Burn for Me
Author: Ilona Andrews
Title: Burn for Me
Series: Hidden Legacy 1
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Five Petals
On the Author's Website: http://www.ilona-andrews.com/hidden -legacy/
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.
Burn For Me was the authors' first official foray into the romance world. I must admit, I am a fan of Andrews' other works in the paranormal world and this book hit all the right buttons yet again. The world in Burn For Me is unbelievably unique. Governments found a way to give amazing magical abilities to their soldiers, not realizing that those abilities would be passed down to their kids and grand-kids and therefore disseminated throughout the world. The strongest people with magical powers are called Primes and Primes and their families essentially run the world. Nevada is hiding her ability, but Rogan is not. That dichotomy of power makes for some very interesting character interactions.
The best part of the book is the character development. Each character has a distinct personality, a full backstory, and an individual voice. I really liked how both Nevada and Rogan have families and lives that impart true depth to their characters.
The only drawback to this book is the romance itself. The book feels like a prologue in terms of the romantic relationship. There are some sweet scenes, including a flower one that I really wish my future boyfriend might emulate, but zero in terms of eroticism. For a book billed as a romance novel, that is disappointing. However, I have to point out that because the relationship feels like a prologue, the future potential almost makes it possible to forget all that. The next book in the series will hopefully continue the romance like this book is promising it will.
Maggie's Final Recommendation:
I did enjoy the fact that this book refused to fall into any of the readily available stereotypes that most romance books embrace. The realness of the characters makes this a must read.
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