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Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #1
Published by Avon Genres: Urban Fantasy
In 1863, scientists discovered a serum that unlocked people’s natural magical talents. Since then, the serum has been locked away, but those whose powers had been awakened passed the magic on to their decedents, until powerful magical Houses had been formed. Some magical powers are subtle, some are deadly, and if the magic user is a Prime – one who possesses almost godlike powers – people have reason to fear their wrath.
Nevada Baylor is a private investigator who keeps her talent for lie-detection under wraps. When she’s forced to take on a job tracking down a Prime who has power over fire, she knows her abilities will do nothing to help her. Then she’s kidnapped by Mad Rogan, a Prime with unparalleled telekinetic powers, and Nevada’s skills are put to the test. Rogan, a devastatingly sensual billionaire, is Nevada’s opposite – powerful, cold, and has little regard for human life. But the two of them must team up if they want to track down their prey. And the more time they spend together, the more their mutual attraction threatens to send them up in flames. That is, if a certain pyrokinetic Prime doesn’t get to them first…
Burn for Me is an energetic, exquisitely crafted, utterly imaginative book I could not put down! Ilona Andrews has hit it out of the park with their first Hidden Legacy novel.
Nevada is a small-time private investigator who has worked hard to make her family business strong. When the company who owns her family’s firm forces her to take on a job she doesn’t have the resources to do, Nevada grits her teeth and takes on the job. I loved that – even when backed into a corner – Nevada doesn’t lose her spirit. She’s not invulnerable, but she will sacrifice anything and everything for her loved ones. Nevada is the kind of strong heroine I love, one who is smart, hardworking, has a spine of steel, but isn’t perfect. She gets an unlikely ally when she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan, a Prime who is as enigmatic as he is sexy. Rogan is a complex, fascinating hero who tempts Nevada even though she doesn’t want to be attracted to him. I loved peeling back the layers to Rogan’s character over the course of the story, and I can’t wait to learn more about him in future books. He’s devastatingly sensual and isn’t used to anyone naysaying him. Which, of course, is why Nevada is so perfect for him. They heat up the pages of Burn for Me in a way that would put a pyrokinetic to shame, and every time things got intense between them I was totally engrossed in the story. They don’t have a romance, per se, but there is the beginnings of what should be a powerful relationship that left me desperate to get my hands on the next Hidden Legacy book.
I’m a longtime fan of author duo Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, so when I started Burn for Me I was a little bit worried I wouldn’t find the world as deeply compelling as I do Kate’s world. I shouldn’t have worried. The magic of Nevada and Rogan’s world is different, yet no less well thought out or intriguing. The search for Adam, a pyrokinetic Prime, is an adrenaline-packed hunt that is so much more complicated than either Nevada or the reader initially know. Every piece of the puzzle Nevada and Rogan find leads to another question, and though one plotline is resolved in Burn for Me, it’s clear that there’s going to be an overarching series storyline that is just as exciting. I finished Burn for Me a well-satisfied reader, but I know there’s so much more to learn about the fabulous Hidden Legacy characters and often dangerous world they live in. Bring on White Hot!