Overall Rating: ★★★★★
Performance (J.F.): ★★★★★
Performance (Greyson): ★★★★★
Narrator: J.F. Harding and Greyson Ash
Audiobook Length: 13hr 42m
Release Date: 08-15-2017
Reading Time: 6 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a review copy of Burn from ListenUp Audiobooks in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author, narrators and/or publisher’s generosity.
Milena Wellington, general manager of the Wellington Plaza, may have been raised in a world of privilege, but she’s worked hard for her professional success, and she’s not about to let anyone take that from her. The problem? Her love life is in shambles, she’s sleeping on her friend’s couch, her coworkers are constantly plotting behind her back, and she’s stalking an intense, slightly arrogant, tattooed firefighter she had a one-night stand with.
Being a firefighter was never a choice for Caleb Ryan. His destiny was decided when his life was shattered. He’s never veered from the course and temptation has never led him astray. The problem? Women serve a purpose, but love; he’s incapable of it. That is until he can’t stop thinking about the witty yet incredibly sexy brunette he met Christmas Eve. For one night, this exotic beauty sparked a fire inside of him, and he can’t let her go. What happens when they can’t ignore the burn?
First Line: “‘F***,’ I murmur to myself, dragging my palms over my face, frustrated sleep isn’t happening to me…”
Narrator Review (J.F.):
Firefighter? Someone needs to hose me down before this man sets my ears on fire.
I have to say, J.F. Harding has quite the voice. It’s energetic yet smooth and deep without being gravely. Mufasa ain’t got nothing on this man; he’s the freaking king of the Audiobooks!
Burn showcases his unbelievable talent to create humor even during a morose passage. His timing is SPOT. ON. I was a fish on a hook and he dragged me behind The USS Vocal Perfection.
J.F. Harding is magnificent and I want to eat his voice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Narrator Review (Greyson):
Greyson Freaking Ash. Call me greedy, but I can I have this woman’s voice?
I don’t think an audiobook has ever made me cry so much. No one should have that much power. I followed Greyson’s cadence right into an abyss of heartache. Her voice is the definition of elegance and temptation.
I didn’t want the torture to end! She absolutely lit me UP!
Now, Greyson’s voice paired with J.F. Harding’s? YaaaOK it’s going to be hard to find another pair like this. I was so impressed with how these two tangoed together. I felt like I should have closed my eyes and not watched…but I guess that wouldn’t have helped considering this is an audiobook…but hey, we win some we loose some.
Good gawd! Who would have thought it would be so easy to find a HUNK?! I need to start a fire. Like, STAT.
Burn has that eau de passion I have been waiting for! Angst, delicious conflict, invigorating plot twists. For you smutty smuts, this is the book for YOU!
We are first introduced to Caleb. The man just wants to sleep, but his job disagrees with him; a hero has no time to sleep! And quite the hero he is…*eyebrow waggle*
Caleb is a dirty fiend of a fireman. He also needs a lesson in tact because his mouth is filth-AY. Unfortunately for him, he has been dealt the wild cards in relationships; Caleb’s girlfriend is a stripper. Well, ex-girlfriend. He didn’t know she was a stripper…so…well…obviously she’s out of the picture now. (Hopefully forever)
If only Caleb could find a decent woman.
Mila doesn’t have much luck in relationships either, although she probably wishes she was dating Magic Mike after getting cheated on AND kicked out of her place. What a gentleman. Snort! Mila moves in with her friend only to find herself at a bar…the same bar Caleb is at.
Ooo these two are toxic! Talk about major push-pull syndrome! This is unrequited love with some serious twists. Yes, Shey Stahl has sculpted us a hero who is incapable of love (so he thinks).
“Do you believe in love at first sight?” I blurt out, wanting to slap my hand over my mouth.
I want to see what he’s going to say.
His attention shifts to the window overlooking the city. “No. That’s for fairy tales and romance novels.” He waits a beat, still not looking at me, and asks, “Do you?”
Umm YEAH I do!
He’s watching me, eyes intent on mine and part of me is wondering if he’s remembering what I said earlier this morning. That I loved him and I knew he loved me too, despite him not saying it.
Will he say it now?
Umm NO he won’t!
Caleb is beautifully damaged. Although I enjoyed Mila’s character, Caleb was the sous chef that put a cheese grater to my heart.
Shey Stahl’s writing is ambrosial. This was my first text by her, and I’m obsessed. We follow our protagonists as they peregrinate through life thinking everything is going according to plan. Considering their misfortunes they think they have dandy lives, they’re doing dandy things…until that one person comes and shows them there’s so much more to live for. Or in this case: die for.
She pushes on my shoulders. “Protect yourself. I’m a death magnet.”
I’m not sure what to say to her because, in a way, I feel that way too.
Shey Stahl has given us an inextinguishable love. Passion, elegance and sacrifice, Burn is absolutely timeless.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have my house to burn down…If my heart doesn’t fail me first.