Monday, 19 December 2016

Review: Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews

Burn For Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews
Publisher: Avon
Publication date: October 28th 2014
My rating: 5 stars 
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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.

My Thoughts:
I know that Ilona Andrews are an amazing writing team, but I’m always in awe all over again when I pick up one of their books.  Burn For Me was a perfect blend of action, adventure, danger, humor, and sizzling HOT chemistry all wrapped into one riveting story!

It the Hidden Legacy world there are regular humans and humans who’ve inherited magical talents thanks to the Osiris serum discovered in 1863. Now in present day there are families or Houses of magic users with differing talents and levels of strength: Minor, Average, Notable, Significant, and Prime, the most powerful level.

Nevada Baylor, of Baylor Investigative Agency is tasked with the impossible by her parent company: bring in Adam Pierce, a Prime pyrokinetic, someone who controls fire. He’s rich, good looking, raises trouble wherever he goes, and now has just been accused of killing a man. Adam’s family, House Pierce wants him brought in, unharmed, before the cops find him.  As if that isn’t bad enough, Mad Rogan, a Prime of legendary powers, is also on Adam’s trail, and decides Nevada is the best way to get to him. 

Being so powerful makes both Adam and Mad deadly, unstoppable forces. Adam is a dangerous combination of arrogance and power with no regard for others.  The guy is seriously unhinged, and on a mission. Mad is also arrogant and entitled, but he seemed like he had some conscience. We don’t know much about him, yet except from what Nevada observes. Nevada wants nothing to do with either man, but she’s forced into finding Adam or lose her business.  Nevada reluctantly teams up with Mad after it becomes apparent she won’t succeed without help.  She doesn’t want to be attracted to Mad, but their chemistry is intense and sexually charged!  I loved their banter, the push and pull was funny as hell!

I also got a kick out of Nevada’s family: Grandma Frida, the mechanic, her Mother, a retired army sniper, two teenage younger sisters, Bern, her cousin and part-time intelligence officer.  Grandma’s teasing about Mad Rogan and Nevada getting together was priceless! The family bickering was hilarious and so true to life, and the love they shared was obvious and strong.  

Nevada’s the kind of character I love: conformable in her own skin, fiercely protective of her family, with a strong moral compass.  Her powers have been held in secret, for good reason, although, as a reader you find out what it is very early on.  I have my suspicions about her ranking, but I’ll keep that to myself, too.

I read Burn For Me back in 2014, loved it and then didn’t review it.  After listening to the story for the second time and with the coming release of book two, White Hot, I had to say something about this amazing story. READ IT!! Or better yet, listen to it! Renee Raudman is Ilona Andrews’ fantastic narrator!  I’m beyond excited to get my hands on the next installment, after reading an extra-long teaser on their website!


  1. I enjoyed this one when I read it back in the day. I can't wait to read the next book to this series! Glad you loved it, too, Rachel.

  2. Nevada, what an interesting name. :D You know, I've not read anything by this author! She has so many books available, and I'm curious about them, so I feel like it's only a matter of time before I read one. The chemistry between the characters sounds wonderful!

    Great review, Rachel. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  3. I loved this book too and it was my first introduction to their writing. Mad Rogan was so swoony and I absolutely loved Nevada and her family! I can't wait for White Hot.
    Lovely review, Rachel! Can't wait to see your thoughts on the next book!

  4. I adored this one too, Rachel, and I am so excited for the sequel! Thrilled that this team is writing more beyond Kate Daniels because I love their work so much. Wonderful review, Rachel!! :)

  5. I didn't know this author was two people - how cool! Nevada sounds fantastic. :)

  6. I think I might have to do a re-read of this one too before I pick up White Hot! This one sat on my shelf for an embarrassingly long time... better late than never. :)

  7. I still haven’t read anything by Ilona Andrews, though your positive reviews on her books urge me to fix it. I like the sound of this romance so much. Great review, Rachel!

  8. Aw :D Lovely review Rachel. <3 So glad you loved this book so much, and still loved it this second time :D Yay! Not for me, but looks pretty awesome. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous thoughts about it. <3


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