Review: Burn by Callie Hart

callie burnBurn by Callie Hart (Blood & Roses #3)
Released: May 22, 2014
Erotic Novella
Self-Published

Reviewed by Sheena

Zeth.  Mmmmm.  He is such an utter indulgence.  He is a mystery yet you feel like you know him.  He is ALPHA yet you sense a bone deep vulnerability that is so heavily leashed you instinctively know that if he let down his walls and fell for you, it would be akin to having the fiercest lover and protector guarding your heart and watching your back- forever .  Zeth Mayfair is the stuff that romance novels are made of – tall, dark and handsome – check; alpha dude – check; confident in his ability to completely blow your mind, body and soul with a single stroke of his… finger- check.  Ohhhh but there is just the one thing…the immense pleasure that is Zeth is tempered with a little….pain.

Good thing heroine Sloane Romera is a physician.  A surgeon at that! Young, smart, beautiful Sloane is one of my favorite heroines.  She lives a quiet and sheltered life as a doctor until her world is rocked when her beloved sister, Alexis,  is believed to have been taken by a Mexican Mob Boss who operates a prostitution ring.  Desperate to save her sister Sloane plunges into a gritty underworld and resolves herself to selling her innocence in order to find clues to help her find Alexis.  Lucky for Sloane, instead of falling victim to human trafficking and being at the mercy of a man who wants to use and abuse her, she meets Zeth Mayfair instead and is now on the ride of her life!

Burn is the third installment of Callie Hart’s Blood & Roses series and it finds Zeth and Sloane closer than ever to rescuing Sloane’s captured sister, Alexis.  It is sexy and quite adventurous.  I would be soo much less impressed if the author went the S&M cookie cutter route and had Zeth spank Sloane a few times, tie her up, twist her nipples, cum in her mouth and kick her like a puppy to await his next order.   Not-in-the-least.   Zeth and Sloane are partners as he helps her navigate the dangerous Mob Boss territory and Zeth struggles with his growing attachment and attraction to Sloane.  He fights such an inner battle that every time he lets his stoic mask slip and his tender feelings are revealed, it feels like a friggin victory!  Sloane is brave despite her precarious circumstances and is powerless in her struggle to keep from giving away her heart completely to Zeth:

“Since we started this whole thing, you’ve done nothing but push me to free myself.  To realize I was holding myself back.  You took that from me… you’re not physically restrained like I am Zeth.  You’re on emotional lock down.  When you’re around me, you do everything and anything you can not to feel anything…So I took that from YOU.  I made you feel something.  You see me as a game. An experiment.  Something to toy with…You are the guy who shows up on my doorstep and screws me senseless whenever he feels like it.  And I’m the girl stupid enough to let you do it.

I choke on the words, hating them… Zeth’s face is stone cold, frozen in a blank, detached expression…when he looks up at me, the conflict I see warring in his eyes takes me by surprise.”

You genuinely root for this couple and their mission impossible. You get mad and want to throttle Zeth. Then he amuses you.  Then he makes you hot, then you are all like, “why was I even mad.”  Sloane makes you proud, then she is a nitwit, then she won’t freaking stop RUINING it, then she is perfection, then you are all like “atta girl!”

“Do you want me, I whisper, grazing my teeth against his ear lobe…Are you going to behave if I let you come play with me on the bed…”

Get em’ Sloane!!

I find the most important supporting character in the story to be a big, black duffle bag of… ahem. Tools.  After all, Zeth is a dominant, S&M dream come true- though, there is nothing violent or too dark between the hero and heroine- just think, sexy kink with a few twists and the kiss of pain that whispers along your senses- never, ever just bludgeoning the point home and coming across as hardcore S&M.  There is even a thread of humor that I love because it adds balance to the sensuality and adventure:

 “You’re kneeling on the floor with a gun pressed against the back of your head, wondering if you’re about to die.  Don’t fucking tell me you’re not feeling anything Zeth.

Alright, I’m fucking shitting my pants.  I’m losing my shit.  Is that what you want to hear?

He lets out a scathing laugh.

Wonderful.  I’m glad I’m not the only sadist in this relationship.”

Burn culminates one story arc and leaves you gasping…gaping and WTF’ing at the set up for the next (sure to be incredible) story arc in the series.  Zeth has proved his mettle as Sloane’s rock and the next move is ALL on Sloane.  Circumstances leave her reeling and what she will possibly DO next is enough to make me white knuckle it until book 4 is in my grubby little hands.  It is akin to being on the precipice of something that will either enrage me or make me squee in glee and it feels F!#*&^g  amazing!

This book picks up immediately where book 2, Fracture, left off.  If you have not read book 1, Deviant (free right now!) and Fracture, I highly recommend you do.  You seriously don’t want to miss a moment of appreciation of their journey!

Sooooo Cracky…I’m talking Freebase Crack attack!!!

Rating: A

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Comments

  1. Deb says

    Sheena,
    Thanks for reviewing this book! I read A LOT of erotic romance and BDSM, and I agree with you that sometimes the typical route can be ho hum. Hence, I’m always looking for something new and different. I decided since Burn was free and your review was so enthusiastic that I’d just read them all. Boy, was I hooked. I must admit, when I started Deviant, I thought “How the hell is she going to make this guy even remotely likeable?” Admittedly, I can’t turn my back on a hot guy who is also a bad ass. So I kept reading. Hart really stepped it up in Fracture and took off running in Burn. I was truly impressed with her story telling ability. I chose to ignore the typos/proof reading mistakes because all three books were so good.

  2. Sheena says

    Hi Deb,

    I am glad you liked the series. I too had the same thoughts because Zeth almost rides the edge with likability when you are first introduced. The typo/proofreading errors didn’t bother me too much- but did prevent this from being A+. How about that ending…everything that Sloane banked on…suddenly…poof!

    • Deb says

      Hi Sheena,

      That ending and the bits leading up to it! Don’t want to give any spoilers for those who haven’t read it but I will say this – there are not many times I clutch my chest and gasp *Holy shit!* This was one of those times. LOL

  3. Sheena says

    Yes…yes this was my experience as well! I said WHAT THE F*u(p*&^!!!!!
    Then my thoughts ran to Zeth, what is he going to DO or THINK!! Will he try to push her away, will she try to push him away, will they push each other away
    whhhaaaaaaaaaa????

    ha

    • Deb says

      Ha, is right! Totally agree with everything you said. And, how is that whole “event” going to go down now that it’s out in the open. You know what I’m talking about.
      Here’s my dilemma…like any crack addict worth her salt, I wanted to know when my next fix was coming. Hart has a blog site but there’s no info about a next book. At the end of Burn she mentions the next one is Rebel. Wha?? Is she not going to give us anymore of Zeth and Sloane?? I just refuse to believe that. *stomps foot* Maybe I completely missed some info.

  4. Sheena says

    Deb! Honey, put down the crack paraphernalia and listen up! Hart has confirmed # 3 will be released in…..EARLY JULY!!

    *we may now resume our regularly scheduled crackish behavior*
    !!!!!

    • Sheena says

      Oh Debbbbbbb! Fallen is out Thursday and it is MARVELOUS!!!!! Warning: the prologue is a bit confusing but it alllll comes together :)

      Crack attack!!!

  5. Deb says

    Get Out!! Yay! Thanks for the heads up. Why is it not showing up at B&N for preorder? I have a Nook but checked Amazon anyway and don’t see it there, either.
    BTW, I just finished Unbeautiful and, yes, I liked that one better than the first. Crazy, f***ed up good reading. LOL

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