Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Burn for Me is the first book in a new Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews.  This came highly recommended (thanks to Danya at Fine Print!) and I’m certainly glad of the recommendation as I think the cover would probably have put me off reading this one as it looks more like a paranormal romance which is not really something I read a lot of.  Don’t be distracted by the cover though as this is more Urban Fantasy with the hint of a potential romance.

The setting is an alternate world where during the 1800s a serum was developed that basically unlocked previously unknown of magical capabilities in regular, everyday people.  Eventually use of the serum stopped but the damage had already been done and the magical capabilities unleashed passed down amongst families.  Powerful magical families arose and marriages between those with strong capabilities sought in order to increase magical capability.

Nevada is a private detective and whilst some members of her family have magical capabilities they are not powerful and do not have a high social standing and Nevada is believed to be without any magical talent at all.  This is of course incorrect as she is capable of detecting lies which is an incredibly useful ability given her line of work.  She keeps this capability secret in order not to become sought after by those who would use her as an interrogator and take over her life.

At the start of the story Nevada is strong armed into taking a case that she has little hopes of achieving success with.  To bring in a highly powerful magical man who is wanted for murder.  Nevada isn’t the only person searching however.  It seems that this young man’s family are anxious to find him before the police do so and have asked for help from one of the most powerful, unstable and notorious magic users – Mad Rogan.   Of course it’s sort of inevitable that the two will become embroiled together in the search and as they spend more time together it appears that Mad Rogan begins to develop a new interest in Nevada, an interest that although she tries to ignore she can’t deny her own underlying attraction to this man who is so totally out of her league and social standing not to mention incredibly dangerous and ruthless.  There is undeniable chemistry between the two and although, as I said above, this isn’t a paranormal romance, I can’t deny that the sexual tension between the two makes for compelling reading.

I won’t elaborate further on the plot.  What I will say is this was a very entertaining and quick read.  I really liked the character Nevada and will enjoy reading more of her exploits.  The world building is not overpowering and the plot keeps you focused.  I will definitely read the next in series and in fact enjoyed this so much that I’m more than tempted to go and back read some of this author’s previous works.  And, here is the cover!

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9 Responses to “Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews”

  1. Mogsy

    Yes, Danya has been singing the praises of Ilona Andrews to me too. I’ve already tackled the first Kate Daniels novel, though if I’d known a few months ago that this was on the horizon I would have waited for this! KD is still must-read, but this series being new and a trilogy to boot (or so I’ve heard) would be more appealing to me because I can start from scratch and I know how many books I’m in for 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      I admit I really liked this. Three books – that sounds very manageable! When I started reading Charlaine Harris I had no idea the series would go on so long!! It feels like such a serious commitment!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Danya @ Fine Print

    YES!!! I’m so glad you liked this (will follow up on twitter for spoilery flails) one, too. There’s something about Ilona Andrews that’s truly addictive…it’s very unusual for me to read an entire book in one sitting but with this book? Gobble gobbled it right on up! Can’t wait to learn more about Leon and Bern (love those kids) and Grandma Frida.

    • lynnsbooks

      I know – I can’t believe how quickly I read this – and I really, really want No.2!!! It’s going to feel like a long wait!
      Lynn 😀

  3. Bound to Be Me

    I loved this book and can’t wait to see how the series unfolds. I think Ilona Andrews if a very gifted writer. Thanks for a great review!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved it too – I can’t wait for the next one.
      Lynn 😀

      • Bound to Be Me

        I know!! I was devastated when the book was pushed back but I know it will be great once it’s released!!

      • @lynnsbooks

        I’m so excited! A pity about the delay but we’d sooner the book was right at the end of the day.
        Lynn 😀

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