Review of Burn for Me


Burn for Me

(Hidden Legacy)

Ilona Andrews

October 28, 2014

Blurb from Goodreads#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


You probably wouldn’t know this from the books that I’ve been reviewing on my blog, but my favorite genre is paranormal, especially paranormal with a hint of romance (a hint because it’s really hard to keep a series interesting if it becomes a full-fledged romance). For a while now, I’ve been meaning to read an Ilona Andrews book because they always show up on Goodreads recommendations for me, but, you know, so many books, so little time.

I didn’t immediately jump on a recent opportunity to review White Hot, the second novel in her/his (Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband and wife writing team who from now on I will refer to as “her”) Hidden Legacy series because I hadn’t read the first one and I have a backlog of commitments (still…and yes, I call myself all manner of names for my lack of discipline and organization, ergh). But I decided to take it on and bought Burn for Me so that I could read the first installment.

Burn for Me is one of those books that you start, lose track of time, and realize that you were supposed to be doing other things about an hour ago.

Nevada has risen to near the top on my list of favorite female characters. She is believably kickass, has her foibles, but also has a huge sense of self and humor and loyalty to her family. Likewise, Rogan is an extremely different male character. He possesses somewhat questionable morals and it is this extremely gray area that makes Nevada keep her distance from him, despite her obvious attraction.

Burn for Me is basically a mystery that takes place in the magic community in Houston. A lot of thought and world-building went into this novel and I was constantly surprised and pleased by that.

Nevada is a private investigator who is a subsidiary for a larger firm owned by Augustine Montgomery, a Prime, the highest of magic users. He blackmails Nevada into bringing in Adam Pierce, another Prime who uses fire to destroy things and people who don’t make him happy. It’s a suicide mission and Nevada realizes this immediately, but there’s no way for her to bail because Montgomery can ruin her family business. Sidenote: Her family members are all also kickass, as well.

The action in Burn for Me is never-ending and the rapport and chemistry between Nevada and Rogan, who joins forces with her to bring in his nephew, is off-the-charts. Burn for Me scores on every level—I loved it!

My review of White Hot, the second in the Hidden Legacy series, is coming up on June 6th.

From Amazon: Burn for Me

rating: 5-butterflies

5 out of 5 butterflies

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