Thursday, 2 October 2014

Review: Burn For Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews

Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy, #1)Burn For Me

Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy
Publisher: Avon
Release date: 28th October 2014
Pages: 400
Amazon - TBD

Synopsis (Goodreads)

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

Review: 5 out of 5 stars

As a huge fan of the Kate Daniels series I was eager to start on Burn for Me, the first book in Ilona Andrews new Hidden Legacy series and I am so pleased to say it didn’t fail to disappoint, it is probably my favourite read of 2014.

Our MC is Private Investigator Nevada Baylor would do anything and everything for her family which she did when she agreed to take on a job from a company who held her home and business over her head in order to return a powerful Prime to his family unharmed.

The class system in Burn for Me is based on one’s magical ability, Nevada believes she is at the bottom end and can tell if someone is lying or not; she is dealing with the big boys now in her search for Adam Pierce but also wanting her help for his own reasons is Connor “Mad” Rogan who was a bit of a brute at the beginning of the book with his treatment of Nevada but I ended up loving him.

The characters were great with the exception of a few suspicious ones and they all played an important role in the overall story. Billionaire Mad Rogan with his arrogance and forcefulness can level a building with a mere thought; I couldn’t wait to learn more about him and his past. I loved the way Nevada’s family all worked together, her mum and grandmother were forces to be reckoned with! They were great and the villain was written to perfection.

The world-building is strong and detailed and the multi-layered plot was fast-paced and entertaining, the dangers, action sequences and destruction was believable and you could feel the overall threat. Plenty of questions were raised but a satisfying answer was always received. There was also enough sexual tension and fun witty banter to balance it all out perfectly.

I cannot fault this husband/wife teams writing capabilities at all; I was held mesmerised from the very first page and real-life was put on hold just so I could finish it. I enjoyed the natural feel of the dialogue between the characters and the realistic ease of their interactions. I certainly had a hard time putting this book down. 

Overall, I enjoyed the premise of this story and the intimidating world the author created. I loved the character development; Nevada was well written and I liked how maturely she handled a situation she was more or less forced into. I can’t wait to get hold of the next book in the series.

Thank you to Avon via Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review Burn for Me.

Ilona AndrewsAbout the author: 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.


  1. I have a few of these books (different series) on my TBR. I hear such good things. I didn't know they were a husband-wife writing duo until a few weeks ago.

    1. Oh Nereyda! you must try this authors series, they are all amazing - I loved this but their Kate Daniels series is just as fabulous.

  2. Squee! I have this book coming up to read and cannot wait. The world building sounds so good!!


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