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.
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.
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:
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!