Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #1
Published by Avon Romance on October 28, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire...
Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.
Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.
Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.
Well, the Andrews Duo has done it again!
This was a FUN read. Lots of fun and even though I’ve been in a reading slump…I read this one in less than two days. Even with extended breaks. So good.
As always when I review an Ilona Andrews book, you have to excuse my disjointed squeeing. Can’t help it, book’s too good.
Ilona Andrews just…gives me what I want. There’s really no other way to describe it: I’ve never read an Andrews book without leaving it (mostly) satisfied. The only “let down” I ever have is the extremely slow burn of the romance. I’m impatient and I want that HEA now, damn it! LOL. It’s a rather small complaint…especially since this isn’t a Romance ( I know, it was published by a Romance Imprint but its more UF with a heap of super smexy romance). 🙂
I really love the way that the Andrews craft their worlds: they keep the setting purely set in the “present” or near future but completely change the historic time-line in a way that allows them the best of both worlds: the technology of the 21st century but the magic normally set in low tech civilizations.
I really liked Nevada. She’s smart, attractive, kind and loving. You can tell she truly cares for others and loves her family with all she has. *I think* Nevada is more powerful than she knows and her family (mom, dad and Grandma) are holding back on her due to the dangerous nature (for Nevada) of her talent. I think Nevada is *much* more powerful than she thinks – I think Nevada is a Prime. I’m pretty excited for her growth arc.
Rogan is…hawt. Full stop. He’s gorgeous, he’s filthy rich, and he’s ignorantly powerful…all the while he’s also (emotionally) distant and homicidal. He’s pushy, bossy, demanding and entitled. He’s decided he wants Nevada and so he’s going to go after her. He doesn’t really understand the word “no” so Nevada’s resistance confounds him.
I really like Nevada and Rogan together. It’s clear he needs to grow a bit (understatement) and that Nevada has to learn. I’m eager to see where Ilona Andrews takes this relationship…but it’s clearly going to be a hot ride. 😉
Plot wise, Burn for Me is pretty simple which really allows the characters, world-building and magic system to shine. The plot follows the hunt for Adam Pierce – a selfish, destructive and murderous Prime – while the book slowly introduces the reader to the world and magic system. The small intricacies and details of the magic system is really quite wonderful – especially when compared to a lot of the ham-fisted magic systems I’ve read lately.
The book moved (plot wise) pretty much the way I expected except for the ending. The ending REALLY surprised me and that doesn’t happen often. Now I have months and months and months to wait until the next book is released. *pout* White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) will be released October 27, 2015. Yes. I DO have this on pre-order. ;-D
There are a lot of similarities between Nevada & Rogan vs Kate and Curran: Kate and Nevada are both PIs; Curran and Rogan are both slightly homicidal; Kate and Nevada are both strong willed. There are more differences to me, however. I never really felt that I was reading a Kate Daniels book: The magic system is vastly different and Nevada isn’t the trouble-magnet, smart ass fighter that Kate is. Nevada is surrounded by family that she loves and she appears to be very conscientious, especially when making plans or performing research – Kate is more of a “have sword, will kill” kinda girl, making her the perfect mate for someone like Curran.
Curran and Rogan are also very similar without being copies of each other: both are take charge “alpha” males who give orders with ease. Curran appears to be more…emotional than Rogan. Both Curran and Rogan are homicidal but Rogan won’t give thought to killing someone in his way whereas Curran is more likely to kill someone he feels is an actual threat (or really pissed him off).
As with all Ilona Andrews books, I heartily suggest that you toss down whatever it is that you are currently reading and read Burn for Me NOW.