Burn is the third and final installment in the Breathless Trilogy from Maya Banks and I couldn’t wait to read it. One of the things I really liked about this series was that all three books were released within six months so it wasn’t a painfully long wait in between! I loved the first two about Gabe and Mia and Jace and Bethany and couldn’t wait to read Ash’s plunge into love.
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…
For as long as he can remember, Ash and his best friend Jace have shared everything, including their women. Now that Jace has fallen head over heels in love with Bethany, and Gabe is madly in love with Mia, Ash is left feeling a little adrift. A chance encounter in a park has Ash obsessed with finding out everything he can about Josie, an artist and jewelry designer. I was a little worried at first when Ash sees that Josie is wearing a collar from her dom, because I’m not a huge fan of stories where the hero is trying to steal the heroine from someone and in the dom/sub situation I like it even less. However I shouldn’t have worried, Maya pulled it off as usual. After finding out that Josie has pawned all of her jewelry, Ash buys it all and offers it back to Josie if she agrees to have dinner with him.
Maya is a master at writing the dom/sub storylines and her sex scenes are always steaming hot. While the love story moved fast I really enjoyed the relationship between Ash and Josie. After Josie is beaten up by her previous dom, Ash packs her up and moves her in with him – all before they’ve even had sex. After she moves in Ash takes it on himself to exact revenge on her ex-boyfriend and while vigilante justice may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I gotta say I actually liked that Ash handled this himself and didn’t just hire someone to do it. Once Michael (the ex) is taken care of, the couple settles in to a happy routine. Josie bonds with Ash’s friends and becomes close with Mia and Bethany. The only thing standing between Ash and Josie’s happiness is that Ash purchased all of her art and didn’t tell her and we know at some point that is going to come out.
To say that Ash is estranged from his family is an understatement, and we get several uncomfortable scenes between him and his mother. His sister Brittany comes to Ash asking for help and has decided to cut ties with their overbearing parents. Ash sets her up with an apartment and a job and the two work on building a relationship. When Mia and Bethany invite Josie out for a girls night, she invites Brittany along and while there she meets her new man. It was nice seeing a resolution to Brittany’s story even though it wasn’t her book.
The inevitable happens and Josie discovers that it was Ash who purchased all of her artwork from the gallery. She packs up all her belongings and moves out of Ash’s condo. Mia and Bethany come over and after talking to them she realizes that she over reacted and decides to move back. I don’t want to spoil the story, but after deciding to take Ash back, Josie goes home to call him but once there she is viciously attacked. She manages to call Ash before passing out and the scene when he gets to her actually made me cry. I won’t give away too much about who attacked her, but I will say that Ash does not take the attack on her lightly. While she’s recovering he arranges an art show to exhibit all of her work to prove to her that she is talented, which I thought was very sweet.
This book was a great conclusion to the trilogy and it neatly tied up any loose ends. I’m sad that there won’t be any more because I loved all three books and the characters, but Maya did a great job of leaving you satisfied.
*ARC Provided by Berkley
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by Maya Banks
Release Date: August 6, 2013