Series: Brothers of Ink and Steel
Author: Allie Juliette Mousseau
Genre: New Adult/Sports Romance
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Liam Knight, a sexy panty-melting, hard-bodied streetfighter and renowned tattoo artist, is rising up the ranks of the UFC Middleweight Division, but he’s about to get knocked out by his past.
Quinn Kelley is a semester away from becoming a college graduate when her mother’s death sends her spiraling, forcing her to go back to her hometown and a past she can’t outrun.
Nearly a decade ago, Liam and Quinn fell in love while surviving on the city streets together, but they were torn apart by one irreversible night. Now each has moved forward without the other, but like a tattoo on the heart, absolute love creates a lasting burn.
Quinn has kept a tight rein on her emotions, but with the passing of her mother, the foundation she’s built begins to crack. Will seeing Liam again crumble her fortress to the ground, uncovering the flame that still burns? Or will it extinguish the fire forever?
Liam’s tough exterior and resentful demeanor hides more than a wounded heart. He’s tormented by guilt over what happened to Quinn—and the secret he kept, even from her. But revealing his secrets would require unearthing the all-consuming monster he keeps caged in the darkest part of his soul, the one that threatens to devour him.
When they’re given a second chance, will they let go of their fear and pride and let the flame between them become one?
Or will the heat burn them both?
After reading the first book in this series, Dare, I was really excited to read Burn. The story itself, once I was finished with the whole book, is very emotional and shows what perseverance and the support of others can accomplish. The one issue I had while reading was the constant flashbacks. Yes, they are necessary to tell the full story...but it kept flipping back and forth over and over to the point that it actually was a bit distracting to me. It was fine during the last third of the book or so when everything is so intense since the intensity keeps you drawn in, but until that point I would have preferred longer stretches between them.
As far as the characters go, Liam and Quinn are perfectly suited to each other, bonding while still teenagers when both their lives are in constant turmoil. They are both strong, resourceful, and once you look past all the craziness in their lives, their relationship is actually very sweet. But after being separated for ten years, they have to get used to each other again, and Liam has some bitter feelings to push past.
They both have a lot to work through, and Quinn has so many pent up feelings and issues to still deal with which makes for a lot of tension and drama. The more that builds, the further in the story pulls you.
Burn is a great overall read and addition to the series. We get to see more of the other "brothers", which really builds excitement for their upcoming stories. This was a 4-star read for me, that one star missing solely due to the persistent back and forth with the flashbacks. If you liked Dare, you'll be very happy with Burn. This book is for 18+ due to language, adult sexual situations, abuse and a powerful and disturbing rape scene (may be a trigger for some).
Allie Juliette Mousseau is a USA Today Bestselling author.
She can always be found writing, playing in puddles with her children, hiking with her husband, or adventuring somewhere in the world. Her favorite place to write on warm days is outdoors, but when the weather gets too cold, she'll be inside at her desk inspired by the mountain view from her home office in Montana where she lives with her loving husband, children, and golden retriever. She loves to travel and lived for three years in her RV with her family while visiting the national parks and forests of the U.S. and a couple Canadian provinces. She is excited to add all of Canada and Alaska in the near future!Sign up for Allie's Newsletter: http://goo.gl/Oyw8G2