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review 2017-09-14 02:34
Burn for Me (Hidden Legacies, #1)
Burn for Me - Ilona Andrews

My husband saw the title of this book last night and rolled his eyes so hard they almost fell clean out of his head.  And I agree with him; as a reader who struggles with romance, it was a bit hard to swallow buying a book called Burn for Me.  But I love Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series and her Innkeeper series has hooked me in spite of the sci-fi vibe it sometimes has.


This one didn't disappoint either.  And let me say up front that though this is categorised on the back of the novel as 'paranormal romance', it's definitely not.  It's much more solidly in the urban fantasy category; full of sexual tension but no sex.  The PNR designation might be because of the inevitability of romance in the future books, but so far, this is no more paranormal romance than the Kate Daniels series is.


I like Rogan.  I think the Andrews' team is setting up its readers in this first book, convincing them that Rogan is the anti-hero, but there's enough information sprinkled throughout the text that leads me to believe he is anything but.  He strikes me as a very human and moral character that made the hard calls and took a lot onto himself in order to spare others.  He's not a ball of emotions, certainly - no warm and fuzzies are going to be found coming out of him, but I like him.  He's decisive and expressive in the ways that count.


I also like Nevada, she's neither whiney nor angsty, and she's not the strongest magical person in the room wherever she goes.  So far.  The only thing I didn't like was:


her seemingly purposeful obtuseness concerning her own Prime status - she's a PI for heaven's sake, how is she not putting 2 and 2 together?

(spoiler show)


As much as I got thoroughly and completely sucked into this story, the plot could have been tighter.  There were several moments, looking back, where the storyline wanders or stalls a bit in terms of plot.  This is a lot of book for what amounts to nothing more than a story arc setup.  And I suspect there's a timeline continuity error, but I'd have to re-read the book to be sure (I'm almost certain Nevada heard from Adam after the attack on her house, though she tells the DA she hasn't).  But never once did I get impatient or bored - from cover to cover I never want to put it down.


Thank god I've already bought books 2 and 3.


NB: I read this for the Demons square based on some feedback I'd gotten, and while there are a few small moments of demon here and there, I'm not sure it's enough to really count.  I'm going to conditionally count it while I see if I have anything else that fits better (like book 2 of this series?), though I suspect my TBR is currently light on demons - unless we can count the TBR itself as a demon?  ;) 


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text 2017-08-17 09:56
Burn for Me - Ilona Andrews
Wildfire - Ilona Andrews
White Hot - Ilona Andrews

Can any of the many fans of this series tell me:  are there any demons in these books?  Or shapeshifters, vampires or zombies?

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review 2017-07-26 01:35
Hidden Legacy series review
Wildfire - Ilona Andrews
White Hot - Ilona Andrews
Burn for Me - Ilona Andrews

Enjoyable action-driven detective yarns, with a magical twist. Though I occasionally have "but wait..." moments about how the House system works -- surely that makes no sense -- I admit this is nit-picking. I'm not reading Andrews novels for robust legal systems, so what I am complaining about? But they are good at energetic, ranging plots full of enough bloodshed and yearning to keep me well pleased. 


My latest at B&N Sci-fi & Fantasy.

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review 2017-06-10 18:50
Crash and Burn (Sigma Force #11.5) by James Rollins
Crash and Burn: A Sigma Force Short Story (Sigma Force series) (SIGMA Force Novels (Audio)) - James Rollins

New York Times bestselling author James Rollins comes a shocking short story, where a chance mishap leads to the discovery of a weapon like no other in . . . Crash and Burn.

On a transatlantic flight, the two black sheep of Sigma Force--Seichan and Kowalski--must set aside their mutual dislike as a mysterious fiery force knocks their aircraft out of the sky. This unlikely duo must use every skill, weapon, and bit of ingenuity to survive a night on a remote volcanic island, where their only refuge is the haunted, bat-plagued grounds of a seemingly deserted resort. But something horrific awaits the two, something born of the latest science but rooted in our basest human instincts. To survive they will need to learn to work together--but even then, it may be too late.



Right, I'm just going to do a short review of this novella since there is just not much to say about it. I thought I read it since I just got the latest James Rollins book (woohoo!) and I thought this story may be important to the book (or in some way connected). I do like that it featured two of my favorite characters, but to be honest it was way too short to be more than I appetizer. And, not even an intriguing appetizer. I felt that because the shortness of the story did nothing really happened, or rather everything had to happen in a matter of a few pages and then the end. I could see how this could be a prolog but as a short story? Nah, it didn't work for me.

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review 2017-06-10 02:54
Burn for Me - Ilona Andrews

OMG! This book was downright awesome. I cannot believe I took this long to read an Ilona Andrews novel. I have read a few books within the urban fantasy genre which I enjoyed, but this my favourite.

What the book is about

Nevada Baylor is a private investigator with Baylor Investigations, which is run by her family. Unfortunately, the business is facing financial challenges and as a result; it was mortgaged to the hilt. The company who holds the mortgage issued an order for her to take on an assignment, which may or may not lead to her death. She had no choice but to accept the assignment as failure to do so would lead to the loss of the business and her family home.

In the midst of the chaos, she is kidnapped by Mad Rogan, a man who was rich, powerful and feared by all whom he came in contact with. They are both after the same target, so working together seemed the logical thing to do. However, their unexpected partnership will lead to them discovering things about themselves and developing feelings they never thought was possible with each other.

What I enjoyed

Superb Writing: The manner in which the story was presented made me feel as if I was a part of the story. I loved he uniqueness of the setting and the premise. The story is set in a world that is similar to ours, with one main difference, magic. In the 1800s, a serum was developed that gave humans magical powers and since that time magic has reigned supreme. Years later, you have a world where some humans have interesting and unique powers. There were those whose powers were stronger than the norm who are called primes.

Delightful Characters: Nevada is a strong, brave, honest, kick-ass heroine. From the moment I was introduced to her, I knew I would love her. She cares deeply for her family and would do anything to protect them. She is not the type to behave like a damsel in distress. While working on this case she would come to realise that there is more to her powers than she originally believed.

Conner Rogan AKA Mad Rogan is a formidable and complex man. He was former military and a trained killer. He has no qualms about killing when the need arises. However, I soon came to realize that underneath all that craziness lay a heart of compassion. Few were privy to this side of him.

I loved every moment spent with the supporting cast of characters. I loved how Nevada’s family had her back. They had a bond that was stronger than any magic. It is rare for me to like the villain in a story, but this time around, I could not help but like Adam. He was cocky and entitled, but there was something about him that I found endearing.

Fun and entertaining story: There was tons of action, and thrilling moments to keep me on my toes. It moved quickly sparing me no time to be bored. There was humour to help lighten the heavy moments. There was loads of sexual tension permeating the pages of this story, but there was no intimacy and no romance. Not that I am complaining. It is evident that there is an attraction there, but with all what was happening there would have been no to explore their feelings for each other. I am curious to discover how this aspect of the story will eventually play out.

I was happy with the ending. Thankfully, it was not a cliff-hanger. The situation in this instance was adequately wrapped up, however, there was a shocking revelation in the epilogue which left me with questions. Thankfully I am able to proceed to next book in the series right away so my questions will be answered soon.

Overall, this is a great read and one, which I highly recommend.

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