Adult Book Review: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
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.
Burn for Me opens up with an entirely new and fascinating magical world for fans and new readers to enjoy. Set in an alternate world where scientist have discovered the Osiris serum which, when given to humans acted like a strange alchemical experiment gone wrong and resulted in their latent magical talents to burst free. Like Pandora's Box, once free these powers often couldn't be controlled completely. Deemed to dangerous, it was locked away. This rogue and highly coveted magic is now carefully controlled by powerful Houses, families with strong hereditary magic that now rule. The more magic, the more power you have. In Burn for Me a decidedly new, alternate Houston, Texas is created, one where magic takes on some unusual forms, both magical and physical in humans.
Once again Ilona and Gordon have created a captivating world where I eagerly flipped pages intrigued by the strange and unique manifestations magic took. Battles of magic and sheer will, action and danger are all here!
I wanted a multifaceted characters and a heroine and hero that I could dig into. Ones that breathe life and would walk onto the pages, leaving me yelling, YES! Quirks, attitudes, and imperfections all. Nevada and Connor "Mad" Rogan did not disappoint me and the secondary characters were immediately ones I liked and were drawn to. I adored Grandma Frida! Who wouldn't want a grandma who works on armored vehicles and smells sweetly of geese. No Bengay rub here. Nevada's mom is just as tough and has no problem using the shotgun she keeps handy, one that she points more that once at "Mad" Rogan! I love it when the characters feel like they are taking on a life of the own and easily speak to you like they do in Burn for Me.
As our heroine, Nevada Baylor is a wonderful combination of strength, both inner and outer, with a compassionate soul. Fiercely protective of those she loves, she will walk the line to keep them safe. She's quite kick-ass when it comes to her own unique magical abilities, yet humble as well. When House Montgomery threatens her P.I. business Baylor Investigations in which Nevada owes a debt to, she is obligated to accept their request to hire her on a very specific job. A job nobody wants because it's a death trap. The job-apprehend and bring in Adam Pierce, a fire Prime who's notoriously dangerous.
Along the way, she crosses paths with Connor "Mad" Rogan *swoons* who just happens to decide to kidnap her. Legendary among the Houses as a Prime so powerful and so dangerous, his very name incites fear. But, this does not stop Nevada from standing up to him, nor pushing his hot buttons in more ways than one. Together this unlikely couple teams up, more adversaries than partners, with the mutual goal to bring in Adam. What neither expects is the sizzling attraction they had to each other!
Can I just say that what this writing couple can accomplish with little more than a kiss, can put other romance writers to shame. The delicious tension and verbal foreplay between Nevada and "Mad" Rogan builds and it gives you all the feels.
Fast paced, plenty of magical action, and intriguing new world makes this an addicting read. Complete with a cast of characters that leap of the pages has this new series as an immediate hit. Romance fans will not be left out happily swooning over "Mad" Rogan, and Urban Fantasy fans will be doing *happy dances* getting their fill of magic, world-building, and exceptional new characters to love.
My Rating: 5 Stars. I loved it!