Burn for Me: 01 Audio CD – CD, 28 October 2014
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- ISBN-10 : 148302900X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1483029009
- Audio CD : 11 pages
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Unabridged Edition (28 October 2014)
- Product Dimensions : 16.51 x 3.05 x 15.49 cm
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
In the world of Andrews' novel of romantic suspense, magic equals money and power. Houston is run by wealthy families with ancient magic lineages, clans who have been selectively coupling to ensure that their houses remain genetically and, therefore, magically powerful...The stakes are high throughout, the action is tight, and the romance is steamy. Andrews fully paints this modern-day world of magic with rewarding detail and reveals the 'true' versions of such historical events as the Great Chicago Fire, which was not caused by Mrs. O'Leary's cow, but rather by an experimenting pyrokinetic. Readers will burn for the next installment.-- "Booklist"
Romantic sparks and a tangled mystery make this a lively, impressive series debut.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Staking out her ground in paranormal romance, uber-talented Andrews proves that no matter the genre, she is a storyteller extraordinaire. The riveting launch book of the Hidden Legacy series introduces an adversarial hero and heroine who will be featured throughout. Intriguing, multilayered characters and a fresh, imaginative alternate reality based in Houston help round out the heart-stopping, kick-butt action. Seeing Andrews' name on a book is an iron-lad guarantee of an outstanding reading adventure!-- "RT Book Reviews, (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!)"
About the Author
Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. They won RT Book Reviews' 2016 Career Achievement Award for Best Urban Fantasy. Ilona is a native-born Russian, and Andrew is a former communications sergeant in the United States Army. They are the coauthors of the bestselling Kate Daniels urban fantasy series, the Edge series, and the paranormal romance Hidden Legacy series, among others.
Renee Raudman is an actor and Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator. She has performed on film, television, radio, and on stage and can also be heard in several video games and hundreds of television and radio voice-overs.
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Thankfully I discovered Burn for Me, quite by accident, and in it I have found some truly great characters with some of the quirkiest personalities. Nevada’s family is a chaotic free-for-all, but they adore each other. Then there is Rogan. Oh, boy. He’s an interesting mixture of Alpha male - think Curran but with almost unlimited magical power - and hard arsed ex-military practicality. Definitely a relationship I’m there for.
There are a myriad of secondary characters that also stand out. Augustine is such a jerk, yet necessary because he sets in motion the hunt for Adam Pierce (spoiled brat Prime with mommy issues and a sadistic streak), plus we encounter characters that will play a much larger role in future books.
This was so fast paced and full of action and adventure that even though there is little to none of the usual romance drek that is shoehorned into a good portion of UF books, I loved the characters so much that I just didn’t care.
4.5 stars ⭐️
Nevada is holding her family’s business together when the firm that owns her business gives her an assignment that will likely cost her life. She tracks down narcissistic bad boy Adam, instagram model and criminal on the run. The character of Adam is very convincing - we have all met an Adam who believes he has more rights than others.
Then a new character Bad Rogan decides to work with Nevada. Bad Rogan is meant to be every girl’s fantasy...a borderline psychopath with great abs and money. But somehow neither he nor Nevada really come to life in this book. Their banter is fun, their adventures are gripping. But the characters themselves lack depth.
It’s the side characters that bring the whole thing to life- mechanic grandma, exhausted ex-vet mum and squabbling teen sisters are just a few of the great personalities that make this a truly engaging read.
This is an extremely fast paced action/adventure with a smart, confident female lead and a brilliant supporting cast. The romance is there, sure, but you can tell this is a couple who have a lot to work out before they'll find their happily ever after. They've got chemistry in spades, but the rest is still to come.
The setting is our world, but with magic, in which our heroine tries to keep her investigative business afloat while simultaneously supporting a large, loving family. Forced into accepting a job that might just kill her, Nevada is suddenly thrown into the chaos and forced to sink or swim. And she swims. Amazingly.
There is so much about this series that I love, and this first book contains all of the best bits. Fast pacing, hilarious dialogue, lots of sexy tension, and edge of your seat action scenes.
If I had to make a complaint, it's that Ilona Andrews walk a fine line in writing Mad Rogan's character. Our Hero is pretty flawed, acting possessive & dominant in ways that aren't as attractive as many authors like to pretend they are. Thankfully Nevada is strong enough to call him out on this, and as a result you can see the power dynamic shift between them, especially as we move into the next two books in the series.
This has to be one of my favourite series. I genuinely hope Ilona Andrews can get time/money to continue writing in this world, because you can tell there are many stories here just waiting to be told.
This was my second time reading this book and I could not put it down.
Nevada Baylor is realistic and hardworking. The love she has for her family and the willingness to do anything for them is commendable. And Connor "Mad" Rogan is both dangerous and sexy and immediately the reader is lured in to feel an attraction for him.
Ilona Andrews are great at world building. All the worlds that they create in their novels are so unique and full of details and yet not once do they bore the reader with overly descriptive paragraphs or information dumps. The amount of research the authors must do for each book is astounding. I am not someone who is familiar with artillery and armored vehicles but the confidence in which these items are included makes me believe that these items are the real deal.
Burn For Me builds on itself and continues to have one greedily turning the pages. The only negative is that it had to end. Am literally just about to read the second book and cannot wait!
I read all the series and I like that they are different.
The characters of Nevada and Connor "Mad" Rogan are strong and they are different. I like that fact that Nevada has her family around her and her family are strong characters. To see Women in family as strong and supportive and have sisters and the cousins shown in a good light.
Nevada will protect her family and will protect them from Rogan at all cost.
Rogan and Nevada have the chemistry that is hot and a relationship that will continue to developed and the mystery that needs to be explain. It is a great combination. I hope to see more stories on the characters
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Oh my goodness...
How do they do it? How. Do. They. Do. It?
How do they make starting a new urban fantasy series look so damn easy? Are they even aware that it's meant to be hard? That people try and fail at this all the time? Could this be why the covers are so bloody awful? Is it to give other authors a fighting chance?
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Just kidding. Except not really.
So here we are, ladles and jellyspoons. The #writing #goals pairing that is Ilona Andrews is gifting us mere mortals with another UF series (not PNR, as the fugly covers might suggest!). It's called the Hidden Legacy series, and there are two, very soon to be three, books out in it so far. Its dominant features are its imaginative and totally believable worldbuilding - an alternative history version of Houston that I would say, even at this early stage, seems of be of equal brilliance to their blockbusting Kate Daniels series' on-again-off-again magical Atlanta; an amazing, kick-ass female protagonist (Nevada), and a delicious if slightly morally questionable potential love interest (Mad Rogan!); and, of course, the superb writing of Ilona Andrews, which by now feels a bit like meeting an old friend, a friend who gently strokes your hair with padded oven mitt hands until you fall asleep. Or something.
Within this new world construct, it's already easy to see the tremendous potential for future stories, villains and magical abilities. The Andrews have given us a basic world template, but haven't set down too many rules within it. There has been no limit set as to the type or amount of magic you can have, and abilities so far range from telekinesis to precognition to teleportation... Basically, if they can imagine it, we can potentially have it, which is just SO exciting as a reader!
The world in a nutshell - A century and a half ago, a serum was discovered that can bring forth people's innate magical abilities. These abilities vary in nature as well as strength, and once triggered, become hereditary. The present day result of all this is that magic=power, and the most powerful families or "houses" have already duked it out in years past to decide who's the top banana and have claimed territories and even have their own armies. Marriages are, for the most part, now simply alliances for creating the most gifted children to become heirs to each new branch, allowing the powerful families to stay powerful.
So, it's basically life [Jim], but not as we know it.
Our main character, Nevada, is a private investigator, and there was a healthy mystery element driving the plot here in Burn for Me. She's hired to bring in a rogue magic user hell bent on setting fire to the world, and in carrying out her duties, she inadvertently comes into contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan, a.k.a. The Scourge of Mexico. Doesn't he sound like a peach? Well, he was very interesting and complex, let me tell you. The two of them spent a lot of time together in this book, but it feels like we've only just begun to understand the many layers of Mad Rogan and Nevada Baylor. There's clearly going to be an ongoing will they?/won't they? here to keep readers glued to the pages. It already has me positively salivating and was my favourite aspect of the book!
As a first instalment goes, this was a lot closer to perfection than Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) ever was. The worldbuilding and characterisation is noticeably cleaner. Reading was effortless, and putting the book down was tricky, even when my eyes were getting sore and scratchy. This really is a drop everything and read them all type of series, and that's precisely what I plan to do.
For UF fans, this is a complete no-brainer. Go and buy it immediately.
5 Stars ★★★★★
Firstly Nevada, she's an intriguing character and I absolutely loved her. She's tough, strong and very capable but with a streak of vulnerability and definitely thinks before she acts. She's had to grow up fast and make a way for herself and her family and her loyalty to them is admirable. She would literally die for them. She does however have that wonderful inner voice that we have come to expect from the wonderful Illona Andrews team, full of humour and commentary on any situation. Some of her come backs were wonderful, wish I could come up with stuff like that!
Next on to the family, Grandma Frida is one amazing character and one I very much want to know more about. She can come and be my grandma any day! Who wouldn't love a tank mechanic tough talking Grandma around to talk some romantic sense into them! Penelope, Nevada's mother was wonderful, I feel her pain, both physical and mental. She is a complicated person and I loved that she both gave advice and took advice from her daughter. She was one very cool mum and I feel there are a lot of secrets to her past. Between her and Frida I wonder about Nevada's magical hereditary.
The rest of the family were also a typical dysfunctional loving assortment of characters. I particularly fell for Bern, Nevada's cousin and right hand man with computers. He was brilliant. Cousin Leon and sisters Catalina and Arabella were also part of the family framework and made for a very realistic feel to family day to day living.
Now to Mad Rogan, oh my word!!! He may just be somewhere up there in the top spot of my hero's. To list all his finer qualities doesn't do him justice, his magnetism just leaps off the page and how Nevada resisted him as much as she did goodness only knows. If I close my eyes I can just imagine those piercing blue eyes. He is one truly complex guy and I would love to know more about his past and what makes him tick. He's clearly not as unfeeling as Nevada seems to think at times, and the two of them are obviously incredibly well suited, the chemistry leapt off the page.
I can't leave it there without mentioning the world building, as we have come to expect from Illona Andrews it is complicated and multilayered, told beautifully and has the power to make you truly believe that your are there, living every second with the characters.
If there's one negative I would mention it's that the cover was misleading and cheesy, and if I didn't know the pure quality of Illona Andrews I probably wouldn't have picked it up. But hank goodness I did, so if anyone is putting it off because of this please don't hesitate any more. I will be going back to re read this many times.
It fits better into the suprisigly crowded feisty paranormal private investigator genre.
Nevada lives in a converted warehouse with her mildly eccentric family and runs the family PI business (her granny looks after the tanks - why a private investigator needs a tank is not explained). In this world a magical serum has uncovered paranormal talents in some individuals. Nevada keeps hers hidden - she can tell when people are lying - A very useful and coveted talent. Things could become tricky for her if the wrong people found out.
Other charecters have less subtle talents. Melting steel or smashing up buildings with the power of their mind.
Anyway - she gets a job she doesnt want but can't refuse that brings her into contact with several hugely attractive but very dangerous men. Sparks eventually fly (literally) - but that doesn't get in the way of her solving the case.
It is a great plot - fair zipped along and kept me reading even if well outside my comfort genre. The author skillfully creates a complex world and gives us a good understanding of how it works without too much exposition.
I enjoyed this book.
Nevada Baylor is a young woman who has headed up her family’s firm of Private Investigators since her father died when she was 19. Before her father’s death the family mortgaged the firm to a much larger investigation company and they are barely making the payment each month.
Nevada gets called into the offices of the mortgage holder and gets a job dumped in her lap. She has to find and bring back to his family, safe and sound, a psychotic fire magic user, called Adam. She does not have the power to do this and she has no support as the rest of the staff at the agency are her young sisters and cousins, the eldest of which is 19. She is unable to turn down the job or the business that supports her entire family will be forfeit.
Along the way she crosses paths with ‘Mad’ Rogan an extremely powerful telekinetic who wants to find Adam for his own ends. Mad and Nevada bump heads quite a lot.
The story is filled with magic and how it has shaped their society, the intense plot of how they pursue Adam and the personal interactions between Nevada and Mad.
I love Nevada and her family. They are very real, living one pay cheque to the next, grieving the loss of Nevada’s father and trying to raise the younger siblings and cousins. Nevada takes on the lion’s share and gives her an overwhelming sense of responsibility for everyone.
Mad is a contrast. He is a Prime magic user and part of the elite of society. He is a billionaire and has no other family. He has no purpose or drive.
The world building is excellent, as it always is with this husband and wife team of authors. Even though the characters are magic users they are still relatable and engaging. We quickly become invested in their success or failure. The plot sucks you in and doesn’t let go.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.