Burn is the third and final installment in the Breathless series by Maya Banks. The Breathless series takes on three best friends, their dominant lifestyles, the enemies they make along the way and the women they fall hard over. Gabe, Jace and Ash all get their own stories and we learn all their kinks as well as the darker sides that really made me want to bend them over my knee for some good old fashion common sense spankings. Yes, I like my men dominant and confident of themselves, but when they start thinking they know it all, I want to walk away. So I made it through the first two books and didn’t really care for them, but couldn’t stop there when the final one would close it out for me.
Gabe fell in love with Jace’s little sister Mia. Jace found his love in a homeless woman. Now Ash gets his turn when he meets an artist who draws a picture of him contemplating life when he doesn’t know she is looking. Wearing a collar, Josie questions her relationship with the man she is seeing when she notices Ash. He approaches her and asks about the collar making she knows a collar means something to him and the guy who gave her the one she is wearing obviously knows nothing about D/s.
Being Ash and one of the three dominant guys, he sets about having her followed and investigated. So right off I am torn because it is cool he wants her so much to find out about her, but also creepy that he just can’t ask her out on a date until after he has her investigated. Then Ash goes and buys up all the jewelry she pawned and all of her paintings at a gallery she uses because he knows she is having hard times.
So the two do go out on a date, but Ash pretty much makes it known she is moving in with him and embarking on a BDSM relationship, but will give her time to make up her mind. She gets smacked around by the ex-boyfriend for leaving him and of course Ash goes after him in a dirty way. The relationship seems to just go along happily for a long time and I wondered what the friction would be and then bam…a lot of things happen. One is kind of silly and the other one was just plain awful. Then speed up and it is over.
While there are some over the top elements to the dominance, it was mild in comparison to the first two books. What I didn’t like how Ash had this dark element to him he thinks he is protecting everyone from. He does some things I feel crossed some lines and something that happens in the first book comes back to haunt them all in this book.
So while it was better than its predecessors, I still found I didn’t enjoy it that much. The BDSM scenes were fun and interesting, but not what I would say were arousing. The two fall into love really easily so when a road bump comes along it felt like it was made bigger than it needed to be made.
I recommend this book and series to anyone who likes billionaire dominant men who take over a woman’s world. They take control and love deeply, but completely expect you to give them the world. Also I recommend you read the series in order as there is a cross-over between book 1 and 3.