Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews
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.
If you are a fan of Ilona Andrews other works than you are going to love this series. I was a little daunted by the idea of this series for one reason and one reason only – the cover. Look at it! What is that? It is . . . ugly. It’s an ugly cover. Hideous actually. Is aw this an though too those romance novels with pirates no the cover with their shirt open and blowing in the wind and a scantily clad woman draped over his arm like a lounging cat. So not the kind of cover that should be attached to a book this awesome! So if you too were frightened away by the cover, never fear. All is well.
This world that Andrews has created is so different from the Kate Daniels series. Instead of a post apocalyptic type world we have a world were mages and magic wielders exist thanks to scientists discovering the Osiris Serum in the 1800’s. This serum gave people gifts and now, generations later, those people with gifts basically rule the world. They operate by their own set of rules, laws and expectations. And of course, the most important thing in their world is Power and Money. In that order. Love and respect and loyalty – all of those things mean nothing to them. You get married to who you’re told to produce magically gifted offspring and work in a job that will make you more money than you need. Sounds lovely huh? I really loved getting to read about this new and excited world Andrews created. Its in depth, lively and as usual with Andrews, get a complex and fascinating history to go along with it. Andrews always delivers when it comes to world building. Well thought out, intricate and detailed, the world Andrews has created comes to laugh on the page. I never have trouble imaging the worlds Andrews builds.
Meet the star of this new series – Nevada Baylor. Nevada runs a small PI firm with the help of her crazy and hilarious family. Nevada is loyal and will do anything for her family. She worked hard to get her PI business where it is today and will do anything to keep it afloat and a roof over her families heads. She has a high moral compass, she doesn’t hurt people unless they try to hurt her first and she plays by the rules. She’s a genuinely good person in a world full of people who look down on people like her.
Meet the rest of her family:
Her mother Penelope is an ex-military trained sniper, her grandmother Frida (who is freaking hilarious) is a mechanic with a love of tanks (She has one named Romeo) and two younger sisters, Arabella and Catalina are full of sass and just as fun as the rest of the women. Then you have Bern and Leon, Nevada’s first cousins who are being raised by them. Bern is a computer genius and Leon is a fifteen year old boy – so he’s a dork and much concerned with the unfairness of the world. They all live in a giant warehouse/office/home together. They are much like your typical family – they go to school, work and they argue. They’re all also trained with a gun, Bern is a hacker genius, Mums good with a sniper rifle and then there’s Grandma in her shed with her tank. An actually tank.
She who showed weakness to teenagers would be picked on to death. True fact of life.
When the firm who bought their mortgage MII tell Nevada that she has to bring in Adam Pierce – a cop killer and all around nuisance – or he will take their business away from them she has no choice but to obey. MII don’t want to bring him in because they know whoever they send after him will most likely die. They see Nevada as expendable and expect her to fail because Adam Pierce isn’t just some jumped up rich boy – he’s a Prime Pyrokenetic. He likes to burn people alive. So Nevada decides that she’ll bring him in and shove it in their face. Sounds easy right? Heh.
What Nevada wasn’t expecting is Connor Rogan of House Rogan or Mad Rogan – one of the most feared and dangerous men in Houston. After enlisting in the military at a young age, Mad Rogan became a living weapon for his country fighting and killing wherever they told him to go. After retiring from the military he keeps to himself, bothers no one and is barely seen in public. But his cousins son has been caught up in Adam Pierces games and when his cousin begs him to find her son, Connor agrees. And Conner decided Nevada is the best way of finding out where his cousin is. Nevada isn’t really down with that.
In the end the two come to realise that working together is the best way to get what they want. But they both quickly realise that there is more going on then a spoilt Prime with a need for attention acting out. Adam is being used as a tool in someone else’s game. Someone who wants to burn Houston to the ground.
I think what makes Andrews novels so fascinating is the multilayered story lines, plot twists and story arcs that are weaved together so flawless. Add that to the unique and engaging characters, their books become unputdownable. And of course they are freaking hilarious.
This story was fascinating, action packed, fast paced with enough character building and interaction to keep me happy. I love the family dynamic Andrews has created and each of these characters is as interesting and unique as the last. And that is I think what I love the most about Andrews stories – the real, relatable characters. They’re not perfect. They’re flawed. They don’t automatically get everything right, they don’t always win the fight and they get hurt. But they persevere and they keep on kicking. And they make you laugh while doing it.
Burn For Me is another great example of why Andrews will always by an automatic buy for me. Entertaining, laugh out loud funny and damn right addictive, The Hidden Legacy Series is now at the top of favourites in Urban Fantasy list.