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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

'Stay With Me' by Maya BANKS

From the BLURB:

On the night of her fifth anniversary, Catherine Cullen-Wellesley intends to break the news to the two men in her life. She's pregnant with their child. It'll be the perfect preamble to the vacation they've promised her: Two weeks on a Jamaican beach. No cell phones, no emails, no business.
But when Logan and Rhys blow off the trip for yet another "business emergency", Catherine faces some difficult truths. She hasn't come first in her busy husbands' lives in a long time. Defiantly, she packs her bags for her long-awaited vacation-alone. It'll give her a chance to figure out what the hell she's going to do with the rest of her life.
When Logan and Rhys come home to an empty house, they realize two things: One, it was a mistake to take Catherine for granted. Two, they're not willing to just let her walk out of their lives.
Winning her back will be the most difficult battle of their lives-more important than any business deal they've ever negotiated.

I am a Maya Banks fan. And now that I’ve got myself a Kindle (*squeal!*) I am going through her back catalogue of e-books.

‘Stay With Me’ is a very different take on Banks’s signature plot. Her most popular books all centre around one woman embarking on a relationship with multiple partners. ‘Colter’s Woman’, ‘Brazen’ and ‘Be With Me’ all follow this premise. ‘Stay With Me’ looks at this plot from a different perspective. In this book the heroine; Catherine, has been married to two men, Logan and Rhys, for six years. While all was well in the beginning of their relationship, on the night of their sixth wedding anniversary Catherine has forced herself to take stock and accept the fact that their once happy partnership is in shambles. Rhys and Logan have buried themselves in work and completely neglected their marriage – and Catherine has had enough.

‘Stay With Me’ is about what comes after Maya Banks’s typical happy ending. The book explores the in’s and out’s, up’s and down’s of a multiple-partner relationship.

Now if this all sounds very plot-heavy for what is essentially a bit of smutty reading, you’d be as surprised as I was. This book is very different from Banks’ typical fare because it’s actually quite serious. Even a little bit depressing – something you don’t really expect from erotica.

To be honest it wasn’t all that smutty. When the plot was so solemn I was expecting a lot of sex to balance out the seriousness – but Banks doesn’t deliver. There is only one three-way sex scene, and even that is a little bit blasé.

I was really disappointed with this book. I expected a lot more but what I got was serious plot and too little smuttiness to make up for it.

1.5/5

4 comments:

  1. I heard so many good things about this book so I bought it last week.
    I hope I will like it more.
    Hope you next read is more to your liking.
    Great honest review.

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  2. Hahaha - I went through her backlist when I got my kindle too! I thought this one was okay. I think Be With Me is still my favorite.

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  3. I don't think this is my kind of book. I want my romances to be about two people not three or more. But it is an interesting concept.

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  4. Im with McPig hehe =)

    great review though! =)

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