Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Posted October 27, 2014 | 45 Comments

Burn for Me by Ilona AndrewsBurn for Me
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #1
Published by: Avon
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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.

Oh, you guys! This book! Wow, okay, so Burn for Me is the first book in a new series by Ilona Andrews. Boy, did it ever friggin’ rock. Very rarely does the first book in the UF genre impress me so much. It usually take 2-3 installments to earn my undying devotion. I am already at the author’s mercy with the first book. Seriously, I didn’t even want to read anything for a while after I finished it, because I wanted to hold on to that book high for as long as possible.

I only recently had my first taste of Andrews’ work with Magic Bites. I loved it and look forward to continuing the Kate Daniels series. However, when I first saw Burn for Me, I hesitated big time. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to invest in another series just yet, while being so behind on Kate Daniels. Also, the cover is kind of meh. I can’t even tell you how glad I am that I decided to read it.

Burn for Me has so many elements that I love, just like other books, but authors do an exceptional job with them. It’s like when my brother and I make brownies. We both put the same ingredients in, but his always come out better, perfect. While mine are good, just not great. This book would be my brother’s brownies.

Nevada is a private investigator who runs the family business. She is reluctantly pulled into working a dangerous case where she’s supposed to bring in someone much more powerful than her. Yeah, she is expected to fail. That is, until Mad Rogan takes an interest in the case for his own reasons. He and Nevada work together to put a stop to the wrath that has been set upon Houston. But it turns out to be so much bigger than they could have imagined.

I love Nevada! She’s strong, funny and smart. Best of all, she doesn’t do any of that whiny, pity party crap. She knows what she has to do and does it. I would love to have her magical powers. She’s like a human lie detector, but as we find out, there’s a lot more to it. I can’t wait to see where that goes.

Connor (aka Mad Rogan) was the kind of man I love to see in this genre. Well, any genre, really. This guy is extremely powerful, and he’s a bit … infuriating, but it’s the kind of infuriating that makes you smile instead of wanting to smack him. He can be a bit scary and needs some lessons in morality; he just needs to be under Nevada’s influence more.. Anyway, what I really, truly love is, he doesn’t question Nevada. He doesn’t get all alpha protective, doubt her, or tell her to stay put. If fact, he supports and pushes her, helps her become stronger. That is the kind of man I love.

There are a slew of secondary characters that I adore! Nevada is very close with her family, and they all live together. Her mom and grandma are some tough women, and believe me when I say you do not want to cross them. Her sisters and cousins are quite entertaining. There is just a great family dynamic that works beautifully in this book.

When it comes to world-building in this genre, it’s often weighed down in the first book or two. But in Burn for Me, it was very well done. It gave me enough info about the magic and how it works, without making me want to zone out. The magic element is great and easy to understand.

Burn for Me was exciting and completely engaging. It’s almost 400 pages long, but I was so engrossed it felt like I flew through it. I didn’t want it to end! Believe me, I am eagerly waiting for the next book. It can’t be here soon enough!


45 responses to “Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

    • Christy

      Do not resist! If you do, there will be much regret in your future.

      Sounds like I write for fortune cookies. lol

  1. YAY!!!!! I really loved this one too Christy, and for all the reasons you mentioned. Nevada was awesome, and ROGAN. Yes. He was alpha but not overly so and I loved that he let her be who she was:) Also, I want her grandma. Just saying. So ready for book 2!

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    • Christy

      Yes! You definitely need to read this then. I love the Charley Davidson series too, and this is right up there in awesomeness. I’m so glad you visited, Emma! 🙂

  2. Awesome review! Agree with everyone else, the cover leaves a bit to be desired, it looks like another bodice ripper from the eighties. I’m so glad it was much, much more than that. Not my usual read, but love picking up new books and this sounds like a series I can sink my teeth into.

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  3. I still haven’t read anything by this author before but your review for this one makes me want to change that asap! I’m going to have to move this author up on my TBR pile ASAP!

  4. The more people are coming out with their love for this book the higher on my wishlist it goes! So need to read this one. I just started on her Kate Daniels books as well. Oh the second book in that series is already better the first. Now I need this series. I’d say to tell her to slow down, but then I’ll have all these books at my disposal when I’m ready. 😀

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  5. I HAD to go back to your review of this one and say I LOVED this one to pieces too!!! What I loved the most, besides Nevada and her awesome family (Grandma!!!) was Mad Rogan! I loved that aspect where he almost, like, studied Nevada as if she was this odd, rare, weird creature he wasn’t sure what to make of.

    LOVED!!!! Great review!!!

  6. Agreed, I loved it to bits too!
    And honestly, it was my first Ilona Andrews read, I’ve been meaning to get into the Kate Daniels series, but then again I didn’t even get around to finishing The Hollows series by Kim Harrison and I love it hardcore, so I’m reluctant to jump into a many-books series at this point, lol.
    But this was the perfect scenario in which to try out Ilona Andrews, and boy was it a good experience!
    Yey for waiting on the second one in the series now, haha. Waiting sucks…

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