03 Jan '15

Review Post – Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews (4.5 Stars)

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Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #1
Published by Harper Collins on 2014-10-28
Genres: UF
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars
#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.

FTC : I bought this book with my own money.

I love the Kate Daniels series and, it being one of my most reread series last year, I thought I’d try this one on the off-chance that I liked it too. I did and am looking forward to book two.

Although this is a different world to that of the Kate Daniels world, the myth and magic in it is very similar. The world building is truly outstanding and I loved reading about this world filled with magic and danger.However, I think it’s a testament to the writing ability of the Ilona Andrews duo that I liked this book at all because I truly am not sold on anti-hero main characters and, honestly, I’m OK with that. I don’t know if I am supposed to classify Rogan as an anti-hero but his sociopathic nature makes me put him in this category for at least the moment; he honestly does nothing without a selfish motivation and he cares for no one but himself. That being said, he is a main draw for me for book two.

Nevada was an interesting character to read about. With her strong persona, massive magical secret and sassy nature she did remind me a little of Kate Daniels.  However, the resemblance ends there. Nevada is willing to put everything on the line to help her family and that includes pitting herself against a sociopathic magical prime who seems to want to make the world burn. In some respects, Nevada is reckless in her quest for her ideal end goal. Her gut-reaction to protect her family is an incredibly admiral trait, but I couldn’t help thinking that it led to some sticky situations that could have potentially been avoided. Over the course of the book she agrees to the suicide mission to catch the bad-guy, she risks discovery over and over again and she teams up with Rogan, a man who tortures her upon their meeting and has a fixation on getting her into her bed to scratch a personal itch. It’s a bit of hairy ride for her and I *think* she has the potential to become a character on the auto-buy list.

Mad Rogan was a character that left me with mixed feelings. He truly has no regard for human life beyond his own and I’m honestly not sure that he changed in that respect by the end of the book. Although Nevada intrigues him, I am not convinced he keeps her safe for any other reason than the fact he wanted to sleep with her. He is so powerful, he considers other people beneath him, only noticing Nevada when he realizes that she is powerful. He contains none of the characteristics that a hero has. In fact, he has more in-common with the bad-guy of the story than any other literary hero; the only thing that seems to separate them is their actions, which are influenced by their personal goals. I have no idea if this is something that will change or this feeling of superiority is true of all the Primes of this world due to their immense power. I do know I want to find out if Nevada can temper him… hell, I think I said about Raphael in the Guild-Hunter series at first and I love him now.

This is an Urban Fantasy novel with twists and turns a plenty. If you want a romance novel, this is not it. The hero is a bit of a douche, the heroine spends the majority of the time running from death, or her increasing attraction to the hero, and there is blatantly much more to come from this world. I was engrossed from start to finish and I’ve already reread it and picked up a huge amount of detail I missed first time round. Recommended for UF fans.

four-half-stars

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