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Burn: Breathless, Book 3 | [Maya Banks]

Burn: Breathless, Book 3

When it comes to sex, Ash McIntyre has always explored his wilder side - extreme and uncompromising. He demands control. And he prefers women who want it like that. Then Ash meets Josie, who seems immune to his charms and his wealth. Intrigued, he begins a relentless pursuit, determined she won’t be the one who got away. He never imagined the one woman to tell him no would be the only woman who’d ever drive him to the edge of desire.
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Publisher's Summary

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....

When it comes to sex, Ash McIntyre has always explored his wilder side - extreme and uncompromising. He demands control. And he prefers women who want it like that. Even the ones he's shared with his best friend, Jace.

But Jace is involved with a woman he has no intention of sharing. And now even Gabe has settled into a relationship with someone who gives him everything he needs, leaving Ash feeling restless and unfulfilled.

Then Ash meets Josie, who seems immune to his charms and his wealth. Intrigued, he begins a relentless pursuit, determined she won’t be the one who got away. He never imagined the one woman to tell him no would be the only woman who’d ever drive him to the edge of desire.

©2013 Maya Banks (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jordy 08-06-13
    Jordy 08-06-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "Book 3 of the Breathless Trilogy"

    Burn is the final book in the Breathless Trilogy. The first book "Rush" was Gabe's story, the second book "Fever" was Jace's story, and lastly "Burn" was Ash's story. I enjoyed this world given to us by Maya Banks. I've always been wishy washy about her books. I have a love/hate relationship with the author. This is one of her series I would recommend to others.
    Ash McIntyre, self-made billionaire, through years of hard work and determination, made it his goal to separate himself from his worthless money hungry family. Ash is known as the cool, down-to-earth guy everyone loves. But on the inside, he's much, much more than that. With his two best friends and business partners settling down with the women they love, Ash is feeling restless & like a third wheel. When Ash runs into Josie while walking thru the park, he knows there's something about this woman that's different. There's an undeniable chemistry and Ash's has this extreme desire to have this woman in his life. He has to make her his...
    He wants a dominance and submissive relationship. Josie is the complete opposite from Ash. She is very vibrant & artistic. Some how they compliment each other through out this book. I enjoyed having the characters from previous books play big parts in this book. I've always liked Mia, Gabe, Jace, and Bethany.
    I definitely recommend Burn especially for those listeners that like plenty of steamy scenes and dominant males.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 08-08-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 08-08-13 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Banks is on track here..."

    I am so glad Bank redeemed herself from book 1 in this series. This was awesome. I just loved it. Smexing was great, storyline was pretty much the same as book 1 and 2 but different. I still enjoyed it. Way Way better than book 1. I think it was better than book 2 actually, plus we meet more of Ash's family and I think there will be a book 4, because we get another billionaire will Ash's sister... Looking forward to it...

    Narration was right on.. Adam Paul has really settled into his characters into this one.. it was great.

    Great buy if you have the other two, great credit too. I wouldn't suggest this a read alone, b/c you wouldn't really understand the background of Ash if you haven't listen to book 1 or 2. Good sale if you catch it...

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-12-13 Member Since 2010

    itsallaboutthestory

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    "Excellent Ending to Series"

    This was an excellent wrap up to this series. Banks wrote a much more believable story this time around, I'm not saying that a rich man can't fall in love with a homeless person, as happened in the previous book, but not likely.
    Ash and Josie make a very believable couple. We get to see the vulnerable side to Ash and see more of his true colors, such as his helping a sister that had shunned him previously.
    Mia's girls night out gives it's usual humour.
    Adam Paul did another fabulous job on the narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    BluBumbleB 08-18-13
    BluBumbleB 08-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "BURNIN' HOT!"

    I was highly anticipating this third installment in the Breathless series so I was perplexed when in the first few chapters I had mixed reviews. Where the story excelled was in the love scenes...hot as usual...excluding the multiple statements of "GET THERE!!" :-) Also, I enjoyed the other characters that were introduced, and sub-plots that unfolded which gave the story more depth. I understand that this was going to be another "hot dominant guy" meets girl and falls head over heels, but Ash's 'lines' and responses to Josie didn't feel authentic somehow and initially the story felt predictable, but improved drastically about halfway through it. Maya Banks is a great author so I remain a fan and can't wait for future books of this same genre from her.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bishop 13 Redmond, WA 08-09-13
    Bishop 13 Redmond, WA 08-09-13 Member Since 2002

    Mentally tough

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    "Great Read and Fantasy!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Burn to be better than the print version?

    I haven't compared


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Burn?

    When the Ash came upon the victim of a severe mugging.


    What does Adam Paul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great job. Super ability deliver on the complete of female and male voices.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again the discovery of the victim.


    Any additional comments?

    The only tick in the story, The love at first sight and emotional talk of the guys gives a fantasy feel rather than reality. But this doesn't distract from the enjoyment of the story. Good plot and great smexy times! It caps the series well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kimberly 01-04-14
    kimberly 01-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Very, very disappointing"
    What did you like best about Burn? What did you like least?

    I honestly didn't like very much about this book at all. There were pockets of good moments but even those were painfully predictable. After reading book one of the trilogy, RUSH (which I thoroughly enjoyed) I was expecting the next two to be equally as enjoyable but they were not. They were just remakes of the first but neither was as good.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Maya Banks? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure if I'll read another of Maya's books. Perhaps my mistake was reading this entire trilogy back to back as I did. Maybe I'll give her another chance. We'll see. It definitely won't be anytime soon though!


    What aspect of Adam Paul’s performance would you have changed?

    His voice became very annoying after a while. It just wasn't believable. He wasn't speaking naturally the way people normally speak.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. I would definitely go see RUSH, and I might go see FEVER but I would most definitely not go see BURN.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shelly Herndon, VA, United States 09-25-13
    Shelly Herndon, VA, United States 09-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "So Disappointed"

    I loved the first two books and Ash was my favorite of the three guys. I was so looking forward to his story. What a let down and I have four friends at work that all agree with me. Two of them warned me ahead of time that I wouldn't like Burn and they were so right. This is not the Ash we met in the first two books, what a watered down limp version of this hot guy. Every time the character opened his mouth, I was like who are you and where did Ash go? In the other books he was the most jaded and he just met this girl and two seconds later he's totally fascinated and in love with her - REALLY - and so whiped! The story itself was ok, but I was just so disappointed that I had to force myself, over two long weeks, to finish it. I gave the performance higher marks, because it's not the reader's fault that Maya Banks dropped the ball.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 08-18-13
    Dan 08-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Well it's actually not Dan. It's his wife who can't figure out how to change that on the profile. But I love to read and listen to books.

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    "Unexpected ending"
    Would you listen to Burn again? Why?

    Yes, I have enjoyed the trilogy. I liked how you continued to learn about the characters from the previous books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the unexpected conflict in this book.


    Have you listened to any of Adam Paul’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to Adam Paul in all three books. He did a great job with each character's voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No crying or laughing. There were parts that were intense.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt this was a good ending to all three books and I liked how they were all tied together.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 08-16-13
    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2009
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    "NO SMOLDERING HERE - STRAIGHT TO THE "BURN" !!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Burn to be better than the print version?

    Don't know - didn't read the print version, but my assumption is that whenever one gets to listen to Adam Paul's sultry all-male voice, especially during the story's intimate escapades, its hard to believe that the voice in my head when I read could ever hold a candle.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Burn?

    The hospital scene where Ash becomes emotional.


    Which character – as performed by Adam Paul – was your favorite?

    Ash. That said he does all male voices great and distinct for each character and female voices almost as good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved a lot throughout the entire book; there was tension, anticipation, tears, laughter, yearning, squirming and heart pounding.


    Any additional comments?

    Well, I am not sure if it was that I felt like I had to wait a long time in anticipation of the audio release of this book or if the book was truly that much better than the other two in the trilogy, but I did like this one better. Oh, don't get me wrong, the first two were exciting and moving also, but Ash & Josie's story just "got" me in so many ways.

    I believe of all of Maya Banks' books, especially those of the audio variety, this trilogy was her best thus far. Her writing and character development gets more and more refined/defined and sophisticated. I loved the way Ash talked in "clipped" sentences a lot of the time, making his point firmly, directly and defined his alpha/dominant personality and position. I can't say enough about Ms. Banks' writing and story-telling with this trilogy and hope she continues along this vein with future books - and in the not too distant future cuz' I've listened to everything Audible has offered of hers.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Book Lover 08-13-13
    Book Lover 08-13-13 Member Since 2012

    Book Lover

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    "Great story!"

    I so loved this story better than book 1 in the series. It was touching and sad. I would not recommend this one as a standalone. The other 2 books in the series should be listened to first. Maya Banks knocked it out of the park with this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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