Review: Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews and a new chapter of Shadows and Gold

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Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. 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 and wanting to 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.

People ask me all the time what to read when they’re done with my books. I usually ask, What do you like to read? Do you like action? Fantasy? Romance? Humor? The nice thing about a writer like Ilona Andrews (who is actually husband and wife writing team Ilona and Gordon Andrews) is that I can comfortably recommend them to readers who like all or any of that.

Action? Yep.

Fantasy? Some of the best world-building out there.

Romance? Um… hiiiiiii. Yes. They can write romance.

Humor? I have literally snorted reading their books. (This is part of the reason that reading is a solitary activity. So when you read Ilona Andrews you can snort-laugh without anyone seeing it.)

I was incredibly excited to hear that they were writing a new series. I love the Kate Daniels series. Loved The Edge series. Love their Innkeeper Chronicles. But, I’m going out on a limb and saying that Burn For Me, the first book in their Hidden Legacy series, may be the start of my favorite series yet. The writing is tight and the pacing leaves you breathless. This is a do-not-skip-a-word book. The characters are well drawn and the world-building is lush and complex, but they’ve framed it in an alternate history that’s also very accessible.

I have heard some readers complain that the world building in the KD series is too complex. That they felt overwhelmed. (I like jump-into-the-middle-of-things books, but not everyone is like me.) I have a hard time imagining readers making the same complaint with Hidden Legacy, just because the world is so beautifully drawn from the very beginning. So I’d say, even if you didn’t like KD, give Hidden Legacy a try. I have a hard time imagining my readers not enjoying this book.

Nevada Baylor is a young private detective operating on the edge of a world where magic-rich families have become a new aristocracy. Magic is passed on through blood, so those families who marry well only get stronger and richer with time. Nevada has more than a few abilities of her own, but she’s able to fly under the radar until she’s forced to hunt down a Prime, the highest rank of magic user. And this guy can set fires.

Not good.

During this hunt, she’d aided by her family (who are pretty much all fantastic. I want to read a novella or two about Grandma. Grandma’s a badass.) and the unexpected addition of the equally powerful—and almost more sinister—Prime, Mad Rogan.

Yeah. He’s called Mad Rogan. Doesn’t bode well, does it?

This is action packed, with a nice balance of family dynamics, romance, and inner musing. Nevada’s a great character. A thoughtful one. But you’re not going to find page after page of navel gazing as she contemplates the raw deal she just got served. I like her a lot, and I’ll be very happy to read more about her future adventures.

Ilona Andrews, another job very well done.

BURN FOR ME is out today! You can buy it in e-book and paperback at:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

and all the usual suspects. (The e-book is only $4.74 right now!) Also, for those of you reading SHADOWS AND GOLD, there is a new chapter posted HERE. I hope you don’t mind, but since Tenzin agreed to share her Tuesday with Nevada, I didn’t argue with her. Enjoy the chapter! Then go out and buy Burn for Me. You can send me the muffin basket later.

Have a great week, everyone!

Elizabeth

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11 Comments

  1. One thing I noticed lately is that my favorite authors are all fans or connected in some way to each other. Every reader is different, and yes reading is a little bit private, snorts and guffaws at BN do draw stares. but not liking the KD world that Ilona and Gordon created is beyond me. It could have been NYC instead of Atlanta, but would have needed even more complexity. Atlanta was a perfect setting, and the on again off again magic is hilarious in some ways. So inconvenient in a world where everything is about convenience. After all, a good story cannot take place in a vacuum. At least for me the ‘worlds’ that the stories take place in are as important as the story, it all has to fit, to come together in a believable way. That’s what makes for good fiction. I suppose that authors do not write in a vacuum either, so it is really no surprise. I think the great thing is how they boost each other. I finished desert bound as soon as it came out. Burn is on my kindle and waiting to be read. I read InnKeeper and Terzin’s story and other serials, like Radiance. Fascinating. So much good writing out there. Keep on rockin’… and writing of course. Thank you all.

      • speaking of one sitting. bought The Secret, Read it, Loved it, Can’t wait for more in the Irin world as promised, but really wanted to ask a question since you are one of my Fave authors. I am actually hoping for a dialogue. The question revolves around ‘ how many male readers there are for what might be described as, or lumped together as PNR? or urban fantasy? or PN with a small ‘r’ , which is more to my liking. when I look at your website or Ilona’s and some others the majority of commenters are female. nothing wrong with that they are part of your audience, but so am I. And I have read all your series. started with the freebie of a hidden fire. Not really the point either. just curious? are authors interested in their readership. I worked in publishing many years ago, in fact so did my wife, but not mass market. It wasn’t like this back then. Yes, some readers would send a letter to their faves, but with the internet, blogs, websites, FB and Twitter etc. It’s a very different world. I understand if your busy, but any positive response, even no thanks, is welcome

  2. I love the KD world and eagerly awaited “Burn for Me” along with Nalini Singh’s “Archangel’s Shadows”. It was a lovely day and this installment of Tenzin and Ben is the cherry on my sundae!!!

  3. I’ve read this book in one sitting! I got hooked on the Kate Daniels series after following your recommendation. The same goes for Patricia Briggs. You are all exceptional writer and I would gladly read a menu if any of you wrote it..

  4. I just finished Burn for Me based on this recommendation and OH MY GOD it was amazing. I love the characters (and you’re totally right, Grandma needs her own book) and I LOVE Nevada. The humor is exactly my brand, my husband kept turning around to see what I was laughing at, as I usually don’t burst out into laughter while reading. He found it very confusing. Don’t even get me started on the sexual tension. Soooooo amazing, I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

    Thanks SO much for the recommendation. Now I’m going to have to go get all their other books, just like I did when I found your books. Goodbye paycheck, it was nice knowing ya!

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