ARC Review: Burn by Maya Banks

Posted August 8, 2013 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Burn by Maya Banks
by Maya Banks

3.5 Stars


Released: August 6, 2013
Series: Breathless #3
Published by Berkley
Pages: 353
Format: ARC

“I felt their fire burning.” ~Under the Covers

The final installment in the Breathless series is here.  RUSH (Book 1) won me over right away.  I was sold on the asshole that Gabe was.  Then FEVER rolled around and I was itching with excitement and Jace blew it for me.  So my frame of mind going into BURN was …. scared.  Scared that I would get another story that didn’t live up to my expectations.

BURN is Ash’s story.  The last friend in the group who wasn’t attached.  At the beginning he starts to feel a bit left out.  His two best friends have women now that take their time away from buddies.  His best friend Jace isn’t sharing women with him anymore.  It’s a time for transitions for him.

This story kind of goes along the same path as FEVER did.  Josie is down on her luck financially, a struggling artist who hasn’t been selling her paintings and can’t pay the rent.  Add to that a bit of an abusive ex boyfriend and after one chance encounter at the park, Ash swoops in to the rescue.

The damsel in distress (financially, especially) is not one of my favorite themes and very few authors have proven to me that the heroine has more to offer than her problems to the hero.  However, unlike Jace’s girl, Josie has a little bit more balls and has dabbled in BDSM enough to know that she likes it.  Definitely a point in this book’s favor.

The connection between Ash and Josie wasn’t what I wanted or even pictured for him, but I take comfort in knowing it was better than the previous book.  I felt their fire burning.  Even though I still think Ash should’ve been with some kick ass businesswoman that came into town to do a deal with their company and maybe open a hotel in some exotic location where Ash and her would’ve worked closely together.  *sigh*

As usual, Ms. Banks can write a steamy book and the smexy in BURN was scolding hot!  Even though this is not my favorite work by Ms. Banks, I have enjoyed this series and I’m already looking forward to what she has up her sleeve next.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Maya Banks

Maya Banks is the #1 New York Times, #1 USA Today and international bestselling author of over 50 novels. A wife and mother of three, she lives in Texas.

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

I’m a part time graphic designer (yes, everything you see on UTC has been done by me), run my husband's business from home and on a good day I’m a self appointed superwoman (she who can do it all).I love blogging with my girls and I couldn’t do it any other way!My first love is everything paranormal, but in the past few years I’ve re-learned to love contemporary romance.Every once in a while I like to mix things up with a historical romance, a steampunk or an LGBT book.Because I need variety to avoid book slumps.I don’t always need an HEA although I prefer one, and I love authors that can rip my heart out and make me ugly cry.
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Thanks for the review Francesca!

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Thanks Francesca for the review. I’m picking this up at the library tomorrow.
Francesca I like your idea for the story line. I also think it would fit Ash.


I have read the previous two books – Rush and Fever,and I like these books,this book I still have not read,but who knows,maybe soon, or perhaps later in the near future definitely I will Burn, I’d like to read the story of Ash 🙂

Thanks for the review Francesca 🙂


I mean – ” I will read book Burn” – sorry for the mistake,it was unintentional 🙂