Reviewed by: Jannelle
Rating (out of 5): 5 stars
Nevada owns Baylor Investigative Agency with the help of her family. In the world Nevada lives in, magicians rule the world. These magic wielders are (more often than not) influential and immensely wealthy social figures with a carefully selected family tree—based on years of vigilant planning—to guarantee a magically powerful heir.
Adam Pierce, a Prime magician—the highest type of ranked magician—in one of the most well-known families in Texas has gone rogue and Nevada is sent to bring him in—alive—to his family. Luckily, she finds help from Mad Rogan who is looking to help a family member connected to Pierce. Mad is equally powerful (if not more than Pierce) and has a history of reckless and somewhat careless behavior.
The world-building was done seamlessly. Like most first novels in urban fantasy series, you are hit with a big chunk of world-building, but Ilona Andrews did a phenomenal job at slowly adding in world descriptors well throughout the novel with the majority placed right at the beginning. There was never a point where I felt overwhelmed or lacking information. Burn For Me was also perfectly paced, constantly moving, with scenes filled with purpose to move the storyline forward.
I loved Nevada’s internal dialogue. It is downright hilarious and the perfect balance to the ongoing increasing severity of the crap situation she has been forced in to. But it’s more than that. Nevada is the perfect protagonist/heroine—she’s humble, extremely family-oriented, strong of mind and careful in a smart way. She speaks the truth, knowing when to be honest and how to work it in her favor. She works out whatever problem is happening and then acts; she doesn’t rush into anything.
This is both contrary and similar to the actions and personality of Mad Rogan, our hero. Mad is intense, lethal and incredibly sexy. While Nevada takes the time to think her actions through and understands the consequences of her actions, Mad moves with a purpose as well, except does not care for any consequences and moves with a ruthlessness Nevada outspokenly disagrees with.
These opposing characteristics create heavy tension between Mad and Nevada but they work well together and the back and forth help create another type of tension—the sexual kind. Andrews slowly rebuilds the tension within each scene and brings the tension high enough that I just couldn’t put the book town. I’m not exaggerating here—I read this entire book in one sitting.
This book is the convergence of the urban fantasy and paranormal romance genres. It’s very urban fantasy in the world-building and magical elements heavily woven through the novel but the chemistry between our hero and heroine was sizzling and just added an extra level to Burn For Me that was the epitome of what I look for in paranormal romance novels. If you enjoy reading either of these genres, Burn For Me is the book for you.
Burn For Me was a thorough enjoyment for me. I cannot remember the last time I stayed up into the wee hours of the night, reading without pause. Unique world-building, relatable and hilarious characters along with an unpredictable storyline made this the best book I have read all year. There is nothing I would change or add; after a jaw-dropping epilogue, I am anxiously awaiting the release of the second novel in the Hidden Legacy series.
Sexual content: scenes of a sensual nature