Burn by Maya Banks

Posted April 3, 2014 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

by Maya Banks
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Published by Berkley
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Maya Banks
Contemporary Romance
August 5, 2013

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.


“This is hard. Never said it would be easy. Nothing good ever is” 

I was so looking forward to reading the third and final book in the Breathless series. I loved Rush and I liked Fever even more if that’s possible. Gabe and Jace were terrific alpha males and their stories were amazing. I liked Ash’s supporting role in those books and couldn’t wait to finally read his story and also knew that Gabe, Jace and their respective women would be making appearances and everything would be tied together.

“Well then it’s too bad I’m not yours.” 

When Ash sees Josie in the park, he falls and in a major way. She’s an artist type and the complete opposite of Ash’s dominating alpha male personality. They only share a brief encounter but Ash begins a relentless pursuit to find her and make her a part of her life. She does not give in easily to his advances. It’s not that she’s not attracted to him, she has some serious lust for him, however she knows how a man like him operates and she does not want to travel down that road again. She is freshly out of a dom-sub relationship, but she feels differently for Ash than her ex. She quickly realizes that Ash is the real thing and that her ex was just playing a game. Of course the ex becomes a problem so Ash must deal with him accordingly.

While I really wanted to love this book I just didn’t. The chemistry between Ash and Josie was just not there like it was between Gabe and Mia and Jace and Bethany. The sex scenes were fantastic as always, but the intense connection was just not there. I felt like the whole relationship was forced and that Ash only decided to settle down because both of his friends were and not because he just had to be with this woman. In the first two books there was a connection and a reason that these couples had to be together. This was lacking between Ash and Josie. 

Things were not all bad. I loved that the characters from the previous books were brought back, and not just as support but as a main plot point. About the last 30% of the book I finally started to get into the vibe of Ash and Josie. Old story lines come back into play and things long thought gone come back to haunt everyone. (Sorry I don’t do spoilers, you’ll have to read this for yourself). Things definitely did not end up exactly the way I thought they would and the last few pages left me feeling like things were rushed just for the sake of finishing the story. Everything did not have to wrapped in nice little package. Overall I give this one three stars and would recommend a nice bottle of champagne to celebrate with the couples.

3 stars and a nice bottle of Charles Hiedsieck champaigne! Enjoy! 


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