Breathless #3

By: Maya Banks

Published: August 6, 2013

Attention:  This book may not appeal to all readers. 

BURN closes out the trilogy created by Maya Banks.  Each one of the books focuses on one of three powerful, handsome, and wealthy bachelors in New York City.  The three men, Gabe, Jace, and Ash are the best of friends as well as business partners.  RUSH featured Gabe and his relationship with Mia, who just happens to also be Jace’s sister.  FEVER told the story of Jace and how his meeting with Bethany changed everything for both of them.  For my reviews of both of these previous books, click HERE and HERE.

Ash, like Gabe and Jace, is very used to being in control and getting exactly what (or who) he wants and when he wants it.  Ash demands control in his professional life as well as his personal life.  When he meets Josie, all the previous involvements with other women are no longer something he wants to think about.  He becomes completely wrapped up in the idea of having her in his life and basically begins “stalking” Josie.  Josie is an artist and he even goes as far as buying all of her artwork from the gallery and demanding any other pieces that she brings in.  Ash shows that he doesn’t like to take “No” for an answer and will go to any lengths and cost to get who he wants.  Josie is just coming out of another controlling relationship and isn’t sure if she can trust that Ash’s demands aren’t going to hurt her like her other relationship did.

Frankly, this one, like RUSH made me a bit uncomfortable at times with the demanding and controlling nature of the story.  I realize that this is part of the new “romance craze” but I could do without it.  I got a little bored at times because I felt like I was reading similar scenes from the previous two books.

This book did have some extra story lines that included Josie’s ex and the drama with Ash’s family that added a nice twist and a little more dimension.  Brittany, Ash’s sister, was a nice character addition and I could see a new book featuring her and following up on the trio of men and their wives.

I also liked how the author took a situation from the first book and reintroduced it into BURN.  This particular situation brought in a challenge for all three of the men and tests their relationship. It was a nice twist and made the last few chapters of the book real page turners.

RUSH, FEVER and BURN will bring much success to Maya Banks I am quite sure.  I would bet she has garnered quite a few new fans from this trilogy.

Maya Banks is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author.  She lives in the South with her family. Visit her online at www.mayabanks.com.  Like Maya Banks on FACEBOOK or on TWITTER.

Thanks to Penguin for sending me a copy of this book to review.  This review is my honest opinion. I was not compensated in any other way for this review.
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