Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

October 28th, 2014 kimbacaffeinate Review 61 Comments

28th Oct
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
Burn for Me
by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #1
Published by: HarperCollins
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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#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.

Have you ever started a book and within the first few pages, just knew you were going to love it? Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews the first in her new Hidden Legacy series was that kind of book. I consumed it with a smile on my face from its well-built world to the characters I was in book nirvana! Burn For Me is a must read for Urban Fantasy lovers this Fall.

Espresso review: brilliant, suspenseful and perfectly orchestrated

Caffeinated Breakdown of Burn For Me

World: This urban fantasy is set in an alternate Houston, Texas. Andrews has created a strong alternate world with magic. World building is necessary for this inquisitive reader, and she effortlessly gives us the back-story and explains all of the Houses. It is a simple foundation and allows her to expand upon it.

Characters: We meet Nevada Baylor, a human lie detector with hints of something more. She along with her family owns a private investigation firm. Nevada is my kind of female protagonist. She is kick-ass and protective of her family. Nevada does not whine when shit hits the fan, nope she digs deep and gets things done. I adore her and cannot wait to see how she develops throughout the series. I love her family from her teen siblings to her over the top oil-loving grandma. Did I mention her Mom is an ex-sniper? Love it! Connor “Mad” Rogan was sculptured by the hands of God into a month watering specimen! He is an a bit of a recluse and a Prime. A Prime is a high-ranking magic user, who rules a House. His powers will make you knees quake, or maybe it is his eyes. Either way you will love the banter that develops and fall head over heels for Rogan.

Plot: Nevada is forced to take on a case involving a Prime who has committed a crime that left many injured and dead. He needs to be taken alive. This is Nevada’s toughest case and it will push her, testing her limits and resources. Mad Rogan is also looking for this suspect and the two meet. Well, meet is not exactly the right word, but trust me you will want to be there!

Romance: Perfection complete with witty banter and snark that will have you laughing and begging for more. The tale is relatively clean, but that does not stop Andrews from creating delicious heat, romantic moments and endearing these characters to me. Rogan and Nevada have this chemistry that feels genuine. The snark, and banter combined with Nevada’s thoughts had me laughing. I love that giddy feeling you get when a couple works so well. It reminded me a little of Reyes and Charley. *Oh yeah*

Caffeinated Conclusion: Burn for Me is like a perfectly blended cup of coffee. From the first taste, it is an orgasm for your mouth. You want to make it last, but cannot stop drinking. When your cup is empty you savior the memory and crave more.

About Ilona Andrews

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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61 Responses to “Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews”

  1. Melliane

    I’m so happy to see you had such a wonderful time with the book as well. I loved loved loved it! I’m glad it’s a trilogy about these characters because I totally fell in loved with them. Can’t wait for more! Great review!
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  2. Glass

    I’ve just read Christy’s review and now yours, and both of you loved it. I guess I am adding another book to my endless TBR list.
    I still haven’t read anything by Ilona Andrews, but I plan to start Kate Daniels soon.

    Great review, Kimberly. Thank you for making me excited about discovering new author. 😀
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  3. Kristin

    I am freakin’ lovin’ this right now!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m only at 40% and it’s killing me to put it down!! BEST UF I’ve read in the longest time!!!! It’s killing me I’m so busy right now 🙁 btw – I’m not sick or anything, just doin’ a ton of other stuff that’s makin’ me a bad a blogger! I’m not protesting or anything 😉

    I am so glad I saw a few weeks back on GR that you loved this or else I wouldn’t have picked this up so soon! I personally think the cover is kind of weak. But that’s just me… I really need the rest of their series!!!!!!!!!!!!! *pounds keyboard furiously*

    Miss ya girlie!!! *hugs*

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Wahoo! I am so glad you snagged it. Yes the cover is kinda paranormal romance. You aren’t a bad blogger you are just busy, busy, busy. Happy Tuesday sweetie!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh yes Ali..I am sure you will love the heck out of this too!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Until this year neither had I. I listened to book one of Kate Daniels and thought it was meh. Then I read an interview with the feminine side of Andrews and she told someone who asked a question to skip book one. So it got me thinking she wasn’t impressed either :snort:. Now I am listening to book 2 and loving it. Burn for Me is brilliant and you really need to try it.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I thought the first Kate Daniels book was just ok. I am listening to book two now and enjoying it more.

  4. Jenny

    WOO HOO!!! My review of this one is going up Thursday, and like you Kim, I absolutely loved it!!! Nevada and her family were fantastic, and I’m madly in love with Mad Rogan. I foresee his, ahem, ability making things interesting for the two of them in future books 😉 *fans self*
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  5. Rita

    I’m guessing that you don’t have to had read any of the authors’ other series to understand/enjoy this one–this isn’t a spin-off? I am aware of the accolades for the Kate Daniels’ series, but never read it.

    This grabbed me, maybe because of the alternate realism setting, hey it’s a real place, Houston, just with…more. And relatively clean..yay..always on the lookout for UF that is in my comfort zone, such as P. Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, which I read most of and enjoyed.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      This a totally new urban fantasy and is slated as a trilogy. I adore the Mercedes Thompson series too Rita.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is slated for three books, it ended well so but its up to you.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      No worries, I work really hard to avoid spoilers. Enjoy this one Anna..it rocked!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      hehe..yeah we may have fan-girled a little. This rocked Lauren, enjoy!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ha..now remember I am comparing it to the perfect cup of coffee my friend.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy. I am listening to the second Kate Daniels book now.

  6. Berls

    “Orgasm for your mouth” hehehe love it! Well you already put this on my radar, but there’s just so much to love based on the review. Snipper mom? Love! And I adore snarky banter and a well crafted world’s a must! Bumping it up my tbr!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes and no. There is a lot of wooing, but the plot is well balanced. I would say this is UF with a healthy dose of romance on the side. Slow-burn though.

  7. Alexa

    Sigh I think you had me at witty banter in the romance. I love when there is that style of relationship in books so I shall have to check this one out. Plus many people love this author.
    Thanks for the awesome review!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am so glad I started reading her books this year Alexa. I am listening to the Kate Daniels series on audio.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Agreed Karen..aaand now we wait. *passes over coffee and cookie*

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Wahoo! I have no doubt it will make my top ten list this year 🙂

  8. Sophia Rose

    I definitely need to make some time for this one. The new world sounds fab.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh this was brilly Sophia. I liked it so much I bought the audio version 🙂