December 1, 2014

Review: Burn For Me

Burn For Me (Hidden Legacy, book 1) by Ilona Andrews


Genre: Urban Fantasy
Edition Reviewed: eBook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Burn For Me (1)

#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.


It may have started off slow, but it is clear that Andrews has hit another home run with this whole new Urban Fantasy verse. Love it! Just imagine a world where in 1863 Osiris serum is “discovered” awakening latent magical abilities in humans. Society is changed forever. Houses are formed by powerful families built around magic. They enter into marriage contracts for a different kind of breeding. (Mail order brides take on a whole new meaning!) To make powerful magic users in their houses. It actually feels like a lot of mafia families, the ones with the most power and money ruling their areas. Being able to laud it over normal people, lesser magic users, and even the police.

Nevada is a cool lead. She's a PI who normally does mundane things like finding out if a spouse is cheating, insurance fraud, and fairly dangerous jobs. Sometimes things get heated, but Nevada prefers it quiet. She runs her business, Baylor Investigative Agency, trying to make money to keep her mortgage on her business from being collected by a powerful House—one with in the investigation business. Her family life is a nice addition, and a somewhat rare thing with Andrew books. Usually it's about the lead finding a new family after horrible things leave them without family.

The warehouse Nevada's PI business is run out of is also her grandmother's armored vehicle mechanic shop, and is the home for to Baylor family is a pretty cool setting in the book. Especially when dealing with the whole Baylor family. They're an awesome bunch and I enjoyed hanging with them so much. In fact, I would have loved more page time with them.

Houston becomes an amazing playground in which Burn For Me plays out. Doing much for Houston what the Kate Daniel's books did for Atlanta. Nevada is believably pulled into a dangerous case where an immature Prime needs to be brought in to his house. Nevada could lose everything going up against a magic user with that much power, and in her world that's the point as she's expendable. Of course this twist of events soon pulls her together with a different Prime. The most scariest Prime: Mad Rogan.

To be honest when he came into the story it lost steam for me. Only because every male lead/interest introduced into an Andrews' story tend to be cut from the same cloth. Soon after getting to know him it's clear that like those other alpha males Rogan stands out. He's the coldest one I've read from the pair and very calculating. Like Nevada I wonder if he's a psychopath. The Scourge. The Huracan. A man who professes that he went into the army because he was promised he could kill people and not have any consequences. Yeah, he is the scariest of them for sure. Even with some hints that he has some warm fuzzies, if not normal warm fuzzies. But Nevada and Rogan have some sparks! Even if it is the same setup as other romances. Alpha male states the lead female will beg for him and come crawling! Lead states he's bad and she will resist at all costs! However, with an ending line like this:

“He wanted Nevada Baylor. He wanted her more than he had wanted anyone in a long, long time, and he would get her. She just didn't realize it yet.”

How could readers not melt for this romance!

There are a lot of aspects that have become standard for an Andrews verse. However, there are aspects readers have come to love. Just like with those other series there's plenty of new factors to make them, and the Hidden Legacy series, stand apart. Sure I would have liked if the romance aspects where not quite so in my face. Taking maybe one more, even two, books to really build up steam. The magic is awesome here and I look forward to finding about Nevada's human lie detector skills. The Baylor clan is amazing, with the best book grandma ever! They're definitely something I'm looking forward to most in the next book. This is a promising start and I look forward to lusting after another series from this amazing writing duo!

Sexual Content: Hot scenes and some . . . dry humping. Sadly no full on sex scenes. Sex talk, sexual humor/banter, hints of darker things.

4/5- Great! Really enjoyed it.

Previous book(s) in series:
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Burn For Me (1)
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Burn For Me (1)
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Burn For Me (1)
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