Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #1
Published by Avon on October 28, 2014
Narrator: Renee Raudman
Genres: 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.
I love the Kate Daniels series so much, it’s a frequent reread for me so I’m not sure why I never picked up Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series until now. Once I started, I practically inhaled Burn For Me. In fact, I’m all bleary-eyed this morning since it was two A.M. before I finished. I just couldn’t put it down. (Note to self: Quit starting books late in the evening. It never goes well for you the next day.)
Once again, the Ilona Andrews duo gives us a unique world. A person’s worth is based on how powerful they are on the magic scale. In the city of Houston the strongest families reign supreme. They arrange marriages based on a person’s genetics and what they can bring to the table power-wise and love is nowhere to be found. Not in the marriages and not between parent and child. Nevada Baylor is a nobody in this world and everyone fears Mad Rogan, even those at the top.
In the beginning, I kept wanting to compare Mad to Curran but I soon figured out it was like comparing apples and oranges. Mad was no Curran, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t fascinate me. He seems to be off-the-charts scary and super powerful but not have a conscience. He seems to have no people to lead or any causes to bleed for—he lives for himself and himself only.
What little family we’re introduced to seem to terrified of him. Or at least that’s what presented on the surface. It’s good that by the end of the book, it’s clear that his seemingly cold, chilling, still waters run deep and there is a lot more to Mad Rogan than he presents to the world.
Nevada is my favorite kind of heroine, smart, strong, loyal, but with enough flaws to keep her likable and all kinds of interesting. The complete opposite of Mad, she’s not a deep well of walking, talking, conscienceless power. Her power is small but unique.
She has a strong sense of right and wrong and a family she loves so much, she’ll sacrifice everything to keep them safe. Which is why she finds herself thrust into the impossible situation of bringing a rogue family member in alive who outmatches her on such a scale, any way you look at it, she will probably end up dead by the end.
This was straight up Urban Fantasy and not a romance per se, but the chemistry between her and Mad was smoking hot which means romance is on the horizon and it’s more than likely going to blow my socks off when it shows up.
I loved everything about Burn For Me, the unique characters, the world building, and the action-packed plot. I’ve already got the next in the series, White Hot, queued up on my iPad and can’t wait to dive in. This had me in my Urban Fantasy Happy Place and I’m not ready to leave it yet.
Rating: 5 Stars
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