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Publisher's Summary

Jonah Steel is knee deep into trying to solve the mystery surrounding his family and his brother's abduction, and the arrival of his best friend has complicated the situation...although not as much as his infatuation with his brother's therapist, Dr. Melanie Carmichael. The quiet humility of the blond beauty has him enthralled, and he burns for her as he never has for any woman.

Melanie Carmichael is intelligent and driven, yet filled with regret. She has fallen in love with gorgeous Jonah Steel, but fears she may never be able to tell him. The demons from her past have come for her...and she may not get out alive.

©2016 Waterhouse Press, LLC. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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It's not ethical to release half a book and charge readers for a full one. The previous books in this series, while being cliffhangers, did offer resolutionso of the main story and were much longer. This was clearly purely and solely a cynical exercise in upselling marketing by the publishers. Shame on you ! The narration was also overly dramatic which spoilt a good story.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Horrible narration!!

ugh the girls voice was so whiney. Decent enough story but couldn't handle her voice at all. Nails on a chalkboard!!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Get Sebastian York back PLEASE!

I'm hooked on the storyline but am having a hard time justifying the cost with these narrators. I fast forwarded through EVERY sex scene and the majority of the S&M parts because the voices just make me hate the characters. I fell in love with Jade & Talon but Jonah & Melanie make me want to pinch a kitten. I can't wait for Ryan's story to start- then I'll know if I should give up these expensive saga. Be careful and thoughtful who is chosen to finish this epic tale. Perhaps a random sample of audiobook listeners would help. I can't imagine anyone really listened to or compared the narrators. It breaks the story in this case like a textbook example of what to do right in the first 3 and what to do WRONG in the second 2 (3 I'm assuming). Spare us please.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Cyndi
  • Beautiful Michigan
  • 04-07-17

Addicting with Cliffhangers!

This won't come as a surprise to you if you've been following this series... it's another cliffhanger! This story seems to keep me coming back for more even though I hate cliffhangers. As with the last 4 books this story picks up at the end up the last book. This is one long story but 4-6 are told by a different brother which is kinda fun to get a different perspective but also have the story just keep going with the same secrets and the same basic story line from the beginning.

So far I have LOVED all of these book but I have to say this book found me rolling my eyes a few times. I don't know if it was my mood, the narration or the writing but I had a couple small issues. Johan's story has a little bit of an insta-love feel which I dislike more than cliffhanger and some of the "love scenes" are a little to mushy for this series. Also, there is a sex scene that he says/thinks "I shoved my face into her covered Vulva".... totally made me cringe and the rest of that sex scene was blah for me. Vulva just doesn't belong in a sex scene nor does it belong in a guys POV, IMHO. Besides that I really enjoyed the books and will be waiting for book 6.

Narration... Still not a big fan :(
Now here is the thing, If a male narrator can't do a female voice... he shouldn't because it really takes away from the story. I like Alexander Cendese but I think he should only do duet narration because his female voice makes my skin crawl :( He is great at the male POV so I hate to say he's not a good narrator because that just isn't true. Teri Clark Linden isn't a favorite of mine either, she makes Melanie come across a little flaky with her almost child like voice. I completely agree with a change of narration since from books 1 -3 since books 4-6 are different main characters and deserve their own voices, I just didn't agree with the choice of narrators.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Narrators destroyed the story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

just the narrators

What didn’t you like about Teri Clark Linden and Alexander Cendese ’s performance?

Alexander Cendese reading kinda grew on me in this book. He was awful in Melt..but his female voice is horrible.
Teri Clark Linden's voice is so breathy, so fake sounding it's almost unbearable. I was disappointed to see these two were reading again.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

better narrators

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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males voice was not liked

I didn't care for the male voice. the female alone would have been good.

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ANOTHER CLIFF HANGER

Would you listen to Burn again? Why?

Oh god no!! Don't get me wrong the story is a good story and it keeps you thinking the whole book. I just wish that we can get an ending here soon. This story is good the narrator kills it in all the books. Sebastian York did such an amazing job why change what isn't broken. Like a sucker I'm hooked to the book waiting for the ending, but it seems like it will be dragged out even further.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

THE LEAST INTERESTING IS THAT WE DON'T HAVE AN ENDING YET.

How could the performance have been better?

First off who ever hired the male Alexander Cendese must of had hearing problems. He is the worst Narrator I have ever heard. His female voice is a joke. Also WTF was he thinking when he tried to speak like the Doctor. ( worst Spanish accent ever)

Any additional comments?

GIVE US AN ENDING ALREADY.

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And the story goes on...

I love the story of the Steel Brothers. Love that an important and relatively taboo subject for romance novels is addressed and done so in a cleaver way. The characters development from book to book is good and I’m a huge fan of Helen Hardt.
The only negative thing I can say is that I wish I would have read this book instead of listening to it. I wasn’t impressed with the narrators at all. Alexander Cendes sounded like every sentence was a life shattering event. As the oldest brother in this series and basically the head of the family, I would have thought he would be more calm, cool and collected and not sounding like he was saving someone from a burning building with each paragraph he read.
Teri Clark Linden on the other hand, sounded like she needed a few cups of coffee. Although, I get she is playing a psychologist and should sound more subdued, she could have thrown some enthusiasm in during some parts, like the sex scenes at the very least. She was very monotone and I found to be boring to listen to.

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Still no resolution

This saga was just too stretched out. I agree with the person who said these books could have been put together into 2 books. Audible doesn't have the next one so it's over for me.

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Dang. Pretty let down.

I was hoping for the best, but it just wasn't well written. Seemed to jump around like the author was trying to touch on points she wanted to be sure to include but it left the reader feeling like there just wasn't enough substance.
Both of the main characters were written with very, VERY low maturity levels.

Really struggled with the narrators, some of the worst I've ever heard. There were many mistakes made and talked over. especially by the male voice.

PLEASE consider much, much better narrators for the next book...even though I was really let down by this book, I will be listening to the next, so Helen Hardt must have done better than my critical mind is letting me realize.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs Sarah JL Leather
  • 08-12-18

Enjoyable overall but ....

I’m really enjoying the story overall, the sex scenes are still interesting and the investigation side of the story has me hooked, I’m more interested in the story side than the saucy side at the moment, I just want to know more. Again the book ended on a cliffhanger so I’m glad I don’t have to wait for the next book to be released as I would find that very annoying.

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Again I struggled with the narrators, the Male narrators female voice is too fast and rushed and I found that the female narrator was constantly saying Jo said, Talon said, Ryan asked, Jade said, Jo said etc it just seemed to go on and ended up being all I could focus on therefore effected my enjoyment of the book, I struggled to finish this one, I’m hoping I can get through the last one and that the last 3 books will be better, I didn’t have this issue when I listened to the first 3 books

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  • sharon
  • 07-05-18

Great story line shame about the male narration!!!

I'm reading this series in order, books 1-3 we're read and performed brilliantly. The narrator's voices were excellent even when speaking the part of the opposite sex characters. unfortunately the same can not be said for the narrator reading the character of Jonan (particularly when portraying any female voices) - to the point where it distracted me from the story line, lessening my overall enjoyment of the book. His reading is too fast and aggressive, the female parts were read in an awful over the top and very irritating way, trying too hard to sound female rather than just 'softer'. A huge shame as the story and characters are really good but spoilt by the male narrator. I'm hoping for better in book 7 if I can just manage to get to listen to the last book in this set.

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  • Sam W
  • 04-22-17

As a book I loved it!

Any additional comments?

This book continues the Steel Brothers story. The series hasn't always the easiest to listen to, the subject matter is harrowing & challenging but very well done. These are the first Helen Hardt books I've listened to and I have thoroughly enjoyed them. They have been very different to most erotic books I've listened to and the story is very strong with a few cliffhangers along the way. Burn ends of a gigantic cliffhanger which I hated.......but only because I am very impatient and I want to know right NOW!

The only thing to let the book down a little is the narration. Jonah's POV is portrayed by Alexander Cendese and whilst his portrayal of Jonah himself is good his portrayal of the other characters is not good, Melanie's voice is dreadful. Teri Clark Linden portrays Melanie's POV, I've read negative comments about her portrayal and whilst I can understand some of them I do think it is believable.

I am thoroughly looking forward to the next instalment, due in May. After that the story continues with Ryan's story but I'm going to have to find some patience from somewhere as it's likely going to be about a year before this story concludes fully.

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  • Tracy Blyde
  • 03-05-17

Very sexually graphic.

Well, the continuing story of the Steel family. Very explicit throughout but you have to go with it to get to the end of the book. Looking forward to Surrender.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-15-17

Thrilling

My heart was in my mouth listening to this book of the Trilogy of the Steel Brothers. In fact I have really enjoyed all the Books so far. Looking forward to the next book. Great Story Helen Hardt and the narrator's were awesome.

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  • Tina Cuffe
  • 02-28-18

Poor reading of a story that has huge potential

Would you try another book written by Helen Hardt or narrated by Teri Clark Linden and Alexander Cendese ?

The story line for all the books has great potential however the narrators make it sound like a really bad Mills & Boon novel. The story is like a train wreck that you can't look away from - you have to know how the story finishes but each book leaves you hanging so you have to get to the next one but the narration is still terrible. The male narrators' female voice is laughable and the females voice is so "sound of music" like it makes it hard to listen to the steamy scenes without laughing.

What will your next listen be?

Unfortunately, I need to know how this story finishes so probably the next book in line.

Would you be willing to try another one of Teri Clark Linden and Alexander Cendese ’s performances?

No

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  • Jenny
  • 02-16-17

Great story

I am loving the story . Each book takes you further and further into the suspense. Can't wait for the next book.