Also in this series: Play It Safe , Rush , Fever
Series: Breathless #3
Published by Berkley on August 6, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, BDSM
Source: Self Purchased
Ash, Jace, and Gabe: three of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the country. They’re accustomed to getting anything they want. Anything at all. For Ash, it’s the woman who changes everything he’s ever known about dominance and desire...
When it comes to sex, Ash McIntyre has always explored his wilder side — extreme and uncompromising. He demands control. And he prefers women who want it like that. Even the women he’s shared with his best friend, Jace.
But Jace is involved with a woman he has no intention of sharing. And now even Gabe has settled into a relationship with a woman who gives him everything he needs, leaving Ash feeling restless and unfulfilled.
Then Ash meets Josie, who seems immune to his charms and his wealth. Intrigued, he begins a relentless pursuit, determined she won’t be the one who got away. He never imagined the one woman to tell him no would be the only woman who’d ever drive him to the edge of desire.
Burn is the finale of the Breathless Trilogy and even though I took my sweet time finally picking up the third book in the series, I honestly had such a good time with this one here. I will admit that the cost of the ebook at the times was so PRICEY…..at $12 but then I saw a huge price drop a few weeks ago to 1.99 and I just knew that I had to grab it up. Because yeah that is expensive for a ebook (but that is a whole other discussion LOL) And I will mention that I actually had such a good time with this book, it has some elements that might not be for everyone especially BDSM and a very possessive alpha male, so fair warning.
Burn is a story that begins with our hero, Ash McIntyre. He is the last of the three friends to find his lady. He is feeling disconnected from his friends, as they are both in love and happy, and just feels like the fifth wheel and doesn’t really understand how elements have changed in their relationship with each other. But then while taking a walk in the park, he comes across a woman who draws his attention in a way no other woman ever has. And he wants her and seeks to capture her attention. Josie is an artist, and a submissive in the bedroom. She is captivated by the attention of Ash and doesn’t know where their relationship is heading, but she is more than open to the possibilities of what they are building together…but both Ash and Josie will be tested in their love….
Burn was such a fun read and I had such a blast with this page turner of a read. One aspect of Maya Banks style of writing is how easy it is to get into her books, I never have to worry about immersing myself into the worlds that she creates, she has the ability of drawing you in. I was kinda nervous to read this one, because Ash is a bit unknown in the type of relationship he would have. Lets just say you gotta like the kink to enjoy this one. We definitely see Josie and Ash go into the journey of a dom/sub lifestyle in their relationship but I was so drawn into their connection to each other. And despite some the actions that Ash does take especially in the beginning of the book, I definitely could see the appeal of the story and this style of relationship that is built here.
We do get a portion of the plot that does have a more suspense type take and so that really adds a unique element that I was into and found myself intrigued into it. In the later half of the book, the “villain” despite enjoying the entry of it, found it kinda weird, that other than the first book, there is no build up of his character so its like he is just there all threatening LOL so it didn’t seem to quite fit into the story seamlessly so I think that is the only aspect I would have changed. It wasn’t really needed, and it felt like it was used as a “filler” for the plot. But it might work for some other readers.
Overall I found Burn to be a sexual enlightening and vibrant romance that will curl the toes and will add a deep emotional intimacy that was intense in every way.