Book Review: Burn for Me by Ilona AndrewsBurn for Me by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #1
Published by Avon on October 28, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, 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 situation. 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 and wanting to 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 only recently discovered Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels novels and found myself an instant fan. I’d actually read and enjoyed her Novels of the Edge series, but had not experienced that level of fandom that had me putting this author on my automatic buy list. And I wasn’t expecting to when I started Book 1 of her new Hidden Legacy series, Burn for Me. When it comes to authors and series, I tend to give my heart to one series, no matter how much I may enjoy others. And I thought that, for Ilona Andrews, Kate Daniels was it in my book.

How wrong I was! By Chapter 1, I was absolutely hooked by the main character, Nevada Baylor, who has got a lot stacked against her, but who is a scrapper and a survivor. She loves her family and is quite clearly willing to die for them; because they’ve fallen on hard times, she’s made a habit of putting their needs before her own. So you’d think she’d be prime for a little temptation when über rich, über powerful, and über hot Connor “Mad” Rogan comes into her life with all the subtlety of a steam roller.

Tempted though she might be, Neva is dead set against going down that particular road. She is feisty and not just for the sake of being contrary. She’s got an unwavering moral compass and the courage to back it up. This proves terribly inconvenient for just about all the other characters in this novel, but it also makes her the heart and soul of the book. In the end, it’s what has her saving everyone’s butts. Not that she’s perfect, mind you. She’s got a lot of pride and a shot of stubbornness to boot, and she is a bit on the uptight side.

Then there’s Mad Rogan. He’s rich (yay for billionaires!), a war hero (yay for ex-military guys!), and is a Prime known the world over for his terrifying magical abilities (yay for magic-wielders!), and when you add a good dose of ab-licious hotness to that, well, is it any wonder I thought him instant book boyfriend material? Plus, he’s pretty much a high-functioning sociopath, and I’ll admit I have a soft spot for those. (Is it any wonder I’m a huge fan of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes for the BBC or Edward AKA Death from Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series?) But he’s on the side of the angels, so as a reader, I love that he’s our sociopath. And we learn that what he finds in Neva is a kind of antidote to his apathy over the well-being of the world at large.

Apart from seriously compelling characters I would like to see a lot, lot more of, though, there’s the writing. Andrews never fails to deliver on intrigue and adrenaline, and if anything, the author punches it up a level for this series, even beyond what we see in the Kate Daniels novels. Yes, you’ve got a Nero-type bad guy, but beyond that, there’s a deeper conspiracy to disrupt the world order which is onion-like in its multiple layers of mystery.

And of course, for more action-oriented readers, you’ve got a hero and villain who are very good at making things go boom. All this action and intrigue is woven around Andrews’ skillful world building, which really makes this alternate reality (and the main character’s home town of Houston, Texas) come alive. I cannot wait for Book 2, White Hot, to come out in October of this year.

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Hidden Legacy Series Reading Order

1. Burn for Me
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2. White Hot
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3. Wildfire
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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 Texas with their two children, and many dogs and cats. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.