RANT (feel free to skip this): This is the third book in a row I've read that was mostly depressing. Some of this stuff is epic, unforgettable and outstanding writing but DAMN. What happened to the good ol days where conflict was just a misunderstanding about an ex or a brooding alpha male who lacks communication skills? I'm just sayin, all this angst is making me feel partially suicidal and partially homicidal. END RANT.
Burn is the sequel to Hook and is the end of the two part series. You absolutely cannot read Burn without reading Hook first, you won't be able to follow the story and it will spoil part one. Neither part of the series is a standalone. So, if you have not read Hook, stop reading this review now because there will be Hook spoilers.
Burn picks up with Emily in a state of complete emotional devastation over the murder of her son. Marco tries to be there for Emily but she hates him in a palpable way because she believes he could have saved her son. The only thing Emily believes she has left is revenge. She hatches a plan to kill the mafia boss responsible for her son's death. The plan involves returning to being a prostitute and things get truly ugly. While rebufing every one of Marco's attempts to get her back, Emily is screwing her way to revenge. She is obsessed and will do just about anything with her body to get what she wants.
I mean, Emily's profession was prostitution but I have to be honest, it's a lot and it's difficult to read it. If you are expecting this book to be about Marco and Emily together, you are going to suffer some disappointment. The majority of the book is Emily letting other guys use her body. I have children so I can understand how Emily lost her mind but it was very unromantic. This goes on for a good 65% of the book before Emily finally starts to find her way back from the bad place. For Marco's part, he just comes across has very tortured and helpless while Emily is doing whatever.
There are some twists and turns in this book and I gotta say, the reason this is 4 stars and not 5 is because of the way they played out. We all know that Marco has been keeping some secrets from Emily. One secret in particular though it takes just stupid long for Marco to come out with. I was screaming at my Kindle "just tell her, what are you waiting for? When Kindle screaming commences, it is never a good thing.
If I had to sum up my feelings about this book, I would say, it was good but no fun. Great writing, great storytelling, interesting characters, fast moving plot but NO joy. If you read Hook, you need to read this conclusion. Just try to sandwich this book between some upbeat contemporary romance reads.
**ARC provided by TRSoR Promotions**