|#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.
He [Rogan] was terrifying, and I wanted to run my hands down that chest and feel the hard ridges of his abs. I was some special kind of idiot.Nevada lives in a world run by magic. Houston is divided into powerful magical families, or Houses, that either work together, or fight against each other all in the name of power. The Houses are almost like sub-cities within Houston all owning and running their own corporations, they have their own land and have control within their own territories. For the most part, at least initially, the Houses are playing nice, but Nevada and her investigative business are owned by House Montgomery and when she gets a call from Augustine Montgomery to meet him immediately, she knows nothing good is about to happen. Nevada isn’t living under any House but with her business having been mortgaged to House Montgomery to help pay for her father’s medical treatment, they call the shots. They want her to find and deliver a dangerous Prime, a powerful magic user, back to his family, unharmed. The Prime, Adam Pierce, is accused of starting a fire that killed a man and injured his family. Adam’s family, the powerful House Pierce, want him found and delivered back to them so that they themselves can do damage control. They’ve hired the Montgomery House Investigative team, who have farmed the work out to Nevada’s small family business. Why? Because she’s expendable and trying to bring in Adam is most certainly a death sentence. But Nevada doesn’t have a choice. It’s try to bring in Adam or lose not only their business but their home which is all rolled into one. What no one knows is that Nevada is a Truthseeker, a rare magical talent that allows Nevada to instantly know whether or not someone is lying to her. If any of the Houses or the government for that matter, ever found this out, her life as she knows it would be over. But her main concern is finding Adam and that’s made even more difficult when Conner “Mad” Rogan comes into the picture.
Oh Mad Rogan, you delicious, crazy, powerful man. Events in Rogan’s past earned him the nickname Mad and it basically boils down to, this is a man no one wants to mess with. He’s powerful, he’s believed to be a little bit psychotic, he’s dark and mysterious and he wants to find Adam just as much as Nevada does, but for different reasons. When he finds out that Nevada is actually making contact with the elusive Adam, Rogan steps in via kidnapping Nevada, because that’s what any normal person would do, and Nevada’s life goes into a crazy tailspin. She finds herself reluctantly teamed up with Rogan in their search for Adam, only to discover that he’s part of an even bigger plan that could burn Houston completely to the ground.
“So instead of talking to me, asking for my credentials, or doing any of those things a normal person would do, you decided to assault me and chain me in your basement?”
He [Rogan] shrugged, a slow, deliberate movement. “It seemed like the most expedient way to obtain the information. And let’s be honest, you weren’t exactly harmed. I even took you home.”
“You dumped me on my doorstep. According to my mother, I looked half dead.”
“Your mother exaggerates. A third dead at most.”
I started at him. Wow. Just wow.
There is so much about this story that I loved, I can’t even begin to cover it all. First, Nevada – she’s a twenty-something heroine with the stress of keeping her family’s business afloat. She works with her Grandma, mom, her two younger sisters and two younger cousins. She’s good at what she does, but it’s her magical talent that’s really a big question mark. It seems like she’s only just barley tapped into her potential and Rogan’s too smart to just let that go. I can’t wait to see what else develops for her in the future as far as her magic goes.
For as much as I enjoyed Nevada, the story is told from her point of view (with the exception of the epilogue) and while she really holds her own, I was most drawn to Rogan. He’s not affiliated with his House, he’s a loner but so powerful, his reputation makes most normal people shake and run away as fast as they can. He used to getting what he wants, having things done his way and when Nevada comes into his life and doesn’t conform, he seems more intrigued than anything. There’s so much I enjoyed about Rogan, but I really liked seeing his dark humor and sarcasm come out. And when he makes it known he wants Nevada and she denies him…watch out. They share a kiss that Nevada will probably never forget but Rogan wants it all, he wants her and I can’t wait to see that play out.
“Because my [Rogan] telekinetic magic doesn’t work on living things. I can throw something metal fast enough to slice an opponent to pieces. I can hurl a board at him, because cut wood is dead. I can choke him with his own clothes if they are loose enough. But I can’t simply throw a body.”
Oh. “So the best way to fight you is to strip naked and attack?”
His eyes flashed with a wicked light. “Yes. You should try it and see what happens.”
Well, I did walk right into that one.
Burn For Me sets up ongoing storylines, including the romance between Rogan and Nevada, so be prepared for that (the waiting, it’s already torturous!). A few threads get wrapped up here, but for the most part, we’re introduced to this world, we see which characters are connected and to who and how, how the Houses are aligned and how Nevada and Rogan fit into that world. While I love a good epilogue, the one at the end of Burn for Me just adds more questions and made me want the next installment even more.
Fans of the writing team of Ilona Andrews will love this book. It has the humor that I’ve come to love that they always deliver on, fantastic world building that’s engaging and easy to grasp as the story unfolds. Their characters always come to life on page and I can’t wait to see what adventures Nevada and Rogan find themselves in the middle of next.
Release Date: October 28, 2014
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*eARC provided by publisher for review*