Title: Burn for Me Series: Hidden Legacy #1
Publisher: Avon Books
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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.
Also by this author: A Questionable Client (short story), Magic Bites, On The Edge, White Hot
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Welcome to Jennifer’s review of BURN FOR ME!
Burn for Me is the first book in the Hidden Legacy series by writing duo, Ilona Andrews. I loved this book! It was so different from many of the other paranormal romance novels I have read. The authors gave attention to every aspect of the book; the worldbuilding, setting details, characterization, and prose were all fantastic.
Although it’s marked on the spine as a paranormal romance, Burn for Me had a lot in common with urban fantasy novels. The main characters definitely had chemistry, but their potential romance was secondary to saving the world. Also, the authors didn’t rush the characters into bed with one another. The characters don’t have sex in this book (but there is some adult content), nor do they proclaim their love for one another. I’m not trying to spoil the book for you if you haven’t read it yet–I just don’t want you to go into it expecting a traditional romance and ending up disappointed, because this book is atypical when it comes to the way the romance progresses.
Maybe because I prefer urban fantasy anyway, this book hit all the marks for me. I was glued to the pages from start to finish because of the nonstop action and conflict. The stakes were high for Dakota, even before she knew what Adam Pierce was planning to do. Her business was on the line and her family was in danger.
Burn for Me has a solid main plot about a job Dakota is forced to take that involves hunting down a high-level mage (a Prime). The authors kept this interesting by holding back the mage’s plan. The reader doesn’t know why he picks certain targets to attack. That’s Dakota’s job to figure it out. Information isn’t just handed to her; she actually has to investigate.
I enjoyed the thoroughness of the investigation, the tension between Dakota and Rogan, and the interactions between Dakota and her family members. Another thing I appreciated was that Dakota got new abilities, but they didn’t come from nowhere or feel contrived.
Burn for Me is a wonderful book filled with mystery, sexual tension, humor, and even some alternative history. Dakota is an extremely likable heroine. My favorite thing about her was that she didn’t change her principles. She maintained to her sense of right and wrong.
My only criticism is that the blurb is misleading: “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.” There is no indication in Burn for Me that Rogan feels anything for Dakota besides lust and fascination. So, as I said, if you are expecting a love story, you will be disappointed because there is no resolution for that subplot in this particular book.
I’m looking forward to reading White Hot to see what happens between Dakota and Rogan. Even if they don’t end up together, I’m sure that the problems Dakota faces will be well worth the read.
I give Burn for Me five stars for strong worldbuilding, vivid setting descriptions, and well-developed characters. If you like stories about magic users, you should definitely give this one a try if you haven’t read it yet.