Review & GIVEAWAY – Burn by Maya Banks

Burn by Maya BanksAvailable: August 6, 2013 Amazon/B&N

Type: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

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 women 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 a woman 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.

My thoughts on Burn: I ADORED this book! Of course when I’m talking about Maya Banks, everything is always really good. Ash and Josie together set the page on fire. I loved how Josie spurned the advances Ash kept making towards her. Instead leery because she’s still in a dying relationship when they meet, Josie is determined to not jump from one bad relationship to the next. She ends her relationship with a man who was just playing Dom to her sub but when he attacks her Ash finally steps in and takes the reins…not only with her ex but also with Josie herself. He tries to make her feel needed, loved and encourages her by buying her artwork (behind her back..big mistake… but his heart was in the right place). I didn’t think Ash made nearly as many mistakes as his friends Gabe and Jace did in their books and instead of righting all his mistakes he was able to evolve his relationship at a better pace than them. Josies artistic mind made her more of a free thinker and she knew from the beginning that the Dom/sub lifestyle was for her and it wasn’t just a game she was playing.

Burn is sensual and erotically sexy without being over the top or hardcore. I get tired of some of the BDSM books with all the physical punishment…it’s nice to read one where the men don’t constantly flog, spank or whip the heroine. Instead Banks gives us men who dominate in bed, love completely and emotionally consume the heroine.

Ash’s willingness to put everything on the line for Josie was amazing and it made me fall just a bit in love with him myself. I thought Ash would be a bit darker then he actually was based on what was said in the past two books, but instead he was just kinda lonely and tired of the threesomes he used to share with Jace. While he considers Jace and Gabe his family, he still longs for that connection his own real family has never given him. Josie gives him a chance to finally have what he wanted and he was unwilling to let her go once finding her.

I was wondering if there would be an actual conclusion to an incident that happened in book one between Mia, Gabe and an investment man and Burn finally gives readers that ending. I wished there would have been more of a threat throughout the books but it does result in a very climactic event and while it was kinda out of nowhere, it made for some good, emotionally wrought reading.

Maya Banks is always at the top of my reading pile and Burn only cemented her place. Banks is an exquisite story teller! Erotic, emotionally charged and compelling, a wonderful ending to her Breathless trilogy!

I give Burn by Maya Banks 5 stars! 



  • Maya has hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller list in every format and genre she’s written in. Mass market, trade paperback, category romance, and digital only.

**GIVEAWAY – The awesome folks at Sullivan and Partners are allowing me to give away one print copy of Burn to a US or Canadian winner! Open until 8-11-13 at 11:59pm EST. Winner announced shortly after. To enter simply answer the following question:

“What do you like to see on the covers of your erotic romance? People? Inanimate objects? Why?”

Rush by Maya BanksFever by Maya Banks


  1. I think it kind of depends on the title. If it is one word like Maya’s I like it be an image that is inanimate objects that evoke the word, but if there is a word like cowboy in the title I expect to see a sexy cowboy.

  2. I am a total cover lover. I love covers with passionate embraces, with men and women or one. I also like covers of objects that have to do with title of the book or something to do with the story. I especially love this series with Burn has the fire and Fever the melting water, and Rush with the water. Love Jace, Gabe, and Ash. But Gabe is why favorite.

  3. Hi! 🙂 I really don’t care one way or another as long as they stop being clones of the last thing that was uberpopular… I get there are just so many ways of having objects on the cover, but I do not need to feel like I’m looking at a million different versions of 50 Shades. These covers are obviously objects, but not giving me the I’m a 50 Shades clone feeling.

    That said, I do prefer my romance novels to have shirtless guys on them… 😉


  4. I want to see people! I do not like this new trend in romance book covers. I’m a total cover whore and I’ve read some great books that I picked up because the cover looked hot.

  5. Personally, Maya, I like the covers you have on Burn, Rush and Fever. I suppose it doesn’t matter much since I mostly read ebooks now, but when I read a hard copy I just don’t like the erotic poses of people on the covers because people look at me funny when I read them in a public place (waiting rooms, planes, trains, autos, buses, trolleys, etc. I don’t give two hoots about what they think about me, but I just prefer no dirty or shocked looks while I’m reading in public. If I have a paperback, I tend to use a book cover over the erotic stories. Besides, I see no reason why we need to have erotic looking covers, unless there are folks out there who buy a book by its cover. I don’t do that, however.

  6. I am fine with both people or objects on the cover of books as long as the covers match the stories written inside. When they don’t even come close it is a bit annoying. Not enough to keep me from reading more by that author. But I always wish more thought had been put into them.

  7. Either, I think that whatever is put on the cover should reflect the title or subject of the book. It should catch my interest by either being unique, intriguing, sexy, or colorful. I love covers that look like art. Thanks for sharing Burn and the giveaway. Maya Banks is one of my favorite authors. evamillien at gmail dot com

  8. I think that either can be appropriate. I like to see something that is at least in part representative of the storyline and if there is some smexy going on, I like it to be tasteful and lovely 🙂 Thank you for the treat of a giveaway.

  9. I love covers that have some kind of object that represents part of the story. I don’t like people on the covers because I like to form an opinion in my mind about what they look like based onw hat i read, not what is already shown to me beforehand. Thank you!


  10. A lot of times the headless torsos look weird, so I kind of prefer inanimate objects or scenic covers, but it doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the hot covers.

  11. I like people more than objects but I also think that the cover has got to have something to do with the story.

  12. I like people more than objects but I also think that the cover has got to have something to do with the story.


  13. I sometimes like to look at sexy men on the covers of romances but inanimate objects help hide what you’re reading (especially if you’re reading during school/at work). Either way the cover’s not what matters. It’s the awesomeness inside! 🙂

  14. Not a fan of the inanimate object on the cover or the cartoon cover. I have refused to read some series such as the original Charlene Harris because I hated the cover.
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  15. I am drawn more to people on covers unless it’s a well known author that I follow, then it doesn’t really matter. But if it’s a new to me author, I am drawn to mostly people in some smexy poses 🙂

  16. I like to see people because I think that it makes the book look more steamier. You also get the sense on what the book is about (one guy and one girl, or something else). Objects are good with the people but just the objects don’t really catch my attention.

  17. I am really not picky about what I on a cover. As long as it is eye catching and as something to do with the book/story then I am good with whatever the publisher/author as done.

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