Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews (Hidden Legacy #1)

Burn For Me by Ilona AndrewsAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance/UF

Publisher: Avon

My Copy: Edelweiss

Reviewer: Pam

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 was so excited to see this writing team start another new series as I have read and enjoyed each of the books they have written. This hooked me from the beginning and did not let go until the end. I love the premise, the characters and the nonstop action that kept me turning the pages well into the night.

Magic was discovered several centuries ago and those with these special abilities have gain power and wealth through favored marriages and successful children. Family Houses were created and today these Houses control the world. There are many types of magical users that can manipulate anything from raw energy to water and include five ranks from Minor to Prime; there is no limit to their empire.

Nevada Baylor is head of The Baylor Investigative Agency, a family owned business that specializes in private investigations. Nevada claims that she is a dud with no magical power, but she flies under the radar using this excuse. Most do not know is that she is a human lie detector and even she does not realize her untapped power. She lives with her extended and quirky family, including her grandmother, mother, two sisters and a couple of cousins.

House Montgomery owns the Baylor property and business; Nevada and her family had to mortgage their business when times were tough. Now Montgomery is calling in his mark, he wants their agency to find Adam Pierce, a Prime Pyrokinetic who is terrorizing the city, and they want him alive. Nevada believes the case is impossible but knows she must take it to save the business and her family.

Mad Rogan is an off –the-charts Prime. He has been asked to help bring in his cousin, an accomplice to Adam’s murderous plot. While investigating, Mad comes across Nevada and both their worlds become entangled as they must to work together to fight an increasingly dangerous Adam and an attraction they both want to deny.

Burn for Me is another winner for these writers and I am excited for more. This is a trilogy and it must be noted that this ending does not have an HEA – yet. There is definite chemistry between the hero and heroine and I will enjoy their journey until the last book because I know it will be worth the wait.

Nevada is your true heroine, she does not back down from a fight and thinks about situations before she jumps in. She is extremely intelligent and sensible and will protect her family at all cost, which I love in a heroine. And she handles the dangerous Adam like a pro, getting to know him, figuring how he thinks and acts in order to counter what he is doing before he kills again.

Mad Rogan is an interesting hero, he grew up in wealth and power and he does not connect well with others. When he first encounters Nevada he is amazed that she would not only turn him down several times but that she does not like how he treats people or situations. He finds her a puzzle that he wants to solve but she confounds him at every turn. She questions his methods and he finds it odd that she would consider other’s feelings and he is astounded when he begins to looks at the world with a different perspective, more human.

The two together are fantastic, the chemistry sizzles between them and their banter is witty and expressive. Actually the conversations between many of the characters work well, Nevada and her family cracked me up, I love both her grandmother and her mother, they are both a kick and are part of an amazing cast of characters. Even the dialog between Montgomery and Mad is intriguing, they went to school together and they still act like two young boys, poking at each other, as non friends would.

The plot progression is fast and does not let up from beginning to end and provides humor, mystery, action and wonderful romantic tension. And I am intrigued that we really do not know what the driving force behind Adam’s evil plan is until the epilog, the author does an amazing job of keeping this tidbit of information hidden and I am very excited to read more. This is a series with a continued story arc but it does not leave you with a cliffhanger, the ending is very satisfying. All in all a wonderful start to a new series with an author that has never failed me in writing amazing stories.

I give Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews 4.75 stars!

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