Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #1
Published by Avon
Published on: October 28 2014
Genres: Paranormal 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.
For those of you who
have been living under a rock don’t already know, Ilona Andrews is my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E.
Has been since I first read Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) 5ish years ago. After I binge-read all the available Kate books, I moved onto The Edge, which I also loved, and knowing that the Ilona love was not a fluke, the internet stalking began, in which I discovered Curran POV extras and Kinsmen sci-fi short stories, etc.
And the Andrews, have never, not once, let me down.
Burn for Me, the first installment of the Hidden Legacy series, takes place in a world where a few hundred years ago, a serum was discovered that could awaken a myriad of different types of magic in humans. Eventually the serum was destroyed, but the damage had already been done, and the newly awakened magical gifts were passed on genetically. Fast forward to the present, and the highly magical families guard their bloodlines the same way the real world Western European blue bloods do.
Enter Nevada Baylor, who at 25 is the oldest daughter, and has been running the family PI business since her father died of cancer six years ago.
The family PI business whose mortgage was sold to one of the Big Deal magical families in order to pay the medical bills. The family PI business the Big Deal magical family is offering up as a sacrificial lamb when our story begins.
Baylor Investigative Agency looks great on paper, you see, and Montgomery International Investigations (MII) has been asked by another Big Deal magical family to bring in their prodigal son, a Prime (the highest level of magic user) pyro(FIRE)kinetic, who just recently burnt up a bank, which resulted in the death of a cop amongst other things. MII, being unable to refuse such a request without risking unpleasantness, weighed the risks, deemed an honest attempt too expensive, and decided to make use of the clause in the mortgage agreement that allows them to contract out Nevada’s services.
If she refuses, she breaks the contract, and the business is forfeit. If she fails, she breaks the contract, and the business is forfeit. If she dies, MII gets to recoup their loses, and the business is forfeit.
And this was the point where I shrieked my vicarious frustration and scared the crap out of my cat. Seriously. He sat on the floor in front of the bed for the rest of the day. Wouldn’t come near me . . .
Such was the level of emotion the book was able to pull out of me, and that was in the first 8%.
That’s one of my favorite things about the Andrews—their ability to create instantly likable and/or interesting characters. Slews of them. Nevada is a perfect example of this. She’s snarky and fantastic, so much so, you don’t even mind, or begrudge her, her super special snowflake status.
Nevada’s family is the “slew” and her grandmother especially is a hoot, and then there’s Mad Rogan . . .
Mad Rogan, a Prime with off-the-charts magical abilities . . . Mad Rogan, the wealthy and powerful head of House Rogan . . . Mad Rogan, pure sex walking around on two legs . . .
Mad Rogan, the borderline sociopath.
Yes, you heard me—SOCIOPATH.
I can only hope more is revealed about him in future installments to make him a more sympathetic character, b/c right now, Mad Rogan is my only real issue with this book.
Oh, there was also some slight disbelief with the Big Reveal at the very end, but that was small potatoes. Mad Rogan, on the other hand . . . he’s downright scary. Like Ted Bundy scary. And I can see Nevada being hot for him, but eventually in love with him . . . ? As it stands, she should run screaming, in the opposite direction.
Literally Mad Rogan aside, Burn for Me is positively delightful. The world-building is fresh and original. The characters are hilarious, and the sense of family will give you the warm-fuzzies. Those of you who
stalk follow the Andrews like I do will particularly enjoy a scenario with Nevada’s high school-aged sisters that very closely resembled something that happened with one of their daughters—the pen is mightier than the high school coach. *wink* Overall, an excellent start to a wonderful new series. Nevada Baylor is now second to only Kate Daniels. Highly recommended.