Burn : Book Three of the Breathless Trilogy Paperback
by Maya Banks
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 358 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
- Publication Date: 06/08/2013
- Category: Adult & contemporary romance
- ISBN: 9780425267080
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Review by Staciele
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. 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.
Review by janersm
I have a love/hate relationship with the books of Maya Banks. The first few that I read were pretty good--not great, but not awful. The more of her books that I read, though, the more negatively I feel about them. The repetitive nature of her books really makes me not want to read anything else by her.For example, Burn is a lot like Fever, the previous book in the Breathless Trilogy. Ash is a carbon copy of Jace. Josie is pretty much a copy of Bethany. Both guys are aggressive, super-stalking, controlling creepers who speak mainly in fragmented sentences. (Writers seem to have forgotten one of the first lessons in English: Subject + Predicate = Sentence; a sentence with no clear subject is a fragment.) Instead of having a homeless recovering addict as the heroine, we have a nearly homeless artist who also happens to be a dabbler of BDSM and is in an abusive relationship. And has anyone noticed that no heroine in this series has a full family unit. They've all been orphaned, either by death or by the parent just leaving them on their own.The dialogue is awful. Aside from the previously mentioned issues, the way the characters talk is worse than a low-budget movie written by someone with less of a comprehension of the English language than you'd find on reality television. I have seen deeper conversations between the Kardashians. I wasn't expecting high brow literature with this book, but I definitely hoped for something better than this.I could see myself enjoying her work more if every book could, in one way or another, stand on its own. I absolutely hate reading the same story over and over. It seems like she doesn't put the proper effort into developing the story, which makes me hesitant to put forth any proper effort toward reading what she writes. I understand the idea of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", but the repetition of basic story elements through her stories could lead to a case of "too much of a good thing ain't good for you". In other words, her style is broken. She's potentially driving away readers by sticking to her beloved formula.I want to like the book. I really do, but I just can't see myself recommending it to anyone. It is unremarkable and weak and just a waste of time.
Review by Bodagirl
The only reason I read this book was to complete the trilogy, but it was just as bad as the second. Rushed pace, flat characters, and over-the-top plot points. I asked myself why I was reading the book a few times whilst reading it. Never a good sign.
Review by iloveladyporn
I was not overly happy with this book. After reading the first two in the series it just seemed like a repeat of both of them- especially book #2 "Fever". It also just kept repeating itself each time Ash expressed himself he did it in a few paragraphs saying the same things in a bit different ways. It was kind of silly that Gabe & Jase had girls then all of the sudden Ash is feeling sorry for himself then he spots "the one" not much thought went into it nor was it to much of a chase. The girls night out was just goofy as well. There was a whole lot of juicy sex I will give it that. Towards the end it got good. <br/>Over all the ending was good.<br/>I will say I recommend the first 2 books.
Review by Elizabeth.Arellano
loved the series. wish she would continue it
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