Book Review: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Nadene June 8, 2017 Reviews 2 Comments

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Book Review: Burn for Me by Ilona AndrewsTitle: Burn for Me
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #1
Published by Avon on October 28, 2014
Pages: 406
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
Format: eBook
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Rating: five-stars

#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.

OMG! This book was downright awesome. I cannot believe I took this long to read an Ilona Andrews novel.  I have read a few books within the urban fantasy genre which I enjoyed, but this my favourite.
What the book is about
 
Nevada Baylor is a private investigator with Baylor Investigations, which is run by her family. Unfortunately, the business is facing financial challenges and as a result; it was mortgaged to the hilt.  The company who holds the mortgage issued an order for her to take on an assignment, which may or may not lead to her death.  She had no choice but to accept the assignment as failure to do so would lead to the loss of the business and her family home.
In the midst of the chaos, she is kidnapped by Mad Rogan, a man who was rich, powerful and feared by all whom he came in contact with.  They are both after the same target, so working together seemed the logical thing to do.  However, their unexpected partnership will lead to them discovering things about themselves and developing feelings they never thought was possible with each other.
What I enjoyed
 
Superb Writing: The manner in which the story was presented made me feel as if I was a part of the story.  I loved he uniqueness of the setting and the premise. The story is set in a world that is similar to ours, with one main difference, magic. In the 1800s, a serum was developed that gave humans magical powers and since that time magic has reigned supreme.  Years later, you have a world where some humans have interesting and unique powers.  There were those whose powers were stronger than the norm who are called primes.
Delightful Characters: Nevada is a strong, brave, honest, kick-ass heroine. From the moment I was introduced to her, I knew I would love her. She cares deeply for her family and would do anything to protect them. She is not the type to behave like a damsel in distress.  While working on this case she would come to realise that there is more to her powers than she originally believed.
Conner Rogan AKA Mad Rogan is a formidable and complex man.   He was former military and a trained killer. He has no qualms about killing when the need arises. However, I soon came to realize that underneath all that craziness lay a heart of compassion. Few were privy to this side of him.
I loved every moment spent with the supporting cast of characters.  I loved how Nevada’s family had her back.  They had a bond that was stronger than any magic.  It is rare for me to like the villain in a story, but this time around, I could not help but like Adam. He was cocky and entitled, but there was something about him that I found endearing.
Fun and entertaining story: There was tons of action, and thrilling moments to keep me on my toes. It moved quickly sparing me no time to be bored. There was humour to help lighten the heavy moments. There was loads of sexual tension permeating the pages of this story, but there was no intimacy and no romance. Not that I am complaining. It is evident that there is an attraction there, but with all what was happening there would have been no to explore their feelings for each other.  I am curious to discover how this aspect of the story will eventually play out.
I was happy with the ending. Thankfully, it was not a cliff-hanger.  The situation in this instance was adequately wrapped up, however, there was a shocking revelation in the epilogue which left me with questions. Thankfully I am able to proceed to next book in the series right away so my questions will be answered soon.
Verdict
Overall, this is a great read and one, which I highly recommend.

About Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.) Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

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