhere else to go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with the first book but was greatly disappointed with this one. The love story between the main characters was very unbelievable which made it difficult for me to even get into the book. I'm hoping the third story will be much better.
am71 More than 1 year ago
Book two was as good as the first! The stories were so different even though it there were some similarities. Both stories meshed well and leave you wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not wait until this one was released and it did not disappoint!! Jace's romance with Bethany was great ,if not better, than Gabe's romance. I loved the fact that Bethany was "down on her luck" and he cared for her. Now I am looking forward to Burn. Can't wait to see what Ash's romance will be like!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down, caint wait for number 3 !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really no need to buy the book as plot spoilers has revealed everything including the ending. Bn needs to start fineing and banning these plot spoilers that does this. Maybe then they will stop ruining books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book. Second in the trilogy. Very hot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The second in this series is just great, Jace is sexy and finally knows what he wants. There are some moments that you want to turn the page before you finish the last paragrah so you can see what happens next. As always Maya has done a great job,giving you the hot, hero and love just in that order!! SLMS2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great continuation from book one. Easy read with well defined characters.
gofsu1 More than 1 year ago
Love this Series and Love this Author - can't wait for the next one in this series
Kia414 More than 1 year ago
Definite Twist.  I have to say that I truly loved Gabe and Mia's story but Jace and Bethany seemed to have a more realistic feel with Bethany's background.  I loved the hit by thunderbolt effect on Gabe (dont see that to often). I hate that the final installment will take another 4 months because I am wondering what type of woman she has for Ash.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Maya great work keep going waiting nex book Go girl*****