Saturday, August 24, 2013
Burn, A Review
If you like smokin sensuality then Maya Bank's Breathless Trilogy is a way to go. These men literally make the pages steam!! Burn is Book three in this amazing trilogy and if you haven't discovered it yet, it's totally time!! (you can review my previous reviews HERE)
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…
Ash McIntyre has to be on People's sexiest men alive list. Seriously, he's came from family money but not liking the strings attached, he walked away from it. He is gorgeous and with his two friends (his real family) has created a large empire worth claiming (which of course his horrid family tries to do on a regular basis). All that and he knows how to be a true friend.. and even refuses to completely cut ties with the family, because they are blood and he cares, even if he doesn't want to. Ash, Jace and Gabe have been together for almost 20 years, since college. He knows he can count on them, but lately their lives have taken a turn that includes marriage and family. And, frankly, Ash just doesn't get it.. Because of these changes at times he feels like odd man out. Yet one day while taking a brooding (we won't say pouting cuz it's not manly) walk in the park he spies her.. a woman who catches his attention.. and one of the first thing he notices is the collar around her neck. The ugly collar that doesn't match her.. Instant attraction for Ash, who is just a bit confused by this.
Josie Carlysle is in a relationship that doesn't quite fit. She just doesn't know it. Her "Dom" is a pretender and while she is ok with the way things are going she knows something is missing. One of the things she is unwittingly missing is a man who understands her.. a man who sees her talent and wants to believe in her. While Josie is a free spirit, a woman who makes her way with her art and jewelry she has always taken care of herself.. Dom or no Dom, she belongs to herself. Yet a chance meeting with a gorgeous man in the park makes her reconsider everything. What would it be like to be in a real relationship.. not a pretend one?
When the elusive Josie slips away. Ash does what he is best at, he investigates her (yeah that worked out so well when he did it for Jace). Finding out all about her, he makes a point of protecting her as best as he can, from afar. Finding her art and realizing her true talent he purchases all of it and promises the dealer that he will buy anymore she has available, now and in the future (yeah sweet deal now BUT...). When he discovers (from her PI that is following her) that she has been beaten and has a black eye.. Ash goes ballistic and comes out of the shadows.. Having already asked Josie to consider him over her current relationship. This time he isn't taking no for an answer.. and he literally sweeps Josie off her feet.
There are times when Ash's desire to control everything really hurts his cause.. but Josie has to learn how to understand the man. What makes him tick and how it doesn't diminish her. How she holds the power and that she does bring something to the table.
We also get a peek into Ash's not so great family.. and find out that there is at least one member that wants to learn to stand on her own two feet. Who wants more than mommy dearest's handouts.. and we get to know and like her.. Although, her part is written in such a way that I was constantly waiting for her to turn around and say "Psych" and return to the nest.. a great little subplot..
We also see how the actions of the one.. (Gabe) can affect the actions of the whole (Ash, Jace and their women) another well scripted subplot.
I enjoyed this series and unlike the Sweet Series, I liked that Ms Banks wrapped it up before it lost it's power..