This is the third and final book in THE BREATHLESS TRILOGY. Each book can be read as a stand alone, however I recommend you reading them in order.
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Rating: 4.5 Stars
I was a little skeptical going into this book. From what I’ve gathered about Ash McIntyre in the first two books, he just came off as this laid-back go with the flow kind of guy that just liked sleeping around. He never seemed to understand what first Gabe and then Jace were going through when they fell for Mia and Bethany, respectively.
Before I started this book, he was my least favorite. After finishing it, he is 100% my favorite of the three men! In taking it a step further, I will say that this book is my favorite of the three as well.
I learned early on that I really had no idea who Ash really was. The Ash I thought I knew was not the real Ash. Getting inside his head made it much easier to understand him and I saw a different side of him that others, including Jace and Gabe, never saw. He actually is much more Alpha male than either of the two. He is very blunt, demanding, controlling, protective and incredibly romantic. Like I said NOTHING LIKE I THOUGHT HE WAS.
“Looking at the three of them, Gabe, Jace and Ash, people assumed Ash was the easygoing one. The “I don’t give a fuck” kind. Laid-back. Maybe even a pushover. They were all wrong.”
When the book starts, Ash is sort of lost. His two best friends have settled down with their women and he was the last one to live by their “live free, play hard” motto. But, he started wondering if that was enough for him after watching Gabe and Jace fall head of heels in love and seem happier than they have ever been. As he is pondering this, he sees Josie and something about her intrigued him. He wanted her.
“Adrenaline rushed through his veins. The hunt. Discovery. Challenge. Interest. He wanted to know who this woman was, and what that collar she wore meant.”
But Josie wasn’t a damsel in distress like Bethany nor was she an innocent young girl like Mia. Josie is no stranger to dominant/submissive relationships yet something about Ash both intrigued and terrified her simultaneously. Ash was intense and he was prepared to give her everything, but take everything in return. Could she take that leap with him?
And thus began the whirlwind romance of Ash and Josie. I really loved both of these characters, separately and together. I loved how Ash needed to always touch Josie and how Josie gave herself over to his demanding ways so easily. I loved how honest they were with one another and how they really did communicate immediately. They just worked together. There was no stupidity on either of their parts, no annoying fights or whining. Their relationship was the kind I wanted to keep reading about.
“But without you, I have nothing because money, wealth, power, it doesn’t mean anything without someone to share it with. So maybe my need of you is greater than your need of me. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to do everything in my power to make you need me every bit as much as I need you.”
Because this is Ash’s book, I got to see the interactions between Ash and his horrible family. This has been hinted at since the first book, but seeing his family, his mother in particular, in action really shed light on why he absolutely hated them. They were horrible! It was great to finally understand something that was always mentioned in the series.
This final book in the series did such a great job in tying things from the first two books in with this story and closing up loose ends. I loved how Maya wove in story lines from RUSH and FEVER into this book. I also loved how I got to see Ash and Josie’s interactions with the other two couples. And this book wouldn’t be complete without a Girls Night Out, which as always, is hilarious and sexy at the same time.
By far, this was my favorite book of the series. I loved Ash, I loved Josie. This book was bittersweet for me because as much as I loved it, I knew it would be the last time I got to spend time with Gabe, Jace, Ash and their women. I’m going to miss them. Kudos Maya Banks for ending this series with a bang!
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*
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