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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Warm Welcome to Illona Andrews and Burn for Me!


Burn For Me
A Hidden Legacy Novel

By Ilona Andrews

On-Sale 10/28/2014

ISBN: 9780062289230
Book Description:
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.

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Review:
First off, it's an incredible pleasure to have the writing team of Illona and Gordon on my blog with their new book. And an even deeper pleasure to be able to review it. I adored the Kate Daniels' books. Hidden Legacy looks to be another strong contender in the urban fantasy market. Nevada is a young private investigator who feels responsible for her family, consisting of her mother, grandmother, and an assortment of underage cousins and siblings. Her father died from a rare form of cancer five years before, and her mother was injured fighting in the military. Between the family members, there's quite the array of magical ability.

Connor "Mad" Rogan is a Prime, which means he's at the top of the magical heap and from one of the old "magical" families. He's much better drawn than Curran ever was in the Kate Daniel's books. I found him dark, fascinating, and devilishly dangerous. Definitely alpha hero material. It also sets this book up as a Cinderella story, or My Fair Lady, or any other myth/fable where a poor, but beautiful young woman gets swept off her feet by an uber-rich, to die for guy.

The book's strengths are dynamite world building and an easy-to-read writing style. I truly appreciate books where I don't end up editing in my head as I read. Not that there weren't a few typos in my ARC, but the overall style moved the story forward. On the character front, Mad Rogan and Nevada's mother and grandmother are particularly well drawn. Nevada spent a bit too much time in an angst-ridden place. She could have used a smidgeon of Kate Daniels' spirit. There's an old saying. If you're going to do anything, jump in with both feet. Nevada jumps in, but spins her wheels chasing the what-ifs in her head. There were a few places I wanted to choke her.

My only other nitpick is this: the book is an UF with a romantic subplot. Given that, there are a whole lot of pages detailing Nevada's yearning for Mad Rogan, so many I was surprised at the lack of both heat and a HEA. I'm sure at least the HEA will surface in later volumes, but I think the book would have had better balance with more focus on the UF story (and it's a rich plot with many choices) and much less focus on how hot Rogan is. I got that after the first few descriptive passages. Now if it had been a romance, sure, but it isn't.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book as much as anything I've read in recent years, and I'd give it a solid 4.5 stars. I'm also looking forward to the next book in the series.

About the Author:
“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. 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.) They have co-authored two New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and the romantic urban fantasy of The Edge and are working on the next volumes for both.

They live in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

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