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Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #1
Published by Avon Books on October 28th 2014
Genres: Magic, Urban Fantasy
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Also by this author: Magic Bites, Magic Rises, Magic Breaks
#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.
This book, man. I don’t know if it’s just because I’ve been away from Urban Fantasy for WAY too long, if it was just really a fantastic story, or my brain is broke (quite possibly all of the above) but I’ve been in a book funk since finishing because I can’t find anything to compare. The publisher was kind enough to send me an ARC of this waaaay back in September 2014 but it sat gathering dust. Why? Well, not to be a cover snob, but have you seen that thing? Despite my love of Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, I just never got around to starting this one. I picked this one up at random this past week, read like a maniac till I finished, and now I’ve read the first page of about a dozen books and nothing is enticing me.
So for starters, I’m NOT going off that horrendously awful cover because good gawd the CHEESE. Their “Rogan” interpretation isn’t really all that hot (sorry random cover dude) so I took it upon myself to picture Tom Hardy which definitely helps things. Okay, honestly all of my fictional man crushes take the appearance of Tom Hardy but WHATEVER. I do what I want.
It has to be said: I’m really not one for fictional man crushes. I don’t obsess over “ships” or any of that. Kind of rethinking that stance after this read because good gawd, the swoons were severe. Rogan is not only charming in that way only the boys steeped in danger can be but his zingy one-liners were a constant source of laughs for me.
“Hold on. I’m trying to figure out a place where nobody will recognize us.”
“If you prefer, I can acquire a windowless creeper van, and we can huddle in it and have greasy takeout.”
“Yes, I’m a hermit. Mostly I brood,” Mad Rogan said. “Also, I’m very good at wallowing in self-pity. I spend my days steeped in melancholy, looking out the window. Occasionally a single tear quietly rolls down my cheek.”
“If you keep wiggling, things might get uncomfortable,” he said into my ear, his voice like a caress. “I’m doing my best, but thinking about baseball only takes you so far.” I froze.
I legit did the clapping giggly thing at one point then looked up and realized I had forgotten I was in public. I’m a nutter, I know, but this book just totally hit the right spot. But moving on from
Tom Hardy, Rogan… okay, just one more.
Okay, I’m done. SO, the plot. Burn For Me is set in a fascinating world where a serum was created in the 1800s which brought out latent magical powers in individuals. It was used by the military, politicians, and anyone that could afford to get a hold of it. These magical talents were different for everyone and they were passed down to their children making picking a spouse of the utmost importance. Magical families were considered to be “Houses” (i.e. House Rogan, House Pierce) and the stronger the House, the more influential and powerful the family members. In the very beginning, Kelly Waller is distraught about her missing son Gavin after him and another boy, Adam Pierce, were involved in an arson that resulted in the deaths of a police officer and his family. She reaches out to her cousin, Mad Rogan, who is infamous for his magical powers and the destruction he brings, to bring him safely home. Trouble is, someone else is on the trail of Adam Pierce: Nevada Baylor, private investigator. Naturally, Rogan and Nevada cross paths. *cue giggles* The two realize that there is something far bigger at work here than just a random arson incident and it forces them to work together to stop the next attack.
Seriously though, I loved this, and Nevada and Rogan’s chemistry were off the charts. The naiveté that I find typical in stories of this ilk with the woman falling for the bad guy was completely absent here, thankfully. Nevada and Rogan first began working together (after he briefly kidnapped her, of course, ha) and she was determined to keep it professional. She may have ended up becoming attracted to him but the fact that she recognizes the danger he represents and isn’t idiotically oblivious made it so much more tolerable. The build up was perfect and I’m oh so anxious for the next installment… which doesn’t come out till May 2017.
I know, right? That’s not a typo. In addition to the sexual chemistry, there were so many fantastic side characters that made this story even more enjoyable. Nevada’s Grandma specifically was all kinds of hilarious in her obsession over hot, younger men.
“Did you know that Adam Pierce showed up at our house last night?”
Grandma’s eyes went wide. “He was here?”
“She met him outside.”
Grandma swung toward me. “Did you take any pictures? […] Pictures or it didn’t happen!” Grandma declared.
This was really so much fun though and highly recommended for all you Urban Fantasy fans. Hoping now that I’ve sufficiently gushed about this one I can now find my next read. Wish me luck, guys.