Review: Fever by Maya Banks

Fever by Maya BanksFever is the second book in the “Fifty-shades-esque” Breathless series by Maya Banks. The first book, Rush introduced us to three best friends, Gabe, Jace and Ash who are billionaires and the founders of HCM Global Resorts and Hotels. Jace’s character was portrayed as a kind, sensitive, fun/flirty man with a great love and protective nature to his sister, Mia.  That Jace no longer exists in Fever, or at least in the first half of the book.  Jace is now a controlling, dominant, hot-headed asshole, mimicking the hero, Gabe, of Rush.  But there are several issues why this story did not work for me. One being, the initial execution of the plot.

Jace’s first encounter with the heroine, Bethany Willis, is at Gabe and Mia’s engagement party.  Bethany is working as part of the catering staff, cleaning up after the guests.  She’s homeless and trying to earn money for her next meal and then move on to find more work in order to survive.  Jace sees Bethany across the room and feels an immediate attraction.  Ash sees that Jace is interested and decides to approach Bethany with a proposition.  Ash and Jace have always shared women in the past.  Threesomes are their thing but Jace does not want that with Bethany.  He immediately decides he wants this woman for himself.  Ash approaches Bethany in the kitchen which leads to this:

 

“What’s your name?”

She glanced up at him. “Uhm, does it matter?”

He paused a moment, cocked his head to the side and then said, “Yeah.  It matters.”

“Why?” she whispered.

“Because we’re not in the habit of fucking women we don’t know the name of,” he said bluntly.

 

conversation…….conversation………

 

Jace walks in and is pissed off that Ash has propositioned her for a night with the two of them.

 

THEN Bethany asks….

 

“Does this offer come with dinner?”

 

…and agrees to a threesome with two men she just met for a cheeseburger, fries and orange juice and a night in a hotel room once she finishes the job.

The absurdity of their meeting was such a turnoff for me as well as the heroine’s weakness.  Bethany is portrayed as a defeated doormat and in my opinion Jace needed a strong heroine to balance his dominant nature.

Another problem I had was the excessive swearing and profanity in the dialogue.  I don’t have a problem with cursing when it’s relevant to the emotion in a scene; however it’s a major distraction and unnecessary filler when it’s on almost every single page.  When I start counting how many times a character is saying “goddamn”  it is a problem.

 

“But fuck, baby, you’re so goddamn sweet.”

“Just read the goddamn report, Jace.”

“Even with his instincts screaming like a motherfucker, he’d allowed it to happen.  Every goddamn minute of it, but he’d still let it happen.”

 

The plot had potential but the overall execution and dialogue in the first half of the story confirmed to me that Ms. Banks writing style has significantly changed from the books I’ve enjoyed from her in the past.  I’ve been an avid reader of her Sweet and KGI series and the last few books from both of those series were major disappointments as well.  So, I am stepping away from Ms. Banks future work at this point and am grateful I will always have Damon (Sweet Persuasion) to fall back on for happy memories.


Rating: DNF
Fever by Maya Banks
April 2nd 2013 by Berkley
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Comments

  1. Angela says

    I haven’t been too enamored of her latest releases either. Her last KGI book was painful to read. For me at least. I’m not sure why her heroines all have to be put the emotional and physical wringer. If it isn’t rape, it’s doing a threesome for a cheeseburger.

    • Amy says

      Yes, I passed on the latest KGI book after reading your review. I knew it would frustrate me especially after being disappointed in the prior two of the series.

  2. says

    I will do some crazy things for a good cheeseburger.

    Ah, well. Sorry this stunk for you. Let’s keep talking about Damon instead.

  3. says

    Ugh. Why does she write such doormats for heroines? Who has a 3-some for a cheeseburger? At least ask for a weeks worth of groceries.

  4. says

    I totally agree with your assessment of this book. I read it a week ago and immediately had to change my review schedule to allow me to review “Fever” immediately. I really enjoyed “Rush” but this one was full of turn-off after turn-off for me. Let’s not even talk about the super-clean and healthy Bethany who was homeless. It just boggled my mind.

    • Amy says

      I agree. There were too many “rolls eyes” silly/stupid moments that could not keep me engaged to finish.

  5. cayenne says

    I do agree that some of the recent books have felt formulaic. I got annoyed by the feeling that there was major recycling from Sweet Persuasion & Colter’s Lady, but overall I didn’t hate it. I’m just finding the series kind of meh so far, and I don’t really have great hopes for Ash.

    Jen, I’m there for a good Damon convo :)

  6. says

    If I’m offered a threesome,I’m getting the most expensive meal and bottle of wine on the menu before I have to get all naked with 2 men. Need to keep up my strength for all the sexxorin that will happen.

    • says

      I enjoyed it enough to finish it but I liked “Rush” so much more. I’m sort of anxious for “Burn” though. Ash seems interesting.

  7. Lori Meehan says

    I enjoyed Rush but did not love it. I have Fever to read in a couple of days.
    Have you read her Highlanders books? They are fabulous.

  8. Amanda M says

    I wish that I had seen this review before I picked up the book! I was disgusted by how pathetic Bethany was, and how her constant stupid (and therefore needing to be rescued by Jace) actions were somehow supposed to evoke sympathy because she was not only dumber than a box of rocks but also homeless. And why did Banks think that showing Jace being a complete jerk would make him a likable character?! I would be leery of any man who was so willing to dump all of his friends for a woman that he’s only known for less than 24 hours but somehow this is shown as an example of how much he cares for Bethany??

    Having just read Kristen Ashley I couldn’t help but notice the similar (like copycat) dialogue employed by Jace, just like I noticed the similarities with 50 Shades in the previous book.

    • Amy says

      I agree. The heroine’s doormat demeanor was a huge turnoff for me along with the character change of Jace from the first book.

      And yes, I noticed, as well as several others I spoke with that read the book, the similar dialogue. It was VERY noticeable to me.