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review 2017-04-18 13:10
Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews
Burn for Me - Ilona Andrews

 

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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.

 

 

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4 ½ ★

Omg. I cannot believe I have not read this book up until now. And all it took was a reading slump and a good friend nudging me to read it to the point she just got me the kindle version and almost had to force me to read it. But holy Rogan, am I glad I did. It was just what I needed. Being a fan of the Andrew’s work it was easy to fall in love with the book, story and characters. They just have a way of writing that just sucks you into their books. A great talent for combining mystery with humor, magic, and romance. Plus of course the awesomely well written characters they always have. Both Main and side characters. This book was no different and to be honest, I’m not sure who I like more Nevada or Mad lol. I really like Nevada. She not only is a bad a$$ but also really smart, funny and above all a family person and will do anything to protect them. She values human live no matter how low on the totem pole they may be. Also she stands up to Mad and resists him… well mostly. But her speech to him at the end made me want to pull out my pom-poms and cheer for her. Go Nevada Go! But what I’m interested more than her future relationship with Mad (we all know it is coming) is her Magic. How much does she really have and why does she have that much. What is her family hiding? Speaking of family…… I love hers, her mom is awesome but I think Grams take the cake. Mad for some reason was not a favorite at first and it took a few chapters to warm up to him. But I’m all warm now ;) I like that he is honest and straight forward no matter the subject and he just goes for it. On the other hand I dislike the same alpha male mannerism but I think him with Nevada are the perfect match. They balance each other out so much. Plus I think she is the one who can show him again the value of human life. The” softer” side of him whether for show or not was really nice and I loved the whole flowers office scene. But what I enjoyed ,most was Nevada and Mad going back and forth with each other, but when I came down to it they were there for each other .

Overall, great read and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

 

I rate it 4 ½ ★

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2sm“Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

 

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text 2017-04-16 18:44
Finished it!
Burn for Me - Ilona Andrews

A different universe from the one Kate Daniels lives in, but just as interesting. Here, people have powers and the Families with the strongest powers are the ruling elite. They are rich and powerful and don't let anyone stand in their way.

 

Nevada Baylor has a unique power which she tries to keep hidden. She's far from rich and just wants to keep her loved ones safe.

 

Mad Rogan is a Prime. An incredibly rich and dangerous Prime who is used to getting his own way. He's also drop-dead gorgeous about as alpha as a man can get. 

 

This was a lot of fun. I loved the chemistry between Rogan and Nevada. And I'm sure the secondary characters and Nevada's family are going to be fleshed out in future books, which will probably make things very interesting. 

 

But I'm not sure who would win in a fight between Rogan and the Beast Lord. 

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text 2017-04-04 19:49
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews 99 cents!
Burn for Me - 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 situation. 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 and wanting to 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.

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review 2017-01-10 16:53
Burn for Me / Ilona Andrews
Burn for Me - 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.

 

I enjoyed this first book of a new series by the Ilona Andrews writing team and I’ll definitely be waiting impatiently for the second volume to be published this year.

That said, I can objectively see where a lot of this is simply a re-write of the Kate Daniels series. Nevada is the Kate clone—a tough, independent young woman with hidden talents waiting to be revealed and protective instincts that guide her behaviour. Connor “Mad” Rogan is the Curran substitute—the overpowering and arrogant alpha male. He’s pretty cliché, actually, being all the things that we women are supposed to desire, sexy, rich, and powerful. Switch out the Pack from the Kate Daniels series and put in Nevada’s family, including a heavy-duty-mechanic grandmother, a magical sharpshooter mother, and variously talented siblings.

The thing is, I like these people. I like Nevada. I love her grandma. I appreciate Nevada’s moral outlook on the world, i.e. everyone is someone’s child, parent, sibling, or loved one and deserves to be protected. I will wait to see how Rogan will be converted into someone less self-involved, less cold & calculating. The Andrews have set him up as rather psychopathic—a condition which has no cure in the real world, especially as psychopaths see absolutely nothing wrong with their state. (Actually, he’s maybe closer to Hugh D’Ambray than to Curran, which may make for some interesting plot points).

Obviously, this is a winning formula for the Andrews. I can’t blame them for re-constituting it, giving it a somewhat different spin, and getting some more mileage from it. And they have given us a differently magical world in this series—so far, no vampires or were-animals. The Primes are magic users with semi-god-like powers, reminiscent of Kate’s father and/or Hugh D’Ambray, but they are far more human in their outlooks.

Now, I must settle in to wait until the end of May for the next installment.

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review 2016-12-27 00:00
Burn for Me
Burn for Me - Ilona Andrews 4.5 stars I really liked this one... I'm so upset it's over. I could have easily enjoyed another 100 pages and if the sequel were available right now, I'd buy it and read it immediately.

I loved Nevada and Rogan. Their chemistry was off the charts. Nevada is strong and witty, with a bit of a kind heart. And Rogan is... Rogan is... quite possibly a psychopath. But he's a dreamy one. It feels weird to like this anti-hero so much, but I couldn't help myself. He was damn sexy. His banter and bickering with Nevada seemed to give him a little enjoyment in a not so enjoyable life. I felt kinda bad for him, like he was just so misunderstood and he's not really a bad person. The authors did an awesome job of making me like a character I would usually hate. Nevada was also well-written - she didn't fall into the usual TSTL over-confident and clueless female private investigator role I've seen all too often. She was a highly entertaining narrator and I had no complaints about her behavior, reactions, attitude, etc. It was refreshing to not hate the main female character for once.

This book has quite a bit of action in it. Like, destruction of neighborhoods action. And gun action. Armored cars and tank action. Then you add some magic action in there, too. Lots of action. And you don't have to understand all of it to enjoy it. The world isn't fully built, the rules of magic aren't described at length, so there are some things that just happen without lots of background information on it. I liked it. It leaves a lot of leeway for future developments. And sometimes I like having to simply accept things without worrying about the 'whys'. It was a little weird to be immersed in this magical reality and have things like Instagram and Tumblr thrown into the mix, though. There's even mention of Mad Rogan fanart and fanfiction. Whoa there, Ilona Andrews... little too close to home there, folks. Though after reading the rest of the story, I can kind of understand why somebody would write fanfiction about him.

So Nevada and Rogan are trying to stop a bad guy from going supernova-pyro and burning the whole city to the ground. Basically. I don't want to spoil it. Anyway, the bad guy was hard to get a read on. You don't really know why he's doing what he's doing, so you're not sure how much you should dislike him. Is he a mastermind that wants to kill everyone? Or a mislead patsy that doesn't know what's happening? Total disconnect from reality? Even in the end, when he gets his moment to do his Villain Monologue™, you kinda get his reasoning, but it doesn't feel right. There's something off about it, like that's not the whole story or he thinks he's telling the truth, but he doesn't know the actual truth. The story ends on a note that supports that feeling, explaining a bit more and setting up a lead-in to the next novel. But you still really don't know why the bad guys are doing their bad stuff.

Whatever, I still loved it. I look forward to the next novel... and rereading this one.

Edit: I finished the book and wrote this review over four hours ago. At least a dozen times since then, I've thought "I need to wrap up whatever I'm doing and go back to reading about Nevada and Mad Rogan. Oh wait... I finished the book already. Huh." It's fucking weird, okay?
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