Review: BURN FOR ME by Ilona Andrews


Ilona Andrews

SeriesHidden Legacy #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 400
Release date: October 28th 2014

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.

Don’t leave the circle.

Burn For Me is an action-packed, witty, and hot Urban Fantasy novel. It has a fast pace that keeps you flipping pages and complex characters that make you fall in love. The humorous dialogue that’s a staple in Andrews books is back, and the world-building is engrossing and introduces a new take on magic systems!

Ilona Andrews brings forth another cool magical universe with a kickass heroine. There’s mystery, fights, explosions, and a slow burn kind of romance that goes back and forth throughout the entire book. The reveals are surprising and yet convenient, but every single moment is entertaining.

Reread review! I read this back in 2014, and decided to reread it before the second installment came out. As I mentioned in my status updates, I don’t hold as much love for this book this time around, but still enjoyed every single chapter.

The humor really is what gets me. The dialogue and familial relationships are amazing, and Nevada is a delight as a narrator. The banter and witty comebacks are the source of a lot of smiles from me, and I love how light-hearted it makes the novel, despite its dark moments.

Nevada as a narrator and main character is a delight! She’s very honest and hard-working, and has a ‘take no shit’ attitude. It’s very easy to connect with her POV. Her relationship with her family is also a huge plus in this book, as they are all very well developed characters, despite their minor roles. Also, Grandma is my favorite. 😛

The relationship is a little bit of what I disliked this time around. Mad Rogan can be very pushy and demanding, despite Nevada repeatedly saying she wants nothing to do with him. Their relationship also has a really rocky start, although it does get developed more as the plot progresses.

Another aspect that didn’t grasp my attention so much this time around was the mystery. Or rather, it’s still really interesting and well-thought out, but things get resolved fairly quickly. The reveals and twists are all very convenient, so there isn’t really a sense of danger or suspense.

Overall, Burn For Me is still a great introduction to this new world. The characters are lovely, the story is engaging, and the magic is super cool. Ilona Andrews fans will certainly love this, despite the dreadful cover, and all Urban Fantasy fans who like strong main characters and a slow burn romance.



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